What vitamins/supplements do you take to keep your immune system in check?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Barbiestylez:  I honestly believe Cranberry Extract and Acidophilus (probiotics) help my immune system.  When I take them regularly I don’t get sick!

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Ever since I began being really strict about eating clean, working out daily, etc. I have yet to get sick (knock on wood) for over a year now. When the flu goes around (which is A LOT in Florida), I can always feel my body fighting it… Like I’m going to get it, but I never do. It’s amazing because I used to constantly be sick… If something was going around, I was pretty much guaranteed to get it. I had no idea then that my diet and excercise played such a big part, but am so thankful that’s not the case anymore.

Some multivimins have too much of one thing and not enough of another. So, it’s good to take one with all of the basic vitamins and then supplement it with other things that it may be lacking and such. I take extra fish oil (wish I had done this sooner!!!), iron (because I weightlift and dont get enough via my diet). I stay low sodium, eat TONS of garlic and try to get ginger when I can, and eat a lot of antioxidant rich foods. 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I eat VCO (virgin coconut oil) whenever I feel run down or if bugs are going around. Aside from that I take daily pro-biotics, folic acid, magnesium, and I make / take little capsules containing 5-6 drops of Oil Of Oregano, a very powerful anit-inflamatory-fungal-viral-bacterial once a day.

Other than that I try to eat as clean as possible, excercise frequently, and get plenty of sleep.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I second the probiotics, regular exercise, and clean eating. Also, wash your hands as much as possible & drink lots and lots of water. I am a vitamin addict (peace of mind?), but I truly believe the reason I rarely get sick anymore is because of the lifestyle changes I’ve made in the last few years.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My husband is a pharmacist and he says that there is virtually no real evidence that any vitamin/mineral supplements significantly help prevent viruses like the stomach flu or common cold. I’d just wash your hands regularly and try not to be around sick people.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Barbiestylez:  I eat really well and only take a multi-vitamin plus fish oil and calcium. I never get sick. I never really have though, even before I started taking the vitamins.

All I had this year was a cold that lasted 2 days. It could have been allergies, though.

I also work in schools where illnesses spread like wildfire. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

JenGirl:  It is true that the jury is still out on exactly how much supplements actually “help”. However, many MDs agree that supplementing in moderation (via vitamins and such) where there is a deficiency probably won’t do much harm, and may even prove to be beneficial. The issue is that most people don’t know what their actual deficiencies are and are essentially “aiming in the dark” when they take a generic multivitamin or supplement. 

While it is obviously better the compensate for any deficiency by modifying your diet accordingly, I personally, take fish oil and other supplements to reap benefits other than immunity.

Def firm believer that diet and excercise make the biggest impact…. There is no cure-all pill, unfortunately.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I take a probiotic every morning – I personally use this one. or when traveling I get the RTS one.

I also take magnesium which helps my overall well being, I notice the most difference from taking this one.

I take a multivitamin, vitamin D3, and zinc. I also use Tumeric Cucurmin in place of Advil when I can.

Though I have not tried these yet I also hear very good things about doTerra OnGaurd essential oil blend which is also available as tablets.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Soon2bmarried123:  Yes, if there are actual deficiencies then suppliments can be helpful, though I’m still not sure it’s helpful in the realm of preventing infection. I was referring to a person with no known deficiencies taking suppliments to prevent infections (That sounded like OP’s situation to me). You’re also right that suppliments don’t usually do any harm (though you can be harmed by too much iron or vit A). But vitamins/suppliments can be expensive if they don’t have any proven benefits.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

JenGirl:  +1

I wash my hands often, and it’s the first thing that DH and I both do when we come inside, so it keeps some of the contagious risk down in our own home.  I carry hand sanitizer for when I’m out and use it after being at the doctor’s and after handling a menu.

Sinus rinses help me, as it reduces my allergies, and allergies can lead to a sinus infection which can then lead to further infections in my case.

I keep up with my medications.  Staying generally healthy and out of the hospital reduces the risk I’ll get something else.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

AB Bride:  +1 for sinus rinses!

I use a neti pot (the squeeze-bottle kind with saline) to rinse out my sinuses 2x a day (once in the morning and once before bed; but if I’ve been around sick people, I rinse immediately when I get home). I’ve managed to fend off flus and colds for the last couple of years, and I totally credit it to my neti pot!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Barbiestylez:  A product called Immune, I get it at Whole Foods.  I try to remember to take my greens, I use Health force Vitamineral greens.  I’m not good about this, but I’m really happy when I do remember.  This product also has a good source of prebiotics.  (They help you keep up your probiotics.) Finally I take maca, but that is for keeping my hormones balanced rather than for my immune.  Vitamine D is important for your immune system, and make sure you drink plenty of water.

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