How To Boost Your Immune System?

How To Boost Your Immune System?

It Is Imperative To Know How To Boost Your Immune System

There is so much confusing information our there about what to do or not to do when it comes to how to boost your immune system. This topic has been an important part of my ongoing research on healthy life practices, supportive food habits and the use of supplements. Now it is relevant more than ever.

Whether you are facing the health threat of a pandemic, or simply a regular flu season, it is worth to know how to boost your immune system for maximal immune resilience.

As a clinical nutritionist and a family nurse practitioner I have always put great emphasis on obtaining information from the most current research. I appreciate the clinical knowledge and advice of clinicians in the related fields of medicine, chemistry, biology and so forth, and yet I strive to find evidence-based information to share with my clients.

You will see a list of recommended supplements below!


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Every Day Habits For Immune System Enhancement

I have recently published a blog that highlights the importance of your life habits in how to boost your immune system. I will share just the main points here.

  • Following guidelines and using common sense
  • Eating clean! This is crucial. Avoid sugar and processed food! And drink lots of green tea…
  • Social connection.
  • Sleep is essential
  • Movement, preferably in nature if possible
  • Prayer, meditation, spiritual practice
  • Purposeful action. Doing for others.

This is in a nutshell. You can read more about nutrition and how to eat well to support your health on every level in my other blog on nutrition. Also read on how to manage your stress when life gets out of hand…


Supplements Are Another Great Way To Boost Your Immune System!

The information provided here is for educational purposes and is based on current research information. If you are suffering form a health condition please consult your physician prior to adding any supplement to your daily routine.

The supplements mentioned below are in the order of importance in my humble opinion. First row most important. These are part of my own immune enhancement protocol. Supplements are required when it is difficult to achieve therapeutic levels by simply eating well.

Not all supplements are made the same.

I subscribe to organizations that test independently.


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This magical plant has many health benefits. Shown to reduce inflammation and decrease viral activity. This one is a priority.

500-1000 mg twice a day for maintenance.

I use CuraMed curcumin.

quercetin, how to boost your immune system


This is a great supplement that often helps with allergies. It has been shown to decrease viral growth by inhibiting viral replication.

500mg twice a day if phytosome.

I use Thorne Research Quercetin





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This relatively well known herb modulates cellular defense and favors cellular attacks of viruses.

335mg once a day of a reputable source.

I use Elderberry Force by New Chapter.

335mg once a day.

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Vitamin C

It is essential to proper function of our cells. It modulates immune processes and has anti-viral properties.

The lyposomal form absorbs better

I use the Dr. Mercola 500mg per capsule, one capsule twice a day

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Essential for cellular health, glutathione protects cells from oxidative stress and help modulate cellular repair and defense mechanisms.

I use Jarrow Formulas Glutathione Reduced 500mg to be taken once to twice a day for maintenance

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Vitamin D

This vitamin has been in the news often with research on it’s essential role in a well functioning immune system.

While you can get it from foods and from the sun, blood levels are often lower than optimal. NIH recommends blood level around 50 nmol/L

I use 5000 IU by Now Once a day


Favorably modulate viral-induced pathological cellular processes, attachment, and replication.

The Institute of Functional Medicine recommends 30-60s mg a day in divided doses.

I only take Zinc at the onset of an illness and use Zinc picolinate by Pure Encapsulations

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Vitamin A

It favorably modulates cellular defense and repair. Helps regulate cytokine production.

Caution for pregnancy! Otherwise usually safe to take around 10,000 iu a day.

I take 10,000 a day of Vitamin A by Now

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This powerful antioxidant is a great addition to immune system cellular viral response modulation. Also a wonderful anti-inflammatory substance.

Doctor’s Best Resveratol 200mg once a day.

What to choose?

It may seem like a lot! And it is… You can choose the first 5 and then add more if you are not feeling well. For viral illnesses without any available medications this is your way of helping the body fight the infection and inflammation.


Eating to Prevent Cancer

Eating to Prevent Cancer

Do you know someone that was diagnosed with cancer? Of course you do. Cancer is very prevalent and scary. Eating to prevent cancer focuses on a specific aspect of cancer, the blood flow that nourishes and allows a few cells to become a tumor. Without it most kinds of cancer will simply not develop. This process is called angiogenesis. I am focusing on foods that truly constitute eating to prevent cancer but you. Can also read on what not to eat in this guide to life after cancer here. (more…)

Self-Love: Body Image and Hypnosis

We are bombarded with images of the perfect body from our earliest childhood and these images are ubiquitous as we progress through our teenage years on into adulthood. It is no wonder that many men and women question if their body fits the ideal body image, or if there is something they could be doing “better” to achieve that desired look. As a result, our confidence can take a hit and we feel uncomfortable in our own skin. In an era where Photoshop creates inhuman bodies and social media apps ask us to “swipe right” if you like what you are looking at, we need to practice mindfulness to help us appreciate and take care of our bodies in a way that is best suited for us. You are good enough- and by incorporating hypnosis into your life you will be able to quiet the “noise” of popular culture as it relates to body image.

Chances are even your most beautiful or fittest friend has moments where they are not comfortable with their body. Self-doubt, uncertainty and in some cases envy sneak into our internal narrative, corrupting the image we see when we look in the mirror. There is no better time than now to start loving your body and training your mind to appreciate the person you see looking back at you. Our hypnosis practice will help you to combat some of the body image media fodder we either consciously or sub-consciously absorb each day. We help train your brain and bring you peace and acceptance helping you realize that there really are a million reasons why you should love your body, instead of being ashamed of it.

Start appreciating the body that carries you around! Body image hypnosis coupled with our other services such as nutrition education will provide you with a holistic approach to your health and your relationship with your body. After all, body image acceptance starts in the mind, not the mirror; by changing the way you think about your body and giving you the tools to best support your body, your overall relationship with the person you see in the mirror each day can only improve. A healthy body image means that you truly accept, appreciate, and even love the way your body looks and everything it can do for you; it does not just mean that you only tolerate the way you look.

To start your journey towards a positive body image, try implementing some of these daily practices:

  • Dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself, in clothes that fit you now
  • Be aware of how you talk about your body when in conversation with friends and family: Do you only focus on your physical appearance?
  • Be mindful of the messages you choose to listen to that come from the media. Are they helpful? Are they true?

Our practice of body image hypnosis helps elevate your understanding, love, and acceptance of your body. Rewrite the dialogue and change the vernacular in the way you talk and think about your body! Hypnosis is extremely powerful and creates a change from within. It allows you to achieve inward focus which will allow for a heightened ability to accept suggestions for change and growth.

Visit our Facebook page at or give us a call at 561.504.6669 to see how hypnosis can help you have a positive body image!