Get ready for the cooler weather and strengthen your immune system


Strengthening your immune system is akin to adding an extra shield against illnesses. But what's the secret? 


It turns out, specific nutrients and gut health play a major role in maintaining immune strength. The Health Food Shop MacArthur Central delve into how certain nutrients bolster your defences and explore some amazing products available at The Health Food Shop, including DYLY Gut Health Formula, Sea Moss, and Nutri Organics Berry Immune.

Zinc: The Immunity Booster

Zinc is a powerhouse mineral essential for keeping your immune system in top shape. A deficiency can lead to frequent illnesses, slow-healing wounds, and increased stress. Fortunately, you can get your fill of zinc from foods like meat, nuts, and seeds. However, if your diet isn’t cutting it, zinc supplements can help.

When taking zinc supplements, it’s best to consume them with food to avoid stomach discomfort. It’s important to note that your body’s absorption of zinc can be hindered by phytates found in grains and legumes. Processes like fermentation or sprouting can reduce phytate levels, enhancing zinc absorption.

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is synthesized by your body when exposed to sunlight. Lack of sun exposure or having darker skin can result in vitamin D deficiency. Groups at higher risk include older adults, individuals with limited mobility, and those who cover their skin for religious or cultural reasons.

Foods like fatty fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products are excellent sources of vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial for immune function, regulating immune responses and fighting infections. To maintain adequate vitamin D levels, spend more time outdoors, eat vitamin D-rich foods, and consider supplements if necessary.

Vitamin C: The Cold Fighter

Vitamin C is famed for its ability to combat colds by boosting the production of white blood cells, the heroes of your immune system. Known for its antioxidant properties, vitamin C supports immune function, protects cells from oxidative stress, and aids in fighting infections.

To keep your immune system strong, ensure a diet rich in vitamin C by eating citrus fruits, strawberries, and broccoli. Supplements can be helpful if you’re not getting enough from your diet.

Probiotics: Gut Health Guardians

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that ensure your gut functions smoothly, which is crucial as approximately 80% of immune activity occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are great sources of probiotics. Prebiotics, which feed probiotics, can be found in garlic, onions, bananas, and asparagus. Probiotic and prebiotic supplements are excellent alternatives if these foods are hard to incorporate into your diet.

At The Health Food Shop, you’ll find an array of products designed to support your immune system:

DYLY Gut Health Formula: This product fights inflammation, supports gut health, improves IBS symptoms, and reduces bloating. A healthy gut is fundamental to a strong immune system, making DYLY an excellent choice for overall wellness.

Sea Moss: Packed with essential nutrients, Sea Moss is a fantastic addition to your diet for boosting immune health.

Nutri Organics Berry Immune: This blend is perfect for strengthening your immune system with its rich nutrient profile.

Enhance your health and wellness journey by visiting The Health Food Shop located on the Lower Ground Level next to Priceline Pharmacy. Discover how our products, like the DYLY Gut Health Formula, Sea Moss, and Nutri Organics Berry Immune and much more which can help you maintain robust immune health.

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