Vitamins, minerals and supplements: support your immune system

With the weather changing, I've decided to look at ways I can support my immune system over the autumn and winter. Obviously, I'm particularly keen to support my immune system in light of coronavirus this year. Sleep plays an important part in our health and wellbeing so take a look at my tips on how to fall asleep naturally. I'm taking vitamin D3 and also use echinacea when I'm feeling rundown.


Medical Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor or medical professional. You must not rely on the information on this blog as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor. If you have any specific concerns about your health, you should consult your doctor and you should not delay seeking medical advice, or treatment for your health, because of information on this blog.


You can buy a range of vitamins, minerals and supplements from natural health online shops such as:

Ethical Superstore

Big Green Smile

Holland & Barrett

Vitamin D supplements

I've been taking Vitamin D3 since lockdown began in March as I knew I wasn't going to be outside as much. Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body can produce it when exposed to the sun. If you have insufficient vitamin D in your diet, you can take a supplement.

“There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. However, there is currently not enough evidence to support this.”

NHS UK

You can find out more about vitamin D on the NHS UK website.

What is vitamin D good for?

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Vitamin D supplements

I'm taking vitamin D3 tablets from Holland & Barrett but you could try:

Terranova Vegan Vitamin D3 1000iu Complex Supplement (Ethical Superstore)

Vitamin D drops

If you don't like swallowing tablets, drops might be easier to swallow. You might want to look at Nature's Answer Vitamin D3 Drops 15ml (Big Green Smile).

Planet Organic have a good selection of vitamin D products including drops, sprays, tablets and shots.

Echinacea

At the first sign of a cold, I take echinacea. Since I've started taking it, I've had fewer colds and they haven't been as bad as previous years. I take Echinacea Cold and Flu capsules (Holland and Barrett).

Tea

As well as tasting delicious herbal or spice teas could also help boost your immunity. One of my favourites is Heath & Heather Organic Root Remedy (Holland and Barrett) which is a fiery blend of turmeric, ginger and galangal. A great drink on a cold day and hopefully, it's doing some good too!

Throat Comfort Tea from Yogi Tea (Ethical Superstore) is also a good choice for a sore throat. For me, I much prefer the spice-based teas rather than herbal or fruit ones.


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