Building immune defense & fighting infection

“I know they’re coming for me… I feel it. The subtle scratch at the back of my throat, the sinus pressure, the aches… I know I’m being invaded by some kind of creepy microscopic bug. Time to launch the counter-attack now before they take me down!”

Sound familiar? Let’s face it. It’s cold and flu season. But given the flu shot’s effectiveness statistics (41% over 13 years), some of us may want to reconsider getting vaccinated against influenza. When it comes to staying strong against the seasonal flu, there are short and long-term solutions.

Here are some of the best immune-boosting tricks I have found so far.

Supplements & Food – quick immune boosting fixes

  • Vitamin D3 (gene activation)
  • Probiotics (microbiome population to protect the gut)
  • Black Elderberry (upper respiratory support)
  • Larch Tree (arabinogalactans)
  • Omega-3’s (to balance with omega-6’s for improved upper respiratory function)
  • Astralagus root (adaptogenic herb)
  • Maitake mushrooms (activation of immune Natural Killer – NK cells)
  • Curcumin + Black pepper (anti-inflammatory)
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine (expectorant)

Lifestyle Hack

I double-down on eating fermented foods when I feel a cold coming on (all organic of course!)

  • kefir
  • 75%+ dark chocolate
  • kombucha
  • sauerkraut
  • pickled root veggies
  • kimchi
One supplement that I use as a quick-fix and superb travel companion is MultiDefense10 by CRE8 Vitality. It combines many of the ingredients above in a tasty chewable tablet. There are other immune boosting formulas out there from trusted companies – make sure to do your homework and find the right formula for you!

Long term strategies – decrease infection & increase longevity

  • Eat real food
  • Go for nutrient density
  • Sleep
  • Eat fermented food
  • Include ‘superfoods’
  • Move your body
  • Sweat in a sauna
  • Avoid pollution and plastics
  • Supplement strategically
Live in a way that promotes a very diverse gut microbiome. After all, 80% (or so) of your immune cells are found within your intestinal matrix.