By Dr. Craig Hauser, M.D.
How do we maintain our health, particularly during the Coronavirus? Is there anything we can do or take, to minimize our risks of contracting the virus? And if we should get sick, is there a way to fight the virus?
Many of us believe that we can fix our bodies simply by eating the right foods and working out…. which is one of the reasons why we belong to the Y! I truly do believe we can fix a lot of our problems by following the pillars of Functional Medicine, which focus on eating high-quality foods, getting plenty of sleep, reducing our stress, and exercising. In fact, my team and I have written many articles on this subject- check out- Anti-Inflammatory Diet or Are You Inflamed? for more info. But, I’ve come to the realization that these pillars won’t fix everyone.
Could there be more? Are there studies out there that support the taking of vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other non-prescription supplements to improve our health? As an Integrative & Functional medicine doctor, I’ve dedicated my life to finding and using these natural medicines to improve mine, my family, and my patient’s lives.
What my family and I take regularly to improve our immunity:
Multivitamin: Why? It’s a great starting place, and you really can’t go wrong with taking one daily! First of all, it has all the essential vitamins and minerals we need every day. But for immunity, every multivitamin has Vitamin A, Vitamin D (What’s New With Vitamin D), and Vitamin C in it, all known to help strengthen your system. Some vitamins will even have Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium, which have also been shown to be beneficial for their immune-boosting properties. Top 4 Supplements You’re Probably Not Getting Enough of.
Probiotic: Hippocrates once said (over 2,000 years ago), “All disease begins in the gut.” And for 2,000 years, many of us in the medical field, to our detriment, have ignored him. Yet those 200 Trillion bacteria, yeast, and viruses (yes, viruses) that live inside us play an immensely important role in our physical health, mental well being, and definitely our immunity. Here’s an article that you may find interesting on gut health: 3 Weird Health Issues Linked to an Unhealthy Gut Microbiome.
If you feel like there may be more supplements out there worth looking into, I agree! Here are a few that I personally use in my practice. By no means am I rendering a medical statement that these will help you, protect you, or are safe, and I definitely think you should consult a medical professional before using, but I do think they’re worth taking a deeper look for their antiviral and immune-boosting properties.
- Intravenous Vitamin C
- N Acetyl Cysteine
Dr. Hauser is a Member of the Frederick YMCA Board of Directors and the CEO of Hauser Health, an Integrative & Functional Medicine office in Middletown, MD.