And speaking of changes…
by Michael S. Tyrrell
August 24, 2021
Happy Tuesday Wholetonians!
Last week we discussed the changing seasons. Continuing on that subject, I’d like to expound on the need for preparedness as we head into the Fall season.
Fall and Winter are the cold and flu seasons, and especially now, we need to step into them with a strong immune system. Let’s go over some immune building essentials to have in your supplement “toolbox.”
- Vitamin D3 is an essential vitamin that your skin produces in response to sunlight exposure. Vitamin D3 is known for its vital role in bone health, but it also supports the immune system in a big way to protect against illness. Because we tend to spend less time outdoors in sunlight in the cooler months, we become deficient, so supplementation is very important.
- Vitamin C is probably the most popular supplement to take for the immune system. It supports the function of various immune cells and enhances their ability to protect against infection. It’s also necessary for cellular death, which helps keep your immune system healthy by clearing out old cells and replacing them with new ones. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. Daily doses are typically between 250 and 1000 mg.
- Zinc. This is a mineral that is essential for immune system function. It has an important role in inflammatory response but it specifically protects tissue barriers in the body and helps to prevent foreign pathogens from entering.
- B Complex Vitamins. B vitamins like B6 and B12 are very important for healthy immune response. B vitamins impact your energy levels, brain function, and support the growth of red blood cells. Many adults are deficient, so it’s a good idea to supplement with B Complex.
- Turmeric is arguably one of the most powerful herbs on the planet for fighting disease and illness and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is mostly known for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it has also been known to slow or prevent the formation of blood clots. A few studies have also shown that Turmeric can help to reduce the symptoms of Depression, which often rises during the winter months.
- Garlic. Raw garlic contains Allicin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory with antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It’s been shown to enhance immune health by stimulating protective white blood cells. It’s also been known to support cardiovascular health.
- Echinacea and Propolis. Echinacea is genus of plants in the daisy family and it may have antiviral effects against several respiratory viruses. Propolis is a material that honeybees produce and it has impressive immune enhancing effects and anti-viral properties. Though there may be more research needed, I have personally had good results taking these, and they can often be found together in a tincture at your health food store.
Although there are lots of other vitamins, minerals and herbs that are known to support and enhance immune function, these are my picks for the top 7. It’s really important to combine these along with plenty of rest, drinking enough water, and keeping a healthy diet. As a side note, please let me remind you to check with your doctor before taking any of these if you are on medications since some supplements can interact with them.
Be Healthy and Be Whole,
Michael S. Tyrrell
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