With longer workdays, a busier schedule, and a smartphone that never sleeps, you just don’t have the time to get sick. But it seems like sick always has the time to catch you! To stay healthy, you have to stay on top of your immune system.
Get past the blame game
Did you catch that awful bug on the train ride home? Did your colleagues or children share their flu with you? Or perhaps the “mystery fish” in the office cafeteria gave you a stomach bug. While many factors could be blamed for your sneezing, sniffling, or cramping misery, the truth is that you could have been better armed against them. And when it comes to fending off illness, when your immune system is “fighting fit,” it can help keep common sicknesses at bay.
Vitamin C is a good start, but ...
Of course, Vitamin C is tried and trusted; it’s an antioxidant that protects white blood cells, stimulates the production and function of these cells, and is easy to find, both in delicious foods, and in megadose supplements in the drugstore.
There are other nutrients that may be needed in addition to Vitamin C to help keep your immune system healthy.
Engage your full defensive lineup with the “great 8”
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It takes a number of Vitamins and minerals to keep our immune health in tip-top shape. Among their many functions, these 8 Vitamins and minerals work together to help condition immune system cells, protect and produce white blood cells, and defend cells from free radical damage.
But wait—how are you supposed to take all of these each day? And what’s the right amount? Don’t panic—the solution is simpler than you think. Keep in mind that, even on our healthiest diet days, our nutrient intake could still fall short of the required daily amount, creating a “nutrient gap.” Nutrient gaps have an impact on all aspects of your health, including immunity.
Get a multivitamin—and get your full daily dose of immune-supporting nutrients
Multivitamins are the one-stop shop for helping immune health and filling your nutrient gaps. Look beyond a single-ingredient supplement and go for a multivitamin that multitasks as well as you do. Daily multivitamins contain a variety of nutrients essential to not only our immune system but our energy, brain function, and heart health, too!
Here’s how you can get “fighting fit” today
Take a look at this checklist and ask yourself:
Am I working out regularly?
Did I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night this week?
Am I washing my hands enough?
Did I get a flu shot this fall/winter?
Does my diet include foods rich in protein and Vitamin D?
Did I take my multivitamin today?
Now, the next time you meet a sneezing stranger on the train, your immune system will be fully equipped to knock out the most common (and uncommon) of colds! Get immunity’s great 8 today!
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