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21/Nov/2022

There is a reason there is a cold and flu season. Viruses are able to survive in the air longer in cooler temperatures; and these viruses are more easily spread between people in an indoor social setting. We all lead busy lives- work, family and other personal commitments, we are always on the go. Getting sick can get in the way. The good news is you can actually take proactive steps to prevent illness this season.

Diet and Nutrition: We really need to use our diet to fuel our bodies properly. Incorporating whole foods instead of processed foods will provide the necessary vitamins and minerals. Focus on particular ‘power foods’ like garlic, onions, mushrooms, red peppers, and leafy greens. They are packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols to improve cellular and immune function.

Sleep: Getting adequate sleep is important for overall health. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can negatively affect different parts of the immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness and delay recovery. Aim for at least 7 hours nightly.

Hydration: We can’t survive without water so it should be no surprise that the immune system needs proper hydration to work at its best. Specifically, our lymph and blood plasma are mostly water, and our immune cells travel through these fluids. Stay hydrated with water, coconut water, or green tea.

Reduce stress: Stress produces cortisol and an increase in cortisol can suppress the immune system. Look into breathing exercises or meditation to bring cortisol levels back down.

Exercise regularly: Moderate-intensity exercise can stimulate cellular immunity by increasing the circulation of immune cells in your body. This helps your body better prepare for a future infection by detecting it earlier. All it takes is aerobic activity for 60 minutes or less to support the immune system.

Supplementation: There are few supportive supplements to aid in immune support; Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Omega 3 (Fish oil).

  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant. Our body isn’t able to store any excess vitamin C so it has to be supplied via diet or supplementation constantly. The need for vitamin C is amplified during times of stress and infection. Supplemental vitamin C has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. It can also speed up wound healing and is great for the skin and collagen production. Best practice is to take daily as a preventative at 1000mg, but can still boost immune function once cold/flu has already come on.
  • Zinc: Zinc is an important trace mineral that supports growth and normal function of our immune cells. Like vitamin C, it can shorten the duration of symptoms and speed wound healing. Daily dose of 15-25mg is well tolerated.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and low levels have been associated with every chronic health condition. While most know its role in bone health, it does support proper immune function. Studies show that vitamin D can prevent many upper respiratory infections. Since majority of our vitamin D comes from sunlight, a daily dose of at least 5000IU can help to maintain levels during the winter months.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3’s are considered essential, meaning our body is not able to manufacture and must be supplied by diet and/or supplementation. Recommended mostly for cardiovascular and cognitive benefits to bring down inflammation, they are also required for immune function. A big component of cell walls, they strengthen specific immune cells to target pathogens, bind to them and eliminate from the body. Found in highest amount in cold water fish, supplementation is often preferred at a dose of 2-4 grams daily.

It is important to remember that the FDA does not regulate most supplements, and they may not work for everyone. Some supplements can even be harmful when taken with prescribed medicine. Always check with your doctor before trying a new supplement.

 

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17/Oct/2022

Vitamin C is one supplement often recommended for daily use. It is an easy way to help and enhance the immune system, and act as an anti-viral and antioxidant. However, our body does not produce vitamin C, which means that we need to source it from our diet (or supplementation). It is found in citrus fruits and vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach.

While oral administration is the most common way to get this important nutrient, the injectable route is a more efficient and faster way to achieve a vitamin c boost. Oral supplements need to go through a long digestion process before they reach the bloodstream. The body only receives about 15% of the vitamin after digestion. However, injections bypass the digestive system and go straight to your bloodstream, achieving a 70-fold higher blood level.

In addition to overall health and wellness, specific benefits include:

  • Creates a strong immune system
  • Improved quality and appearance of skin, youthful look by facilitating production of collagen.
  • Increased antioxidant protection of cells against free radicals leading to disease and aging.
  • Aids in tissue growth and repair, even wound healing.
  • Increases neurotransmitter levels to enhance cognitive function and mood.
  • Increased energy and improved stress response.

 


Vitamin C is not considered to be toxic, even in high quantities. Side effects are limited, but can include, nausea, diarrhea, and injection site pain/redness. It can be used in combination with other vitamins, and topicals containing vitamin C.

Vitamin C has always been a staple in most people’s daily health and wellness routine. With its many benefits, an injectable form provides higher potency and faster, noticeable benefits. Recommended injectable dosage is 200mg 1-3 times weekly for 4-6 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 


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