With an immune compromised child, we have to be extra vigilant to keep him healthy.
To do that, we take a bunch of immune boosting supplements.
So far we have been extremely fortunate and Liam has avoided all of the flu strains, colds, etc.
Here are the supplements we take and a little bit of information on each one.
We use Klaire Lab Ther-Biotic Detoxification Support 50 billion cfu's.
Here is some information from their site:
High quality probiotics deliver large amounts of specific probiotics to the intestinal tract to complement detoxification protocols such as broad-spectrum antibiotics, anti-fungal/anti-microbial medications, or heavy metal chelating agents that can compromise friendly flora. Toxins and metabolic by-products generated during use of these agents can exacerbate intestinal dysbiosis and disturb the healthy balance of intestinal flora.
Ther-Biotic Detoxification Support provides two colonizing Lactobacillus and one endogenous Bifidobacterium probiotic species that can support the body’s natural detoxification process by metabolizing or reducing the uptake of toxins in the gut thereby facilitating the elimination of toxins and by-products from the intestinal tract.
• Favorably enhances innate and acquired immunity
• Modulates immune tolerance and inhibits production of the proinflammatory cytokines
• Outstanding adherence to colon epithelial cell lines
• Suppresses the internalization of pathogenic Escherichia coli
• Colonizes the large intestine and vaginal tract controlling yeast populations
• Competes with pathogens for nutrients and attachment sites
• Produces acetic & lactic acids, lowering colonic pH and inhibiting pathogens
• Suppresses total & antigen-specific IgE production
• Promotes IgA response to C. difficile toxin A
• Makes a number of proline-specific peptidases enabling efficient break down of casein, casein-derived polypeptides, and gluten
• Beneficially modulates cells associated with innate immune responses
• Enhances the number of IgA-producing cells
• Decreases the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines
Black Elderberry Syrup
Black Elderberries have been recognized for centuries throughout Europe for their immune supportive properties. Modern research has identified potent flavonoid compounds, called anthocyanins, which may be directly related to their health promoting properties. Taken daily, or on occasion to support the immune system, this concentrated syrup, made from Certified Organic Black Elderberries tastes great.
High amounts of vitamin C – several grams daily – have been advocated for optimizing both immune function and antioxidant support. Evidence for the efficacy of consuming high amounts of ascorbic acid is due in large part to the groundbreaking research conducted in the 1970s and 1980s by two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, PhD.
Taking high amounts of vitamin C can be a challenge for individuals who have sensitive or compromised digestive systems. For these individuals, Thorne Research has developed Buffered C Powder.
These are the ingredients found in oil of oregano that provide its unique properties:
Carvacrol has been proven in studies to be a powerful antimicrobial, so powerful that it can be used to preserve food and render it self-stable. Reseach has shown it to be effective against candida albicans, the aspergillus mold, staphylococcus, campylobacter, klebsiella, e.coli, giardia, pseudomonas, salmonella, and listeria. Carvacrol provides many of the health benefits of oil of oregano .
Thymol is a natural fungicide with antiseptic properties. It is the active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash. Thymol is also an immune system booster and a shield against toxins. It is capable of preventing tissue damage and encouraging healing.
Terpenes is the source of the word turpentine. Terpenes give off a pine scent and are also produced by pine trees. Terpenes have potent antibacterial properties.
Rosmarinic acid is a stronger antioxidant than vitamin E. It prevents free radical damage and is instrumental in preventing atherosclerosis and cancer. Rosmarinic acid has shown to be effective in the treatment of allergic asthma. It reduces fluid build up and swelling during an allergy attack, and is an effective natural antihistamine.
Naringin is the substance that gives grapefruit its bitter taste. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and helps boost the effect of antioxidants.
Oil of oregano also contains a good amount of the vitamin E complex, as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, manganese, vitamins A and C, and niacin.
Herbal authority Steven Foster credits oregano as having been used successfully to treat indigestion, diarrhea, nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, earache, rheumatism, and coughs due to whopping cough and bronchitis.
We drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
Since we are renters and can't afford a portable water filtration system, we buy ours from our co-op. It is free of fluoride, pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, lead, aluminum and pharmaceutical residual.
There are great filtration systems out there.
Two that I have looked in to extensively are the Aquasana and the Berkey.
We use a Honeywell air purifier in our apartment.
Great for large rooms! Honeywell True HEPA air purifiers are the best choice for capturing airborne allergens. In fact, surveys show that more doctors recommend Honeywell enviracaire air purifiers to their patients than any other brand. It offers outstanding air cleaning performance with a HEPA filter. The True HEPA filter captures up to 99.97% of common airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns from the air passing through it such as dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, and cat dander. In addition, it also helps reduce airborne viruses and bacteria.
Green Smoothies loaded with raw fruits and veggies, healthy fats and antioxidants.
I make 95% of what we eat from scratch. Because lets face it, pre-packaged foods are full of hydrogenated oils, food dyes, sodium, fake sugars, GMO's, MSG and so on. These ingredients are not only inflammatory, but also neurotoxins. They can cause all sorts of immune, bowel and behavioral issues.
Please, if you are consuming any of these things, remove them from your diet today!
I could probably write out another entire blog post on how we stay healthy. But that's it for now. If you have any questions or would like any ideas, please feel free to ask in the comments section.
Stay Healthy Friends!