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“Staying Healthy This Fall”

Fall is here and that means that the cold and flu season is coming up quick. It’s a good idea to get started on improving your immunity before the sniffles and sneezes hit. There are a few vitamins and supplements that are known for possessing immune boosting properties.

Aside from washing your hands frequently you might consider adding some vitamins and supplements to your daily routine. First off would be a good multivitamin. A multivitamin can help fill the gaps in your diet that you may have missed. Fall is usually a very busy time with holidays coming up so it might be hard for you to get your daily recommendations of vitamins.

One of my supplements comes from an herb called Astragalus. This is popular in Chinese medicine but it has traditionally been given to people to enhance their immune system. Studies have shown that Astragalus stimulates the production of cells that kill bacteria and viruses.

One of the more well-known immune system enhancing herbs is echinacea. Echinacea can be taken preemptively and through the entire flu season to possibly prevent the onset of cold symptoms. Some studies have supported the hypothesis that echinacea can shorten the duration of colds and flu’s.

Finally, vitamin C. Probably the best known vitamin when it comes to boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is a highly powerful antioxidant, but it must be replenished daily since it is water-soluble. Scientific studies have shown that vitamin C can play a major role in fighting off infection and is a vital part of a healthy immune system.

Whatever vitamins and or supplements you choose to take during this cold and flu season is fall brings it’s cooler weather, we hope you stay healthy.

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When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.

Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.

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