During the cold weather month’s (which we have many of in Canada), it can be hard to stay healthy, especially these days. If you’re contantly battling cold and flu symptoms, or generally feeling run down, you might not be getting the nutrients you need through diet alone. The good news is, there are some great supplements you can take to help boost your immune system and prevent or limit the severity of a cold. Below are our top 5 picks for immune boosting supplements.
Vitamin D is often known as the “sunshine vitamin” and unfortunately due to the lack of sun during the winter months people can often become deficient. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, so to help avoid catching a cold or flu it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough throughout the winter months, and taking a supplement is often a good idea. Be sure to choose a supplement with D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the natural form of Vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight and is better absorbed into the bloodstream.
Vitamin C doesn’t necessarily reduce your risk of catching a cold, but it has been shown to be effective at reducing the severity and length of a cold. This is because Vitamin C is highly concentrated in immune cells and gets quickly depleted during an infection, which then further weakens the immune system. Good sources of dietary Vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, sweet peppers, kale, and spinach.
Vitamin C is water-soluble, so if you take too high a dose at one time, you’ll lose most of it through your urine. That’s why our LIKE A MILLION BUCKS pack separates Vitamin C into two doses, one in the morning and one in the evening, to ensure you absorb as much as possible to get the most benefit from your supplements.
Probiotics provide good bacteria to your gut that helps with proper digestion and supports your immune system. Leaky gut is a major cause of immune imbalance and a weakened immune system, so it’s important to consume probiotics to keep the immune system in good shape and the lining healthy. It’s most beneficial to choose a probiotic with several strains of good bacteria, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, because the more diverse your gut microbiome is the more beneficial for maintaining health. Our LIKE A MILLION BUCKS pack includes a shelf stable probiotic with both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, so you can keep it wherever is most convenient for you.