HFF Anti-inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit Part 2: Guide to Supportive Supplementation

HFF Anti-inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit Part 2: Guide to Supportive Supplementation

If you have not already done so, please read “HFF Anti-inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit Part 1: Fundamentals.”

 

It has been reported (like, everywhere) that the average North American does not meet even the most basic recommended daily intake of the vitamins and minerals we need to live in good health. Now, add to that issues such as soil depletion (where soil is overfarmed and microbes that enrich the soil are killed rendering the food it grows less nutritions), spraying with pesticides and herbicides (which adds to your family’s total toxic burdon and disrupts your internal microbiome and ability to absorb nutrients), and the widespread acceptance of the nutrient-deficient, processed food-based SAD Standard American Diet (we Canadians eat this drivel, too), we aren’t even getting enough gas to putter to the next gas station nevermind handle a concerning event like contracting a viral infection such as COVID-19. How can we expect to have what it takes to prevent and/or overcome the illness that can follow if our bodies don’t have the tools? It’s like telling a contractor to build you a house out of duct tape and fluff.

 

In Part 1 of this Toolkit, I started to give you a round-up of possibilities useful for preventing infection, for fortifying the body’s immune defenses, and for knocking down infection and preventing viral replication if you do happen to contract COVID-19 or any other virus; and I am going to continue the conversation here with some details about the supplements, which is no small thing to understand with many variables to consider.

 

Again, this is not a treatment guide as I do not treat illness but provide suggestions for tools that can support the body’s own defence mechanisms and processes. I have included as many links as I can to the products that I know and trust so that you are not left in the world wide web searching for reputable sources. Ordering online is some people’s only choice due to store closures or availability of products in your area, and it can be easy to do. Again, if you wish to use any of the tools below, continue to keep a level head and avoid purchasing too much or creating a protocol that is too involved or that you or your children will not be able to sustain. Start with one supplement at a time and watch for any ill effects, then add another a day or two later. And keep it as simple as you can.

 

My wheelhouse is the potent natural pharmacy at the fingertips of every person. Given the action and positive effects each of the tools below have on the immune system and overall health of the body, people are reporting success in illness prevention and recovery using a personalized combination of them. Having this kind of information will further empower you to make autonomous decisions regarding how your family moves through this trying time. This is a very large list, but do not be overwhelmed as I have tried to categorize the list for you to keep your proverbial poop in a group. I have also created a list of “heavy hitters” that you can consider as a very simple, safe, and effective protocol that is easy and cheap to do for everyone, including children. Yet, even with that stripped down list, you always watch and listen to the body for signs indicating compatibility or incompatibility.

 

Now, let’s move on to supplementation. How can you supplement to balance your immune system and fight infection?

 

Rules of Supplementation

Indication and Purpose

First, assess the indication and purpose of the supplement you are considering. Does it reduce inflammation by quieting the hyperreactive immune system? Does it fight an infection directly, or does it give the immune system one of the tools it needs to fight that infection itself? Does it calm the nervous system by nourishing the adrenal glands or by supplying an amino acid required to make a necessary neurochemical? When we better understand the purpose, we better understand the application.

 

Cofactors and Synergy

Know that we don’t ever use single nutrients by way of supplements to correct one symptom. When it comes to the body, there is no one pill for every ill. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional compounds work together in a complicated symphony of cofactors where one may not work without the help of the other. When it comes to supplementing with nutrients, we don’t want noise and chaos; what we want to consider is synergy–how all of the instruments work together to create the music.

 

Quality of Supplements

Not all supplements are created equal, and some may even be harmful to you. These supplements can even be harmful to organs such as the liver as it is the liver’s job to remove substances that do not belong in the body. Many of these supplements cannot be absorbed and become nothing more than expensive urine. Do not buy your supplements at pharmacies or grocery stores that do not carry quality brands as most of the brands they carry are not. Purchase at reputable health food stores online or in person, and even then communicate with the staff to ensure that you are getting supplements that are bioavailable (in a form that is easily absorbed into the body) and without fillers and potential allergens.

 

Allergens and Fillers

So what about these fillers and allergens? What you are looking to avoid are unnecessary ingredients, additives, and substances that preserve, bulk up the supplement, or make it taste good. Some companies use fillers because they are necessary for the delivery of the active nutrient, which may be the best they can do but may be an allergen for you. If this is the case, look for a brand that contains other non-medical ingredients that are more compatible with your body. If you are vegan, look for vegan capsules. Flavouring makes some supplements such as fish oil taste better, but it is always better to get the plain version. But if you have no other choice or find certain supplements very hard to take, look for the best ingredients you can, while leaving yourself a little wiggle room. Watch for potential allergens such as wheat, nuts, soy, corn, rice, and dairy because many supplements use these ingredients in products you might never suspect; even some of the most wonderful blends of herbs, for example, may be suspended in a grain-based alcohol that contains gluten or are from GMO crops. Always read labels.

 

Pre Existing Conditions

If you already have a pre-existing health condition, all of your potential weaknesses and specific needs need to be taken into account. In the case of viral infections affecting the lungs, if you have asthma or COPD or any other lung condition (or a lifestyle habit such as smoking or vaping that will make you more vulnerable), you may need to increase your focus on specific nutrients to improve those areas or reduce your use of others in case they exacerbate your current condition. Be specifically diligent in selecting the correct supplements if you have autoimmune disease, any lung condition, or any hyper reactive, inflammatory condition such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Mold Illness, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, histamine intolerance, asthma, or allergies.

 

Contraindications

Always consider your current supplement regimen when adding new ones, and inform yourself about potential herb-drug interactions if you are currently on any kind of medication. Some supplements can increase natural bodily processes such as detoxification which may move certain medications out of the body faster. Some supplements and herbals can amplify the effects of each other and/or medications, as well. Therefore, the dosing of both natural compounds and medications may need to be adjusted or even stopped. Herbals and other nutritional compounds interact usually in a synergistic way, but even they can cause problems or contradict the effects of each other. It is very important to work with your prescribing practitioner if you plan to make changes to your supplements or medications if you are unsure.

 

Delivery Method

Nutritional supplements can come in the forms of capsules, tablets, liquids, tinctures, salves, creams, drops, sprays, patches, powders, and inhalants. They can be made more bioavailable in a liposomal preparation (suspended in a fat and absorbed very quickly into the cells), and can be introduced orally, transdermally (absorbed through the skin), sublingually (absorbed under the tongue), or as a suppository (rectally or vaginally – I know! Sounds fun!). Some supplements are designed to be time-released or can be enterically coated so it survives its descent through the digestive system to where it needs to go. Some delivery methods are better than others given the person’s ability to absorb nutrients, ability to swallow capsules, willingness to take them (ahem, children), taste preferences, the list goes on. Sometimes eating a food or the plant in its original form is the best form of delivery; drinking teas to deliver a nutrient in a form and dose the body recognises is often a more gentler and safer route; or drinking fermented drinks for intestinal microbial balance can be easier and better tolerated. You will always need to mix and match your forms of delivery to make your routine as easy and pleasant as possible, No one needs to take copious amounts of pills to feel well or experience conflict and pill fatigue if you get creative in how you will do this and know your options.

 

Age, Weight, and Dosing

Always consider the age and weight of each person in your family and adjust each person’s dose accordingly. There will be guidelines on the packaging that will be appropriate for the average adult, but children, elderly people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and sensitive people will have specific dosing needs and some supplements are not to be taken at all for this population of people. Always adjust accordingly, and the rule of thumb is smaller and more sensitive bodies need less. Many supplement companies formulate with children, mothers, and older adults in mind so do look for these particular products.

 

Situation and Environment

Each family’s situation will be different, and each will have to assess what they have for financial resources and product availability. If you have trouble sourcing quality brands locally, get online. Also, some forms of supplements are less expensive than others, and some are more essential. Prioritize and select the basics first (the supplements that will build health) and then add fancy stuff when and if you have the money or need. If you are on a budget, know that there is always more than one way to get your desired results, and if you are comparing apples to apples, you can select the less expensive route. Just DO NOT settle for low quality because they will not be effective and can harm you. So, for instance, buy the bulk Buffered Vitamin C powder if you have a large family or eat more leafy greens rather than buying expensive B-Vitamin complexes. Your health is always worth the cost, but there are ways to make that cost less of a drain on your pocketbook, especially now at a time where people are uncertain of what their financial futures hold.

 

Consider Bioindividuality

To make things even more complicated for the caregivers reading this (sorry!), every one of the members of your family will have different needs for their unique bodies. This is called bioindividuality. There will be some supplements that you may be able to give everyone (making sure the dose is appropriate for each person) and you will give other supplements only to individual family members that need or can tolerate them. An example would be an entire family of 5 (mom, three kids ages 2, 10, and 15, and great-grandpa who is 85 and lives with them because he needs a caregiver and has emphysema). Mom may give everyone Vitamin C, D3, zinc, omegas, and probiotics, but may give her grandpa extra lung support and D3 because he rarely goes outdoors, her 15 year old an adult dose of the family regiment, and extra adrenal support for herself due to high stress and symptoms of adrenal distress.

 

Epigenetics and Genetic SNPs

One major factor in determining our bioindividuality is what set of circumstances makes us us, and that lies in our genetic make-up. We have genes that are hard-wired that determine our eye colour and body type, but there are also genes that are expressed according to the inputs we receive from our environment and the lifestyle choices we make, in this case being nutrients. If there is a variant on a specific gene (a SNP or singlenucleotidepolymorphism), it can affect the gene’s expression either speeding it up or slowing it down. For example, if one has a genetic SNP on the gene that is responsible for methylation (namely MTHFR) and it is expressing, this person may need more folate in their diet or even to supplement. Because of epigenetics (which means “above the gene”), we are largely in control of our health destinies through the decisions we make regarding all of the things we went through in Part 1 of this article series: sleep, diet, exercise, food, etc., and sometimes supplementation to support the various biochemical processes in your body. If you don’t know your genetic profile, not to worry! Just follow the most important rule of thumb: listen to your body. Know your tendencies, and watch for any change–positive or negative–that you experience and adjust when needed.

 

Reach the Threshold But Don’t Overload

For any kind of compound or nutrient to have a positive effect, you need to have the right amount to do the job. As with everything in life, there needs to be just the right amount–not too little, but not too much–because both deficiency and excess will cause problems.

 

Simple Is Better

Now, I know that I talked a bit about bioindividuality and epigenetics in this article, but I don’t want you to get overwhelmed. Now is the time to take all that you do know and then simplify it. If you prioritize and exclude anything that you are unsure of, you can create a very simple reginine that is sustainable, affordable, and easy to do for your family. And if you need help, seek the help of a trusted practitioner who has knowledge in nutrition and who understands the power of natural therapies. I do not want to dog doctors, but some do not use nutrition as a tool or even acknowledge the usefulness of nutritional therapy and phytotherapy, so just be sure to seek the advice of those in the know. I will say this: anyone who denies that diet and nutrients are second to medications or are benign in any way is just wrong. I rarely speak in terms of right and wrong, but in this case there is no maybe.

 

Titrate and Watch for Reactions

It is always a good idea to introduce one supplement at a time to watch for reactions both positive or negative. This way you can see what is having a positive effect, or if something is creating a problem, you can pinpoint what that supplement might be right away. This way you can make any adjustments to a dose that you may need to make (such as lowering intake of magnesium to bowel tolerance) or eliminating it altogether (such as when you have an allergic reaction) or adjusting the timing (when melatonin at 9:00am created drowsiness). Always listen to your body’s reactions.

 

Start Low and Go Slow 

For the most part, a good idea is to start with an effective but relatively low dose of any nutritional supplement and then work up from there increasing with every dose. You can start at the maximum dose if the maximum dose is modest and deemed safe (such as fish oil formulated for children), but it is rarely a good idea to superdose unless you are working with a knowledgeable practitioner (or are knowledgeable, yourself) and are acutely ill. Give the body time to respond and adjust. However, megadosing with Vitamin C has been a proven strategy to knock down viral infection and is my strategy of choice; just make sure that you are monitoring your response.

 

The Best Bang for Your Buck: Heavy Hitters

Once you know what supplements you could use, then it is time to select which ones you will use. No one can maintain (or sometimes even afford) a huge protocol of handfuls of pills and complicated dosing schedules, nor should they. It is too much information for the body to handle all at once, expensive, and most times unnecessary. If you have a select few items that cover ALL of your goals (in this case addressing inflammation, viral infection and replication, and immune system function), then those are the items to select. These are what I call the Heavy Hitters. After you have the basics covered, then you dive deeper if you need to with additional supports depending on the criteria above and as those needs arise. So, don’t be overwhelmed, get informed, then get moving.

 

Listen to Your Body

I have said this time and time again: listen and respond. Do not cover up symptoms or push through ill effects. This is the most important rule and if followed will give you the most information and the confidence you need to guide your own family through making these decisions.

 

Supplement Toolkit

NOTE: To keep things simple for you, I have updated our online dispensary, and most supplements discussed in this article can be found there. Visit the HFF Dispensary.

Please note that you DO NOT need to use ALL of the tools below and actually should not. This is simply a toolkit of options. Consider the above rules of supplementation, and choose what you need and want to use. If you would like the easiest and least expensive combination, consider the Heavy Hitters below.

A NOTE about Tylenol and Ibuprofen: I will not tell you what to do about over the counter medications that are being recommended by the medical community and from family member to family member and friend to friend. We are used to seeing a fever as a threat, and when we feel threatened, we want to rid that threat. However, in order to make an informed decision about your use of medications, you need to have all of the facts. Said medications will cause interference with the chemical and hormonal processes that help the body to fight infection and keep hyperreactivity down and hence inflammation in check by depleting it of essential compounds and nutrients such as glutathione, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and melatonin just to name a few. Remember the fever is our friend and is the immune system doing its job. If the fever is not in a dangerous range, I generally let it do its job.

One way to safely bring a fever down without disrupting the body’s process is through homeopathy. Please stay tuned for an interview with Cilla Whatcott on Thursday where we discuss this in greater detail.

 

Disinfectant (Inside and Out)

Propolis (nebulized or diffused into the air)

Essential Oils by DoTERRA (inhaled or diffused into the air)

Structured Silver or Argentyn 23 Silver internally and for hands and in nasal passages

Briotech HOCL for hands and face (spray) and lungs (nebulized) and to disinfect a room. HOCL is better than harsh chemicals like lysol as it leaves the microbiome intact while killing pathogens. And as we know, we need our microbiomes as they are an integral part of our own immune systems.

 

Internal Heavy Hitters

The following 6 heavy hitters are a useful combination covering most categories to consider when making your body inhospitable to viral infection, namely, immune system and microbiome  support, antioxidant properties, anti inflammatory and antiviral action. This is a simple, pared down list that most people can afford and maintain.

 

  1. Vitamin D3

Benefits: immune support and lung health.

Standard Adult Dose: 2,000-5,000IU/day

High Dose: up to 10,000IU/day

Cautions: It is not necessary to exceed a high dose, and it can become toxic at very high levels. It takes some time for the body to accumulate this hormone, so a temporary high dose is generally ok.

 

  1. Buffered Vitamin C

Benefits: antiviral, strengthens blood vessels, major antioxidant. People all over the world have been using high dose Vitamin C in the treatment of viral infection with great success.

Standard Adult Dose: 2-4g/day

High Dose: 3-10g/day

Cautions: may increase the presence of oxalates in certain people and people who are already high in oxalic acid due to genetics or mold toxicity. Be aware of the symptoms of high oxalates and adjust accordingly. Consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner if using high doses.

 

  1. Zinc (Elemental)

Benefits: many, but the main function of zinc in this application is immune system support.

Standard Adult Dose: take the correct dose as directed for body weight.

High Dose: 50mg daily.

 

  1. Omega 3

Benefits: anti-inflammatory.

Standard Adult Dose: take the correct dose for body weight.

 

  1. Sporebiotics

Benefits: For most supplements, I have a variety of tools that I like, but when it comes to probiotics, I recommend a spore-based probiotic called Megasporebiotic by Microbiome Labs. “MegaSporeBiotic™ is a 100% spore-based, broad-spectrum probiotic clinically shown to maintain healthy gut barrier function. This unique all-spore formula effectively RECONDITIONS the gut by promoting microbial diversity and maintaining key health-promoting, commensal gut bacteria. MegaSporeBiotic™ boasts a 5-year shelf-life, does not require refrigeration, and maintains efficacy during antibiotic therapy.”

My newsletter recipients and clients have access to this professional product through my practitioner account here.

 

  1. Vitamin A

Benefits: immune support, anti-inflammatory.

Standard Adult Dose: as directed

High Dose: up to 100,000IU/day

Caution: this one is getting mixed reviews, so do your homework first.

 

If You Are Already Sick

When We Don’t Want to Boost the Immune System but Settle It Down

People who become very ill or succumb to a viral infection such as COVID-19 have experienced what immunologists call a cytokine storm. “A cytokine storm is the systemic expression of a vigorous immune system resulting in the release of more than 150 inflammatory mediators (cytokines, oxygen free radicals, and coagulation factors). Both pro-inflammatory cytokines (such as Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, InterLeukin-1, and InterLeukin-6) and anti-inflammatory cytokines (such as interleukin 10, and interleukin 1 receptor antagonist) are elevated in the serum, and the fierce and often lethal interplay of these cytokines is referred to as a “Cytokine Storm,” The primary contributors to the cytokine storm are TNF-a (Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha) and IL-6 (Interleukin-6). The cytokine storm is an inappropriate (exaggerated) immune response that is caused by rapidly proliferating and highly activated T-cells or natural killer (NK) cells.”1

In the case of COVID-19, the lungs are affected, and this exaggerated response creates severe inflammation that causes the distressing symptoms such as coughing and inability to breathe. Balancing the immune response is crucial in treatment. None of the supplements in this article will “boost” the immune response in a way that can catalyze a cytokine storm but will support the immune system to both fight infection as well as keep inflammation in check. Three more supplements that will settle the storm are:

 

Sulforaphane, Berberine, and Melatonin (which is also a master antioxidant)

Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 (all of these supplements can be found in the HFF Dispensary)

Curcumin, Yarrow, Cayenne, Garlic, Ginger, Red Raspberry, and Chinese Skullcap

Tea Tree Oil (diffused in a difuser or inhaled from the bottle-just smell it; do not drop directly into the nose) (find through DoTERRA in the HFF Dispensary)

 

Adjunct Supplements When Using High Dose Vitamin C

Protandim (by LifeVantage)

Benefits: works upstream at the epigenetic level to promote the Nrf2 pathway which is responsible for antioxidant production. Nrf2 also upregulates both SOD and catalase, which are necessary to destroy viruses and bacteria. Also contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.

 

NAD Synergizer (by LifeVantage)

Benefits: improves NADP-H production which reduces the oxidation of Vitamin C and glutathione, reduces ROS (reactive oxygen species) therefore improving mitochondrial health and therefore ATP production (and therefore cellular energy). Carla’s hypothesis: it may be a good idea to take along with high doses of Vitamin C. My own family is taking both LifeVantage products as well as the Heavy Hitters. Find both products in the HFF Dispensary under LifeVantage.

 

Magnesium

Benefits: vitamin C metabolism, in fact, magnesium is involved in the metabolism of most vitamins and minerals and needs Vitamin D3 for proper utilization.

Standard Adult Dose: take to bowel tolerance. Also absorb magnesium through epsom salt baths.

 

Respiratory Support

NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)

Serrapeptase

Licorice

Essential Oils for Respiratory Support (diffused in a diffuser or inhaled from the bottle-just smell it; do not drop directly into the nose): OnGuard, Breathe, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint (find through DoTERRA in the HFF Dispensary.)

Propolis (inhaled using a nebulizer)

HOCL by Briotech (inhaled using a nebulizer)

Dr. Brownstein’s Mixture of iodine, low concentration peroxide, and saline (please research this on your own) (inhaled using a nebulizer)

 

Further Reduce Oxidative Stress

Liposomal Glutathione or its precursor NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and Melatonin

(find several quality brands through Spectrum Supplements in the HFF Dispensary)

 

Additional Immune Support (that do not exacerbate the cytokine storm)

The above heavy hitters (see special notes about high dose Vitamin C)

Gut support also improves immune system (see above)

Propolis

Benefits: immune and antimicrobial.

(find through Spectrum Supplements in the HFF Dispensary)

Essential Oils for Immune Support: Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, Melaleuca, and Copaiba (find all of these in the HFF Dispensary under DoTERRA)

 

Additional GI Support

MegaIgG2000

Benefits: “MegaIgG2000 is a dairy-free immunoglobulin concentrate that supports healthy digestion and maintains healthy gut barrier function. Unlike other immunoglobulins on the market that are milk-derived, Mega IgG2000 is derived from bovine serum, making it lactose-free, casein-free, and β-lactoglobulin-free. Immunoglobulin G (IgG), the most abundant antibody in the system, can be found in blood and extracellular fluid, allowing it to control infections in the body.” My newsletter recipients and clients can order this product through my practitioner account here. Just register, then order.

 

HU58

Benefits: “HU58™ is a high potency dose of Bacillus subtilis HU58 formulated to enhance the efficacy of MegaSporeBiotic™. HU58™ can produce over 12 targeted antibiotics in the intestines, which makes it particularly effective in balancing intestinal microflora.

A recent study examined the impact of B. subtilis supplementation on resistance of common infectious diseases in 44 elderly adults.” My newsletter recipients and clients can order this product through my practitioner account here. Just register, then order.

 

Additional Anti-inflammatories

Curcumin

Benefits: reduces inflammation in the body globally, liposomal delivery is best but capsules work, as well.

Standard Dose: as directed

Cautions: take at correct doses and watch for any contraindications with medications such as blood thinners.

(find several quality brands through Spectrum Supplements in the HFF Dispensary)

 

Additional Antiviral Support

Iodine

Benefits: antimicrobial

Standard Dose: as directed

Structured Silver or Argentyn 23 internally and for hands and in nasal passages

Herbs such as Chinese Skullcap (not American), Rosemary, Calendula, Dandelion, Japanese Knotweed

Essential Oils for Antiviral Specific Support: Thyme, Clary Sage, Oregano, Melaleuca, Melissa, Black Pepper (find through DoTERRA in the HFF Dispensary.)

 

A Note On Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for all of the above according to the desired effect, which could be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting. They can be used to disinfect, support the lungs, support the gut, and oxygenate cells and tissues. You can also use essential oils to reduce anxiety and lower emotional and physiological states of stress. You can diffuse, spray, inhale, apply topically, or ingest the oils (ingest only the organic oils deemed safe for consumption), and you need only a tiny amount for massive effects. I recommend DoTerra brand essential oils. You can look around the website for more information.

Immune Support:  Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, Melaleuca, and Copaiba

Antiviral Specific Support: Thyme, Clary Sage, Oregano, Melaleuca, Melissa, Black Pepper

Respiratory Support: Breathe, OnGuard (both have Eucalyptus), OR Eucalyptus, Peppermint.

 

Powerful Herbals (descriptions from the BioPure literature)

“Quintessence® – A powerful formula with a combination of five herbs extracted to work synergistically to provide broad-spectrum immune support. A key ingredient in this formulation is Andrographis paniculata, a traditional herb used for centuries in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine that supports immune health. Andrographis is also a potential furin inhibitor, and may decrease the impact of respiratory health concerns.

Rose Hip – A potent and natural source of bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, known to support the microbiome and promote a normalized immune response.

Baikalin Powder – Baicalin, a potent extract from Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), strengthens the body’s natural defenses against harmful microbes by interfering with the interactions of intra/extracellular activity.

Cistus Tea – A soothing botanical that is rich in polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Cistus incanus helps thin mucous and supports immunity and lung health.

EN-V™ – A combination of six herbal extracts and liposomal phosphatidylcholine (PC). Combining PC with botanical ingredients enhances the bioavailability of the formulation. EN-V™ contains green tea  (Camellia sinensis), another potential furin inhibitor that may decrease the impact of respiratory concerns.

Liposomal Calendula – Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a versatile herb that has both drying and moistening properties. It promotes lymphatic drainage and supports a normalized immune response. BioPure® Liposomal Calendula is formulated with liposomal phosphatidylcholine to enhance bioavailability.

Rosemary Tincture – Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) is rich in carnosic acid and carnosol, which supports detoxification in the bowels, liver, and blood. It is also a potent ally for the immune system and respiratory health.

Viressence – A dynamic blend of herbs that supports the body’s natural defenses and works synergistically to promote overall health and well-being.* This unique formula contains nine essential herbs including immune system enhancing St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and Echinacea (Echinacea angustafolia).

LipoSorb™ – Our proprietary formulation contains nanonized, liposomal phosphatidylcholine (PC). Partnering this vital phospholipid complex with the highest quality botanical ingredients promotes optimal cellular delivery and improves bioavailability.* (Information taken from BioPure materials.

Order any of the above BioPure products through the HFF Dispensary and click on Spectrum Supplements https://healthyfamilyformula.com/dispensary/ to receive a 5% discount on your entire order)

 

Alright, that’s all for Part 2. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list of supplements and nutritional supports available to you, it will likely be all you will need. I hope this has helped to empower your family to get and stay healthy through this global storm.

May you and our family be well.

 

HFF Dispensary. To keep things simple for you, I have updated our online dispensary, and most supplements discussed in the article can be found there.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series” “HFF Anti-inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit Part 3: Stress Reduction (coming soon!)

And if you haven’t already, be sure to read: “HFF Anti-inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit Part 1: Fundamentals

 

Sources:

1. http://cytokinestorm.com/

Microbiome Labs educational materials

BioPure educational materials

http://orthomolecular.org/nutrients/vitamins.shtml

Various colleagues, conversations, clients, and trainees.

 

Carla Atherton, MA, FDN-P, Family Health Coach, is the director of The Healthy Family Formula, host of The Children’s and Teen Health Summit, author of the forthcoming book Family Health Revolution (release date: January, 2020), editor, book junkie, research geek, insatiably curious mother of three grown (son age 21), almost grown (daughter age 19), and growing (daughter age 16) children, one of whom has Type 1 Diabetes. Carla lives on an acreage in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, where she works from a home office with families from all over the world on the reversal of conditions such as, Autoimmunity: Type 1 Diabetes, PANDAS/PANS/Autoimmune Encephalitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity; Asthma, Allergies, Eczema, and Reactivity; ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities; Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health Disorders, Eating Disorders, ODD; Other Neurological Conditions; Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Disorders; Untangling Mystery Symptoms, Complex Cases, and Co-Morbidities (having more than one condition); Mold Illness; Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; Lyme; Other Infection; and Addictions. Carla is on a revolutionary mission to empower families to transcend our new normal of ill health and chronic disease.

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