Immune System Support - Beyond Vitamin C
Everyone knows that Vitamin C is the go-to supplement for helping you fight off colds, but did you know there are other vitamins and minerals that can also make a positive impact on your immune system? It's important that you focus on covering the spectrum of micro-nutrients rather than going all in on one single vitamin. Deficiencies in iron, zinc, selenium, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, E,and of course C, have been shown to alter immune responses. To keep your immune system in tip top shape, it's vital that you incorporate a healthy diet into your everyday lifestyle. This will ensure that you're getting *all* the micro-nutrients you need to fight off viruses and infections.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to get the micro-nutrients you need through a balanced diet. B6 can be found in green vegetables and chickpeas while Vitamin E and zinc are found in foods like nuts and seeds. Then you've got powerhouse options like spinach, which is packed with Vitamin E & C, folic acid, copper, iron and selenium! And if you're not a huge fan of leafy greens, or have dietary restrictions, there are always supplements that you can easily take in pill, powder or liquid form to help you out.
Although a healthy diet is the foundation of a high-functioning immune system, let's not forget other factors that can also play a major role. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and minimized stress - in addition to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables - can all help you achieve a lifestyle that will enhance immune system function. If you frequently get sick or don't bounce back from colds as fast as others, take a moment to evaluate your lifestyle and see if there are areas you could improve.