by Dr. Randy
Are you doing everything you can to maintain your health? Your family depends on you staying healthy. They expect you to take care of them. So don’t get sick and don’t acquire any chronic illnesses. This requires two levels of prevention: immune support and long term care.
A healthy lifestyle will support both levels of prevention: avoiding viruses and infections, as well as maintaining health as you age. These lifestyle practices apply to anyone at any age. They fall into some broad general categories: getting exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding starches, sleeping well, and enjoying nature. If you are remiss in any of these areas work on these fundamentals first. And all of us could use some improvement. Also avoid toxic exposure in household products and BPA plastics and sugar.
Supplements for immune support
Some supplements will assist both realms. The most important of these for immune function and many other cellular functions is vitamin D. Take vitamin D whenever you have a lack of sun exposure. For many people that means year-round. And be sure to take an adequate dose. For children – 1,000 IU per 10 pounds of body weight (up to 5,000 IU). And for adults 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day. It is best to take a vitamin D supplement that also contains vitamin K2.
Vitamin C and vitamin A provide powerful immune support. Of course, many brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain these vitamins, but you can also take them as supplements.
Probiotics and fermented foods help to maintain a balanced ecology in the digestive system, where most immune mechanisms are produced.
Finally, medicinal mushrooms have specific immune boosting effects. Formulas of supplements often include reishi and shiitake mushrooms along with the herbal immune booster astragalus.
Supplements for long term prevention
Here’s a short list
Omega 3 fats in the form of fish oil or flax seed oil.
B complex with quality forms of each (folate, methyl B12, and 50-100 mg of B1, B2 and B6 as P5P)
There are many other supplements to prevent aging and inflammation including antioxidant formulas and Curcumin preparations.
Here are some blood tests you may want to ask your doctor to order to assess your health status: vitamin D (should be 50-80), fasting leptin (should be < 10) glucose (<100) and insulin (< 5), homocysteine (< 9), CRP (< 1), TSH (< 2), Free T3 (> 3.2), Reverse T3 (<15), B12 (> 550).
These tests will evaluate your immune status, your metabolism, and whether you have signs of inflammation. If any of these are out of range you could be at risk of metabolic syndrome or low thyroid. If you are gaining belly fat, if your glucose level is creeping up, then a personally designed supplement program can help to rebalance your system.
If you need suggestions about brands of supplements or help in designing a personal program, send me an email. I am happy to arrange a personal consultation.
And stay healthy.