Before we dive in, let me clear up a major misconception about why more people get sick in the winter compared to warmer times of the year: There is no such thing as “catching a cold” from cold. In fact, there are multiple studies that show exposure to cold actually increases your immunity!
So without further ado, here are 3 immune health supplement for your immune system this season:
- FOCUS ON VITAMIN D
You might be surprised to know that most people have low vitamin D levels (especially in the Winter). Sometimes dangerously low. It’s best to get your vitamin D from the sun if you can. The sun is the absolute best source of vitamin D, and it contributes to a powerful strengthening of your immune system when your body can naturally produce vitamin D from moderate sun exposure.
When the UVB rays (not UVA rays) from midday sun hit your skin, they react with oils in your skin to produce vitamin D that is slowly absorbed by your body. Note that sunscreens block the ability of your body to produce vitamin D.
The best food sources of natural vitamin D are egg yolks, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, organ meats, and some mushrooms. However, keep in mind that it’s tough to get enough vitamin D in the winter from food sources alone.
- EAT MORE GARLIC
Garlic is one of the most potent of all superfoods! Not only does it go back thousands of years for the treatment of sickness, but recent studies back up the legendary claims for garlic boosting your immune system. Start including garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic in meals, and take a garlic capsule or two each day.
- GET YOUR PROBIOTICS
Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that contains billions of gut-friendly organisms (probiotics) that help to strengthen your immune system by bolstering the levels of good organisms in your gut. This provides the first level of defense against pathogens from things you ingest. Seventy percent of your immune system lies in your gut flora and the health of the friendly organisms in there to protect you against pathogens and sickness.