Avoid the Cold & Flu This Winter With Dr. Oz's 4 Natural Immunity Boosting Solutions
With Dr. Oz is special guest Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine who brings with her to The Dr. Oz Show natural remedy solutions that will boost your immune system and help prevent you from catching a cold or flu this winter. And the best part is, is that all of these immunity system boosters are easily available at your local grocery store.
The following is a summary of 4 natural solutions that Dr. Oz and Dr. Bhatia recommend that will help you never get sick again:
Natural Immunity Booster #1: Buckwheat Honey
“Buckwheat honey should be a part of every winter medicine cabinet,” says Dr. Bhatia. “And here is why—it’s high in antioxidants and it really has a lot of immune boosting properties. Ideally the buckwheat honey has a darker, richer flavor, it’s a little bit like molasses…this particular honey can keep you healthy throughout the winter.”
Dr. Bhatia recommends taking 1-2 teaspoons a day that can be eaten either directly from a spoon or mixed in a warm drink such as your favorite tea.
Natural Immunity Booster #2: NAC, Astragalus & Vitamin D
“This is a triple power combo,” says Dr. Oz as he tells viewers that in order to keep your children healthy, that parents have to stay healthy as well and that Dr. Bhatia has 3 supplements for adults.
“I tell my patients all the time to take these 3 supplements and you will stay well,” says Dr. Bhatia as she describes the natural medicine supplements she recommends consisting of NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), Astragalus and Vitamin D.
NAC: “A great antioxidant. The average dose is about 250 milligrams a day,” says Dr. Bhatia.
Astragalus: “This is my absolute favorite. I don’t go anywhere without It,” says Dr. Bhatia. “If you will take a least a dropper of it a day, it will really stimulate your immune system. It has a lot of antiviral properties to it, and as an added bonus you can take it three times a day when you are actually sick,” says Dr. Bhatia as she adds that it can be taken directly from the dropper or added to warm water as a drink.
Vitamin D: “Vitamin D will increase the level of antimicrobial peptides and it will really help keep you well throughout the winter,” states Dr. Bhatia.
Dr. Bhatia recommends taking 2,000 IU’s of Vitamin D per day during the winter months of December to March, and then dropping down to 1,000 IU’s per day when more exposure to sunlight is available during the warmer months.
Natural Immunity Booster #3: Turmeric
“Many people don’t realize that your spice rack can actually be a medicine cabinet,” says Dr. Bhatia. “So, Turmeric is used in cuisines all around the world. Turmeric, remember, helps you fight off viruses and bacteria. It also has manganese and potassium, which stimulate the immune system. And, you get an added bonus because Turmeric has also been touted to help digestive health and to really protect cardiac health as well.”
Dr. Bhatia states that taking 2-3 teaspoons of Turmeric a day in warm water may be too difficult for most palates, so she recommends adding it to your stir fry or as a marinade for meats while preparing a meal.
Natural Immunity Booster #4: Mushroom Tea
Dr. Oz tells viewers that Dr. Bhatia recommends that every single day should be ended with a tea—but not just any tea.
“I feel that the medicinal mushrooms do not get a lot of attention, and many of us are unfamiliar with them. But medicinal mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years,” says Dr. Bhatia as she explains that mushrooms such as Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi contain selenium and can be boiled in water and drank as a tea to boost the immune system.