If you do not already have a daily supplement regimen, now is the perfect time to incorporate one into your health routine. If you do have a daily supplement regimen already, switch it up to include more immunity boosters.
In the wake of the surge and subsequent spread of COVID-19 across the globe, many of us fear for our health. At People’s, we have long been proponents of a balanced approach to healthcare. At this juncture, we would like to open the dialogue about our body’s natural defense from foreign, invading organisms and pathogens: the immune system.
Before we go any further, we must reiterate the urgency and importance of adhering to your country’s social distancing guidelines. Please practice effective hand hygiene and, together with other members of your community, help flatten the curve.
What’s In Our War Chest: Daily Supplement Regimen
Now, let’s get back to our natural warrior, the immune system. The immune system is a network of cells, organs and tissues that work in tandem to protect the body from infection. Genetics may play a significant role in immune health; however, there are other factors that can have a direct impact.
Simple lifestyle habits and choices impact our body’s immune response. Many of the choices – exposure to sunshine, adequate sleep, exercise, sex, reducing stress, and eating the rainbow (a well-balanced, whole foods diet) – have been widely discussed for their benefits and relation to optimal health. Obviously, no two lifestyles are alike. How do you boost your immunity without a lifestyle overhaul? Luckily, you can supplement these free, natural methods with a daily supplement regimen. We’re opening our medicine cabinet to show you what’s in our immune protection war chest.
Vitamin D is the powerhouse in our immune protection war chest. It provides many benefits such as: promoting healthy bones and teeth, supporting immune, brain and nervous system health, regulating insulin levels, and supporting lung function and cardiovascular health. Fortunately, our bodies produce vitamin D endogenously as a result of sun exposure. People with darker skin tones, however, are not as effective at absorbing the required amount of UV rays to produce vitamin D. As a result, they tend to be Vitamin D deficient. Include vitamin D in your daily supplement regimen to ensure you’re getting enough.
Vitamin C is considered an essential vitamin. Your body cannot produce it so it must come from the foods you consume daily. When you need a stronger dose, supplements supply the extra vitamin C your body needs.
Vitamin C is water soluble and readily available in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale and spinach. While the jury is still out on whether vitamin C can “boost your immune system”, there is conclusive evidence that cells of the immune system accumulate vitamin C and need it to perform their tasks.
Vitamin C is also considered a powerhouse in our daily supplement regimen war chest for its antioxidant properties. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body. This may help prevent or delay certain cancers and heart disease, while promoting healthy ageing.
Consider increasing the amount of vitamin C in your daily supplement regimen and ensure you are consuming it as part of a nutrient rich diet. If you are a vegetarian, pair vitamin C with iron rich foods for better absorption of non-heme iron.
For decades, zinc deficiency has been recognized as a major problem worldwide, as it causes skin disease, infections and poor immune function. WHO has done vast studies on human requirements of zinc and other micro nutrients, given their role in immune function. Lean red meat, whole-grain cereals, pulses, and legumes provide the highest concentrations of zinc.
Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the elderly in the United States; as expected, these are also among the most likely Americans to end up in an ICU. At risk populations should include zinc in their daily supplement war chest. Everyone should ensure that zinc is a part of their daily diet.
This essential nutrient is involved in a significant number of chemical reactions in our bodies. Magnesium is essential to muscle development and the nervous system. What’s more, it keeps our hearts beating. It is no wonder that magnesium also keeps our immune systems strong. Ensure that the daily recommendation of this micro nutrient is in your defense strategy and, as always, add it to your daily supplement regimen if your diet does not allow you sufficient armor. Getting enough magnesium can help prevent or support the treatment of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and migraines.
Your daily supplement regimen
Alright, now that you know the deal, do you have vitamins C and D, zinc and magnesium in your daily supplement regimen? If you need to replenish your supply or incorporate these supplements into your regimen, visit orders.peoples.bm to place your order.