It may not seem fair with the coronavirus pandemic still hanging on, but it’s time to begin preparing your body to fight the 2022 flu. It’s all about maintaining a healthy immune system to fight the good fight. With the upcoming flu season still several months away, there’s no time like the present to boost your immune system.
What is our immune system?
While we think about it the most during flu season, our bodies are actually exposed to harmful germs at all times of the year. That’s when our immune system is asked to perform at full capacity. This miraculous system of intricate stages and pathways protects us from these microbes and other infectious diseases. When it recognizes invaders such as the common cold, flu viruses, or parasites, it takes immediate action.
- Our immune system is composed of two parts: innate and adaptive.
- Innate immunity is a set of protective barriers that include:
- Skin to withstand most pathogens
- Mucus to trap pathogens
- Stomach acid to destroy pathogens
- Enzymes in sweat and tears to create anti-bacterial compounds
- Immune system cells to attack foreign microbes that enter the body
Our adaptive immune system has learned to recognize foreign invaders. It is composed of the:
- Bone marrow
- Lymph nodes
When a foreign substance enters the body, these cells and organs create antibodies and trigger the multiplication of immune cells (including different types of white blood cells) that are specific to that harmful substance. Those antibodies then attack and destroy the invading bacteria, virus, or other pathogens. Our immune system then adapts by remembering the foreign substance so that if it enters again, the antibodies and T-cells are even more efficient and quick to destroy it.
IV vitamin therapy — best immune boost for flu
IV Vitamin supplements offer immune-boosting vitamins through an IV vitamin drip — the most-effective way to fight diseases. Using an IV drip or intravenous injection, vitamins and nutrients flow directly into the bloodstream. This allows the nutrients to be fully absorbed by the body. When vitamins and nutrients are consumed orally, the digestive system breaks down some of the nutrients along with the tablet — diluting their potency.
Our immune boost cocktail contains vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. We create custom ratios for each patient based on their needs.
While vitamin C does most of the heavy lifting, B6 gives an added push that makes vitamin C more effective. Magnesium IV drips then enhance the functions of the muscular and nervous systems.
Talk to your healthcare provider before beginning any vitamin supplementation.
Does a flu shot boost your immune system?
Annual flu vaccination should be maintained by everyone over 6 months of age — especially people over the age of 65 — according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The CDC recommends everyone be vaccinated before the end of October. However, if you can’t get vaccinated until after November, still do it. Flu season commonly peaks in February and can even continue into May!
Foods that boost the immune system to fight the flu
A healthy diet includes foods that may help you maintain a healthy immune response.
Vitamin C is highly concentrated in citrus fruits, such as:
If you’re looking for something high in vitamin C without all the sugar, red bell peppers are extremely high vitamin C content for their size and have the additional benefit of vitamin A.
For foods that have both antioxidants and vitamin C, try leafy greens, such as broccoli and spinach. Using garlic, ginger, and turmeric in your meals is a great way to spice up the dish as well as add crucial vitamins.
Vitamin E may not be as easy to find as vitamin C, but it’s just as important. Almonds, sunflower seeds, and avocados are great sources of vitamin E. They also add healthy fat to your diet.
Vitamin D regulates both the innate and adaptive immune systems. It can be found in oysters and shrimp; egg yolks; mushrooms; and fortified milk, juice, or cereal. Your body also synthesizes Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
Mushrooms are loaded with selenium, a mineral that protects the body from infection.
The anti-inflammatory properties in nutrient-dense foods, like dark leafy greens, berries, salmon, and sweet potatoes, help build up your immune system.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says vitamin A plays a role in helping the immune system function properly. Beta-carotene is one form of vitamin A, and it gives many foods a bright orange color.
Get protein with meats and fish; low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt, milk, and cottage cheese; and plant-based combinations, such as beans and brown rice.
Lifestyle changes to boost your immune system during flu season
Remember, there are lifestyle choices you can make to build a strong immune system.
- Stop smoking. It weakens your immune system.
- Physical activity and regular exercise boost immune function.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Get enough sleep each night. Lack of sleep suppresses the immune system.
- Plenty of hand washing.
- Take probiotics. Food sources of probiotics include yogurt, kefir, kimchee, kombucha, and other fermented or cultured foods. It also comes in pill form.
- Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady stream of stress hormones that suppress the immune system.
- Hydration. Drink plenty of water.
Why choose IV Vitamin Therapy for your immune-boosting vitamins?
Dr. David Nazarian is board certified in internal medicine and highly trained in the field of traditional and alternative medicine. He has been utilizing IV fluids and vitamin replacement therapies in conjunction with other treatment modalities to treat a variety of medical illnesses and conditions for over 10 years.
Our medical office follows strict guidelines and standards to ensure each patient receives the highest quality sterile vitamins compounded from the best pharmacies only. Our IV drip clinic utilizes only the very best vitamins purchased only from the best pharmacies and thus ensures that it has gone through a set of sterile processes, and quality assurances that meet our highest standards.
We are confident that if you have received IV vitamin treatments in the past at other places you will recognize the difference between our vitamins, our facility, and our practice.
Where can I get IV immune boost near me?
Busy? Our mobile IV therapy will come to you. Many of our clients who prefer to receive injections in the privacy of a home, hotel room, or office can choose our popular concierge house call service for mobile IV.
IV Vitamin Therapy is conveniently located in Beverly Hills and can provide IV services come to your home, hotel room, or office throughout the Los Angeles area. We serve patients near Beverly Hills, Bel Air, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, Hollywood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Downtown Los Angeles, Encino, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Northridge, North Hollywood, Topanga, Canoga Park, Reseda, Valley Glen, Chatsworth, West Hills, Orange County, Winnetka, Universal City, Silverlake, Echo Park, and many more.
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