Boost Immune System
It's that time of year again when we are all more vulnerable to coughs, colds and flu. The good news is there are lots of things to boost immune system and ward off the worst effects of winter illnesses.
It's well proven that getting enough sleep is important to boost immune system and for our general health and wellbeing. Research suggests that we should aim for at least seven hours per night.
Boost your Vitamin D levels
Many people in the UK are deficient in vitamin D, particularly during the winter. Studies in Finland and Japan show that adults with adequate Vitamin D levels were less likely to get respiratory illnesses. Vitamin D can stimulate the body's production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial proteins, making it an effective immune support. Choose Pharma Nord's Vitamin D3 as it's the most bioavailable form.
Focus on nutrition
A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains can help to boost immune system throughout the winter months. In particular, those high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, brocolli and bell peppers, and vitamin E, including nuts, seeds and turnip, have immune boosting qualities. Lean protein such as beans, fish and lean cuts of meat can also help.
It contributes to our anti-viral and anti-bacterial defences, however unfortunately most European soils contain far too little selenium. Research shows the average UK diet provides no more than 40-50 micrograms of selenium. Experts suggest boosting to 100 micrograms is needed to support the immune system and obtain better health. Pharma Nord's Bio-Selenium + Zinc contains 100 micrograms of zinc, using a patented SelenoPrecise formula which boasts the highest absorption rates in the world.
Flu jabs are up to 80 per cent effective and are free for the over 65s, as well as those with long-term health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. All GP surgeries should offer this service.
Help, I can feel a cold coming on!
It is now understood that zinc, administered within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people. In some studies, zinc has reduced the duration of colds by as much as 50 per cent! Pharma Nord's Bio-Influ Zinc lozenges contain Zinc and Vitamin C which contribute to the normal function of the immune system.