Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the best way to stay healthy during cold weather months?
The goal is to build your immune system to help prevent a cold. But if you catch a cold, the tried and true remedies are effective: stay at home, rest, eat healthy foods and drink plenty of fluid. I would add to this list of suggestions that you supplement your diet with a quality vitamin C to bolster your immune system to help keep you healthy all year-round.*
I typically take vitamin C during the winter when I feel rundown. Is this enough?
Vitamin C is just as important during the spring and summer as it is during the fall and winter. Why? This is due to the fact that immune suppression of any degree can set one up for a cold/flu at anytime of the year. Actually, some of simplest things can cause the immune system to open up the possibility of an infection. For example, common immune suppressors are (in alphabetical order):
- Diet that is low in important vitamins and minerals
- Excessive body weight
- Lack of or too much Exercise/Physical activity
- Sleep (a lack of)
- Smoke/smoking (even second-hand smoke)
- Stress (not just physical but mental stress)
- Temperatures (extreme on either end-hot or cold)
These are just some of the more common immune suppressive conditions and I have never met anyone (including myself) that was not impacted by one or more of these throughout the year. In fact, I find it interesting that recent medical research has suggested that vitamin C can bolster the immune system in individuals under some type of stress and this makes sense. *
What do you do to make sure your immune system remains healthy?
I try to practice what I preach. I probably fly over 100,000 miles a year but I have not missed a single presentation in my career due to illness. I think part of this is luck, but part of this is following the medical research that I present to others. I do not drink alcohol in general on airplanes and when I do drink I keep it moderate (1-2 drinks a day maximum or just a few drinks a week). I never exercise unless I have had 6-8 hours of sleep the night before and I feel awake. I do not smoke or expose myself to smoke (I have to thank my wife for this one because she always moves to a different table at a restaurant or wants to leave if a smoker is nearby). I try to reduce my mental and physical stress by getting some physical activity daily...Finally, I take a 500 mg tablet of Ester-C daily, all year long, because it is gentler on the stomach and because of all the clinical research that supports the use of this product.*
What is so special about Ester-C®?
This is not a fair question for me because I am completely biased when it comes to Ester-C, which has been my favorite source of vitamin C for years. Why am I biased? It has good clinical research and is the easiest form of vitamin C to take in my opinion because it is non-acidic. The company is also completely committed to clinical studies. Additionally, Ester-C is the source of vitamin C included in the #1 prescription prenatal vitamin for pregnant women. If my colleagues trust it at a time in life when we have to be extra careful then this tells me a lot.
I've heard that vitamin C can be tough on the stomach. Is this true?
You bet, and I am a good example of this problem. Vitamin C is also known as "ascorbic ACID" for a reason because it is acidic and difficult to take for many
individuals including myself. Until Ester-C was recommended to me by a friend (a fellow doctor) many years ago, I had stopped taking vitamin C because it is so tough on the stomach. Because Ester-C is non-acidic, it is well-suited for acid-sensitive and non-acid-sensitive individuals. In fact, it is easy on the stomach regardless of the situation or age, which is why doctors like to recommend it during pregnancy, because this is a very acid sensitive time for women.
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