September 1, 2013
Build Your Cold Weather Defense
Changes in the weather and other aggressive environmental factors can weaken your immune system. So can stress, unhealthy diets, and lack of rest and exercise. It's the perfect time of year to start helping bolster your immune system with healthier lifestyle choices and by replenishing nutrients essential to healthy immune function.
These approaches help you build a healthy "core" defense, as well as provide support when you need it most:High potency vitamin C to enhance the body's natural defense systemBioavailable vitamin D for long-term immune supportHealth-enhancing mushrooms (shiitake, reishi, fu-ling, cordyceps, maitake) offer a time-tested approach to a healthy system for defenseEssential zinc to keep your mucosal membrane strong and boost production of white blood cells and natural killer cellsSelenium for antioxidant protection and healthy white blood cell activityProbiotics help promote balanced digestive microflora to support gastrointestinal immune function
When you're feeling run down, the following natural approaches are often recommended for an immune system under stress:Andrographis, an Ayurvedic herb traditionally used to support upper respiratory and immune healthTraditional Chinese herbs for seasonal immune support, such as forsythia, licorice, platycodon, schizonepeta, and ginger extractsTraditional Chinese herbs for nasal and sinus support, including astragalus, angelica, xanthium, and cinnamon extracts
Schedule a visit to learn more about staying well and feeling your best during cold monthsand all year long!