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3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity

A healthy immune system is your body’s best defense against colds, flus and other illnesses.

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The immune system is a complex web of proteins, cells, tissues and organs that, when working in peak form, band together to combat pathogens (a.k.a. illness-causing bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms). Frequent colds or infections, constant fatigue, uncomfortable digestive issues or slow-healing wounds may all be signs of a weakened immune system. Follow these lifestyle tips to help support your immune system so that it can support you, too.

1. Manage stress with better habits.

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We all deal with life’s many stresses on a seemingly constant basis. Sometimes it’s the result of long-term stressors like a difficult relationship, a sick child or financial trouble, while at other times, it’s from temporary annoyances like a traffic jam or leaky pipe. Whatever’s raising your blood pressure today, it’s important to learn how to manage it for your immune system’s sake—and for your overall wellbeing! Try a few different stress-busting techniques to see what works best for you, including deep breathing, meditation, working out, journaling or speaking with a therapist.

2. Monitor your nutrient intake.

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For your body to function at peak capacity, it needs a constant supply of many different vitamins and minerals. For a comprehensive list, you can check out Canada’s Food Guide, which recommends choosing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to fill half your plate at each meal, then adding in about a quarter plate of lean protein and a quarter plate of whole grains.

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If you struggle to consistently reach the recommended amount of fruits and veggies, you can also take supplements to help fill in the gaps. Vitamin C, for example, isn’t naturally produced by the human body and must be consumed on a regular basis through diet and supplementation. To get an adequate amount of this vital nutrient every day, you can try Ester-C® 1000 mg. This non-acidic form is easier on the gut than standard ascorbic acid-based vitamin C supplements. It also has active vitamin C metabolites like threonate and furanone, for enhanced absorption and up to 24 hours of immune system support.

3. Take steps to lower your risk of infections.

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Your immune system shouldn’t have to do all the work. There are also a number of easy steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pathogens in the first place. To limit the number of germs that enter your body through your nose, mouth and eyes, wear a mask, wash your hands thoroughly (especially before and after using public transit or the washroom) and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—then go wash your hands again! You can also keep your vaccinations, including the flu shot, up to date.

Ester-C® 1000mg is a high-potency vitamin C supplement that’s enhanced with 200 mg of citrus bioflavonoids like rutin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that aids in vitamin C absorption. Ester-C® is free of dairy, wheat, gluten and soy and contains calcium ascorbate, a type of vitamin C that’s gentle on the stomach. Take just one tablet, once per day.

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