Posted on Jan 28, 2021, 4 p.m.
This article was written by Mila McManus, M.D. and it can be found on her blog at The Woodlands Institue. Dr. McManus is the A4M member of the month, as a functional medicine specialist, she practices preventive and personalized patient care and believes in a proactive approach to healthcare.
COVID and the flu will travel into the new year with us, so I wanted to remind everyone to please support your immune system and overall health to avoid bad outcomes.
I recommend a foundational daily minimum of vitamin D3, a multivitamin, and a quality probiotic. Preventing any illness means staying true to an integrative approach that is attentive to all of the key pillars of your health. Those key pillars include:
- A whole food diet and good hydration – maintaining balanced blood sugar is key (did you know that sugar immediately suppresses your immune system for up to several hours?)
- Moderate exercise
- Keep the gut healthy – easy on the alcohol, sugar, wheat, and pain relievers, while taking your probiotic and drinking bone broth
- Get quality rest and sleep
- Avoid toxins and support detoxification – see gut health above and step into the IR sauna too!
- Manage stress – take time for quiet meditation, practice yoga and/or deep breathing exercises
- Make use of appropriate supplementation – see below
For most, a healthy diet still cannot provide adequate nutrition for a strong immune system because of poor food quality, daily stressors, and the toxicity of our world. For those with compromised immune systems, or who are living and working in higher exposure areas, or traveling, a selection from the following supplements would be wise protective additions.
- Quercetin (inhibits viral replication)
- Whole Immune™
- Vitamin C
- Zinc 25-50mg daily
- Silverbiotics Silver Sol™
All of these options, along with common sense measures such as thorough hand washing and avoiding crowds, will help to make your holiday season and winter a healthy experience. If you are unsure about which supplements would be best for you, consult with our medical providers for a customized plan that’s right for you.
About the author: Mila Q. McManus, M.D., graduated at the top of her class from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School in 2000. She then completed specialty training in Family Medicine at Christus St. Joseph in Houston, TX, and is board-certified in Family Medicine. She went in search of answers and discovered natural ways to treat the root causes of health problems rather than band-aiding symptoms with prescription drugs. She became certified by the American Academy of Biologically Identical Hormone Therapy in 2004 and founded The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness where she treats common health problems such as depression, fatigue, weight gain, allergies, trouble concentrating, PMS, headaches, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, and sleep disorders. She treats women, men, and children of all ages! Since she’s experienced the benefits of wellness firsthand, her mission is to increase public awareness of natural alternatives to treating health problems. She is also an accomplished public speaker and writer as well as being a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Pan American Allergy Society, and has board certification through The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.
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