Patients often want to know what I do to stay healthy during Michigan’s cold and flu season. Well honestly it’s not much. I always stick with the basics of washing my hands, limiting my exposure to sick people, and making sure my vitamin D levels are optimal. Although these methods go a long way I still have a couple more that I use. Both of these supplements help get rid of viral infections. The first one is for when I am sick while the other I take for cold and flu prevention. First up when I am sick I take monolauric acid in the form of Lauricidin. I’ve been using Lauricidin since medical school to combat viruses. Because it interferes with viruses ability to replicate it needs to be dosed frequently throughout the day.
Otherwise, to prevent colds from occurring in the first place my favorite approach is to stimulate my immune system. Traditionally different plants have been used to do this but there’s a better option…. mushrooms. The cell walls of mushrooms contain beta glucans. There are 3 forms primarily used for medicinal purposes. They are 1,3 beta glucan, 1,4 beta glucan, and 1,6 beta glucan. All three can stimulate your immune system to help it fight viruses (including HPV, HSV-1, HSV-2, and etc.) and cancer. Which one works best depends on your individual biochemistry so I take a supplement with all 3 in high levels. The formula is called Immune Builder by Mushroom Science. This simple approach has been very effective to help keep me working at full capacity.
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