Take charge of your diet!
Add plenty of nutrient-rich, organic fruits, vegetables, and nuts to your diet and eliminate all processed foods and sugar. Sugar depresses the immune system putting your body at a disadvantage at fighting off illness. Processed foods are chemicals that poison the cells of your body. Unhealthy, malfunctioning cells lead to sickness and disease. The easiest and most cost-effective change you can make to your health is as simple as cleaning up your diet.
Are your vitamin D levels up to par?
Why does the incidence of the flu decrease during the summer months and is lowest in the southern hemisphere? The answer is that these both correlate with high levels of vitamin D. The optimal range of vitamin D we would recommend is between 75-85 ng/ml. Ask your physician to monitor your 25-hydroxy vitamin D level every three months until it is in the optimal range. We recommend taking 10,000 i.u. of vitamin D3 each day if you are having a physician monitor your levels. If you are not having your levels checked, we would recommend you take 1000-2000 i.u. vitamin D3 each day.
Get Plenty of R&R.
Now that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Make sure you are getting eight hours of sleep each night to give your body time to recharge. Unbeknownst to you, your body is quite productive while you sleep repairing and regenerating your cells. Healthy cells are important for a healthy immune system.
Exercise less for looks and more for health.
Did you know that your muscles and cardiovascular system are not the only parts of your body that benefit from regular exercise? It also strengthens your immune system by improving your immune response. Now you have more than one reason to head to the gym or take a walk!
It’s time for an oil change.
Many of us tend to have a lot of unhealthy omega-6 oils from processed foods in our diet. It’s time to get an oil change! Replace the unhealthy oils with beneficial omega-3 oils as found in fish and cod liver oil. Be sure to get the highest quality brand of omega-3 nutrients such as Nordic Natural’s fish oil found at Physician’s Preference Vitamin Store for potency and purity.
Try supplementing your immune system.
Vitamin C – helps fight infection by potentiating our white blood cells
Build up slowly to 6000-12,000 mg/day
Colloidal Silver – a natural antibiotic that kills more than 650 disease-causing organisms
Make sure the brand is a minimum of 250 parts per million – 1 tsp. for adults, ½ tsp children 6-12 yrs., ¼ tsp. children under 6 yrs. Each twice a day
Probiotics – improves digestion and boosts immune system
Check out our Probiotic Blend from Physician’s Preference Vitamin Store and take 3-6 capsules daily
Zinc Chelate – optimizes the immune system and has direct antiviral effects
Garlic – fights germs responsible for causing the common cold, flu, sore throat, sinusitis and bronchitis
N-Acetyl Cysteine – may lessen flu symptoms
Echinacea – take when immune system is compromised to give your body an additional boost to fight viruses
Cat’s Claw – herb with antibacterial and immune building properties
Drink 1 cup of tea 3x/day or take 20-60 mg of dry standardized extract
Olive Leaf – destroys foreign bacteria and viruses and directly penetrates infected cells to stop viral replication
Andrographis – an herb available at most health -food stores that helps prevent flu and respiratory infections.
500-100 mg after each meal and not for use if pregnant.
Most of the supplements listed can be purchased on-line at Physician’s Preference Vitamin Store.
Are your hormone levels keeping you down? People who have sub-optimal thyroid and/or adrenal function are prone to recurrent infections and illness in general. Take our hormone quizzes to find out if you would benefit from bioidentical hormone replenishment.
We hope you are able to weather this flu season unscathed and of course, don’t forget to frequenlty wash your hands!