Pre-season prepping for winter: Enhancing immunity for prevention and stimulating immunity for infection.
This is a time in the late summer, turning to fall, the weather gets colder and wetter, and we brace for the effects of cold outdoor temperatures upon our bodies (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere or other cold-extreme place on the planet)
So, we at WhiteSageNaturals suggest it could be now time to consider taking an Herbal Adaptogenic Immune Formula. An adaptogen is any herb that helps one to increase resistance to stress, be it physical, mental, emotional, or sometimes spiritual.
Adaptogens enhance not only immunity, but also the endocrine, or glandular system, which are; the adrenals, female and male reproductive glands, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, thymus and thyroid. Adaptogens typically improve mental and physical performance, enhance libido and increase oxygenation to the entire body. Generally one can take adaptogens throughout the entire fall and winter seasons.
Here are some good herbs to consider for strengthening on many levels.
There are a handful of Ginsengs:
Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus, or Eleuthero for short), North American (Panax quinquefolius), Brazilian (Suma), Panax ginseng (Panax ginseng), which is usually called Chinese ginseng, or if it has gone through a steaming process, where the root changes colour, it is called Korean Red Ginseng, but it is the same species as Chinese. The steam process make the root more stimulating, heating, yang and invigorating, so Korean is not typically a type of Ginseng one taking as long term as the others because of its stimulating nature.
Other adaptogens include Rhodiola, Schizandra, Codonopsis, Maca and Ashwagandha.
Mushrooms could also be considered, as immune-modulating adaptogens. These can include but are not limited to Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake.
For example Aloha Medicinals has Chaga Gold, a high quality Resihi blend called Gano Ultra, and more concentrated blend called Immune Assist Crtitical Care for more serious immune support. Dosing can range from1-2 caps a day (preferably empty stomach 15-20 mintues before meals) up to 4-6 caps a day, dependgin on body weight and debility.
Tinctures are also a good way of taking herbs in general and adaptogens specifically, as tinctures, which are a combination of water and alcohol. This process enables excellent extraction of the herbal constituents and high therapeutic benefit of the herbal constituents.
Generally for adults, 4-5 droppersful, (that is 80-100 drops) or 3.2ml to 4 ml in a tablespoon of water, 15-20 minutes before meals, 3 x/day. This dose could go lower based on a person with lower body weight or a higher dose weighing more than 150lbs.
Results will be heightened immune strength and improved resistance to stress, which may translate into any number of positive improvements including better energy, elevated mood and improved sleep patterns.
Along with Adaptogens, one can also consider ensuring a high quality diet, preferably organic. Some supplements may be considered as well, which should include at least Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc. Vitamin C is vital for us all. Knowing your own personal levels of Vitamin D may depend on a blood test, but taking (for an adult) 1,000-3,000 IU on a daily basis would not be a bad idea for those in more northern climate zones.
Getting enough sleep, fresh air, adequate water intake, and exercise will also boost over-all vitality, and will help support and balance the immune system.
In summary, using herbal adaptogens will help you stay well during the fall and winter seasons, and give you more vigour to enjoy yourself as well. So enjoy the outdoors!