Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Today we’re going to discuss a few ways you can boost your immune system naturally!  It seems like this time of year there’s always a bug going around and we’re all susceptible. However with these simple tips and these few supplements, you can stay ahead of the game and keep your immune system stronger than ever!

Nutrition

The most important way to boost your immune system naturally is going to come through healthy eating and good nutrition.  Eating a diet high in unprocessed fruits and veggies is a great way to naturally boost your immune system Here are a few foods that can naturally boost your immune system:
  • Yogurt: It is rich in “live active cultures” or healthy bacteria such as what is found in probiotics that can keep the GI tract free of  disease causing germs.
  • Oats and Barley: These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better. http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/power-foods-boost-immunity?s=3
  • Water: 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can also keep your body hydrated and naturally boost your immune system.
  • Broccoli: Vitamin C Per cup chopped (92g) 81.2mg (135% DV)
  • Berries: (Strawberries) Vitamin C Per cup sliced (166g) (163% DV)
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale): Vitamin C per cup chopped 80.4mg (134% DV)

These are just a few of the foods that you should add to your diet if you want to boost your immune system, naturally! Below I will talk about a few supplements that you can use to also boost your immune system naturally!

L-Glutamine

Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids encoded by the standard genetic code. It is considered a conditionally essential amino acid. Most people know about l-glutamine supplementation for muscle repair and recovery. But did you know that L-Glutamine can also boost your immune system? Glutamine is the most abundant naturally occurring, nonessential amino acid in the human body, and one of the few amino acids that can directly cross the blood-brain barrier.[14] In the body, it is found circulating in the blood, as well as stored in the skeletal muscles.. In catabolic states of injury and illness, glutamine becomes conditionally essential requiring intake from food or supplements. Source: L-Glutamine – Wikipedia

We sell L-Glutamine from many different brands such as Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize Nutrition, Allmax Nutrition, and many others. It is available in pill and powder form. A 5 gram serving size(1 tblsp) twice daily is usually recommended.
Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make ascorbic acid and must obtain vitamin C from the diet or supplementation.

Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold (though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

A recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed a growing list of benefits of vitamin C.

“Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health,” says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan. “The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancerstrokeeye health [and] immunity to living longer.”

“But,” Moyad notes, “the ideal dosage may be higher than the recommended dietary allowance.” Source: Vitamin C Benefits – Web MD

We carry a large variety of Vitamin C supplements from brands such as Now Foods, Bluebonnet, Betancourt Nutrition, and others.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins can be a convenient way to get in to get in all of the nutrients your body needs for energy production, immune support and many others. A good multivitamin is high in antioxidants, b vitamins for energy, and other essential vitamins and minerals that support immune function. We sell many different variations of multivitamins from men’s and women’s formulas, liquid multis, whole food multis, and athletic vitamin packs. We carry many different multivitamin brands such as Country Life, Bluebonnet Nutrition, Optimum Nutrition, and many others!

Men Specific formulations: Men work hard and play hard, so they need a multiple formula to tackle the hits they receive from every day living. Providing complete nutritional support for adult men to fill dietary gaps is only half the battle. Men of all ages should be concerned about heart health since steps can be taken early in life, such as practicing healthy lifestyle habits and maintaining the health and integrity of their heart. This is why the nutritional scientists at Bluebonnet have incorporated pomegranate, tomato extract and coenzyme Q10, as well as mixed tocopherols, L-arginine, L-carnitine, taurine and white willow bark extract to provide nutritional support for a healthy heart. In addition, this innovative multiple for men 18-49 also supplies the popular and potent antioxidants, vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, with a special blend of turmeric, elderberry, marigold, green, white and black tea extracts to address the ravaging effects of free radicals caused by stress, pollution, smoking, drinking and processed fast foods. Plus, scientifically researched ingredients like saw palmetto, broccoli, rhodiola and American/Panax ginseng extracts have also been incorporated into this multiple formula to support male stamina and prostate health.

Women Specific formulations: The old adage, “a woman’s day is never done” could not be any truer today. Juggling between the demands of work and family can be challenging and then add on the societal pressures of dieting and staying thin. This becomes a recipe for nutritional disaster. That is why the nutritional scientists at Bluebonnet realized that it’s not enough for an adult female multiple to just simply fill their basic nutritional needs. So, in addition to supplying complete nutrition for adult women, Bluebonnet incorporated the popular and potent antioxidants, vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, with a special blend of turmeric, elderberry, marigold, green, white and black tea extracts to counteract oxidative stress caused by damaging free radicals. Although heart health is often incorrectly pegged as a concern only for men, research has shown that it is a major issue that should be of top concern to women too. That is why Bluebonnet has also integrated pomegranate, tomato extract and coenzyme Q10 into the formula to provide nutritional support for a healthy heart. Plus, this innovative multiple for women 18-49 provides extracts from dong quai, red raspberry, cranberry, flax lignans, horsetail, cinnamon, and rose hips to help support hormonal and urinary tract health, as well as hibiscus, chamomile and passion flowers to help support their emotional well-being.

Consuming these foods and or supplements can help boost your immune system naturally. While these food items and supplements may not kill infection completely, they can help you fight off infection and keep your immune system going strong!



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