You will be surprised how easy it is to do this. And, after you see how your body can benefit from all these, you will be in awe. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can be especially beneficial in the winter months, when colds and flu seem to be the norm.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and an essential nutrient, meaning our bodies can’t make it and we must obtain it from our diets. Specifically, vitamin C:
- Plays a central role in the repair and regeneration of tissues.
- Helps protect cells from everyday oxidative stress throughout the body.
- May support healthy immune function.
Getting vitamin c through your diet is easy – food sources are abundant and can be enjoyed all year long. Supplemental vitamin C is another option – I suggest a vitamin C supplement derived from d-glucose, taken with a meal to reduce any stomach irritation.
This powerful antioxidant is abundant in foods, good food sources of vitamin C that are abundant and can be enjoyed all year long include:
- Red peppers
- Red Bell Peppers
- Pink Grapefruit
Although supplemental vitamin C is available in many forms, I suggest using an inexpensive vitamin C supplement derived from d-glucose, taken with a meal to prevent stomach upset.
So, how else can we minimize the flu?
- Wash your hands, especially when you’re out in public places, with hot water and soap. When you travel, it’s a good idea to carry wipes, or one of the more natural antimicrobial sprays with you.
- Get a flu shot. This is especially important for those over 65 years old, as well as anyone with a weakened immune or respiratory system, nursing home residents, and health care workers who have regular contact with patients. Pregnant women whose last two trimesters fall during flu season (generally May to September) might consider getting the shot as well.
- Avoid contact with people who have respiratory illnesses. Airborne droplets from sneezes and coughs are what spread the influenza virus from person to person.
- Minimize the spread of germs by avoiding touching your hands to your face or your eyes. Get in the habit of bumping elbows with others this time of year rather than shaking hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Better to use your inner elbow rather than your hands when you cough or sneeze as well. Throw the tissue in the trash after using it, and wash your hands.
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