During the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, seasonal colds and flu performed somewhat of a vanishing act. And while it seemed perplexing at the time, it made complete sense: We stayed at home, wore face masks when we went out, washed and sanitised our hands, and practiced social distancing. Think about how quickly a cold or flu passes through the office or school classroom… Many of us worked and taught our kids from home.

When lockdown restrictions were at the toughest, we didn’t have the opportunity to pass germs around, and as a result, it was not just the spread of Covid-19 that was limited, but also the spread of other viruses, including that of the common cold and flu.

Now that South Africa and the rest of the world have eased lockdown restrictions, and many parts of life have returned to normal, there seems to be a resurgence in winter colds and flu, with many of us getting the sniffles for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

But getting sick in winter is not inevitable. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself against viruses is to boost your body’s immune system. The immune system protects the body from potentially harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens (these are substances, usually proteins, on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, or bacteria).

When your immune system is strong, you are less likely to get sick, and when you do get sick, you are likely to get well quickly. When your immune system is weak, your body struggles to fight off viruses and bacteria, which may lead to more serious illnesses and pose long-term health risks.

Our immune systems are influenced by various factors and a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things to build up strong immunity:

Get enough rest

Getting enough good quality sleep can boost the immune system and increase immune system function, so be sure to get your eight hours!

Exercise

Regular physical activity is vitally important for a healthy body. When you exercise, it gets your body’s immune cells moving, via white blood cells, to other locations in the body where viruses and bacteria may be identified. 

Stay hydrated

Drinking adequate water (about 6 – 8 glasses per day) helps to carry oxygen to your blood cells and helps to remove toxins from the body. This prevents a build-up of toxins which may negatively affect the immune system.

Consume the right nutrients

While we need to take a holistic approach when attempting to increase our immunity in winter, it is important to note that diet and nutrient intake is one of the most important factors to consider. If your body does not get the right vitamins and minerals, your immune system could be compromised. In terms of diet, that means consuming plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (especially those that are brightly-coloured as they are rich in antioxidants!), lean protein, fibre, and healthy fats. It also means limiting your salt and sugar intake.

However, the truth is, that even when we follow a healthy diet, we might still lack essential nutrients. Modern farming methods and the use of pesticides as well as the use of GMO practices mean that a lot of our fresh foods may not be as nutrient-dense as they used to be. Some water-soluble vitamins are also lost in the cooking process.

To ensure our bodies get all the nutrients we need to build up a strong immune system, it is recommended to take a good quality supplement daily.

For adults, we recommend:

NutriPure Immune Support (R135.00) has been carefully formulated with 6 essential vitamins and minerals: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium. Together, these vitamins and minerals play a critical role in the maintenance of good health.

NutriPure Multivitamin Complete (R135.00) has been specially formulated for adults. Each NutriPure Multivitamin gummy contains a balanced dosage of 12 essential vitamins and minerals.

NutriPure Vitamin D3 (R135.00) helps maintain strong bones and teeth, It is also great for the immune system and is known to aid in the fight against viruses.

For the kids, we recommend:

NutriPure Kids Immune Support+ (R110.00) contains a unique blend of 6 essential vitamins and minerals that all contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

NutriPure Kids Multi Vitamin Complete (R110.00). Multivitamins contribute to the normal function of the immune. Each NutriPure MultiVitamin gummy contains 11 Essential Vitamins & Minerals.

NutriPure Kids Vitamin C (R110.00). Vitamin C contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, normal energy-yielding metabolism, and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. One NutriPure gummy contains 80mg of Vitamin C which is 100% of the daily recommended allowance.

Why NutriPure?

NutriPure gummies are made with real fruit juice, making them extra soft and juicy.

  • Gluten-Free
  • No Artificial Flavours
  • No Artificial Colours
  • No Milk, Wheat, Eggs, Nuts
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No GMO ingredients
  • No Preservatives

NutriPure products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Takealot.com, Faithful to Nature, selected Spar and Pick n Pay stores.

Website: www.nutripure.co.za