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Back to School Immune Support

Autumn is here and kids are back to school, meeting new friends, playing sports, sharing lunches, holding hands… the list goes on and all aspects point to direct and frequent exposure to bacteria and viruses. There are so many opportunities during the day to contract disease and so few moments for prevention.

The first and foremost preventive action that should be encouraged is hand washing. We are not encouraging obsessive behavior, but certainly any chance you and your kids have to wash or use a hand sanitizer should be a welcomed opportunity to do your part in preventing the spread of germs. Door handles, desks, pens and pencils, gym lockers, books, computers, and phones all carry potentially harmful particles that are rarely cleaned properly.

So, if you’re not going to wear rubber gloves and surgical masks all day, what else can be done to keep you and your family healthy during the school year? Here are a few quick tips for immune support through nutritional supplementation available at FreshSkin.

Curcumin – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reports that Curcumin supplementation increases levels of the cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide or CAMP protein that helps the immune system fight off various bacteria, viruses or fungi that the body has never been exposed to.

Vitamin D3 – 42% decrease in relative risk of developing influenza A plus a reduction in the risk of asthma attacks by 83 percent. Need I say more?

Zinc – Take Zinc at the first sign of a cold. A review of studies found zinc supplementation led to a significant decrease in the incidence of developing a cold, school absences, and antibiotic prescriptions.

Vitamin B12 – The bioavailable form of B12, methylcobalamin, is necessary for many basic functions of the body and helps support mental, physical, and emotional processes. Deficiencies of B12 have been associated with increased infection, depression, and fatigue.

Selenium – Selenium deficiencies are common in the U.S. and can have detrimental effects on the immune system. A daily dose of selenium has been shown to clear viruses more quickly and stimulate immune function by encouraging a cellular immune response.

Plus, here are a few other items that you can pick up at your local health food store. Be sure to check with us if you have questions about brands and/or dosage. We are happy to help. We can even do special orders for you!

Probiotics – These should be taken daily by everyone in the house on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Here’s why… Probiotics have been found to help with immune support and allergies, weight management, blood sugar maintenance, depression and anxiety.

Elderberry Extract – Standardized elderberry liquid extract possesses antimicrobial activity against multiple strains of Strep and an inhibitory effect on the development of human pathogenic influenza viruses.

Olive Leaf Extract – “Generally indicated in any long-term weakness of ‘deep’ immune function… it should be tried for allergies, chronic infections (such as Candidiasis), degenerative diseases and for general strengthening of the immune function… it has been found to increase the level of the white blood cells macrophages and lymphocytes.”

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595 Elm Place, Suite 208
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