Building Your Immune System for Monsoon Season
The monsoon season is the most awaited season to bring relief from scorching summer heat. From children to grown-ups, there’s a little something for everyone during Monsoon. The season is all about thundering clouds, cracking lightning, and the freshness in the air when it starts to rain. However, with all these amazing things, the monsoon season also brings a wave of infections and flu. People with a weak immune system are prone to acquire these infections and fall sick often.
Do you have a weak immune system and are looking for a solution to strengthen it ? If yes, we got you covered. This blog talks about ways to strengthen your immunity and ward off flu & infections.
How to Build your Immune System For this Monsoon Season?
1. Include Vitamin C in your Diet
Vitamin C benefits your immune system in more ways than you can imagine. Vitamin C is known to support the epithelial barrier against pathogens and protect your skin from oxidative stress. It also promotes microbial killing and helps prevent excessive damage to the host.
In a nutshell, vitamin C is essential for your immune system to ensure an adequate response against pathogens and infections.
Common vitamin-rich foods are citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli. However, to get the complete vitamin C from foods on a daily basis can be challenging hence we have found a more effective and natural source of vitamin C: Wellbeing Nutrition’s Organic Vitamin C + Zinc. It’s an organic supplement that not only comes with vitamin C but zinc too for better absorption and enhanced immunity. Here are the benefits you can enjoy:
Strengthens Immune System
Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
Fights Signs of Ageing
Boosts Collagen Production
2. Exercise Daily
Daily Exercise, although underrated, can improve your immune function.
A study reported that moderate-intensity exercise could help stimulate cellular immunity by improving the circulation of immune cells across the body. This further helps detect the infection earlier and thus helps prepare better for the same.
3. Consume the Sunshine Vitamin Daily
The sunshine vitamin or vitamin D is not just meant for your bones. It’s also important both for your adaptive and innate immune system. Research says that cells in your immune system synthesise and respond positively to Vitamin D. So, make sure to include vitamin D in your diet.
Some common vitamin D-rich foods are salmon, swordfish tuna, beef liver, and dairy products fortified with vitamin D. Unfortunately most vitamin D-rich sources are non-vegetarian. But here’s a solution for vegans: Wellbeing Nutrition’s Melts Natural Vitamin D3. This supplement comes with 100% vegan and plant-based vitamin D3, K2, cold-pressed oil, and astaxanthin. These ingredients can help:
Supports Heart Health
Promote Bone Strength
4. Take your Daily Dose of Protein
If your protein intake is inadequate, you’re more likely to suffer from cold and flu during monsoon due to a weak immune system. Insufficient intake of proteins can impact your T-cells negatively. T-cells are a part of the immune system targeting specific foreign particles that may increase the risk of infections. So, incorporate effective sources of proteins such as dairy foods like cheese, meat, fish, poultry, etc. While plant food sources for protein exist, too, they aren’t considered effective due to incomplete amino acid profile. So, how will vegans consume the protein they need?
Wellbeing Nutrition’s Superfood Plant Protein is just the protein you need. Superfood Plant Protein is the purest, delicious and easy to digest form of plant-based protein available on the market. This high quality protein isolate is derived from European golden peas and brown rice & chia seeds.
Here are the benefits you can expect:
Improves Immune Function
Prevents Premature Ageing
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Also Important
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve the activity of white blood cells and thus improve your body’s ability to fight off bacteria/viruses. Therefore, consider including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
Nuts and plant oils are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. However, cod liver oil and fishes like salmon, mackerel, and other sea foods contain way more bioavailable omega-3 than these sources. But there’s a far more superior source of omega-3: Virgin Omega 3.
Virgin Omega 3 from Wellbeing Nutrition is a scientifically developed supplement that comes with triple-strength fish oil with essential fatty acids like EPA+DHA and plant-based curcumin beadlets. This supplement can help:
Strengthen Joints and Bones
Improve Skin Health
Support Brain and Heart Health
6. Consume Herbal Tea/Decoctions
Herbs such as mulethi, ginger, amla, turmeric, and tulsi have been long used in the Indian tradition to fight infections and flu. These adaptogenic herbs also enhance your body’s overall immunity. Consuming a warm decoction of these herbs during the cool monsoon season will provide flavonoids, antioxidants and help enhance immunity.
However, it can get tedious to find and prepare fresh kadha/decoctions or herbal teas with herbs on a daily basis. But worry not; we got you covered. With Wellbeing Nutrition’s Grandma’s Kadha, you can enjoy the benefits of mulethi, tulsi, ginger, turmeric, tulsi, and 8 other herbs in just 1 effervescent tablet. This natural preparation can help:
Relieve Symptoms of Flu
Relieve Congestion and Sore Throat
Treat Respiratory Infections
With the aforementioned tips at hand, you won’t have to worry about falling sick often this monsoon. Just follow these tips closely, strengthen your immune system and enjoy the monsoon more than ever.
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