How can we keep ourselves healthy so that if we are exposed to a viral threat, our own immune system can fight? I am going to discuss a few supplements and how/why they matter, as well as offer a few nutrition and lifestyle tips. These are prevention related, and not meant to treat anything you have been diagnosed with. 🙂
- Black Elderberry – Elderberries are high in vitamin c, fiber, phenolic acids (powerful antioxidants), flavonols, and anthocyanins. They are strong immune and anti-inflammatory support. They also have acerola fruit for additional antioxidant support.
- Buffered Vitamin C- Buffered Vitamin C uses pure crystalline ascorbic acid to supply 1 gram of vitamin C in each capsule. This well-tolerated vitamin C formula supports a healthy immune system response and helps maintain healthy skin, collagen, and connective tissues.
- Astragalus- assists immune system responsiveness by supporting T-cell activity, interferon production, macrophage function, natural killer cell activity, and regulation of mucous membrane inflammation metabolism.
- Vitamin D- Recent studies have shown that vitamin D supports healthy functioning of both innate and adaptive immune response.
Nutrition and lifestyle habits are as important, if not more important, than lengthy supplement lists. Suggestions for nutrition include:
- Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Add in electrolytes!
- Sleep is your body’s opportunity for rest and repair. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Whole unprocessed foods are key! Veggies, fruits, proteins and minimally processed grains.
- Specific foods to include daily: garlic, onions, green tea, strawberries
- Specific foods to avoid: sugar, alcohol
- Move daily by walking or doing exercise in your home.
Looking to do some reading on your own about research based natural therapies for immune support? Check out the Natural Medicine Journal.
If you need immune support specifics based on your current or past medical history, check out my virtual immunity consultation.