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Boost your immune system throughout the winter

(NC) As the bitter winter takes hold, staying healthy is a priority for many Canadians as we try to avoid catching a cold or the flu. One of the best ways to boost the immune system is to supplement your diet and exercise with vitamins.

“Keeping your immune system strong is essential so you can be healthy all year round,” says Norman Tang, a pharmacist with North York General Hospital. “By taking vitamins we help to rebalance the body and provide an extra defense when we need it.”

Tang points out that vitamins B, C and D help your body fight off bacteria that can cause you to get sick, as follows:

Vitamin B: The Prevention - B vitamins can help maintain a healthy immune system. They are also known to boost energy levels and ease stress.

Vitamin C: The Boost - Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, giving your body what it needs to help fight off germs, bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin D: The Extra Boost - This vitamin enhances your immune function and reduces the risk of getting the flu. Other benefits of Vitamin D include maintaining strong bones, preventing cancer and improving heart health.

If you are unsure about what vitamins you need, talk to your family physician or pharmacist. Remember to always let your family physician know if you are taking any new supplements.

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