By Raphael Kellman, M.D.
Whether it’s the Coronavirus, or just seasonal influenza, there are many easy things one can do to bolster their immunity. Not everyone who comes in contact with viruses becomes sick – generally, those with weaker immune systems are most susceptible.
The Kellman Wellness Center offers immune-boosting IV therapies with extremely potent combinations of the compounds we recommend. Patients of our practice are given specific IV combinations that significantly improve their immunity.
The more immunity-boosting habits one can adopt, the better your chances of staying healthy.
Here are some of my favorite immunity-boosters:
Eat Microbiome-boosters! The more colorful the fruits and vegetables, the better!
Immune function starts in the gut. Add a powerful probiotic to your routine. Look for acidophilus and lactobacillus, and enteric-coated capsules for maximum efficacy. Load up on unsweetened Greek yogurt.
Prebiotics are also critical to microbiome health, which bolsters immunity.
Selenium is an important micronutrient which helps lower oxidative stress in your body, which reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. Studies have demonstrated that increased blood levels of selenium are associated with enhanced immune response.
Zinc helps keep your immune system strong.
Elderberry extract added to your daily routine is an extremely effective immune booster (and can also relieve allergies).
Vitamin C is a huge immune booster. Eat citrus (not juice) and add a Vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C helps your body produce antibodies that can fight infection.
Vitamin B6 also supports healthy biochemical reactions in the immune system.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that helps fight off infections.
Vitamin D – deficiency in Vitamin D is associated with increased susceptibility to infection.
Astragalus is a potent immune strengthener.
Exercise regularly.As little as 20 minutes of exercise can have anti-inflammatory effects that boost your immune system.
Alcohol in moderation – or not at all. Alcohol can also disrupt the gut barrier, allowing more bacteria to pass into the blood; excessive alcohol reduces the function and quantity of cells in your immune system.
Get adequate sleep. Even one night of poor sleep (generally, less than 6-8 hours) can result in a reduction of infection-fighting antibodies.
Take steps to avoid infection: wash your hands frequently and resist the urge to touch your face.
Don’t smoke. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are an ongoing source of damage to cells throughout the body; your immune system must continually work to fight off this damage.