Natural Pediatric Physician explains how to prepare for cold season

Due to the health concerns and ups and downs in medicine over the last 3 years preparing for cold season is a top priority. We want your kiddos (and you!) to stay healthy heading into fall and winter. A strong immune system is our first line of defense so keeping it robust is a high priority heading into autumn. Some great ways to boost your immune system are with Black Seed Oil, Fulvic/Humic Acid, NAC, Vitamin C, D, and Zinc. Severe illness calls for Nattokinase.

Black Seed Oil helps regulate immune response and controls inflammation. By regulating the immune system it helps prevent cytokine storms within the body during illness. It also can be used to aid in digestion, ease cough and colds, to detoxify and rejuvenate the body, and as a good source of energy.

“Fulvic acid is bioavailable and helps with the absorption of minerals and nutrients in your body. Because fatigue and sleep can be linked to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, taking a fulvic acid supplement may help to improve the quality of your sleep and stabilize your energy throughout the day.”* Humic Acid helps the immune system by impeding bad microbes and stimulating good microbes. It not only helps support the immune system it also has anti-viral properties. Humic acid blocks viral receptor sites which disables the virus from infecting the host cells.

NAC suppresses viral replication, reduces inflammation, and boosts the immune system by inhibiting oxidative stress.

Nattokinase degrades spike proteins and can inhibit the virus host cell entry.

Spending time in the sunshine is an immune booster. That can get harder as we head into fall and winter depending where you live. But even being outside in general is great for the mind and body. Avoiding sweets, sugar loaded foods and processed foods / snacks is also a way to not tax your immune system.

Life can be quickly up-ended when a child becomes sick. Missed time and school can impact learning and finances. Preparing for the cold season by boosting immunity in natural ways can help mitigate absences. Most people know that regular exercise, plenty of sleep and nutritious eating keep you healthy. Citrus foods boost vitamin C and helps keep the immune system strong. Berries boost antioxidents. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables help keep your body healthy year round.

Even when you are trying to do all the right things, sometimes your child can catch a cold or virus. If they do get sick there are some natural things you can do to help them through. Elderberry syrup, Sambucol, Omega 3 (DHA +EPA) and add higher doses of Vitamin D3 to their daily regimen. If your child is congested and/or has a runny nose add a humidifier to their bedroom. Sleeping upright can also help alleviate symptoms. If they have congested lungs, getting them to cough up the mucus is important. Honey can also support coughs and help your immune system fight infection.

Increase liquids to help hydrate the body and clear infections. Coconut water is a great hydrater!

Laughter helps keep your immune system strong and can help you recover from illnesses.

Maybe watch a kid-friendly comedy or read some silly books to your kiddos!

Blessings to you and yours.

Dr. Kenneth Akey

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