Friday, September 17, 2010

Immunity, Part 3


Part 2 was EXERCISE


You have heard it before-  take Vitamin C to get rid of a cold.  But for some reason, that's ALL that we've ever heard about.  You may have heard of echinacea if you're lucky...

There are so many vitamin, mineral, and herbal combos that can REALLY help your immune system along.  Here's what we take:

1- Vitamin C (prevents a cold, but doesn't shorten it's duration)
2- Zinc (prevents a cold and shortens duration)
3- Aged Garlic Extract (Kyolic) (anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal)
4- Oregano Oil (anti-bacterial) (anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic)
5- Echinacea (anti-viral) (shortens duration of a cold)
6- ProBiotics (the good bacteria that live in your gut)
7- Vitamin D3 (THE immune booster)

We don't take these supplements every day.  Each day, we take probiotics, a multi-vitamin, and vitamin d3.  When we have been around someone with a cold, or are going into an unfamiliar or crowded place, we take the rest in the list.

The fact of the matter is, the immune system will be what prevents your cold.  Pair that with good hand washing (with regular soap... anti-bacterial is not necessary) and a diet rich in colorful, organic produce and you'll be JUST FINE!!  No flu shot-o-death necessary!


MrsKruse said...

I wish I could avoid the flu shot...but with my asthma, a nasty bout of the flu could send me into the hospital :(

Which multi vitamin do you use? I read so much about absorption issues, and the last few that I've tried didn't absorb well at all (easy to tell by bloodwork results).

Jenna said...

I will also say that people with allergies to pollen should be careful with echinacea! I am pretty allergic to it and sometime echinacea tea makes me more stuffy than I was to begin with. Thanks for the rest of the list though! :)