A Balanced Immune System

Tis the season of colds and flus and it seems to have hit us a little sooner than expected.

I wanted to share some of my go to’s for keeping your immune system in top shape so when that inevitable cold comes a knockin you are armed and ready.

Getting a cold or flu at this time of year is going to happen but the better equipped you are the faster it will hopefully run it’s course and you can be up and back and exercising in no time:).

Did you know? The immune system also keeps a record of every germ it has ever defeated so it can recognize and defeat it if it enters the body again

These tips are some of my favorite go to’s but I would love to hear what others use too.

#1-Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is well known for supporting a healthy immune system. It’s a water-soluble supplement so your body eliminates any excess that is not required. Your maximum is determined when your stools start to become loose so this will be different for everyone. My max is 3000mg. My son however can take up to 10,000mg when he gets sick.

Fun fact: I have yet to hear any of my PD clients tell me they have ever reached their Vitamin C tolerance

When you get sick your body will utilize more Vitamin C so you will likely need to take more Vitamin C when you do get sick.

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#2-Vitamin D & Zinc

You can easily be deficient in Vitamin D. The probability of this deficiency increases if you live further from the equator, you are more sedentary, stay indoors or cover up with clothing when exposed to the sun.

It’s important to determine your Vitamin D levels before using a supplement. Your family doctor should have no problem checking these levels. My clients have had to take anywhere from a minimum of 2000 IU’s up to 10,000 IU’s. Getting your baseline and tracking yourself is key to keeping your immune system in top shape.

Zinc-is another beneficial supplement that works well in fighting off invading bacteria and viruses.

Fun fact- Getting outside first thing in the morning when the sun is out can not only provide you with a healthy dose of Vit D but it can also help your circadian rhythm and give you a better night sleep.


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