Builders – Get Ready for Flu Season Naturally!
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: L-Amino
Acids – Here Are a Few Popular Supplements
Now is a good time to start building your immune system for flu
season. Whether you are concerned about West Nile Virus or the flu
virus, there are some great natural strategies for you to use to
build your immune system.
review a bit about viruses and immune function. Viruses are opportunistic
and function like scavengers. If the host is healthy and there is
nothing to scavenge, the virus will not be successful.
body is somewhat easy to bring into balance and keep well. You want
to make sure you are eating well balanced meals, getting plenty
of sleep, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. If you are concerned
about decreased immunity due to stress and what I call fast living
(which we all do from time to time), my typical immune recommendations
will work well for you.
I love a product
called Elderberry Defense. It is a combination of Elderberry, Vitamin
D, Echinacea and Olive Leaf. This is what I give my son. He doesnt
get sick enough to miss school unless he doesnt take it. This
comes in a chewable gummy form for kids and in capsule form for
those who can swallow. Both work well and are a repeat favorite
I am also
a big fan of Olive Leaf Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract. One
of our bestsellers is a product called Defense Plus. It is a blend
of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin C, Echinacea and several Mushrooms.
Defense Plus is my go to remedy for almost anything
infectious if you can swallow big pills. Some people take one per
day of either Defense Plus or high quality Olive Leaf to stay well.
take Olive Leaf I have for years. The last time I got really
sick was due to mold exposure when we remodeled the store 6 years
other products worth mentioning that work. Colostrum, Thymus Extract,
Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea, Astragalus, and Probiotics are all good
immune builders. On the average body, any of these, or any combination
not average bodies that will have trouble. These tend
to be out of balance to begin with. They tend to be overrun with
problems of congestion, inflammation and excess acidity. They are
hard to balance as they tend to be a disease waiting to happen.
bodies into balance is more of a challenge. I would recommend a
whole body cleanse along with some diet changes for these types
of bodies. The 2 key problems I see are yeast/fungus and eating
too many refined foods mainly white flour and white sugar.
Balancing the diet and getting rid of yeast /fungus will give a
virus less to scavenge. With some balance restored, this kind of
body will respond well to typical immune builders, but may have
to double or triple the average dose to get results.
I can usually
predict the first outbreak of a cold or flu virus in the school.
It will be after Thanksgiving after our first bout of cold rainy
weather. It seems to be the combination of rich food, virus exchange
with cousins, and cold weather that keeps us inside (Vitamin D deficiency)
that yields the first wave.
The next waves
come from fast living. This is when we really need to
be prepared. This is when we get run down from things like following
the football team to all of the playoff games while continuing all
of our normal activities.
times of decreased immunity and boost yours naturally so you can
stay well and enjoy life.
October 9, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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