As we come into the flu season, it’s time to take some simple steps to help us all stay as healthy as possible.

Every day preventative measures such as regular thorough hand washing, good personal hygiene, avoiding contact with the sick, as well as social distancing are vital to help stop the spread of infectious diseases like the Coronavirus; but a healthy diet plays an important role too.

Regular exercise, rest and good nutrition are essential for a strong immunity, which can offer protection from viruses, bacterial infections and other health problems.

Help support your immune system by including these 10 key nutrients in your diet:

Protein – Protein is a major energy source and is responsible for helping protect your body from billions of bacteria, viruses and other germs. The antibodies that help fight disease are made of protein. Amino acids found in protein are the building blocks of all body cells – including the cells that govern and regulate the immune system.

Vitamin D – In the immune system, Vitamin D acts to improve your ability to fight common immune and respiratory infections like colds and flu.

Vitamin C – Taking Vitamin C daily is essential for good health and immunity because your body doesn’t produce it or store it. It is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defences by increasing the production of white blood cells. White blood cells are key to fighting infections.

Zinc – Zinc is a trace element that is necessary for a healthy immune system. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to infection.

Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 supports the immune system by being involved in the production of antibodies and in cellular immune defence. It has further proved beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory infections of the respiratory tract.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is one of the best immune boosters to take. It maintains the structure of the cells in the skin, respiratory tract and gut which forms a barrier and is your body’s first line of defence to infection.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect cells within the body and fight off infection.

Folic Acid – Folic Acid is essential for the production and maintenance of our bodies’ cells, especially during rapid periods of growth such as pregnancy. It helps make and repair DNA. We need Folic Acid to help support our immunity.

Selenium – Selenium plays an important role in the health of your immune system. Selenium inhibits viral replication. Not enough Selenium makes you more susceptible to frequent infections. It then takes longer to recover if you do get sick.

Iron – Iron plays an important role in the function and strengthening of the immune system. It promotes haemoglobin which provides oxygen to damaged cells and helps eliminate fatigue.

The immune system is like a shield, it protects you from viruses, infections and other illnesses, and can help you recover more quickly if an infection does take hold.

During pregnancy, nutritional supplementation is recommended to help meet the increased nutritional needs of women. MamaCare Nutritional Pregnancy Supplement has been specially formulated with 26 important vitamins and minerals, including Folic Acid and Iodine and includes these 10 supercharged viral fighting nutrients.

Because getting enough nutrients while you’re pregnant is difficult to do, MamaCare can help with this and takes care of you and your little one with a delicious vanilla shake. Especially for those who are suffering nausea.

Remember – good nutrition is one of the best ways to help protect your self.