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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Curcumin

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.

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Quercetin

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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Elderberry

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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Glutathione

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

Zinc

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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Resveratrol

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.