Any suggestions on how to avoid getting sick this winter?
Q. Dear Terry, “Any suggestions on how to avoid getting sick this winter?” — Teri K., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Teri, There’s no denying it – cold and flu season is just around the corner. No worries, though – I have a couple of great options when it comes to boosting your immune system and reducing the severity of the colds you may get.
My first recommendation is for a combination of daily nutrients, including elderberry, vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, which can help keep your immune system strong throughout the year, and – in higher dosages – give your immune system an additional boost when you need it. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties. I suggest taking 1 capsule daily to maintain good health. Then, when you feel extra support is needed, you can increase to 1 capsule every three to four hours.
For a cold, one of my favorites is a blend of three herbs: echinacea, pelargonium and andrographis. All three herbs help to reduce the severity of a cold and shorten the duration. While most people who have colds usually struggle 5-10 days before they are completely free of symptoms, using a combination of these three herbs will significantly reduce the severity and duration to whereas most colds can be eliminated in 24-72 hours.
Another great combination to battle viruses uses Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. These flu-fighting plant oils work very well together. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend daily. When extra support is needed, you can take up to 3 softgels daily. Just be sure to choose a formula which features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits
Terry . . . Naturally