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Boosting Your Immune System for the Winter Season
A Great Defense is a Fortified Immune System
When the weather changes in autumn and becomes a little colder, cold symptoms like a runny nose or cough spread rapidly. In addition, this winter flu season is predicted to be a challenging one.

There are many simple changes that you can make in your daily routine to boost your immune system and defend yourself. Adding natural products to a healthy diet as well a regular exercise routine are helpful methods to ward off viruses.

Natural Products for Immune System Support
A healthy immune system is our only real defense against all the bacterial, viral and fungal organisms in our environment. It is best to have a responsive and efficient immune system at the earliest exposure to the virus. Foods high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Zinc, when used in combination with other herbs and spices work synergistically to support the immune system.

It is important to consume more fermented foods and supplements in your diet, especially fermented soybean which contains probiotic bacteria, isoflavones, saponins omerga-3 fatty acids, and phytosterols. These help to build one's immunity by helping to maintain peak levels of natural killer cells and macrophages (types of white blood cells) and by supporting cytokine production, which responds to infections.

Green Tea has very effective antiviral properties as well. One cup of green tea provides 10-40 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots, or strawberries. The high antioxidant activity of green tea makes it beneficial for protecting the body.

Increasing Energy with Natural Supplements: A Testimonial
"For the last few weeks I have been dragging around-everything I was doing seemed like a colossal effort-then I caught a cold, and went from bad to worse... I did all the normal things to get better faster-sleep, rest, take garlic caps, consume lots of soup, etc. these things helped some, but I still felt very tired. I then took some Ashwagandha and Shilajit supplements that were recommended to me to see if I might feel better. That afternoon I not only felt much better, I had this amazing new-found energy-- something I haven't experienced in a very long time. The next day I felt alert, very positive, and was able to do all my work with confidence, and without feeling the least bit stressed. It's amazing!"

- Wendy K., California

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