The best defense against any cold, flu, virus, or illness is prevention. Prevention can start with reducing the amount of toxins we take into our bodies whether it’s through our air, water, or food.
Supplementing with antioxidant vitamins and minerals that will give your body the extra boost it needs to fight off free-radical damage and help the body not only fight a foreign invader, but help the body recover and heal.
The supplements that we’ve highlighted for you have been shown in many clinical trials, scientifically sound research, and real-life experiences, to do just that. It is important to note that while all of these supplements are beneficial to take on a regular basis, not all of them should be taken at once, or in large quantities.
Please consult with your health care practitioner for recommendations on what would work for your specific needs.
What is an antioxidant?
The best supplements to take to protect your body are what’s called “antioxidants”. According to The American Heritage Medical Dictionary, an Antioxidant is, “A substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, that protects cells from the sometimes-damaging effects of oxidation.” Oxidation is the process of breaking down cells like what happens when fruit begins to turn brown. The cells are becoming damaged and start to die off.
How is this relevant to your immune system?
Our body is made up of cells and we want to protect them as much as possible by reducing the amount of free radical damage (oxidation) that occurs. When we do this, we preserve the healthy state of our cells and we’re able to maintain an optimal state of health called homeostasis.
We can keep ourselves protected from these invaders by incorporating anti-oxidants into our lives through diet, exercise, reduction of stress, getting plenty of sleep, and more. Contact our office if you want to know more about how you can keep your family healthy all year round.
Wishing you the best in optimal health and wellness!
- Known as an anti-inflammatory vitamin by enhancing immune system.
- Therapeutic effect in the treatment of various illnesses.
- Plays a regulatory role in the immune responses in the body.
- 500 times stronger than vitamin E (another antioxidant vitamin).
- 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C.
- Can handle multiple free radicals at a time.
- No harmful side effects have been noted in any of the safety studies performed.
- Potent antioxidant.
- Vitamin C gets depleted when the body begins its inflammatory response during times of stress or illness.
- Humans lack the ability to synthesize Vitamin C and need to supplement it through the diet.
- 100% of absorption occurs when ingesting up to 200-250 mg at one time.
- Higher oral doses get excreted through urine.
- Those with predisposed kidney stone formation should avoid using high doses of Vitamin C orally.
- Liposomal C is absorbed more slowly and can be taken safely in higher doses.
IV Vitamin C
- High concentrations are recommended to give an extra boost to the
- Higher doses of IV C are not excreted through the urine as they
enter into the bloodstream and immediately increase serum levels
in the blood.
Check with your healthcare provider regarding proper dosing of the IV vitamin C therapy and when you should schedule your apt.
- Can help build strong bones by increasing the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorous.
- Known as the “sunshine vitamin” as it is produced in the skin by sun exposure.
- Can help protect against respiratory infections.
- Powerful antioxidant.
- As you grow older, levels of glutathione decrease.
- Injury, stress, and illness can all affect glutathione stores.
- Found within every cell of the body – is made up of amino acids.
- Glutathione contributes to a variety of important bodily functions including:
* Vitamin regeneration
* Breaking down free radicals
* Immune system support
- Increases glutathione levels.
- Powerful antioxidant.
- Neutralizes inflammatory free radicals.
- Breaks apart mucus in the lungs.
- Antioxidant functionality.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Plays a role in DNA repair.
- Healing damaged tissue.
- Supports healthy immune system.
Immune Boosting Shot Recipe:
1 serving Liposomal Vitamin C
1 teaspoon raw honey (Manuka honey is our favorite)
1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
1-2 drops Immune Boost Blend Essential Oils*
¼ teaspoon organic pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon powder
Tiny pinch pink Himalayan salt
1. Add 1-2 drops of Immune Boost Blend Essential Oils to the coconut oil
and mix well, then add this mixture to the rest of the ingredients, mixing well again.
Enjoy once or twice daily at the onset of a cold, or when exposed for
Wash down with pure, filtered water.
*Immune Boost Essential Oil Blend: equal parts Cinnamon Leaf, Clove,
Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Orange and Lemon Essential Oils
- This can be enjoyed straight or with a little bit of water to wash it down.
Alternatively you can mix it with a cup of warm tea. Depends on your palate.
- Be sure to not use it for more than two weeks at a time.
Written by: Aundrea Renaud, HNWP, FNS, BCS
*This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and is not
intended to diagnose or treat. If you or any other person has a medical
concern, please consult with your health care provider or seek other
professional medical treatment.
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