2 Products to Boost your Immune System
At this point, a large majority of the population in the United States are dealing with the flu or colds. Being sick stinks! Your whole routine goes out the window whether it is you getting sick or you are taking care of a sick family member. I've been very lucky that over the past several years, (really I can't remember when), I've been able to avoid flu & colds.
I did have a couple of years where I contracted bronchitis, but it was being triggered by allergies. It seems I've been able to break that pattern by paying closer attention on when to take an antihistamine & using a Neti pot frequently as allergy season begins. But I digress!
I really believe that my diet and the supplements I take help me avoid flu and colds. I've never taken the flu shot since I don't have any underlying health issues and I don't contract the flu! There are two supplements I take regularly that support the immune system: Probiotics and Vitamin D.
Probiotics Studies show our gut bacteria and probiotics can prevent and reduce cold and flu symptoms. For example, researchers found that supplemental Bifidobacterium bifidum reduced symptoms among stressed college students. Another study reported that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG eased upper-respiratory tract symptoms in children attending day care.
Vitamin D It's more than coincidence that the cold and flu season occurs when people get less seasonal sunlight. People need vitamin D to activate a variety of germ-fighting immune factors. A study of high school students found that taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily reduced the risk of catching flu by 83%.