Immunity Boosting with Personalized Vitamin Blends
As the Fall months begin, there is much discussion about illness and the upcoming cold and flu seasons. The pandemic continues, with new twists and turns every week, and everyone wants to know how to stay healthy during this time. Indeed, colds and flu are common in the fall and winter. In addition, the number of COVIDs seems to increase as we spend more time indoors. So how can you stay healthy during these times? We have found that there are many actions we can take to stay healthy in the coming months.
First of all, we can follow vaccination recommendations for all respiratory illnesses. This includes both the COVID vaccines that are currently proven to be safe and effective and many of the proven vaccines we have used for decades. This means flu shots (recommended for people over 6 months). Influenza vaccination helps reduce the severity of potentially life-threatening illnesses. They are not perfect and breakthrough infections can occur, but they help reduce the disease. Yes, people die of the flu every year (about 50,000 people each year before COVID).
No, you can’t prevent the flu from vaccination against the flu. These are not live vaccines (except for nasal drops used in children). Therefore, while it is easy to focus on everything related to COVID, we must not ignore this actual illness that we have fought for many years and it is worth taking steps to prevent it. What other vaccines are useful? Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough is also important and is often forgotten since childhood.
Children get some of these at an early age. They often get the last pediatric dose by the age of 15 or 16 and then slip things. It turns out that this shot needs to be repeated every 10 years. Whooping cough is a respiratory infection that can be fatal to infants and toddlers and is usually not life-threatening in adults, but it is unpleasant to say the least and really troublesome (repeated coughs until you vomit). It is best to avoid this and continue DTP vaccination every 10 years (which is also useful when stepping on rusty nails to prevent tetanus).
Other useful vaccinations may include a pneumonia vaccine for qualified individuals. These patients are usually given from the age of 65 or when there are certain conditions at risk of respiratory illness if you have asthma or weakened immunity. What else can we do to avoid and minimize the effects of illness? As a starting point, we can address basic physical needs. Getting enough sleep is important for keeping your body healthy and resistant to illness. What is good sleep and how can you contribute to it?
Health and Exercise
In addition, getting in shape physically may help. It makes sense that training with regular aerobic exercise (including active walking, not necessarily strenuous hours at the gym) can help you prepare for almost everything. Interestingly, the relationship between obesity and respiratory illness came to the forefront recently in the era of COVID. Obesity is one of the leading predictors of poor outcomes in COVID patients. Therefore, perhaps more than ever, the pandemic has become an example and highlighted the need to lose that extra weight. Click here for more information on the role of vitamins in weight loss.
Another health measure that should not be ignored is hydration. Hydration is an essential component of immune health, both in prevention and in shortening the duration of illness. It is very easy to get dehydrated with loss of appetite, feverish sweating, and nausea from certain over-the-counter cold remedies. Don’t underestimate the role of good old chicken soup! It is very important to have something full of electrolytes, not pure water. Learn more about the role of vitamins and minerals in hydration.
Supplements and the Immune System
What role can vitamins and supplements play in the health of the immune system? It turns out that vitamins can be an important part of overall health and immune support. The most efficient way to use vitamins is to take them regularly to stay healthy. Most of us have some vitamin deficiency, but our needs depend on our individual diet, lifestyle, and health issues. Therefore, taking good personalized vitamins every day is a great way to get exactly what you need every day to improve and maintain your overall health. There are several vitamins that have been shown to play a role, especially when it comes to immunity. Good old vitamin C is a staple. Studies show that vitamin C helps fight colds and viruses, or at least shortens their duration. Of course, the challenge is to get the right and safe amount without overdoing it. Like most vitamins, too much can be harmful. Many people need to be supplemented daily and take increased doses when they start to get sick.
Another vitamin that is widely recognized during pandemics because of its role in the health of the immune system is vitamin D3. This vitamin, which is actually a hormone, has long been known to play a role in regulating inflammation. It turns out that white blood cells contain many vitamin D receptors. This may be the reason why vitamin D deficiency is associated with poor outcomes in diseases ranging from COVID to cancer and heart disease. As always, the right dose is important.
Zinc has been debated when it comes to cold symptoms for years. It is also advertised as a solution for COVID. This is probably not the case, but we do know that zinc can shorten the duration of some common viruses and help in those situations. However, it is a heavy metal that probably should not be ingested all the time (metal deposits on various parts of the body such as the brain are a concern). It makes sense to take zinc to support your immune system. That’s why you can find it in our Immune Blast Situation Supplement.
Other vitamins that can support the health of the immune system include magnesium (one of the most important electrolytes that aid in hydration), certain B vitamins, and iron for those who need it. Determining who needs what and how much is the biggest challenge. One thing the pandemic has taught us is that throwing the kitchen sink at any problem is useless and can be harmful (initially, many medicines and supplements have bad consequences).
It is important to be thoughtful and follow medical evidence when it comes to treatment, whether prescription or dietary supplements. Vous Vitamin was actually created for these reasons. As doctors, we believe that many people can benefit from the use of safe, evidence-based vitamins to improve their health. Taking custom multivitamins is a great way to do this. Our personalized online vitamin quiz will help you determine exactly what you need based on your diet, lifestyle, and health history. If you feel sick or have a cold, flu, or virus, a small extra dose in the form of an immune blast may be sufficient.