Getting sick a lot? A good multivitamin might help.

Oy! This has been the worst flu season I’ve ever seen. Friends and family members are being knocked out of action for days, not to mention the numbers of appointment cancellations I’ve received over the past six weeks due to illnesses.

Man with vitamins

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As reported in The Star:

“Toronto Public Health confirmed 1,180 flu cases between Sept. 1, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013 — a spike over a five-year average of 318 cases for the same time period. There have been 68 institutional outbreaks, compared to a five-year average of 16. Those figures exclude 2009/2010, when H1N1, or swine flu, was pandemic.”

Doing the math, about 4 times as many people have gotten sick with the flu this year than on average. That’s a lot of people!

It’s been one year since I was introduced to the world of multivitamins. As I’ve said before, I started off as a multivitamin skeptic. I’ll let you read my previous post to see what changed my mind. Since that time I’ve managed to convince a number of people to take the product I recommend, and meet many more who are already on it. Before going any further, however, I’m going to state for the record that legally one cannot make any claims that any natural health product can prevent, treat, or cure disease. So, all I’m going to do is share my personal observations and let you make up your mind.

I’ll start with my husband. He used to get sick all the time. He worked extremely hard and almost like clockwork, as soon has he had a break – typically every long weekend – he would get sick. (I noticed this because it was extremely frustrating to want to do family stuff on a long weekend, and have a quarter of the family miserable in bed each time!) Since starting his multi, he’s been sick only a couple of times, but only mildly, and typically for just one day. He did get the flu, but again, he was exhausted for just one day, and was 100% better a day or two later.

A friend and I have daughters who are close friends. She wasn’t convinced that my multivitamin brand was any better than hers, but had joked with me that she should give the children’s product to one child and not the other, to see if she noticed the same differences with her kid that I had with mine. In December, I gave her a bottle to do the test on her daughter. Over Christmas, the whole family got the flu for a week…except for her daughter, who bounced back after only one day.

A friend who is a teacher used to get sick regularly (bless all my teacher friends working in those germ factories!), along with her whole family. While she’s been on the product, the family has still continued to get sick while she has avoided it.

In fact, I’ve got lots and lots of stories of people staying healthy while the people around them suffer through the bug of the week. Or if they do get sick, they recover in a very short time.

See the same trend I do? Having a good multivitamin gives their bodies the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to promote a strong immune system and fight infections, so it should be no surprise that they stay in such good health all the time.

I’m self-employed, so I don’t get paid sick days. I literally can’t afford to be sick. Nor can I take time off for my kids to be sick. If you’re in the same boat (or just don’t like getting sick!) and are looking for the best product to help avoid illness, then contact me via my website and I’ll be more than pleased to help.

And if you’re already taking a great product, please let us know what it has done for you! I’d love to hear your experience.

To your health!

 

 

3 thoughts on “Getting sick a lot? A good multivitamin might help.

  1. I’ve read studies that suggest zinc, Echinacea, probiotics and Vitamin C supplements help ward off the flu. It’s important to buy supplements made by a vitamin manufacturer that has a good reputation for producing high-quality supplements.

    • Thanks for your response, Chris. There are definitely studies extolling benefits of zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin C, and probiotics in promoting the health of the immune system, so I can’t disagree with you there.

      The thing is, there are many more nutrients considered essential for health, and by focusing on a few, we lose sight of the big picture. For example, essential fatty acids (omega-3s) are needed to promote the integrity of cell walls, including skin cells. Our skin is our very first barrier to infection. Cracked and damaged skin permits more pathogens to enter our bodies which wouldn’t otherwise.

      Or how about folic acid, Vitamin B12, copper, and iron? All of them play a role in maintaining healthy blood cells (in addition to many other cell processes) . Without properly functioning blood cells, the immune system won’t have the oxygen necessary to power the disease-fighting process.

      A good multivitamin is about having all of the bodies’ systems functioning optimally, so you don’t get sick, or beyond that, don’t develop chronic diseases like arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high cholesterol…

      And while you are also absolutely right that you need to buy supplements made by a manufacturer with a good reputation, it is not always the case that the supplements manufactured are good products. A good manufacturer will follow the “recipe” for the vitamin with the highest standards possible – no impurities will be found in the finished product. But if the recipe calls for poor ingredients, then the product will still be a poor product, despite not having any contaminants. It is best to first make sure the product has good ingredients (a broad base of nutrients, in appropriate doses, and in the best-absorbed forms), and then look to make sure that the manufacturer is of high quality.

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