How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System. As the weather tends to get cooler and some school districts are phasing their students back to face-to-face instruction, families are pondering how to give their immune systems an extra boost.  Houston Family Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with registered Dietitian, Mia Syn on how supplements may help in providing wellness and immunity support.

How can we boost our immune system? 

Following an overall healthy lifestyle can support immune health. With diet, this includes incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables, which will give your body immunity-supporting nutrient vitamin C, and lean proteins, which provide immunity-supporting zinc. Additional habits that help keep your immune system strong include not smoking, practicing proper hygiene, getting quality sleep, limiting alcohol consumption, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

Deficiencies in select nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc can adversely affect the immune system and make it more vulnerable to infection and disease. AllerLife is a drug-free, first-of-its kind line of supplements that provides daily wellness and immunity support for allergy sufferers. It features a unique vitamin, mineral and ingredient blend, designed specifically to provide daily wellness and immunity support, and help with the allergy blahs including vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc.

Is Immune Health different for adults and children? If so, how?

Similar habits can help support children’s and teen’s immunity including incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into their diet, ensuring they get enough sleep and practicing proper hygiene. Growing kids and teens have higher demands for certain nutrients such as calcium. A multivitamin may be of benefit especially for picky eaters who may not be meeting their nutrient needs through food alone.

What do we need to look for in vitamins? 

Those who don’t meet their nutritional needs through food alone could benefit from taking vitamins. Working with a registered dietitian can help you identify where to fill in the gaps by looking at your overall diet and eating habits. One nutrient that could be of benefit to a large portion of people is vitamin D, which is only found naturally in a handful of foods and added to others. Additionally, as we spend less time outdoors in the fall and winter which is needed for vitamin D synthesis, supplementing may be of benefit. The AllerLife drug-free supplements all contain vitamin D and can help fill in that gap while addressing your allergy-blahs.

What are the effects of vitamin supplements? 

When we take vitamins that help fill in our nutrient gaps, we may notice positive changes depending on what that nutrient is. For example, meeting our vitamin C needs may result in stronger immunity, while meeting our vitamin D needs may support stronger bones.

Controversy? Popular opinion is that vitamins don’t work – is it true?

Taking vitamins will raise serum levels of the selected nutrients and can be of benefit when we are low or deficient in those ones. However, you won’t get any added benefit when taking vitamins if you are already meeting your needs through food alone.

What is the best time to take vitamins? 

The best time to take a supplement will depend on what it is targeting.

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