Autumn Immunity: Getting a Head Start on Your 2020 Health
Like it or not, Autumn has arrived! While this is the season to slow down and begin turning inward to prepare for the colder, shorter months of the year, it’s also when families prep their kids for back-to-school, new activities, and new routines. You’ve probably heard about teachers upping their vitamin intake, but you and your family should also consider incorporating wellness practices into your routine. If your family is ready for an immune boost to protect yourselves from the many viruses that begin spreading around schools and daycares this time of year, check out some of my favorite herbs and nutrients I use to keep my family healthy during this time of year.
A gentle reminder that while Costco, Amazon and drugstores may seem like cost-effective and easy options to buy supplements, products may be laden with contaminants and fillers. There are several companies I trust that use high quality ingredients and perform quality control checks on their products.
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1. Echinacea (aka Coneflower): This herb is in the aster family, and has immune stimulating properties. It’s most effective at preventing colds and reducing the duration of a cold when taken within 48 hours of onset of symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, coughing, and sneezing.
** Those with an allergy to asters should not take Echinacea and those with an autoimmune condition should take caution and consult their ND before using Echinacea
2. Astragalus (Huang Qi): A Chinese herb in the pea family, this traditional Chinese Medicine herb is used to support and protect Wei Qi, which is essentially the body’s shield against pathogens. It has strong immune supporting and anti-cancer properties. I often include Astragalus in my custom herbal formulas when supporting the immune system is a top priority.
Favorite Product: Pure Encapsulations’ Innate Immune Support
**Those with an autoimmune condition should take caution and consult their ND before using Astragalus.
3. Vitamin C: Probably the most well-known immune boosting vitamin, people often grab for the orange juice when they are sick. I don’t recommend store bought orange juice, as it’s full of sugar, which is not immune boosting (no surprise there!). Besides oranges, other fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C include persimmons, red and yellow bell peppers, rose hips, lemons, and cruciferous vegetables (kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, etc).
** If you are feeling particularly run down this time of year, consider coming in for Vitamin C through an IV, a "Myers Cocktail” (refer to #7).