We’ve been sharing tips for wellness that are actionable and easy to bring into your everyday life, in an effort to help you be your best self. We believe that incorporating small, feasible changes over shorter periods of change can help you experience the motivation and confidence that comes from seeing your personal goals fulfilled.
This week’s topic: Supplementing for your immunity
The immune system is the body’s personal army for fighting infection. Taking a long trip without strong ranks is asking for disaster. Red-eye flights, bustling crowds, family stress, and limited food options can really take a toll on the troops.
Supplements: Which ones to take?
Challenge yourself: “For one month I will make a supplement plan and stick to it – even if I’m traveling!”
Vitamin C – Take at least 1-2 grams of pure ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin c) per meal during healthy days.
Vitamin D – Helps adapt to the lower intensity of the sun and maintain immune function.
Zinc – Helps boost immunity and fight off a cold. Zinc can be found in lean ground beef, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, and whole grains.
Probiotics/kombucha – Decreases incidence, duration, and severity of colds and flus for people of all ages.
Astragalus – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, astraglus was often combined with other herbs to strengthen the body against disease. It is thought to help protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.
Omega-3 fish oils – Converted within the body to anti-inflammatory molecules, omega-3s are also beneficial for preventing allergies, asthma, and other types of hypersensitivities.
Green tea – Contains antioxidants, detoxifiers, and cancer-fighting properties.
Supplements: When and How
A few things to note:
- When possible, consume whole food vitamins. The body is most familiar with this form, and thus they will have the best uptake.
- In general, liquid vitamins have better absorption than those in pill form
- It’s best to take most vitamins with food, but check the label to see what’s suggested. Fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K need fat in order to be absorbed, so they should always be taken with meals that contain fat. Vitamins C is only in the bloodstream for a few hours so should be taken every three hours for best results. Fiber is best taken first thing in the morning after fasting.
Want to learn the best way to eat your vitamins? Read the blog post here.
How WellnessFX Can Help
For a more comprehensive list of supplements, vitamins, and their benefits, you can check out the WellnessFX iPhone App, free.
Did you know that all WellnessFX members have access to the Thorne Research line of high quality, premium dietary supplements? Signing up for Thorne (it takes less than a minute!) will give you access to supplements right from Thorne’s categories, including:
- Weight Loss
- Detoxification Support
- Immune Support
- Skin Care
- Men’s Health
- Women’s Health
When you log in to your WellnessFX account, you’ll see an option to Buy Supplements up at the top to get you started.
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