Did you know it takes three months or more to boost your immune system? That means you need to take steps now in order to protect yourself against fall and winter viruses.
Some health experts will tell you to avoid sugar, drink plenty of water, and eat lots of vegetables. Others will even tell you to take a multivitamin. All of these are smart ideas. But there's something you can add to your multivitamin that will make it even more effective.
In a new study, researchers took nearly 500 healthy adults and divided them into two groups. They gave the first group a multivitamin alone. Then they gave the other group a multi along with a probiotic. Result: the group taking the probiotic had significantly shorter colds and greatly reduced symptoms.
You may think of probiotics as the bacteria you take after a bout of diarrhea or a course of antibiotics. They repopulate the gut bacterium and help fight bacteria that cause disease, including Candida. But probiotics do much more. They stimulate the immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects. That's why they're often part of the protocol for someone with inflammatory bowel disease.
Make sure you take probiotic strains that are effective. The manufacturer should have their product tested regularly to make sure they work. Some are better than others. I often suggest super high-potency probiotics for serious health problems. But for simply boosting your immune system, there are others that cost less and work well on a daily basis. One of the best is Advanced Probiotic Formula from Women's Preferred .
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Add a good probiotic to your daily supplements and see what this double protection does for you this winter. And look for my article on a triple protection cold and flu formula this fall in my monthly newsletter.
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Dr. Janet Zand
Ref.: de Vrese, M., et al. "Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri PA 16/8, Bifidobacterium longum SP 07/3, B. bifidum MF 20/5 on common cold episodes: a double blind, randomized, controlled trial," Clin Nutr, 2005 Aug;24(4):481-91.