Cold and Flu season is from November to March. Nutritionists know that the best defense is a good offense when it comes to preventing the flu and disease.
Now is the ideal time to make sure your immune system is up to the task of fighting off invading germs, viruses and bacteria. A healthy, well-tuned immune system also destroys abnormal or degenerating cells BEFORE they can do any damage.
- Eliminate simple sugars, during cold and flu season. Studies show that daily sugar consumption can reduce white blood cell count and weaken the immune system. Juice concentrate and high glycemic (high sugar) fruits.
- Drink More Water! By drinking more water, you are boosting your natural detoxification system. Experts recommend consuming at least ½ ounce of purified water per pound weight.
- Wash your hands…. A lot! – Use old fashioned soap and only when necessary use an antiseptic gel!
- Schedule a regular massage! – Sure – who has the time for that you may say! Yet studies show that regular massage boosts your body’s lymph system, to help eliminate toxins.
- Cleanse & Detoxify with Key Nutrients – Cleansing will help release trapped fat and toxins that build up in the body and strengthen the immune system. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Xanthos to discuss the various cleansing and programs available.
- Exercise. – Daily exercise and elevating your heart rate for 20-40 minutes has shown to boost the immune system while stimulating natural endorphins for pain relief and relaxation.
- Quality Sleep with 20 Min-Power Naps – We cannot overlook the importance of sleep. Rest is an effective boost to your immune system! If possible, try a mid-afternoon power nap!
**Vitamin D is an important factor in immune system health. Some studies have shown that there is a link between vitamin D status and the risk of developing influenza. People who have low vitamin D levels may have an increased risk of developing influenza. (Flu) Vitamin D receptors are found on the surface of cells where they receive chemical signals.
** Vitamin D works in the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins called cytokines, as well as increasing the amount of antimicrobial proteins, which are naturally occurring antibiotics that destroy invading germs and viruses. This combination of lowering inflammation and increasing antimicrobial defenses can help an individual’s immune system fight infections more effectively.
Check Your Vitamin D Level — How do you measure up? Optimal levels should measure in the (50-80 nmol/l) range. All too often, patients are told their levels are adequate if over 30 nmol/l – when in fact – they are borderline low.
- Assess Your Zinc Status — Zinc is essential when it comes to the function of your immune system. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies. A liquid zinc tally test is quick and easy, and can be done in our office and will let us know immediately if you need to increase your zinc!
- Take a daily high-quality Multi-Vitamin/Mineral – A comprehensive vitamin program should be one dose AM and PM, and include a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.