Posted on by Margo Gladding
With winter upon us, and cold and flu season in full effect, it’s so important to keep your immune system primed. Healthy habits such as exercising, eating right, getting rest, managing your stress, and washing your hands are all very helpful at keeping your immune system strong. Taking nutritional supplements also plays a key role in boosting your defenses. Below are my top recommendations to support your immune system for cold and flu prevention, as well as supplements for acute support.
• Vitamin D – Vitamin D plays an important role in immune health. Studies show that people with low levels of vitamin D have a greater risk of catching a cold, flu, and upper respiratory infection. Take 2000 IU – 5000 IU daily.
• Comprehensive Immune Formula – Pathway Immune System Support contains key immune supportive vitamins, minerals, herbs, and mushrooms to help the body stave off pathogens. Take 2 capsules, three times daily.
• Probiotics – Beneficial bacteria stimulate the body’s immune system by bolstering mucus membrane protection in the nasal, respiratory and GI tract. This is important for helping to prevent cold and flu viruses from entering the body. Take 1 capsule daily.
• Nasal Spray – Regular use of a natural nasal spray can help to moisturize nasal passages and help flush out potential pathogens. Use 1-2 sprays in each nostril two to three times daily.
Begin taking these supplements at the first sign of nasal or respiratory discomfort.
• Allicin – This active component of garlic is known for its immune stimulating properties, as well as its potent antiviral and antibacterial properties. Take up to 8 capsules daily.
• Oregano Oil – This powerful herb has been shown to have many health benefits, especially for helping the body fight against respiratory infections, fungal infections, viruses and bacterial infections. Take 1 softgel three times daily.
• Elderberry Syrup – Elderberries provide a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants that help with inflammation and mucus membrane health. Elderberries also have antiviral properties and have been shown to be helpful against various strains of the influenza virus. Take 2 teaspoons (10 ml) twice daily.
• Zinc Lozenges – Zinc plays a critical role in supporting immune health. When taken within 24-48 hours of onset, zinc has been shown to help shorten the duration and reduce the severity of cold symptoms. Suck on 1 lozenge every 2-4 hours.
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