With the cold weather looming and the flu bug making its rounds, it's time to protect ourselves and children against the dreaded flu virus this season.
General recommendations like washing your hands, cough into your sleeve (not your hands), get a good night's rest, etc are all things we should be doing on a daily daily but should be more aware during this time of year.
We always hear about upping your vitamin C intake during flu season. However thats's not the only thing you should be doing. For a more complete attack on the flu bug it's suggested to increase not only your vitamin C but vitamins A, E and D as well.
Vitamin C: The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for...
adult men is 90 mg
adult women 75 mg
If you're interested in learning more about vitamin C and how much to take based for a particular life stage, go HERE.
If you're interested in learning more about vitamin A and how much to take based for a particular life stage, go HERE.
Vitamin E is also a fat-soluble vitamin that can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, turnip greens, avocado, egg yolk, liver and fortified cereals. An antioxidant that protects our cells and vitamins A and C from destruction.
This sunny vitamin aids in the absorption of calcium and promotes the hardening of bones and teeth. You can get some of your vitamin D intake from direct sunlight but not enough for your total daily intake. Foods that contain vitamin D are fortified dairy products, fish, liver, mushrooms and margarine. Cod liver oil is a good Omega-3 supplement with the added benefit of vitamin D.
A dietary intake full of a variety of colorful fruits and veggies along with a few other tasty foods can help give your immune system that extra boost needed.
Consult with your health practitioner if you choose to supplement any of these vitamins.
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