As the days grow shorter and nights get colder, it is about that time of the year when people begin to drop like flies at the hands of illness such as the common cold. Now if donning a biohazard suit on your morning commute to avoid contact with other people’s germs seems unreasonable, then help is at hand!

FEELING RUN DOWN?

The human body, when in its natural state of balance, is more than capable of fending off infection and taking care of itself. However a combination of factors such as stress, toxicity and poor nutrition can rapidly cause our immune system to become compromised leaving us vulnerable.

Now if you are a busy bee like myself and don’t have time to be sick, then consider the following list of nutritional supplements your first line of defense against the cold and flu this season.

MY TOP 5 GO-TO 'FLU FIGHTING' SUPPLEMENTS

#1 L-GLUTAMINE

It is said that all disease begins in the gut. If gut permeability is present, this can interfere with the assimilation of nutrients vital for wellbeing and overall health. L-Glutamine is an essential amino acid that helps repair the gut lining and increases your T helper cell count which are cells that help regulate your immune response to antigens.

#2 VITAMIN D (25 HYDROXY)

Every cell in the human body has a receptor site for vitamin D. More like a hormone than a vitamin, it is critical for a variety of functions. In terms of fighting illness, it also regulates our T helper cells to promote the body’s immune response. It essentially boots our T helper cells into action as part of our bodies defense against infection.

#3 ZINC

Finding someone with adequate red blood cell zinc is about as rare as a nun in a bikini. Zinc is absolutely critical for human health and plays a role in detoxification, gene expression, hormonal health and immune function. Due to it being typically low in the western diet, it should be dosed on a daily basis especially in winter months.

#4 PROBIOTIC

All disease begins in the gut. Imbalances caused by bad bacterial overgrowth can alter our gut microbiota, and become a common cause of compromised immunity contributing to frequent colds and flus. Especially when you consider that up to 75% of the immune cells are manufactured in the gut. Restore the balance by taking a probiotic supplement daily to restore your balance of ‘good’ gut flora.

#5 OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

If you have already been struck down with the flu, Olive leaf extract has potent anti-microbial properties and is also has antioxidant benefits that support cardiovascular health. In clinical studies olive leaf extract is shown to have a favorable effect on glucose tolerance making it an excellent choice for a remedy to keep you fighting fit, whilst fighting the battle of the bulge.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A PHYSICIAN BEFORE COMMENCING ANY TYPE OF NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION TO DISCUSS WHETHER IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU AS SOMEOF THE NUTRIENTS LISTED CAN BE TOXIC IF TAKEN IN LARGE DOSES OVER TIME.

 

REFERENCES:

  • Olive (Olea europaea L.) Leaf Polyphenols Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Middle-Aged Overweight Men: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3596374/


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