With the winter months approaching, now is a good time to think about how you can boost your family’s immunity to help reduce the number of illnesses and viruses that they are at risk of picking up. Boosting their immunity can result in shorter illnesses with less
severe symptoms. The vitamins that we require as children differ from the types of vitamins adults need, but although our bodies’ needs are different based on age and sex; there are certain vitamins and supplements that the whole family can use.
Do you remember the old adage “An apple a day can keep the doctor away”? There is no doubt that eating nutritious foods that are rich in certain vitamins can help your immune system fight off illness. One way to do this is to have a healthy, balanced diet with a variety of foods, including lots of fruit and vegetables that are rich in nutrients such as Vitamin C. If you want to make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin C, try Holland & Barrett Gentle Non-Acidic Vitamin C Tablets.
There are other ways to boost your immunity, and these include exercising on a regular basis, drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated, drinking alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. Making sure you get enough sleep is another important factor. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body churns out stress hormones like cortisol to keep you awake and alert, which can suppress your immune system. There is also a strong link between your immune health and your mental health and when you are suffering with stress or anxiety, your body produces stress hormones that suppress your immune system. Stress can also result in the fact that we may not take care of our body as we should, so it is a good idea to use stress-reducing techniques such as meditation or going for a walk.
Many of us spend too much time sitting indoors, watching television or our computer screens. There is no doubt that exercise and enjoying time outdoors can be advantageous and can help boost your immune system. Sun can be hugely beneficial when it comes to modulating our immunity responses, so enjoy the sun when you can but always remember to cover up or use sunscreen before your skin starts to turn red or burn. When skin is exposed to sunlight it produces Vitamin D and we also get some vitamin D from a small number of foods, such as oily fish, some red meat and eggs. Another source of vitamin D are dietary supplements. Holland & Barrett have a range of Vitamin D supplements in available in tablets, caplets or gummies.
Children need certain nutrients and vitamins to help boost their immune system and to protect them against all the other germs they may come in contact with, whether that is at home or at school. Once again, just as with adults, a balanced diet is important but you can give your little ones a daily boost of Vitamin D3 plus calcium to help build their bones and teeth. Vitamin D also supports a healthy immune system, and aids in muscle development. Holland & Barrett Healthy Kids Vitamin D3 30 Chewy Softies are ideal for children age 3+ with a mouth-watering strawberry and vanilla flavour they’re bound to love.
Omega-3 has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties, but now new research shows that it further supports the immune system. Omega-3s found in fish oil can also help with growth and development. Try Holland & Barrett Healthy Kids Omega 3 Fish Oils Juicy Orange Capsules or Holland & Barrett Extra Strength Omega 3 Fish Oil 1500mg Capsules for adults.
Vitamin B6 contributes to the normal function of the immune system and supports normal energy-yielding metabolism. Vitamin B6-rich foods include chicken, salmon and tuna and it is also found in green vegetables and in chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus. If you have been feeling more tired than usual, Holland & Barrett Complete Vitamin B Complex Caplets can help reduce fatigue and get you back on track.
If you feel that you aren’t getting all the vitamins you need from your diet, multi-vitamins are another quick and easy way to make sure that you are getting the nutritional support that you need. Holland & Barret Radiance Multi Vitamins & Iron One a Day tablet contains multi vitamins & iron, with vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid & Folic Acid.
Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications or are under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional and always read the label before use.