This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms. Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something.
Of course–the old standby of chicken soup is helpful! You can make some fabulous Homemade Bone Broth which will help boost your immune system! You can also order some from THE BROTHERY. I keep some of Chef Lance’s bone broth in the freezer just for this type of occasion. When you feel crappy –it’s not always exciting to make your own so this hits the spot.
ELDERBERRY —is available as a supplement and research shows that it accelerates cytokine production to help regulate the immune response. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
GARLIC— is rich in vitamin C and zinc which both support immune response.
PROBIOTICS— these gut friendly bacteria make for a robust immune system. You can buy these as a supplement (check out my faves in the AngelaMD store) Even better, try eating some fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut or kimchi. I’ve heard of people taking a dose of probiotic every hour when they first start feeling ill.
Zinc — this essential mineral is the most common mineral (after iron) found in the body and zinc depletion causes immune dysfunction. So load up on that
Vitamin C/D/E— These support the production of anti-stress hormones and interferon which is an immune system protein that stimulates the production of infection fighting white blood cells.