Dec 23, 2022 12:00:00 PM
DaVinci Healthcare Expert
With winter right around the corner, you might want to start revamping your supplementation plan to bolster your immune system.
Winter brings a continuous onslaught of foreign invaders for our immune system to fight off, but certain supplements can do a lot to keep you feeling well. It’s true that our immune system is more strained during the winter months, and these ten supplements will prepare you for the battle ahead:
Environmental changes impact the homeostasis of our internal processes. The colder months and longer, darker nights encourage us to rest and sleep more, giving our body the chance to restore and grow.
While this cyclical period is natural and restorative, the lack of sunlight and physical activity can contribute to low moods and sluggish energy. Sunshine dependent nutrients like Vitamin D are sitting at lower levels in our cells, decreasing our immune function at a critical time of year.
Breathing cold, dry air constricts the nasal capillaries and changes lung and immune function in the winter, leaving us more vulnerable to seasonal invaders. Meanwhile, many foreign pathogens thrive in colder temperatures, creating the perfect storm for respiratory discomforts to take hold.
We can’t eliminate winter; instead, we should use supplements, dietary modifications, and activity shifts to strengthen our immune system as much as possible.* Here are the top 10 supplements for boosting immunity now that winter is upon us:
Supplements are a great way to effectively increase your intake of certain key nutrients or compounds, but choosing immune boosting foods is foundational. Many of the above-mentioned vitamins, minerals, and herbs can be incorporated into your dinner if you know what to look for.
Foods and supplements comprise a solid foundation for a strong immune function during the winter months, but there’s even more you can do to ramp it up.* Some other traditional ways to improve immunity and support health and wellness include regular acupuncture, massage and chiropractic sessions.
Perhaps less common options include red light therapy, saline nasal flushes, and vitamin IV treatments. Ask your integrative or functional medicine doctor for more information and reputable providers of alternative and complementary remedies.
Winter puts a strain on our immune system, but you can take steps to prepare yourself now. Lower temperatures and less sunlight, coupled with less physical activity, can leave us feeling sluggish.
Leaning into the restorative winter months and embracing the traditional hygge principles (sleep more, stress less, enjoy time with family and friends) is a great way to recharge before spring. Make sure you also eat nutrient-rich, immune-boosting foods to best support your body as it encounters dangerous microbes.
Select a variety of high-quality, immune-boosting dietary supplements to activate your defense mechanisms even more.* Our body needs extra vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and other key nutrients that are a bit harder to get in the winter for many of us. Regular supplementation is paramount for a happy and healthy winter season.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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