Women’s Health Expert, Amy Myers, M.D. On Warding Off Sickness
Cold and flu season is coming. Is there anything I can take to stay healthy? — CS
Here are a few tips:
Diet is huge. Eating a really healthy, organic diet helps—with lean, grass-fed animal protein, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats.
Beginning and following a supplement regimen is about staying at your optimal health. A good multivitamin is very important. Look for one with critical nutrients like zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D. These are all included in the goop vitamin and supplement packet I consulted on, Balls in the Air, and can be taken as separate supplements as well.
I recommend supporting your body’s production of glutathione—the number one detoxifying molecule, or master antioxidant, in our body. Our body naturally generates this molecule, which helps us metabolize and get rid of toxins. Glutatione is also thought to help support the immune system.
Glutathione itself as a supplement is typically not well absorbed orally, because it is broken down in the gut. But you can take the building blocks of glutathione: Vitamin C and N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC) are some of my favorites because they’re readily and efficiently used by the body, so you’ll find them in the Balls in the Air regimen.
A high quality probiotic is beneficial—a large percentage of your immune system is in your gut, so you want to make sure it’s working well.
I typically add collagen to my smoothies on a daily basis, or L-glutamine, as a preventative measure to help keep my gut healthy. Some of my patients also take an Immune Booster Powder, made of bovine colostrol whey peptides, that contains 40 percent IgG immunoglobulins to support immune function.
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