Back to school has arrived! Here are 3 ways to help support the immune system.
It is back to school season and students are anxiously awaiting their return to in-person classes. While this is an exciting time for children (and their parents 😉), it is important to take necessary precautions to help protect their bodies from COVID 19 and other common viruses.
In this article, we touch on three key vitamins/minerals that can assist our immune systems’ functions to the best of their abilities. Please note that these are general guidances for children and adults. Always check with your health professional to see if these supplements are right for you.
Elderberry… is great in prevention!
Elderberry is an anti-inflammatory that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Dosage: the average dose used in studies to treat viral infections is 15 ml of a syrup with 38% elderberry, 4x a day for adults. You may use the same amount at a 19% concentration for children.
Tip: An adult could take a full dose every 2-3 waking hours for up to 2-4 days, if actively sick. For prevention, such frequency is neither necessary nor recommended. General dosing is 1/35 of the formula, 2-3x a day for an adult. Children will need smaller doses, which are determined by age and weight.
Zinc… is often preferred in its yummy lozenge form!
Sucking on it will release it in the throat, so it is a great way to help kill a virus.
Zinc keeps our immune systems strong, due its effect on our immune cell function.
Dosage: We recommend 10 mg daily (20 mg if you will be out and about in a crowded area where people may be actively coughing and sneezing).
Tip: Take one lozenge every two hours during the day if you are actively sick.
Vitamin C… the most popular of them all!
It is an antioxidant that helps protect against immune deficiencies.
Fruits and vegetables are a great source, but supplementation may be necessary to achieve higher levels.
Dosage: 500-1000 mg daily, or up to 2,000 mg with active illness.
Caution: Taking too much vitamin C (over 2,000 mg) may cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and other symptoms.
Dr. Kimia Shakerpoor, D.C., Chapter 111
Dr. Kimia Shakerpoor graduated with Cum Laude honors, from Palmer College of Chiropractic – West. Her approach to chiropractic is to help patients achieve and live a more comfortable life by eliminating obstacles brought on by musculoskeletal pain. She knows the importance of wanting to be able to successfully complete a task at work, school, or home with family, without pain and discomfort. She individualizes care for her patients through chiropractic adjustments, myofascial and soft tissue techniques, and personalized exercises. Dr. Shakerpoor provides family health care, which includes women in all phases of their lives including pregnancy. https://in-healthclinic.com/