Immune System Tips
by Namaste Health Center Staff
No matter If you find yourself on the verge of getting sick, or simply want to avoid whatever is going around, here are some basic tips that we recommend and many of them can even be done at home!
Hydration- never underestimate the importance of drinking lots of water with minerals…the climate is super dry and we often forget to drink until we are thirsty and that can mean we are already behind on hydration. Minimal of half your body weight in ounces, and more is needed for optimal hydration when exercising or have a fever.
Vitamin C- increase your daily supplement of vitamin C during cold and flu season or times of stress for prevention to 1000-5000mg/day, depending on your bowel tolerance. If you already have a cold or flu, this amount can be increased to 1000mg per hour, again, back off if stools become loose.
Vitamin D- more and more research supports this vitamin not only for bone health, but for optimal immune, cardiac, and digestive health. We recommend that you get a baseline blood level in order to recommend your optimal amount of supplementation. However, during acute illness we have found that no matter what your routine dosage is for vitamin D, that most adults immune system respond favorably to temporarily increasing daily dosage to 30-50,000iu/day for up to a week! Kids can safely increase to 5-10,000iu/day. Please check with your naturopathic physician if you have questions or concerns.
Homeopathy is an extremely safe and effective way to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Based on the premise of “like cures like”, these remedies help nudge the body back into balance so that healing can occur. Our “ Wellness Shots” that we offer at Namaste are a perfect example of how homeopathic remedies can be used in combination to treat acute cold and flu symptoms or to boost the immune system in order to keep you from getting sick! These are a great alternative to getting a flu shot since they contain no preservatives, mercury derivatives or other harmful chemicals and are safe for infants and elderly folks, too! Perfect before airline travel or anytime you are feeling run-down and everyone at work or school is “coming down with something”…
Foods to avoid
Sugar is known to suppress overall immune function, so if you are not feeling well or trying to stay healthy during cold and flu season, stay clear of the cookies and candy! Dairy and soy products can also increase mucous production, so if you have a cold or sinus congestion, it is best to avoid those foods. Of course, if you have known sensitivities to other foods, then please avoid them since they will likely overwhelm the immune system and make you less able to fight off an infection.
Stay warm and well this winter!