Being healthy has never been more important than the last few months. With COVID-19 spreading world wide, social distancing is the new trend and toilet paper is the hot commodity.  As we all become expert hand washers (wash vigorously for 30 seconds), learning how to make your immune system stronger is more important than ever.  As we may recall from Science class, the immune system protects the body against disease or other potentially damaging foreign bodies including viruses, bacteria and parasites, i.e. corona virus.  By building our immune system, the immune system can more effectively defend us from getting sick.  So what can you do to keep your body’s immune system healthy?

 

How to Build Your Immune System:

  • Get enough sleep – This means 6 to 8 hours each night.
  • Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods.
  • Stop Smoking – Smoking increases your chances of catching COVID-19, plus it weakens your respiratory system.
  • Avoid Sugar or complex carbs – Sugar increases inflammation in your body, causing your immune system to run less efficiently.
  • Reduce Stress – Stress weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to getting sick.  

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So what do you do if you feel “under the weather” or if you have been exposed to people who are coughing or sneezing?  When I was traveling during the winter time, I always use to get sick after a plane ride.  Being in a closed confined space with hundreds of people on a plane, many who are sick or recovering from the cold or flu, I would always end up getting sick.  Recently, I’ve started taking a immune building supplement called Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Builder. It is made from 17 different mushrooms, designed to build and strengthen the immune system while providing cellular support by fighting free radicals.  After reseaching about the benefits of mushrooms, including building immune system *, cancer fighting properties**, lowering cholesterol, and high in Vitamin B & D.  The reason I use Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Builder is because it is all natural, Non-GMO, most importantly, grown in the United States. 

How I take the Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Building Supplement – I usually take the recommended dose of 2 supplements on an empty stomach because it is better absorbed. It doesn’t make me sick or queasy like some supplements.  If I feel like I am coming down with something, I will take 2 pills immediately and then take another 2 pills a few hours later.  Since I’ve started using this immune builder, I have never been sick, even when I am in close contact with people who are coughing and sneezing.  As you know, I am not a doctor, so this is my recommended dosage and I have tested it out on myself, my friends and family member and it has always worked. 

Other Immune Building Herbs & Supplements I recommend:

Propolis – Made from bees and is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal.  Propolis is a great immune builder.  This is one of the supplements I always carry with me.  With Propolis, using a very reputable brand is important.  There were some brands I bought, even from Whole Foods, which were not as effective as others.  My favorite one is Brazilian Green Bee Propolis.  It works really well and can go in your carry on luggage.

Oil of Oregano– Known for for its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, it works really well, but it tastes really awful.  In fact, I use to video tape my friend’s reaction when they first try Oil of Oregano!  My favorite go to Oil of Oregano liquid is from North America Herb & Spice – Oil of Oregano.  This is also carry on airport friendly.  If you prefer pills or capsules, try the Puritan’s Pride Oil of Oregano Soft Gels.  No after taste and really reasonably priced.

Oil of Olive Leaf – Different from olive oil, the oil of olive leaf  has antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immune building properties. In my opinion, it tastes a little better than oil of oregano. My favorite liquid oil of olive leaf is Nature’s Answer Olive Leaf Extract.  My favorite capsules is Health Harmony’s Olive Leaf Extract  

I found with supplements, it is better to rotate every once in a while so your body doesn’t get use to it.  Currently, I am taking the mushroom supplements daily and adding in Propolis as needed.  Usually, I take the other herbal/nutritional supplements when I feel like I am coming down with something.   My dosing is 1 dropper full every 2-3 hours when you feel like you are getting sick.  Again, I am not a doctor, but I have found this dosage works really well for me and my friends and family.  Hope this helps and be safe.  =)

*Guggenheim, A., Wright, K. and Zwickey, H. (February 2014) Immune Modulation from Five Major Mushrooms:  Application to Intergrative Oncology  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684115/

** Martin, K & Brophy, S.,(November 2010)  Commonly consumed and specialty dietary mushrooms reduce cellular proliferation in MCF-7 Human Breast cancer cells   https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1258/ebm.2010.010113

** Zhang, S., Sugawara, Y., Chen, S., Beelman, R., Tsuduki, T., Tomata, Y., Matsuyama, S., and Tsuji, I. (September 2019)  Mushroom consumption and incident risk of prostate cancer in Japan:  A pooled analysis of the Miyagi Cohort Study and the Ohsaki Cohort Study.   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ijc.32591

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