For many, the transition from summer to fall means spending time cozied up with a hot beverage in front of a fireplace watching holiday movies. For others, it can mean catching a cold or the flu.
“The winter season is the time of year when we have more respiratory infections,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in TN, states. “Respiratory infections are transferred more readily in the winter time for two reasons. The first is we spend more time in enclosed spaces, close to each other, so that we have more prolonged face to face contact” he states. The other has to do with humidity. “When we’re in a time of low humidity such as we have in the winter time, it appears that little bit of moisture that surrounds the virus evaporates, so the virus remains in the air for a sufficiently prolonged time so that the person who is sufficiently close can breathe it in.”
There are ways you can boost your immune system naturally.
1. Sun exposure
According to this article from NCBI, “The best-known benefit of sunlight is its ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply; most cases of vitamin D deficiency are due to lack of outdoor sun exposure. At least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body are now thought to be regulated by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, the active form of the vitamin, including several involved in calcium metabolism and neuromuscular and immune system functioning.” (1)
2. Stay active
Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, like walking, hiking, or yoga. By boosting your blood flow, exercise can help encourage the production of white blood cells, which protect your body from disease. White blood cells are the key players in your immune system. They are made in your bone marrow and are part of the lymphatic system.
3. Supplement with a high quality multivitamin
“Vitamins (vital amines) are organic compounds that are required in trace amounts in the diet because they cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by an organism. Vitamins and their metabolites are essential for a large number of physiological processes, fulfilling diverse functions as hormones and antioxidants, as regulators of tissue growth and differentiation, in embryonic development and in calcium metabolism, among others.” (2)
Vitamins that play a role in immune function include vitamins C, D, and A (all of which are included in our multi/prenatal Nourish+), in addition to others. The food you eat can help you get these vital contributors for immune system health. However, if you are unable to get all the vitamins you need from your everyday diet, you might want to consider taking a daily multivitamin.
We created Nourish+ to allow women who are not pregnant to use it as a daily multivitamin. 1 scoop contains the necessary nutrients and amounts women who are pregnant or TTC need for proper fetal development. Lowering that dose to 1/2 scoop gives women who are not pregnant or TTC the benefits of a multivitamin to support proper immune health.
You could pair our immune support supplement, Revive+ and our greens, Vibrant+, with Nourish+ as a multi for a powerful stack to help fight illness. Don’t let the winter months drag you down. Staying active, getting a healthy amount of sunlight exposure and supplementing with high quality immune boosting supplements are all key to helping you feel your best on a cellular level this winter.