The winter season can wreak havoc on your immune system, particularly when we spend much of our time huddled indoors, and our diet may become a little more carbohydrate based. Fortunately, science has allowed us to distill some of the essential vitamins for survival into handy supplements that can seriously boost your immune system.
It’s important to remember that supplements should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and diet. It’s also easy to get lost in the maze of options in the vitamin aisle. Here are our top recommendations for your vitamin cabinet, to keep your system in top shape over winter – and give you a nutritional boost!
Think about your skin
Not all nutritional deficiencies are obvious, however your skin will swiftly alert you to incoming winter weather. Lack of sunlight, something the UK is sadly known for, will lower your vitamin B and D, impacting on the quality levels of your skin and hair.
Support your immunity with Vitamin A, B12, D and Zinc. Vitamin A is recommended for reinforcing the cells in your nose and throat, as well as in your stomach, and boosting your outer layer of skin; your first line of defence. Selenium also supports your level of antioxidants – perfect for combatting any nasty bugs.
Too late? If you’re already feeling the effects then Echinacea is a well known herbal remedy for relief from cold and flu symptoms. Taking Echinacea will also boost your immune system beyond the effects of the cold, allowing you to recover and refresh swiftly!
Of course, nothing can beat eating a healthy and nutritionally dense diet. Work to ensure that your plates are colourful and you are getting a good intake of vitamins through food alone, then add in your supplements if you feel you are still lacking. Keeping up your intake of water is also beneficial for flushing your system of any nasties.
As always, consult your GP before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle. Ensure that your vitamins do not interfere with any medicine you are currently taking.