There are basic steps that we can all take to boost our immune system. These include: good handwashing techniques, having a humidifier in our homes, coughing and sneezing into the crook of our arms, getting enough sleep, eating whole foods, moderate daily exercise, spending time with people while practicing social distancing, and getting outdoors every day.
I am often asked, “what supplements should I take?” My answer typically depends on what a person currently has going on in their lives.
I think it is safe to say, right now, we all have the same thing going on in our lives regarding the current pandemic and we are all wondering what we can be doing or taking to boost our immune system.
There are some specific supplements that you might want to consider:
Colloidal Silver-colloidal silver is a supplement that has been used for years. It consists of small silver particles suspended in liquid. Research shows it to have anti-microbial, anti-biotic, and anti-viral properties. The research suggests that the silver inhibits a virus from interacting with the cell. You can take it as a spray in your nose 3 times per day and/or swish a teaspoon in your mouth once per day. Some sources say there is no proof of these claims. Check with your doctor before using.
Adaptogens-When we experience stress, our adrenal glands kick into high gear. Adaptogens help supports our adrenal system and the wear and tear on our body due to stress. Common adaptogens include Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Cordyceps, and Ginseng. There are many companies that have blends of various adaptogens.
Elderberry-preventative but should be discontinued if you get the COVID-19
Selenium-2 Brazil nuts every day gives you a daily dose and good immune support
Zinc-15 mg per day is a normal dose. I typically take 50 mg. when I start to feel sick.
Vitamins A and D-Know your blood levels to take appropriate amounts. Check with your doctor to have blood work done.
Probiotics-supporting gut health supports your immune system where approximately 80% of your immune system resides. Taking a probiotic or eating fermented foods can help support your microbiome.
Turmeric and Ginger-anti-inflammatories. Use in cooking or as a tea. They can also be taken capsule form.
There are also many supplement blends that contain various combinations of anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, and immune support.
Please note: Supplements are active nutrients and can interact with medication. Please check with your doctor before starting any supplements. Supplements should not be used instead of medication unless you are working with a practitioner to guide you properly.
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