Key nutrients for your immune system

Our immune system is our army against invaders. How we support our immune system is everything in how we prevent illness and how well we have recovery.

Some key things we need to understand when it comes to our immune system, is we need to help give it the ammunition it needs, such as, nutrients like zinc, Vit D, Vit C, green tea extract, quercetin, reishi mushroom extract and shitaki mushroom extract. All these things are powerful to give our T cells what they need to do their job.

Imagine a carpenter without the hammer and screw driver. Or the painter without his paint. Or we would never expect our car to run without the right gas or oils in the engine.

Why do we think our body will run efficiently without the proper nutrients. Nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, Vit E, Vit C, and many many more vitamins and minerals, are the only things that keep our cells healthy and help these T cells fight off invaders from the outside of the body.

If we don’t bring in enough nutrients into the body with healthy food, and then make matters worse by bringing in things that are not meant to be in the body, such as white sugar, white bread, artificial colours and preservatives. ¬†These non foods are things the body does not recognize as what to do with it, and therefore to metabolize it, needs to pull whatever B vitamins and chromium we have in the body to to do that. If we do this long enough we end up in a deficit. On top of this if we eat white sugar it can paralyze these valuable T cells so they can’t fight infection. White sugar also competes with Vit C getting into your cells.

Over the holidays and during this time of panic with viruses. Do yourself a favour and void white sugar, white bread, artificial sweeteners like asparatame, sucralose, nitrates, sulphites, artificial colours. Reduce dairy consumption, and red meat. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Drink lots of filtered water. Drink green tea. Take a good quality probiotic which supports healthy gut bacteria, which helps regenerate a healthy immune response, because 70% of your immune system is manufactured by your healthy gut bacteria.

Along with these suggestions take a high quality multi vitamin. The one pictured here has all the vitamins I have mentioned in these article. Plus the green tea extract, plus the quercetin, zinc, vit D, Vit C. If you need extra Vit D, USANA has that as well. Along with a plethora of other optimizers for supporting heart, liver, brain, hormones, bones, joints, eyes. We have a line specifically for children and teenagers as well.

Do you know if your supplement you are taking is pharmaceutical grade? Is it bio available (does it absorb in your body?). Does your supplement give Olympic or Elite athletes a million dollar guarantee they will not contain contaminants? If you are not sure then contact me and I can tell you how yours is rated.

If you need help with getting on board with a new lifestyle. Do you find conflicting info on the net? Do you need accountability or menu plans? Or do you just need someone to chat with about how to just get started.

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Love and gratitude

Linda Murphy RHN


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Linda Murphy

Linda Murphy

Linda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She teaches her clients easy ways to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet in a busy lifestyle. She is an avid cook and loves to teach her clients easy and healthy ways to prepare everyday meals.
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