Look after your immune system and it will look after you

decided to change today‘s blog late last night due to the sudden surge of nasty colds and coughs over the past 2 weeks in the gymOn Monday I picked up a tickly throat and running nose, howeveI put into plan measures to give myself the best oppurtunity to return to full health asap.

Before I go into the details of this blog can I Just say that I am no medical expert in this science, if you have any concerns about the
state of your health always contact
your GP for their advice.

Currently there is no clear answer to what cures the common cold and flu. From my angle I believe that if you look after health in the first place you have a better chance of staying consistently well with the ability to easily fight off colds. Looking after your health includes correct daily nutrition, good hydration, adequate sleep patterns, keeping an active lifestyles and limiting stress. Taking all of thesfad immune system boosters and cold rememdies alone will not always fix the problems if your general lifestyle balance is all over the place.

Don’t get me wrong there are times whethese viruses hit you out of no where, however always aim to be proactive in your lifestyle rather than reactive to give yourself the best chances of staying on form.

If ever I feel under the weather I always look to ensure that my Vitamin C, B6 and E levels are at a good levelEven though there
isn’t evidence to support that these
vitamins cure common colds, however its important to ensure that you’re still getting your daily amounts of these vitamins at the least.

Vitmain C

Vitamin C ( ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. We can’t store it in the body, which means we need it from our diet every day.

“VitaminC helps protect cells and keep them healthy,” says Marie Murphy, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation. “It
is also involved in the production of collagen, which maintains healthy connective tissues, important for the support and structure of tissues and organs including the skin, bones and blood vessels.”

Vitamin C helps with wound healing, and consuming vitamin C increases the amount of iron we can absorb from plant sources, such as kale, broccoli and sprouts.

Check out the below link from the NHS website which gives information on recommened daily levels of vitamin C including best food sources to get it from.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, helps:

Allow the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food form

-Haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body

Please see link below for further information on B6 levels and sources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-b/#vitamin-b6

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, and strengthen the body’s natural defence against illness and infection (the immune system).

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-e/

To close this blog, its very handy having a close friend as a practising Dr so here’s a few wise words from him as we head towards the winter period and look to keep ourselves clear of colds and flu.

“ I completely agree with Mike’s excellent comments. When you are consistently training your immune system will be reduced so I tell all athletes to take daily vitamin C and zinc tablets to combat this. It is all about balance with a good varied diet, reduction
in stress and 7 to 8 hours sleep every night. Sleep is the only way to truly restore your body and during this period we make the majority of our growth hormone and testosterone, as well as mentally clearing out any trauma from the day. It’s great to be active
but be careful not to over train as this can present with similar symptoms to a cold. If not getting better after a week it may be worth seeing your doctor and looking to scale back your training and increase your recovery”

Sources:

https://www.webmd.boots.com – Clint Witchalls

Dr Rahul Lakhera

https://www.menshealth.com – Erin Weaver

https://www.nhs.uk

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