For most of us winter is a long haul. It means months of cold, wet and dreary weather with very little sunshine and much less exercise. All of this adversely impacts our immune systems, making us highly susceptible to colds and the dreaded flu.
Supplements are a natural way to boost your immune system functioning during these challenging months.
When you make the decision to take supplements you may feel overwhelmed by the many choices your local pharmacy offers you. What are all these supplements and what will they do for you? We’ve compiled a ‘starter kit’ for you to give you a place to begin your selection.
Stock up on this one. This is your first line of defense in fighting winter colds and flu. It may help reduce the severity and duration of colds and provide relief from symptoms.
Many people swear by this herb supplement over the winter. It supports the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells which help your body fight off bacteria and infections.
Cold, damp weather often makes inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and joint pain worsen. Omega 3 is found in fish oil and it can help maintain joint health and mobility and reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Omega 3 will also increase blood circulation and warm up those cold hands and feet.
Vitamin D is essential for health and well being. Most vitamin D is manufactured by our bodies when ultraviolet rays from sunlight hit our skin. During the winter months it is very difficult to get those rays. A vitamin D supplement is good for your bone health, nervous system and immune system.
ST. JOHN’S WORT
Many people feel a little gloomy over the winter months. It’s no wonder with the seemingly endless grey skies and cold weather. St. John’s Wort may relieve irritability, reduce nervousness and support emotional balance.
Before you begin taking supplements talk to your health care provider, particularly if you are taking prescribed medication. Come in to Heart Pharmacy at any one of our five locations and our pharmacists will be happy to discuss your supplement needs with you in depth.
Stay healthy and remember that Spring will come!