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With locations all over the United States, we are able to service our patients better. Feel free to contact your local pharmacy directly, or call our main line, and we will point you in the right direction.
Florida
4000 Park St N,
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Phone 727-381-9799
Fax 727-347-2050
Hours: 9am-6pm (M-F)

New Jersey
440 A Raritan Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Phone 732-640-0786
Fax 732-640-0787
Hours: 9am-5:30pm (M-F)

New York
863 Fairmount Ave
Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone 716-484-1586
Fax 716-488-0073
Hours: 9am-5:30pm (M-F)

Pennsylvania (Erie)
2936 W 17th St,
Erie, PA 16505
Phone 814-838-2102
Fax 814-838-2103
Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (M-F), 9am-1pm (Sat)

South Carolina
640 Congaree Rd,
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone 864-241-0477
Fax 864-241-0843
Hours: 9am-5:30pm (M-F)

Texas
10130 Louetta Rd # C,
Houston, TX 77070
Phone 281-251-0888
Fax 281-251-0889
Hours: 9am-5:30pm (M-F)

Virginia
4001 Virginia Beach Blvd #110
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone 757-934-0533
Fax 757-228-3991
Hours: 9am-5:30pm (M-F)

Corporate Headquarters
2535 Johns Place
Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone 716-720-5121
Fax 716-708-6248
Hours: 8:30am-5pm (M-F)

 

Things You Can Do to Power Up Your Immunity

Things You Can Do to Power Up Your Immunity

The holiday season brings more than just jolly old men and candy canes. It also heralds the annual arrival of the winter cold and flu season. If you are dreading your yearly bout with a nagging cold, here are 8 things you can do now to power up your immunity.

 

1 – Drink Water

 

The human body is made up primarily of water. We need it to prompt cellular repair, and to flush away germs and viruses that we acquire through the foods and drinks we ingest or the air we breathe. Your immune system is compromised when you drink insufficient amounts of water.

 

Not only will water power up your immunity, but it will also help you sleep better so you will have the energy to deal with holiday stress and to power shop your way through the holiday season.

 

2 – Eat Healthfully

 

Your immune system requires care from you in the form of healthy nourishment. When you eat a poor diet, your immune system becomes sluggish and unable to ward off those viruses. On the other hand, when you eat healthfully, you are arming it to battle those unwanted germs.

 

Focus on eating a well-balanced blend of the following:

 

Lean proteins like chicken and white fish: These are lean, low-fat sources of protein that keep your immune system stocked with energy.

 

Greens: kale, collard, mustard greens. Greens are wonderful sources of the mineral iron as well as Vitamins A, B6, C, and K. Plus, they deliver much-needed fiber to help you eliminate waste.

 

Raw fruits and vegetables: apples, oranges, pears, or carrots. Keep these on hand to satisfy snack cravings. Opt for these instead of unhealthy snacks. You’ll get plenty of vitamins and minerals and eliminate those unhealthy choices.

 

Whole-grain rice, breads, and pastas: These options will give you added fiber which ensures gut health and improves your overall well-being.

 

3 – Take Vitamin C Supplements

 

Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that attack your body and weaken your immune system. You’re exposed to antioxidants through pollution such second-hand cigarette smoke, chemicals, and smog. While Vitamin C doesn’t cure the common cold or a round of the flu, you should take it daily to boost your body’s ability to fight off these diseases. This is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it dissolves, so you must take it daily through eating a healthful diet, supplemental tablets, or a combination of both. According to WebMD, your total intake should be 500 mg daily.

 

4 – Zinc is Vital

 

The mineral zinc is necessary to power up your immunity. In addition to helping your immune system fight off a cold or the flu, it can also shorten the length of time that your cold will endure.

 

Some of the foods that contain this essential mineral are as follows:

  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Kidney beans
  • Chicken

 

Zinc is referred to as an essential trace element. This is because you only need to intake small amounts of it. Also, your body doesn’t store zinc, so it’s important to take a supplement or eat zinc-rich foods regularly.

 

5 – Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D plays an essential role in the health of your immune system because it aids in cellular repair. There’s one problem. Getting enough of it through diet alone is hard. Your body produces Vitamin D as a response to the sun shining on your skin. Thus, if you don’t spend much time outdoors, you can quickly become depleted of this vitamin.

 

Some foods that include Vitamin D are listed below:

 

  • Fatty fish – sardines, salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Eggs
  • Fortified milk, yogurt, cereal, or orange juice

 

What are the environmental factors that cause you not to get enough Vitamin D?

 

  • Living in an urban area of smog and polluted air
  • Use of sunscreen
  • Preferring the great indoors
  • City life where tall buildings shade you from the natural sunshine
  • High levels of melanin in dark skin tones

 

If you live in any of these conditions, see your doctor for a simple blood test to determine if you need Vitamin D supplements in your diet…before the flu season swings into full gear!

 

6 – Ginger Root

 

Ginger is a spicy root that’s often ground and used for a seasoning. While it makes a great apple pie, it’s also an often overlooked aid that amps up your immune system. Ginger contains a substance called gingerol. This is a bacterial inhibiting powerhouse that can help you fight off bacterial respiratory ailments.

 

In addition, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. So, if you do feel like you’re getting those first aches and pains, it could help alleviate those symptoms as you buck up and suffer through your oncoming cold.

 

7 – Try a Neti Pot

 

A Neti Pot is a commonly used and accepted practice to help boost your immunity. It’s an ancient eastern custom to irrigate and cleanse the nasal passages that’s now embraced by western doctors, as well.

 

How does it boost your immunity? The common cold often starts through breathing in germs through the nose. Small, dry cracks in the nose allow the virus to flourish. However, when you use a Neti Pot, you cleanse away those microscopic invaders while hydrating the nasal passages to protect and strengthen them. This takes some of the heavy load off of the immune system by preventing the virus from spreading through your body.

 

8 – Enough with the Nicotine

 

Nicotine products, including both smoked and chewed products, wreak havoc on your body. They introduce toxins into your body that cause not only weakening of the respiratory system, but they also deplete your immune system.

 

Once you do quit the nicotine habit, your body usually starts to recover quickly. This allows your immune system to regain its optimal capacity and continue to fight off illness.

 

Cold and flu season will arrive along with the holiday festivities. Act now to power up your immunity so you can sing “ho ho ho” instead of dealing with the flu, oh no!

 

 

 

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