“I don’t have time to be sick.” Fighting colds, allergies, and other illnesses can be very annoying. It takes time for the body to recover. Yes, you need rest. However, what do the healthcare professionals do to stay well and minimize their amount of down time?
“What do you keep in your natural medicine cabinet? What do YOU take to fight illnesses?”
You asked. We listened. Dr. Loehr, the doctors, and staff at Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture keep a variety of things on hand for boosting their immune system and combat illness. Below is a list of the most common supplements and items our team keeps on hand to help themselves and their family stay healthy.
Items To Stock In Your Natural Medicine Cabinet
This first item probably doesn’t come a surprise. You will see essential oil diffusers throughout the office. Whether it is boosting mental alertness or strengthening the immune system, essential oils are a must for our team. The three most popular oils used are Thieves (aka Good Samaritan), Lavender, and Peppermint.
Fish oil is an essential supplement for helping support a healthy body. Fish oil has been shown to support heart health and reduce chronic inflammation. Reducing chronic inflammation can significantly muscle pain, joint pain, and stiffness.
Tip—A high quality fish oil needs to be refrigerated. Shelf-stable fish oil supplements are not as effective. You should also aim to eat 1-2 servings of fish per week.
Not having a good balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut can lead to digestive issues, obesity, mental health problems, allergies, and more.
A probiotic helps restore the bacteria balance in your body. This can help prevent and regulate diarrhea, constipation, IBS, and skin conditions like eczema.
Tip—Skip the yogurt and select a refrigerated probiotic supplement.
Vitamin D, AKA the Sunshine Vitamin, is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. Signs of a Vitamin D deficiency include osteoporosis or bone loss, fatigue, delayed wound healing, muscle pain, hair loss, and getting sick often.
You can boost your Vitamin D intake from taking a supplement, being outside in the sun, and eating foods rich in Vitamin D like cod liver oil, salmon, eggs, and portobello mushrooms.
Colloidal Silver is one of the best natural supplements to stop viruses fast. It is antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. This is the go-to supplement for many team members during flu-season to help prevent and treat flu symptoms.
Starting to feel under the weather? Fill your body with vitamins. Emergen-C has high amounts of vitamin C and other anti-oxidants to give boost your immune system.
Elderberries are packed full of antioxidants and used by individuals to reduce the length and severity of influenza or treat colds.
Tip–You can make your own Elderberry Syrup at home with THIS recipe.
Vitamin B-12 (Sublingual)
Vitamin B-12 helps support cognitive function, bone health, energy, and mood. The vitamin is naturally occurring in animal products. Although food products may be fortified with B-12, people on a strict vegan diets are often lacking in the vitamin.
Getting enough vitamin B-12 is necessary for your body. If you are not getting enough in your diet, a supplement is an easy way to give you a boost.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps restore the pH balance in the body. This helps detoxify the body and assists in the body reaching homeostasis. For optimal benefits, you should drink apple cider vinegar daily.
Tip—You can make your own Apple Cider Vinegar drink at home with THIS recipe.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice also helps restore the pH levels of your body to create an alkaline environment. It is good for indigestion, hydration, and assisting the body in post-flu symptom recovery.
When you think of superfoods, kale probably comes to mind. Black walnuts? Yep. They are a superfood, too. Black walnuts are rich in manganese, omega-3, folate, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Black walnut can be found in a pill supplement form and is typically taken for asthma, constipation, diabetes, heartburn, and high cholesterol.
This list of supplements is based on the top items used by our team. However, you should discuss supplementation, diet, and your health history with your doctor before starting any new supplements.
Want to know which supplements are right for you? Schedule an appointment today for a personalized health evaluation and plan.