Eating the right foods is a great way of strengthening your immune system, although a proper diet is not always enough. Vitamins and minerals are great supplements that can help boost your immunity and the following five supplements will make a positive difference in the health of your immune system:

Probiotics

These are popular because they help maintain the natural homeostasis of the digestive tract but have a number of other benefits as well. Probiotics can help strengthen your immune system because a large percentage of your immune system cells are located in the gut and probiotics can help make those cells stronger, which will allow them to fight off infections as a result.

Vitamin D

This is a vitamin that not only boosts our immune systems but regulates the essential and adaptive immune responses as well. Consuming the right levels of Vitamin D is very important because having it in your bloodstream will allow your system to fight off infections and diseases. For these reasons, it is a must that you get the right amount of Vitamin D each day.

Garlic

This is a very powerful supplement and more and more studies are proving its positive effects. Garlic is not only an antiviral supplement but an anti-inflammatory one as well and stimulates the immune system. Those who take a daily garlic supplement will likely experience fewer colds and will become sick less often than those who do not, so make it a part of your daily routine.

Vitamin C

This is most commonly known to help fight off colds but Vitamin C can do a lot more than that and plays a very big role in the proper function of your immune system. Those who do not get enough of this particular vitamin will generally be more susceptible to chronic colds and similar illnesses. Humans do not make vitamin C in our bodies, so we rely on food and supplementation to get us adequate vitamin C.  

Zinc

This mineral has a very powerful ability to keep your immune system functioning at its best possible level because it works as an antioxidant within your body. It can help reduce the duration of colds and can also help get rid of them much faster. Those who take zinc lozenges will generally experience fewer cold symptoms and this supplement will help prevent you from getting a cold in the first place.

A strong immune system will help you maintain your overall health and will prevent illnesses. Inspirit Health Group can discuss the role of supplements and our team of experts including a registered dietitian, naturopathic doctors, registered massage therapists and acupuncturists can help your health get on the right track. Whether you are interested in acupuncture, need massage therapy or are looking for a naturopathic clinic, we can help, so if you are in the Yaletown or downtown Vancouver areas, give us a call today and we will gladly schedule an appointment!