Boosting Your Immunity Naturally

Posted by on Oct 23, 2009 in Wellness | Comments Off on Boosting Your Immunity Naturally

Fall is Flu Season.  The change in weather and shorter days can often lead to not having enough time for ourselves and/ or practicing healthy habits.  Swine Flu has been on everyone’s minds lately and Dr. Martha Howard, a holistic doctor recommends some natural ways to boost our immunity.  Following the three tips below will help you to stay healthy during the fall season and holidays.

The first recommendations are to get a natural hand sanitizer, such as Clean Well.  Clean Well is an herbal based sanitizer with herbal based ingredients like thymol and oregano oil.  There is evidence that those natural defenses are less likely to create resistant bacteria and viruses [than conventional hand sanitizer with chemical agents]. Plant oils and alkaloids are too complicated for oganisms. Plain, alcohol-based sanitizer is fine, too. Put at least a dime size blog on palm and then rub all over hands and fingers, especially the fingertips, until hands are dry. Hand washing is equally good.

Hand washing for your family.  Have your child sing “Happy Birthday to You” for the length of hand-washing. That amount of time is adequate to get rid of organisms.

Secondly, it is recommended to boost your Vitamin C intake.  Adults need between 1.5 and 2.5 grams of vitamin C per day to be healthy. It is reasonable to take 500 mg vitamin C 3-5 times per day. Take it to bowel tolerance; if you get loose stools then back off. For children it would be comparable by weight. Plain ascorbic acid is fine. Allow children to drink 6 to 8 ounces of water with each dose. Vitamin C goes out of body in 3-4 hours, so you can take another dose after that time.

Lastly, If flu becomes widespread in your area, Chinese herbs can be helpful. Several combinations can be effective with flu. The first is Zhong Gan Ling, and the second is Yin Chiao. Both can be taken around three times per day, following directions on the product. It would be important to get some of both of those formulas to have on hand in case of swine flu outbreak. If it looks like flu is going around, start taking them and then take them for a week to 10 days. In the face of those herbs, the virus can’t multiply or grow. You can also try the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum.