It’s that time of year again, when I begin to notice the “signs” of flu season – everywhere I go I see advertisements for the flu shot.
Even my local grocery store touts its pharmacy’s readiness to give the shot, so you can buy groceries and get vaccinated in one convenient visit.
Frankly, I find this disturbing…especially when coupled with research that shows the flu vaccine is not even effective.
Thankfully, there are some simple yet highly effective ways to avoid both the flu and the shot. And in today’s post I am going to share them with you.
Savers Are Already Aware Of Many Immune-Boosting, Bone-Building Foods And Supplements
Savers already know that probiotics boost the immune system where much of it starts: in the gut. They also know to minimize your sugar intake because it damages bones…but it’s especially important when flu season is in full swing, because sugar compromises immunity.
Foundation Supplements like Vitamin D, zinc, and Vitamin C are also important nutrients in the fight against flu and osteoporosis, and Foundation Foods like mushrooms are especially powerful at building strong bones and a healthy immune system.
I shared some exciting new research about the flu-curing effects of Elderberry extract with you last season, and we talked about how regular exercise is an important component in boosting immune system strength.
But this flu season, you may also want to consider the supplements and foods we’re going to talk about today.
Colostrum, the first liquid – before milk – that mammals secrete when they begin to nurse their young. Unlike cow’s milk, bovine colostrum is milk-free and rich in immune-boosting, bone-rejuvenating compounds.
Let’s start with the immune-enhancing components of this unique liquid:
- Oligo Polysaccharides and Glycoconjugates (that’s quite a mouthful!) are molecularly complex carbohydrates that actually bind to pathogenic microbes such as shigella, salmonella, streptococcus, e. coli, and cholera. Then these pathogens are prevented from getting in to your system via the mucous membranes.
- Cytokines, which, as I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, “…are chemical messengers that help regulate the nature and intensity of an immune response.” They encourage communication between cells – a vital aspect of a properly functioning immune system.
- Inhibitors of Trypsin and Protease prevent the beneficial immune-boosting compounds of the colostrum from being destroyed in the digestion process, and they also prevent h. pylori bacteria from attaching to the stomach walls where they can cause peptic ulcers.
You can get colostrum in pill or powder form at most health food stores, or you can order it online. For dosage, follow label directions.
Bone-Rejuvenating Compounds In Colostrum
- Lactoferrin is an incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral protein that is familiar to Savers because it is found in whey. Lactoferrin is also in human colostrum, and it is excellent for immunity and bone renewal.
- Vitamin B12 is an often-overlooked vitamin that is actually crucial for bone health. In fact, research has shown that a deficiency in B12 actually increases fracture risk.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is important for the proper functioning of the immune system, and a deficiency is linked to impaired immunity. But beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A, is in fact a better choice.
Here’s why. Since beta-carotene is selectively converted into Vitamin A in the body, it helps guard against the toxicity of excessive preformed Vitamin A, which is stored mainly in the liver.
Plus beta-carotene also protects against eye and vision problems. Perhaps beta-carotene’s most important role is that it increases levels of glutathione, the Master Antioxidant.
Glutathione stops oxidative damage from occurring in your bones and your whole body, but it must have beta-carotene to do that.
Beta-carotene is also pivotal for cardiovascular health and skin integrity. In fact, beta-carotene even helps shield your skin from the sun by boosting your natural skin pigmentation.
The ideal beta-carotene dosage is 5,000 I.U.
Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene And Your Bones
Because of its role in glutathione production, beta-carotene helps protect bones from oxidative damage. In addition, the skin-protective qualities of this nutrient allow you to get more sunscreen-free time in the sun, which is essential for the manufacture of bone-rejuvenating Vitamin D.
You’ll find plentiful amounts of beta-carotene in orange-colored and dark green Foundation Foods such as cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, kale, butternut squash, collard greens, and pumpkin.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Found in fish oil, Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for warding off the flu. A 2012 study found that Omega-3 fish oil is not only effective at enhancing the immune response; it’s especially effective at boosting the immune system after exercise.1
Omega-3 fatty acids increase glutathione levels and have been linked to an increased sense of wellbeing and a decrease in moodiness and depression.
The best way to get Omega-3 fatty acids is from cold water fish, like salmon, mackerel, and halibut. Walnuts and green peas are good vegetarian sources of Omega-3, although not as well absorbed as from fish.
Omega-3s And Your Bones
Your immune system contains RANK Ligand (RANKL) proteins that play a special role in the immune process by activating and converting immune cells into osteoclasts, the cells that tear down bone.
The popular osteoporosis drug Prolia is intended to artificially interfere with the action of RANKL, and in this roundabout and unnatural way, inhibit osteoclasts so as to increase bone density.
But Omega-3 fish oil actually works with your body’s bone remodeling process, naturally inhibiting RANKLq to keep a healthy balance between bone loss and bone building. Omega-3 fatty acids also increase calcium absorption and help fight against inflammation.
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program Takes A Holistic Approach To Bone Health
Unlike the Medical Establishment, the Program takes a ‘whole person’ approach to bone health. In Step 3 of the Program – Rebuild Your Bones – you’ll find that chapters 10 to 15 give you multiple ways to heal, rejuvenate, and strengthen your bones.
For example, in Chapter 12 of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, there are many scientific references to a wide variety of antioxidants and Omega-3 fish oil, and how they are essential for bone health and overall health.
In Chapter 10, you’ll discover all the Foundation Supplements, key nutrients that your bones crave, and which are difficult to obtain enough of through food alone. Minerals, vitamins and more are discussed at length, with specific information about how much to take and the type of supplement that is most readily absorbed.
In Chapter 11 we delve into Foundation Foods, where you can peruse the extensive charts of bone-healthy foods so you can get as many nutrients as possible through the Program’s pH-balanced 80/20 diet. It’s simply the most efficient (and enjoyable!) way for your bones and body to get the what they need.
The subject of exercise is covered in Chapter 13, because it is an essential element in rebuilding bone.
You’ll also find that Chapter 14 is devoted to the topic of stress, and I show you practical ways you can overcome the damaging effects of stress on your bones.
You see, building healthy, youthful bones is as much about your mindset and emotional state as it is about nutrients. That’s why Step 3 ends with Chapter 15, a personal guide to forming your own Bone Health Philosophy.
The entire Program is the result of many years of exhaustive research, so you can rest assured that it’s scientifically-backed, fact-based information around which you can build your own plan to build and rejuvenate your bones.
Thousands from all over the world have successfully reversed their bone loss, so if you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to learn more about the Osteoporosis Reversal Program by clicking here, and don’t hesitate to give it a try.
After all, with our one-year no-questions-asked money-back guarantee, it’s risk-free!
Till next time,
1 Gray, P., et al. “Fish oil supplementation augments post-exercise immune function in young males.” Brain, Behavior, Immunity. November 2012. 26(8): 265-72. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22902522