Pre & Post COVID Immune Support
Certainly, the last year has been a most unusual year from anyone’s perspective due to the worldwide COVID pandemic. There is fortunately much we can individually do to enhance our overall immunity to bacteria and viruses.
Starting with the basics, my first recommendation is not to stray too far from an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet focused on vegetables and avoidance of excess carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrates cause weight gain as well as increase inflammation in the body. This subsequent increase in inflammation in the body weakens one’s immune system and is expressed in the many diseases that we call comorbidities which leads to most of the life threatening symptoms, hospitalizations and fatalities during this viral pandemic. Commonly seen co-morbidities in COVID are Heart disease, Kidney disease, Dementia, Vascular disease, Liver disease, Cancer, Lung Disease, Peptic Ulcer, GERD, and Diabetes.
When it comes to colds and flu’s Vitamin C has been a mainstay for decades. For immune support I would typically recommend Vitamin C at a dose of 1000 to 3000mg. Next, sun exposure is important, but many people don’t effectively absorb and process Vitamin D effectively due to certain genetic imbalances. Vitamin D is actually considered to be a hormone affecting many aspects of one’s health including facilitating calcium absorption, immune and mood support. I typically recommend Vitamin D from 2000 IU for those under 12 years old and 5000 IU for adults especially during cold and flu season. Zinc is essential in a multitude areas of one’s health including bone density, reduces cardiovascular stress, stabilizes blood sugar, facilitates muscle building, cancer prevention, immune enhancement and supports fertility.
Its deficiency is a hallmark in this pandemic for those who are infected with this unique virus due to one's loss of taste and smell. For the average person’s immune system taking Zinc picolinate 25 mg daily would suffice. Quercetin is especially beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-viral properties. If that is not enough, Quercetin is known to interfere with many of the mechanisms with this current virus as well as the added benefit of increasing the uptake of Zinc. Although Quercetin is poorly absorbed, our special form of Quercetin known as EMIQ is 40 times more absorbable than the typically available form. Melatonin, though known as a sleep aid, also is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant as well as an effective immune booster. Finally, Immune Wellness which is a multiple mushroom extract is effective for boosting one’s immune system through the combination of the immune enhancer Astragalus along with extracts of Maitake and Coriolis mushrooms.
Additionally, if you feel your immune system is weak and/or needs a rapid immune boost I would recommend our IV Immune boost along with a Nebulizer breathing treatment consisting of Colloidal Silver, NAC, and doTerra respiratory blend to get you off and running. For individuals with any significant symptoms a combination of IV Glutathione and IV Ozone therapy has been found to be helpful in enhancing one’s immune response.
Next, Osteopathic myofascial therapy is helpful for Lymphatic circulation especially if you are experiencing any shortness of breath or tightness in your upper neck and back. Typically, individuals that are most susceptible to colds or flu bugs have been getting too little exercise and too much “screen time.” Osteopathic myofascial therapy helps break down congestion and ensures that your well selected nutrients get to those areas of your body that need it the most!
General recommendations for immune support are:
- Vitamin C Wellness one scoop daily for 2,350mg; ½ scoop if under 12 y/o
- Vitamin D 5000 IU for adults ; 2000 IU for children under 12 y/o
- Zinc Wellness 2 capsules daily; 1 capsule for children under 12 y/o
- EMIQ Quercetin 2 capsules daily; 1 capsule for children under 12 y/o
- Immune Wellness 3 capsules daily; 1 capsule for children under 12 y/o
- Melatonin time released 1 capsule bedtime
- Rapid immune boost- IV Immune Boost and nebulizer breathing treatment
- Significant symptoms- IV Glutathione and IV Ozone therapy (need G6PD test 1st)
- Osteopathic myofascial therapy for decongestion and immune enhancement
Finally, if you have any chronic health problems requiring medication or if you are seeking optimal health I would recommend scheduling an office visit. Optimal health requires working with a physician that will offer you a tailored approach to your health and coach you to your desired outcomes. This would include seeking the cause of your health concerns as well as evaluating your current health status. One such example is doing a micronutrient evaluation of a couple dozen key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients vital for optimal health.
Dr. LaBeau has a nutritionally based Family Practice enjoying working with families and patients of all ages. As an Osteopathic Physician he finds that many of his patient’s health concerns are also affected by compromised circulation due to musculoskeletal malalignments. This total health approach of considering both body and chemistry allows him to treat the cause of a patient’s problem which renders more effective overall healing. For further information about Dr. LaBeau’s practice see drlabeau.com