Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season – Twelve Ways to Naturally Boost Immunity
As we all begin to prepare for the cold weather months ahead, there is always hype about getting the flu shot. Getting a flu shot is something I personally do not believe in. I believe that if you give your body the tools to build, strengthen and enhance immune function that our immune systems can fight off any flu or virus that comes it’s way.
Below are just a few items that my mentor and nutritionist Barb Lagoni recommends for this time of year:
“I thought it might be a good idea to share with you the many ways we can strengthen our immune systems and help prevent colds and flu nutritionally… as well as share some pretty handy formulas to help us fight flu’s and viruses once they do set in.” B. Lagoni
Immune Support – The American diet is low in immuno-active nutrients which are known to help nourish the immune system. This support formula contains the key vitamins and minerals that support the immune system. Reduces frequency, severity and duration of illness. Speeds wound healing and may reduce allergy symptoms.
Vitamin C – Antioxidant property protects the body against free radicals. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, is an infection fighter, a natural antihistamine, and increases the resistance to ligament and tendon injury. Vitamin C is depleted by stress such as infections, illness, fatigue, surgery, anxiety, pollution and extremes in temperature. As we age, there is a greater need to regenerate collagen which requires more vitamin C.
For more protection, try:
Garlic – This product has two-way odor control with a gentle, temperature-controlled drying process and with a pleasant blend of spearmint and rosemary extracts. Historically, has been used for congestion, asthma, sinusitis and allergies, colds, flu and pneumonia, sore throat and bronchitis. Has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is effective against yeast infections (Candida). Nature’s strongest natural antibiotic
Friendly Bacteria – This advanced colon care system contains Acidophilus and Bifidus, essential friendly bacteria that ideally live in our lower intestines. Research shows, however, that most adult Americans only retain about 15% of these microflora, rendering our bodies (and especially our immune systems) vulnerable to toxic build-up. Our product includes the prebiotic FOS and inulin to provide nutrients that selectively feed the good microflora for rapid colonization.
It is the only product of its kind to guarantee delivery of live beneficial microflora to the intestines, due to its unique triple encapsulation that protects these essential bacteria from the acidity of the stomach.
*If you have to be on an antibiotic remember to restore the friendly bacteria that antibiotics kill.
To keep in your medicine cabinet until needed:
Echinacea– Has become the most prominent herb used both in the United States and in Europe. Activates the immune system, promotes production of white blood cells, enhances resistance to infection, viral and bacterial, especially flu and herpes; reduces mucus. Works best when started at the onset of cold or flu symptoms. Can be used effectively for up to 10 days at a time.
*Great to slip into children’s juice in sippy cups.
Other nutrients to consider:
Alfalfa – Natural anti-histamine, improves digestion and a natural diuretic. Often recommended for sinus congestion, hay fever, allergies, gout, body odor, bad breath, stomach ailments, hiatal hernia and gas pains.
Carotonoids– Especially valuable if you are not eating 5 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits a day – contains lutein, lycopene and other carotenoids believed to help prevent macular degeneration and reduce cancer risks especially of the prostate and cervix.
Flavonoids – These powerful water soluble antioxidants increase the power of the immune system to fight infection. They are natural antihistamines, are antiviral and antibacterial because they interfere with the actual mechanism of some of these organisms, they lower risk of many cancers including gastric cancer. Even little ones who may not list vegetables in their top 10 favorite foods can still get the benefits of vegetables…in a capsule that can be opened and the antioxidant-rich powder poured in their juice or morning Soy or Whey Protein Shake.
Vitamin E-is an anti-oxidant that protects against cell damage. Helps to prevent heart disease, Parkinson’s; protects lungs from air pollution, protects cells from premature aging, helps cystic breast disease, improves circulation, promotes healing. Our immune systems decline with age. Vitamin E enhances immune responsiveness in the elderly. Our Vita-E is in a natural d-alpha form and is more biologically active than synthetic vitamin E. Provides the full spectrum of tocopherols found in nature.
For all things germy – consider a Non-Toxic Biodegradable Germicide
Cleans, disinfects and deodorizes in one step. Our non-toxic germicide kills 33 different types of germs, including feline leukemia and canine parvovirus. In laboratory conditions using E Coli, resistant bacteria that contaminates meats, this germicide not only killed the organism, it continued to work for three days after the initial use. Household bleaches lose their effectiveness within one hour. Spray on kitchen counters after preparing meats to prevent risk of E Coli contamination. Comes in a handy dandy wipe too
*Use in humidifiers to prevent mold or bacteria growth – very economical
Air Purifiers – These remarkable and economical air purifiers emit cleansing ions that clean the air of bacteria, odors, molds, mildew, gases and particulates. This product covers 3000 square feet.
*Air purification is very important for flu season
While we do not stock Air Purifiers anymore I do know folks in our field who still have inventory. Ask me.
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