Be Your Best Self: Prevent Sickness With Supplementation



SunshineThe immune system is the body’s personal army for fighting infection. Taking a long trip without strong ranks is asking for disaster. Red-eye flights, bustling crowds, family stress, and limiting fast food options can really take a toll on the troops. The following supplements can help restock the ranks:

  • Vitamin C – Take at least 1-2 grams of pure ascorbic acid (a form of Vitamin C) per meal during healthy days.
  • Vitamin D – Helps adapt to the lower intensity of the sun and maintain immune function.
  • Zinc – Helps boost immunity and fight off a cold. Zinc can be found in lean ground beef, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, and fortified cereals.
  • Probiotics/kombucha – Decreases incidence, duration and severity of colds and flus for people of all ages.
  • Astragalus – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, astraglus was often combined with other herbs to strengthen the body against disease. It is thought to help protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.
  • Omega-3 fish oils – Converted within the body to anti-inflammatory molecules, omega-3’s are also beneficial for preventing allergies, asthma, and other types of hypersensitivities.
  • Rescue Remedy – A few drops under the tongue can help restore your inner calm and control.
  • Green Tea – Contains antioxidants, detoxifiers, and cancer-fighting properties.

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  • When possible, consume whole food vitamins. The body is most familiar with this form, and thus they will have the best uptake.

  • In general, liquid vitamins have better absorption than those in pill form.

  • It’s best to take most vitamins with food, but check the label to see what’s suggested. Fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K need fat in order to be absorbed, so they should always be taken with meals that contain fat. Vitamin C is only in the bloodstream for a few hours so should be taken every three hours for best results. Fiber is best taken first thing in the morning after fasting.

“I carry 3 items with me at all times when I’m traveling: oil of oregano as an anti-viral, and elderberry tincture and echinacea tincture as immune system boosters. I do the oregano in the morning, and the elderberry and echinacea in the afternoon, and often double-dose if I’m around sick people or big crowds.”

Ben Greenfield, MS, CSCS

“Before flying, acidify your body’s tissues so that they are resistant to illness by taking high dose vitamin C (1-2grams). Drink lots of water before, during and after a flight.”

Alexis Shields, ND

“Although Oscillococcinum doesn’t prevent the flu or colds from occurring, clinical studies have shown that it reduces days of illness.”

-Yasmin Nibbe, MD, FAAP

“Probiotics can decrease incidence, duration and severity of colds and flus for people of all ages.”

Melissa Gastellum, ND

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