I have been hearing about a lot of people getting sick lately and it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. Amid all the extra activities you do on a daily basis, it is easy to forget about yourself. Learn these 5 immune system boosters.
5 Immune System Boosters:
Supplement with the Dynamic Duo
You can keep the flu away by supplementing with vitamins D3 and K2. Know you blood level of vitamin D and bring it up to the optimal range (50-70 ng/mL). Generally, taking 5,000 IUs of D3 daily will help increase your level, but let your doctor advise you how to correct the deficiency and then maintain your D3 level based on your individual needs. Add at least 150 mcg of Vitamin K2, which is a Vitamin D Cofactor, meaning it helps your body absorb and utilize Vitamin D correctly. Make sure you get the proper blood test ordered, the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. Of course, LiveSpring Wellness will order this test and help you interpret the results.
Interesting fact: You may have heard that your body makes Vitamin D when you expose your skin to the sun. Your age and skin type have a lot to do with how much Vitamin D you’ll produce, but the time of the year matters, too. The UVB bands of the sun’s light have to shine down at a specific angle, or they get blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of the year, that occurs sometime between 10am and 2pm, but even here in Florida, the tilt of the Earth away from the sun makes it impossible to get UVB rays from November through March! Another reason to take your Vitamin D this winter! Always think of Vitamin D3 in the winter to boost your immune system.
Make Like a Bear
Get enough sleep. Wintertime brings an early end to the day and makes the evening hours cozier, an ideal time to “hibernate” a bit more. Your body repairs as you slumber, and that includes your immune system. When possible, sleep in on weekends if you don’t get enough sleep during the work week. You CAN make up a deficit that way and boost your resistance to catching every little bug.
Ante Up on the Antioxidants
Take Vitamin C every day, even when you’re not actively sick. Antioxidants like Vitamin C protect your cells from oxidative stress and free radicals. Humans and guinea pigs are the only species who cannot synthesize their own Vitamin C — in other words, you must get it from food and supplementation. A good low dose is 500 mg to 1000 mg three times per day. Higher doses can have a laxative effect; if this occurs, simply take less and find a level agreeable to your body. You can also eat Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and fresh herbs.
Hmmm…there might be a good reason you crave soups and stews when the weather turns cooler. Always listen when your body is trying to tell you something!
Avoid the Immunity Saboteur
Sugar sabotages a strong immune system; it paralyzes your infection-fighting white cells for 24 hours after being ingested! During the holidays, resist the urge to sample sugary treats everywhere you go. If you do over-indulge in sweets or alcohol, be sure to take extra Vitamin B Complex and Magnesium; your body uses up these nutrients when metabolizing both sugar and alcohol. A good probiotic supplement (like what you find in yogurt, but stronger and with no sugar) will replenish the “friendly” bacteria in your gut and boost your immune function. 5. Prioritize Stress Reduction
Instinctively, you know that getting run-down and stressed out leaves you vulnerable to any number of immune attacks. If holiday gift-giving gives you a headache, try focusing on the “reason for the season” and take it easy on yourself. You don’t have to be a perfect gift-giver. It really is the thought that counts! Try some deep breathing when you’re waiting to check out in line. Find a reason to be amused instead of annoyed. Smile and make funny faces at a kid in a cart (they’re just as bored and restless as you are).
Pay attention if your individual “weak area” flairs up: that touch of headache, slight sore throat, or heaviness behind your eyes. That would be your warning to slow down, chill out and take care of yourself!
At the First Sign of Cold or Flu…
Every winter, patients call the office asking for a little blue tube. Patients who have used the homeopathic remedy, Influenzinum, over the years report they have avoided symptoms of the flu for as many years as they have been using the remedy.
Along with these protocols, we stress a healthy life style. These are great ways to boost your immune system – but it is a whole lifestyle!
When you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get exposure to sunlight, sleep an adequate amount and proactively manage stresses in your life, you are less likely to fall ill.
The idea that you can overwork, be overstressed, sleep five or less hours each night, live on coffee and donuts, and then at the first sign of the flu, take a dose of Influenzinum or get an herbal supplement and expect a miracle is unrealistic.
LiveSpring Wellness specializes in guiding you to vibrant health.
Individualized vitamin and mineral supplementation
At the present time, we can say only that homeopathic and nutritive therapies are valuable, arresting disease processes, but not necessarily curative. No guarantee is given or implied by LiveSpring Wellness.