Natural Approaches For Immune Support

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

As cases of viral infections continue climbing, scientists have been scrambling to control the issues and find new ways to fight infection. But although it has become a global problem, there are plenty of steps you can take to help prepare for the increase in viral infections right at home.

In addition to practicing cough etiquette, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your distance from others who are sick to prevent the spread of germs, there are some natural approaches to supporting overall health as well.

First of all, taking the following basic protective measures against infection is a simple strategy that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  1. Wash hands frequently;
  2. Maintain distance from others who are or appear to be sick;
  3. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently;
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth;
  5. Practice cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene;
  6. Stock up on supplies;
  7. Stay up-to-date to make sure the virus is not in your region; and
  8. Seek medical attention early.

In addition to these steps, incorporating the following healthy immune system supporting supplements into your routine may also be beneficial:

  1. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is known to support a healthy immune system. The best dietary sources of vitamin C are fruits and veggies, including citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, and berries. It may also be beneficial to add in an oral vitamin C supplement or receive a vitamin C infusion. Daily needs of vitamin C can be anywhere from 300 milligrams daily to over 3,000 milligrams.
  2. Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is also beneficial for its ability to support a healthy immune system. Vitamin D3 is also integral to the normal healthy function of immune cells in the body. Dosage recommendations range from 400 IU per day to 5,000 IU. Most people will need at least 2,000 IU, but it is best to get your levels tested since vitamin D can become toxic in the body if you take too much.
  3. Zinc: Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness. We recommend 30-50 milligrams daily.
  4. Selenium: Selenium supports immune function and research has shown selenium to be helpful against viral infections. We recommend 200 micrograms per day.
  5. Elderberry syrup: Elderberry syrup has been shown to help support a healthy immune system and healthy immune system function.
  6. Immune-Supporting Foods: Foods like chicken broth, garlic, and ginger have been used for thousands of years to boost the immune system. We recommend incorporating these foods into your diet and consuming a diet rich in vegetables, vitamin C-rich fruits, manuka honey, herbs, spices, and wild organic meat like poultry and bone brother. An ideal meal for supporting a healthy immune system, for example, is homemade chicken soup (add ginger and garlic to the recipe).

If you would like more information regarding any of the treatments, therapies, or services offered at The Institute of Natural Health, please contact us at (314) 293-8123 or visit us at the inhstl.com. Dr. TJ Williams is the Clinic Director for the Institute of Natural Health and the host of the radio program Wellness 101, which provides common-sense, science-based strategies for a healthy life. Wellness 101 airs Sundays at 2:00pm on FM NewsTalk 97.1.