Your Essential Immune Support Kit
The scientists have spoken. The key nutrients your body needs to protect against colds and strengthen your immunity.
As Hong Kong hums back to life, it’s important that we continue to support and strengthen our immune systems. At this time, your most powerful line of defence against viruses is your immunity.
We recognise these past few months have been physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Working through what-to-do and what-not-to-do has been overwhelming for many. We’ll keep this simple.
At this time, the key to a strong immunity is to identify and address:
- deficiencies in key nutrients that are central to a healthy, robust immune system. To maintain a healthy immune system, the body needs sufficient vitamins and other nutrients. But that is exactly what many people lack.
- existing inflammation in your body that may be caused by underlying health issues, toxins and pollutants, stress and more. Existing inflammation combined with virus-induced inflammation can lead to severe symptoms.
With this in mind, our expert practitioners have compiled an exact list of what your immune support kit should include to boost your immunity and reduce inflammation. They’ve also shared pure and powerful supplement recommendations, so you receive the best support at this time.
Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc and a Probiotic: the four key fighters for immune health
It’s no secret that Vitamin C can supercharge your cold and flu defences. Your body does not produce Vitamin C; you get this vital nutrient from your diet. Sadly, no matter how well you eat, compromised soil quality and imported foods can significantly affect the levels of Vitamin C you consume.
Vitamin C deficiency is known to decrease our immune responsiveness and increase susceptibility to infections. When a person becomes ill, the increased inflammation and metabolic requirements in our body places even greater demand for Vitamin C.
Our Practitioner Recommendation: Pure and potent Vitamin C supplementation is proven to both prevent colds and relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and flu. It’s important to note that not all vitamin C supplements are created equal. We recommend Medlab Manuka C™, which is scientifically formulated to support optimal immune system function. This powerful supplement includes ascorbic acid, zinc and glutathione – all known to support healthy immunity. Suitable for both adults and children.
Multiple global experts advise that Vitamin D3 is crucial for a strong immunity.
Worryingly, an alarming 60% of Hong Kongers are believed to be Vitamin D-deficient, which makes it difficult for our bodies to fight flus and viruses. Vitamin D deficiency not only impairs immune function but also promotes excessive inflammatory reactions, which can be particularly dangerous if you become ill.
It is imperative that we actively address Vitamin D deficiency at this time. Read more about vitamin D and immunity here.
Our Practitioner Recommendation: Micellized Vitamin D3 is an easily absorbed formula. Suitable for the entire family, these drops bolster your respiratory health and help alleviate anxiety, providing much-needed support in current times.
Zinc is essential for immune support function. This vital mineral contains specific and well-known antiviral properties. It has been proven to help protect against colds and – if you do fall sick – decrease the severity of a person’s respiratory illness.
Zinc deficiency impacts around half of all adults. This nutrient deficiency can greatly impair a person’s immune function, especially their resistance to viral infections. For decades, studies have shown that zinc supplementation effectively boosts your immune response.
Our Practitioner Recommendation: Vital Nutrients Zinc (Citrate) is absorbed quicker and far more effectively by the body compared to many other zinc supplements. It powerfully supports immunity, yet it’s gentle on the stomach.
70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Disruptions to your gut microbiomes (micro-organisms in the body) increases your sensitivity to viral infections. As your gut microbiomes are also linked to your mucous membranes (protective layers that line parts of your ear, nose, throat, digestive tract and parts of the body that are exposed to air) it’s important to ensure your gut is healthy and strong.
Probiotics are proven to support gut health, enhance resistance to viral infections and decrease inflammation in the body. But only when they are pure, potent and stored appropriately. Store-bought supplements simply won’t do. It’s also important to note that different probiotics serve different purposes. Only specific strains of probiotics support immune function.
Our Practitioner Recommendation: For the purpose of strengthening immunity, we recommend Ther-biotic Complete by Klaire Labs. Available in a powder and capsule form, this particular probiotic is a robust and hypoallergenic blend of 12 probiotic species that provides excellent immune health support.
We highly recommend that you take Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc, and a pure and powerful probiotic in tandem to form the foundation of your immune support kit.
All of the recommended supplements can be purchased at the dispensary or online. If you have questions about the best immunity supplements at this time, please feel free to visit our dispensary in-person or write to us here.
Your Essential Immune Support Kit is intended to complement a healthy lifestyle. If you want a personalised plan that takes into account any lifestyle and health factors that may be compromising your immunity, please arrange an in-person or online consultation with one of our naturopaths.
We hope your toolkit serves you and your family well.