Naturopathic Flu Prevention Protocol
It seems like everyone is sick right now. But the great news is my Naturopathic Flu Prevention Regimen respects and bolsters your body’s innate healing and immune defense capabilities. Flu prevention starts with a healthy and strong body, so let’s get the basics out of the way.
Sleep, diet, exercise, sunshine, fresh air, good hygiene, hydration, stress management, sweating, and deep breathing are daily necessities in this hectic world. Make sure you are getting proper sleep every day, “eating the rainbow” and avoiding processed foods, washing your hands, staying hydrated, exercising daily, getting out in the sun and fresh air and controlling your stress. Sweating daily through exercise or a hot Epsom salt bath helps prime the immune system through increased circulation and detoxification.
The below Naturopathic Flu Prevent Regimen is recommended for anyone who is looking to naturally boost their immune system. Any time you start or stop a herbal and/or nutraceutical regimen, please consult a healthcare professional, preferably a naturopathic doctor who understands and is trained in the use of herbal medicine.
When to Supplement
- Before breakfast: probiotics and lemon water
- After each meal: Supplementation Regimen as below
- Before bed: probiotics again
I start each morning with one probiotic pearl (freeze-dried and shelf stable) as well as one refrigerated probiotic such as Klaire Labs or Integrative Therapeutics brand. Repeat before bed. Supplementation is just that, a supplement, you still need to include fermented and probiotic foods like yogurt and pickles into your diet throughout the day.
Vitamins and Micronutrient Supplementation
Take a multivitamin daily from a reputable brand such as Thorne, and include extra high doses of Vitamins A, B12, C, D3, Zinc. Water-soluble vitamins like B and C should also be given high doses since any excess is excreted through urine. Zinc, as well as the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, are stored in fat, so dosing needs to account for the fact that you can take too much and overload your body.
Another complicating factor is that these vitamins exist in the body in specific ratio’s to each other, such as the D3:K2 ratio. Yes, it’s complex, so unless you have a naturopathic doctor, stick to label recommendations for these vitamins for daily dosing, though larger doses can be therapeutic when prescribed in the proper ratio. All vitamins and micronutrients are important but B12 and D3 levels are critical to overall health, including immunity. So you need to get these checked regularly through blood work and understand the risk factors of low micronutrient levels. Even those who live in the Sun Belt region may still need vitamin D3 supplementation, as this essential nutrient is a basic tenet of health that you need to pay attention to.
Vitamin C and Glutathione Supplementation via Liposomal (Sublingual) Formulations
Daily Vitamin C and Glutathione supplementation is absolutely critical for their powerful anti-oxidant and immune boosting action. The liposomal delivery is one way to get the vitamins directly into the bloodstream while bypassing the GI tract. On the other hand, glutathione helps prevent oxidative stress at the cellular level. It helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes; so if you have stress, you need this supplement.
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 EFA plays a dual role in reducing inflammation and supporting the function of B cells and natural killer (NK) cells.
Herbal-Fungal Immune Boosters
If a daily immune-boosting tincture is needed, consider a blend of Astragalus, Elder Berry, and Licorice as well as a mushroom tincture such as Thorne Myco-Immune. For those who don’t want an alcohol tincture or want a pre-blended formula, consider Wise Woman Immune Glycerite blend. Mushroom extracts show real immune modulating properties, they are anti-viral, anti-microbial and a true powerhouse of the natural world. Mycoimmune is well studied and well tolerated with proven immune boosting properties.
Immune Boosting Diet Tips
For breakfast, incorporate garlic and healthy fats, stewed fruits, and vegetables. Focus on high protein. Use honey or maple syrup to sweeten food and beverages. Fermented and pickled foods, bone broth’s and/or shitake mushroom broth should be consumed for lunch. Focus on equal amounts protein and complex carbohydrates; cooked leafy greens finished with lemon juice and more garlic. Garlic and ginger root heavy stir-fry, coconut milk curries with turmeric, focus on complex carbohydrates from beta-carotene rich squash, carrots and sweet potatoes and lean protein are best options for dinner.
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