Zinc is one of our most important minerals yet it is one of the most common deficiencies that we can have. Without enough zinc we can have more inflammation, diarrhea, a lower immune system and we are at increased risk of developing cancer.
Recent studies show that in order to receive the best levels of protection our blood vitamin D levels should be about 120-200 nmol/l. I personally don’t like to recommend cod liver oil as a vitamin D supplement because it also contain Vitamin A and too much vitamin A taken for long periods of time can cause health problems. Some foods that contain vitamin D include: canned sardines, salmon, tuna, shrimp, butter, sunflower seeds, liver, eggs, mushroom.
The changes in the leaves and the drop in temperatures are signal to me that it is time to boost up our immune system. The main job of our immune system is to defend our body from infections – whether that is a simple virus, bacteria or fungus. There has already been a number of patients coming in with colds, flus, sinusitis or bronchitis this year. This doesn’t have to be you. Here are some of my favorite tips to stay healthy during the winter:
We always think of the winter months as a time when we are going to feel tired and get sick more often. But does it really have to be like that? It is normal to get sick a couple of times per year, it helps us develop certain antibodies that are healthy for us in the long run. The problem is when it takes us a long time to recover or when we get more than two colds per year.
In our clinic we see many patients that suffer from a weakened immune system.