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Immune Health

NOTE: Please speak with me before starting any new vitamin regime!

 

Things to Remember:

  • Thinning hair and nails along with less bounce in the skin happens with age but, there are great vitamins that can help rejuvenate the body!
  • Natural supplements can take up to 1 -3 months to work with the body
  • Most vitamins are to be used temporarily then cycled off so that the body does not get used to the dosage.

Helpful Supplements

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a vitamin your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process.

An antioxidant, vitamin C might help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals might play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron.

Because your body doesn't produce vitamin C, you need to get it from your diet. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach.

Vitamin C is water soluble so you will urine out whatever you don't absorb. You should take 500MG-5000MG per day in either a powder, tablet or in capsule form

 

Zinc

Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy. Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make protein and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.

You can take Zinc in a lozenge, pill, liquid or powder form. Check below for recommended dosages!

 

Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Zinc 
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0–6 months 2 mg* 2 mg*
7–12 months 3 mg 3 mg
1–3 years 3 mg 3 mg
4–8 years 5 mg 5 mg
9–13 years 8 mg 8 mg
14–18 years 11 mg 9 mg 12 mg 13 mg
19+ years 11 mg 8 mg 11 mg 12 mg

* Adequate Intake (AI)

 

Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb also known as Purple Cone Flower, Black Sampson, Black Susans, Fleur à Hérisson, Hedgehog, Igelkopfwurzel, Indian Head, Kansas Snakeroot, Red Sunflower, Rock-Up-Hat, Roter Sonnenhut, Rudbeckie Pourpre, Scurvy Root, Snakeroot, and many other names.

Echinacea has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating the common cold, or vaginal yeast infections.

 

 

 

 

Elderberry 

    The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too.

    Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.

    It’s also been used as a treatment for:

    • Constipation
    • Joint and muscle pain
    • Infections that affect how you breathe
    • Headaches
    • Fever
    • Kidney problems
    • Epilepsy
    • Minor skin conditions
    • Stress

     

    Oregano Oil

    Oregano is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions.

    The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu, swine flu, earaches, and fatigue. It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acne, athlete's foot, oily skin, dandruff, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea, and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins. Oregano oil is also used topically as an insect repellent.

     

     

    Updated 9/4/20