During these cold winter months our immunity may be tested with cold and flu infections especially prevalent.
We asked our team of Pharmacists for some tips and to recommend a range of supplements that can help strengthen your immunity during the cold and flu season.
- Eating well balanced meals
Consuming a nutritious, balanced diet can impact your immune system immensely. The majority of your vitamins and nutrients should come from whole, unprocessed meals. Antioxidants and foods high in Vitamin C are particularly crucial for boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is essential for this season and is in a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Sleep Habit
Create a good sleep routine. Your breathing and muscular activity decrease as you sleep, allowing our immune system to work. The ideal sleep pattern should be consistent.
Prioritize sleep and adopt healthy sleeping practices. You can do this by making a routine of the time you go to sleep and wake up in the mornings. As an adult, getting six to eight hours of sleep per night is essential for your productivity and health.
- Getting your Flu vaccine and other essential vaccines
Keep up to date with recommended vaccinations over the winter. Throughout the winter, the flu virus has the potential to emerge and spread rapidly.
By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself, but you’re also protecting your family, friends and the community.
- Staying Fit
Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy “microbiome,”. Find an activity you enjoy. We can strengthen our immune systems through exercising to stay fit and prevent recurring infections.
Exercise, as we all know, also promotes the creation of our feel-good hormones and promotes restful thinking and sleep.
- Sanitising and washing your hands
Always sanitise and wash your hands.
Whilst washing our hands doesn’t strengthen our immune system, it can help prevent illness. Unwashed hands can transfer germs to food, drinks, and objects like door handles and handrails, spreading bacteria to another person.
Regular hand washing is a simple and efficient technique to help you and your family stay well this winter!
- Supplements and Immunity
We have a range of supplements that can help support your immunity this winter.
Our bodies need certain nutrients, like vitamin D, to fight off germs. In Ireland, it is hard to get enough vitamin D from sunshine, especially in the winter.
Here are some recommended products you can find on our online shop here or at your local Adrian Dunne Pharmacy.
Revive Active- Revive Active is a super supplement that stands out with a unique formulation of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help you get the most from your busy lifestyle. Packed with 26 active ingredients specially formulated to support your energy levels & immune system.
Zest Active- Zest Active is a super supplement with 25 active ingredients formulated for adults who want to support their immune system and energy levels. Delivering multiple benefits in one easy sachet, every single ingredient has been carefully selected to help you unlock your potential.
Baby Vit D3 Pump- Vitamin D plays an essential role in enhancing the immune system and is vital to maintain normal muscle function. Babyvit-D drops has been specially developed for new-born babies, infants and young children to help meet their daily Vitamin D needs.
Udo’s Choice Super 8- Super 8 Microbiotic contains eight strains of healthy ‘friendly’ bacteria that can help promote immune function, aid proper digestion and the build-up of beneficial bacteria after taking antibiotics, whilst supporting general health.
Pharmaton Immuno – designed to help support your immune system, energy release and mental performance Pharmaton Immuno contains high levels of 10 vitamins and minerals. The small caplets are easy to swallow and suitable for adults over 18 years old.
Vitamin D3 2000iu – a high strength Vitamin D food supplement that contributes to the normal function of our immune system, maintenance of our bones and muscle function.
Berocca Immuno – A high strength formula packed full of vitamins and minerals, it can help keep your immune system up and running, support energy release and reduce tiredness & fatigue.
Don’t hesitate to call into your local Adrian Dunne Pharmacy and speak to one our team members for advice on support your immune system this winter. Find your local Adrian Dunne Pharmacy here.