Many clients have asked how they can improve their immunity to prevent succumbing to this recent pandemic. It is important to remember the "Goldilocks principle" with all nutrients: not too much, and not too little, but just right.

  1. I am recommending that people take extra vitamin C, up to bowel tolerance, or to avoid digestive upset, take liposomal vitamin C at 6000 to 10,000 mg (6-10 grams) per day, in divided doses. Vitamin C particularly supports our barrier defenses and virus fighting white blood cells. When we need more vitamin C we absorb more.

  2. Another immune balancing nutrient is zinc. The best form is one you can taste if you don't need it, so you don't consume an excess, which can upset copper balance. Zinc lozenges taken through the day until they taste metallic is an easy way to supplement zinc. Oysters and chicken liver are good food sources of zinc and copper in balance.

  3. The third important nutrient that most people are deficient in is vitamin D, along with the other fat soluble vitamins A, E, and K2. Every cell has receptors to vitamin D and it helps balance the immune system. All autoimmune conditions are associated with vitamin D deficiency. Ideally one should get a blood test to determine initial vitamin D levels. Healthy ideal levels of 25OH vitamin D are from 40-80 pg/ml.  Most people need at least 2000 - 6000 IU per day to get to these levels and should retest after 3 months of supplementation to determine needed dosage and possibly prevent excess. Vitamin A (retinol) supports mucous membranes so it is needed also. Vitamin K2 prevents calcium deposits in the soft tissues (such as arteries, kidneys and gall bladder). The best way to improve levels of all these vitamins is from foods that have all 4 fat soluble vitamins, such as unrefined cod liver oil, cod livers (amazingly tasty and available canned online), pasture raised liver, and grass fed ghee or butter. Most people need oral and solar sources of D (esp in winter or flu season) so a supplement that contains D3 with K2 can be used to get blood levels up to ideal.

  4. For virus symptoms the best herb is Andrographis a powerful antimicrobial.

  5. Be sure to follow all the public health recommendations to prevent the spread of germs: wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water; cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand; wear a cloth face mask that covers your mouth and nose when outside; stay at least 6 feet away from the people you are not isolating with; stay home as much as possible.

  6. Relax and get sunshine as often as possible. Use this time to learn to cook and to develop an exercise routine.

  7. Learn as much as you can about your immune system and how to keep it strong. An excellent and detailed resource is a special report by Nora Gedgaudas, CNS.

Many of the above foods and supplements can be found online, but pay close attention to quality.  If you need help finding these you can email me and we can set up an appointment to determine the best plan for you to stay healthy.