9/6/2023 0 Comments
FOODS THAT BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Fruits (organic) - blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, pomegranates, apples (green have lowest sugar), papaya, citrus fruits. These are all high in antioxidants which help to protect your immune system.
Vegetables (organic) - cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, kale, bok choy, brussel sprouts and other veggies like, garlic cloves, ginger root, onions, leafy greens, and radishes. Make sure to get in a good variety of vegetables high in beta carotene, such as butternut and spaghetti squash, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga and turnip. These are all full of nutrients that protect your immune system.
Fungi (organic)- Shitake and Mitake mushrooms are best mushrooms for increasing your immune system, however oyster, and button mushrooms among other varieties also have good immune boosting nutrients.
Nuts & Seeds (organic & raw) - brazil nuts, almonds (blanched), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, hazelnuts, flaxseeds & hemp seeds. These are all full of zinc and selenium.
Fish (Wild Caught) - salmon, cod, mackerel are the top fish for immune health
Herbs & Spices (fresh organic) - turmeric (add black pepper to activate the curcumin), Coriander, cumin, basil, parsley, garlic and ginger.
Dark Chocolate - 70% cocoa and higher is best and always organic!
Keep PROCESSED SUGARS out of your diet - just ONE teaspoon of sugar can drop your immune system for up to 8 HOURS.
SUPPLEMENTS THAT SUPPORT IMMUNE HEALTH & TO KEEP ON HAND
Probiotics - Up to 80% of your immune system resides in your gut, called the Peyer's Patches. The best probiotic on the market is HMF Intensive (now in shelf stable) from Seroyal/Genestra. Purest and is the only one that actually makes it all the way down the digestive tract.
Vitamin D3 - Helps to increase your immune system. I like D-Mulsion 2500 IU drops from Seroyal, or Vit D3 K2 drops or caps from CanPrev. Good value for the amount and also top quality. Absorbs well!
Vitamin C - powerful antioxidant to help with immune health! You need one with bioflavonoids to help with absorption but also to prevent gastric irritation. BIO-C Liposomal from BIOMED and C+Biofizz (powder) from Designs For Health, both have bioflavonoids and are in my opinion the best sources for how well they absorb.
Quercetin (with Bromelain) - it's great for histamine issues/allergies and is a powerful antioxidant which helps build your immune system. Quercetin does not absorb easily, so you will want to take one with Bromelain. Quercetin Bromelain Complex from Douglas Laboratories is one that absorbs well.
Zinc - helps prevent colds and flues, but also great for sore throats and STRESS...of any kind! ...also great for acne!! I like BIOMED'S Zinc Picolinate with Copper (best source of zinc), AOR's zinc lozenges, and Genestra's Zinc Picolinate.
NAC (N-Acetyl Cystein) - It is a precursor to glutathione, and glutathione is a master antioxidant that we naturally have in our cells when we are young and as we age it declines. NAC helps to raise glutathione levels and restore immune health. I recommend NAC from Pure Encapsulations for quality and strength.
Omegas - Helps with immune health and also cell, heart and hormone health. The top ones are Omega 800 and Super EFA Forte caps or Super EFA Forte liquid from Genestra, or SPM Active from Metagenics.
Pure Genomics Multi (Pure Encapsulations) - An optimum dose multi with B complex(for RBC health, iron levels, energy and STRESS) is added, high dose zinc and selenium. I still take extra zinc in flu season or times of stress. It also has high amounts of vitamin A and beta carotene to build the immune system, prevent flues, colds, cancer etc. This formula helps correct genetic abnormalities and is economical. The best thing is YOU ONLY NEED 1/DAY.
Olive Leaf Extract - This is one of my favorite products. It helps to boost your immune system and quite often, if taken right away as symptoms present, it will help to prevent you from getting sick, or at least ease your symptoms. I LOVE IT!
SUPPLEMENTS THAT SUPPORT SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS
For coughs - Broncha drops (BIOMED) - AMAZING...works fast! Homeopathic pellets - Pulsatilla, and Hepar Sulph and Byronia Alb for pneumonia cough.
For cold & flu - Bio Boost drops or Fluen-Z (BIOMED) - helps with all of the symptoms. Homeopathic pellets - Oscillococcinum. Great for cold and flu relief too!
Bacterial Infection - Immunoplex (BIOMED)
For sore throats - Zinc Lozenges from AOR, Homeopathic pellets Belladonna, Ferum Phos (Boiron). Colliodal Silver - Either Sovereign Silver (Amaranth - very expensive, or Collidal Silver from CanPrev.
Nausea - Ginger root capsules or Nux Vomica 30CH pellets (Boiron)
I order supplement for friends, family and clients the last week of every month. Let me know if you need anything. I'm happy to share my practitioner discount with you and your family.
***OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT...boosts the immune system and helps relieve the above symptoms.
ONE LAST THING...You'll want to make sure to get enough sleep and avoid staying up too late. This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your immune system strong.
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