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#ArthritisAtHome Episode 20: Nutrition, vitamins and the immune system during #COVID19 with Cristina Montoya

The twentieth episode of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ #ArthritisAtHome features Cristina Montoya, a Registered Dietitian, on nutrition, vitamins and the immune system during COVID-19 and what people with autoimmune arthritis need to know. #WellnessWednesday

During cold season, flu season and even this “Covid-19 season”, people living with arthritis may be interested in taking supplements or vitamins to boost their immune system. However, for people living with autoimmune forms of arthritis, this may not be the best idea. Cristina myth-busts some popular immune boosting products and/or practices and suggests foods and nutrients that can help people with autoimmune diseases stay healthy. 

Cristina is a member in good standing with the College of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Arthritis Health Professions Association.  As a patient advocate living with rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s Syndrome, Cristina participates in the Durham Region Sjögren’s Syndrome Support Group from the Sjögren’s Society of Canada as well as the Online Consumer Panel from the Arthritis Society.

Please note the material contained in this video is provided for general information only, and should not be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual or as a substitute for consultation with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs. Before starting on any vitamin or supplement plan, speak with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you, based on your own unique health situation, whether further supplementation may be required.

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