Tips to Build Your Immune System for Cold and Flu Season

published by Dr. Marcantel on October 24th, 2019 Print this page No Comments

It’s that time of year again with cold and flu season upon us. Anyone who has endured a succession of lingering colds and infections would probably agree with the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best prevention in this case is a strong immune system and an awareness of conditions that can lead to infection.

Here are some things that may lower your immune system:

*People with chronic conditions like lung or heart conditions or autoimmune diseases tend to have compromised immune systems.

*Increased stress lowers immunity. Stress can be mental or physical and may be experienced at work or at home. Stress levels tend to increase during the holiday season because we tend to push ourselves more to keep up with the demands of the holidays.

*Lack of sleep also lowers the immune system. Decreased deep sleep or fewer hours of sleep can make it harder for our bodies to fight off disease.

*Increased exposure to others who are sick puts us at greater risk. Traveling on a plane, attending the theater, or eating in restaurants increases our chances that we’ll encounter someone who can spread illness to us.

So what can we do to stay healthy?

For those in higher risk categories, a flu shot may be a good start. But remember that the flu shot only protects against certain strains of disease.

The best way to stay healthy is by naturally building your immune system every day. Here are some tips and suggestions:

*Eat plenty of garlic and take garlic supplements. Garlic is a natural antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.

*Supplements that contain humic acid act as a strong antiviral.

*Certain homeopathic remedies are effective in supporting the body’s immune system. Research what may best fit your circumstances.

*Make food your medicine. Raw fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants are a great start.

*Avoid eating too much sugar; it can lower immune system.

*Get plenty of rest—fighting off colds and flu takes energy!

*Wash your hands often with soap to prevent spreading of communicable diseases.

For my patients, I offer intravenous (IV) treatments with homeopathic Engystol, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals. IV therapy can stimulate the immune system to protect from infections and can help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection.

Be good to your body this winter and give it what it needs to take care of you!

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