(CHICAGO, Illinois) – As we head into the winter months, taking care of your immune health is more important than ever. With 70 percent of the immune system in the digestive tract, experts say the right nutrition can go a long way toward helping keep us as healthy as possible.
“It’s important to get plenty of vitamins E and C to help protect immune cells as well as zinc and B12 to activate new immune cells. Prebiotics are also helpful to fuel healthy bacteria in the gut,” said Barbara Marriage, Ph.D., R.D., nutrition science lead for pediatric nutrition at Abbott. “Ideally, we would like people to get all of these immune-supporting vitamins and minerals from their diet, but we all know how difficult that can be, especially during times of stress.”
Stress not only compromises our ability to maintain a healthy diet, but chronic stress can wreak havoc on the immune system, too. We also know that hydration can help during recovery from illness. Scientists at Abbott have combined the advanced hydration of Pedialyte with key nutrients to support the immune system in a convenient new powder product for both kids and adults: Pedialyte with Immune Support.
“Drinking Pedialyte with Immune Support is an easy thing to do while recovering from things like stomach flu or other illnesses, helping prevent dehydration while also adding immune-supporting nutrients to the diet,” Marriage said.