Natural Remedies to Improve Immune Health

Natural Remedies to Improve Immune Health

Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel by Robin Foroutan and Stephanie Mandel

Natural Remedies to Improve Immune Health

January 30, 2019

It’s both a cliche and a fact - viruses are more virulent in the cold weather. So when the temperatures plunge, our attention naturally turns to doing all we can to evade the office flu and dodge fellow commuters' coughs until the warm weather returns again.

While we can’t completely avoid getting exposed to cold and flu viruses, there is plenty we can do to fortify our immune systems to help prevent infection, or at least stop it in its tracks.

In this video featuring The Morrison Center Nutritionists, you'll learn Stephanie and Robin's top tips to keep your immune system in fighting shape, as well as the best immune boosting supplements and natural remedies to include in your arsenal!


- TIPS FOR BOOSTING IMMUNITY -

Give your system some TLC by incorporating these tips on a daily basis!

veggies

NO. 1 EAT A HEALTHY, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET, RICH IN WHOLE FOODS

Your immune system requires a wide array of nutrients to operate at peak performance. Focus on eating whole foods such as quality animal protein, plenty of seasonal vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.

water

NO. 2  DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your immune health. For an extra boost of vitamin C, add some fresh lemon.

green tea

NO. 3 SWAP COFFEE FOR GREEN TEA

Green tea is rich in L-theanine, which increases the body’s levels of virus-fighting compounds. Green tea also contains epigallocatechin, which is a powerful immune booster.

 

garlic

NO. 4 SPICE UP YOUR MEALS

Cook with oregano, onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. These foods contain components that help to boost our immune system.

sugar

NO. 5 REDUCE SUGAR INTAKE 

Sugar actually decreases the ability of white blood cells to fight off bacteria and weakens the immune response. If you’re craving something sweet, opt for dark chocolate, berries and small amounts of natural sweeteners like raw manuka honey.
sleep

NO. 6 GET 7-8 HOURS OF SLEEP 

The body rejuvenates and strengthens during this time, and lack of sleep is known to increase risks of illness. Quality sleep is essential for a strong immune system.
stresss free

NO. 7 REDUCE STRESS

Chronic stress and elevated stress hormones in the body can weaken the immune system and makes us more susceptible to illness. It’s important to take the time to unwind, get outside, smile, laugh, and enjoy life as much as possible!
Vitamin D3/K2

NO. 8 OPTIMIZE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS

Check your vitamin D levels and supplement with enough vitamin D3 and K2 to maintain levels between 50-70 ng/mL.
wash your hands

NO. 9  WASH HANDS OFTEN

Washing your hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds can help to prevent cold and flu. No need to use antibacterial soap — research has found that regular soap is just as effective.


- OUR FAVORITE IMMUNE-SUPPORTING SUPPLEMENTS -

NO. 1 THYMEX BY STANDARD PROCESS 

 Thymex is designed to support thymus gland function, an organ that stimulates the development of T lymphocytes. T Lymphocytes are immune cells critical to monitoring for and fighting infections.*

Recommended dose: 1 tablet 2-3 times daily, or as directed by your healthcare provider

Thymex by Standard Process

NO.  2  NAC BY DAILY BENEFIT

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid that the body uses to make glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants. NAC also acts as a natural decongestant that can reduce nasal congestion.*

Recommended dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily, or as directed by your healthcare provider

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) for Immunity and Antioxidant Support

NO.  3 ARGENTYN 23 SILVER NASAL SPRAY

Silver Hydrosol Nasal Spray is a special preparation of colloidal silver that can help kill bacteria, yeasts, and viruses in the nasal passages. We recommend using it at the first sign of cold and flu to help keep stuffy noses at bay.*

Recommended dose: 1-2 sprays in each nostril, 2-3 times daily.

Argentyn 23 Professional Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol Nasal Spray

NO.  4 ANDROGRAPHIS COMPLEX BY MEDIHERB

 Andrographis Complex contains a blend of herbs to support the immune system by reducing inflammation, fighting bacteria and viruses, and enhancing overall immune function. Using Andrographis has been shown to shorten the duration of cold symptoms, reduce cold severity and speed recovery time.*

Recommended dose: 1 tablet per day prophylactically throughout cold and flu season and increase the dosage to 3 to 4 tablets per day when sick

Andrographis Complex by Mediherb

NO.  5 ECHINACEA PREMIUM BY STANDARD PROCESS 

 Echinacea has been found to shorten the duration and severity of viral and bacterial colds and upper respiratory infections. It also helps to reduce a sore throat, cough, and runny nose.*

Pro tip for jet-setters: Echinacea may protect you from getting a cold on long flights according to randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study*

Recommended dose: This herb can be taken throughout cold and flu season to prevent getting sick (take 1 tablet twice daily) and taken at higher doses to speed recovery time (take 2 tablets 2-3 times daily).

Echinacea Premium By Mediherb

NO.  6  CATSKILL MOUNTAINS RAW BEE PROPOLIS

Bees make propolis, which they use to seal their hives. Propolis has potent antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory effects, and is especially helpful for sore throats.*

Recommended dose: 1-2 dropperfuls twice daily at the first sign of a sore throat.

Catskill Mountains Raw Bee Propolis Tincture for Immune Health

NO.  7 DAILY BENEFIT BUFFERED VITAMIN C

Buffered Vitamin C is one of our favorite go-to supplements for immune support because it protects against the inflammation your immune system creates when it’s fighting an infection, reducing cold and flu symptoms.*

Recommended dose: 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day throughout the season for prevention. If you feel a cold creeping up, increasing the dose to 1,000 mg every hour until symptoms improve.

Buffered Vitamin C

NO.  8 VIRU-CHORD BY ENERGETIX

Viru-Chord is a homeopathic formula designed to help the body fight viruses and reduce cold and flu symptoms.*

Recommended dose: One dropperful twice daily at the first sign of illness.

Viru-Chord by Energetix for Homeopathic Immune Support

NO.  9 DAILY FLORA IMMUNE

Probiotics are known for improving digestion, reducing bloating and easing digestive symptoms. This special formula has a strain of bacteria that has been shown to prevent upper respiratory infections.*

Recommended dose: We recommend taking 1 capsule daily throughout the winter months.


 * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. 

 This product is only available to patients of The Morrison Center, so be sure to come see us!


WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.

THE TEAM

JEFFREY A. MORRISON, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare

 

ROBIN FOROUTAN, MS, RDN, HHC

Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.

 

STEPHANIE MANDEL, NC, HEALTH COACH

Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.

 



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