It’s that time of year again; the dreaded cold and flu season. As if I needed more proof of this, three of my clients are home sick as I write this. Health is something we all think about, but never more so than when we are laid out with a bad cold or a debilitating flu ourselves. But take heart because there are powerful foods and supplements you can take advantage of that will help you fight off what ails you.
Just to drive my point home, “anywhere from 5% to 20% of Americans get the flu each year, and more than 200,000 end up being hospitalized,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and many more than that will wrangle with a cold or two this year as well. The best thing you can do to ensure you aren’t part of this statistic is to keep yourself in optimal health, as this will help you prevent getting sick at all. Getting a healthy amount of antioxidants into your diet is one of the best ways to stay at your peak performance. And better yet, if you combine a healthy diet with specific pharmaceutical grade supplements, you will protect yourself even more.
Before I discuss the best way to incorporate antioxidants into your diet, let’s take a look at what they are and why they help maintain health. In an article for HealthCastle.com, Gloria Tsang, RD writes:
“antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.
Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.”
So you see how important these nutrients are to our bodies. The free radical damage Ms. Tsang talks about that contribute to much more serious diseases also contribute to that nasty cold you got or the flu you may get this season. The good thing is that it is easy to get these substances through our food. As mentioned above, antioxidants are found in large supply in vegetables and fruits. Some of the best fruits you can eat to help prevent getting sick are berries of any variety, and the best part is they taste so good. Now, if you combine this healthier way of eating with pharmaceutical grade supplements, you have a really powerful tool in fighting against ill health.
The best combinations of supplements you can take to ward off the cold or help shorten the duration of the flu are Zinc, Magnesium and Calcium along with a good multivitamin. Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in our body, and it is vital for our immune system, so in order to help maintain good health, you should take a supplement that combines Magnesium with Zinc, which helps provide your body with a restful sleep and Calcium, which plays a crucial role in other systems of the body, such as the health and functioning of nerves and muscle tissue. At New Performance Nutrition, we offer pharmaceutical grade supplements, which is important because these are the highest, purest doses of vitamins and minerals you can get without a prescription. If you buy these over-the-counter, you are more than likely getting a watered down version that will have little to no affect on you at all. This is why I hear so many clients saying that vitamins never help them prevent sickness. But if you take the proper supplements, in the strongest, purest form and you take them correctly, you will see a big difference.
Nothing is our lives is worth living for, if we don’t have our health. Being sick is no fun, to be sure. At best it’s annoying, at worst it can interfere with you daily life and even become life threatening. We all think we have to just suffer through a cold and bide our time to allow the flu to work its way out of our system, but you can do something to help prevent them at all, or at least alleviate the suffering you go through. A healthy diet filled with antioxidants, combined with pharmaceutical grade supplements are two of the best weapons you have. What about you? What have you tried and found that works to fight the cold and flu? Please leave your comments, suggestions and questions about your experiences in health.
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