COVID-19 and What You Can Do To Boost Your Immune System

COVID-19 and What You Can Do To Boost Your Immune System

As a functional medicine practitioner, I feel very responsible to make some statements. First, the information about Covid-19 keeps on changing even as I write this.

Also, many recommendations and sales pitches for certain supplements are not based on anything.

Functional medicine is mostly about getting the chronic patient out of the state of chronic illness and/or chronic inflammation. It is also about prevention. So, you can understand that acute, severe, life-threatening cases are not candidates for the functional medicine approach. That would be a straight forward ER situation that needs to be dealt with by emergency medical staff.

But most of us are still in a safe zone while some dealt with the virus and now recuperating or those who do not even know if had the virus or not. But the antibody testing is here, for those that want to know.

So many of us with autoimmune conditions are simply scared that this virus can affect them more than the general population and this keeps me on my toes as well. Although we are not conducting great studies, we are not yet seeing that IBD, IBS, and other chronic gut sufferers are in the worse ranking for disease prevalence. I have a bunch of theories why it could be, but I am still conducting research and will share with you when it becomes more clear cut.

ONE thing is for sure, those that follow great nutritional protocols, fill in the missing nutritional gaps with nutraceuticals, exercise, sleep, and do stress reduction exercises tend to fare well during these times. How can you move forward with this idea that it is possible for you to get there too?

Can you imagine that it is possible to be RESILIENT and not let the immune system fail when you really need it? If you are one of my clients already, you may feel comfortable about your wellness plan. But if you have not been given direction or really do not have the best approach for your case, these are some basic things that you can do in the meantime:

  1. Sleep – Go to bed by 11 pm at the latest. I know there are professions that cannot do that. And for those, consider adding adaptogenic herbs to your wellness plan.
  2. Eat your veggies – To support the liver detox process, eat veggies such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc.
  3. Clear your space – Clear your workspace and clear your mind, especially if you are a healthcare professional that is in the front lines right now. Find your mind clearing technique that works, like EFTs, breathing methods, etc.

I was recently interviewed about killing germs and boosting immunity by Brentwood Home. Here are some of the main points I shared in that publication: Being inside for extended periods does not mean it is a good idea to stock up on unhealthy snacks. Stress eating is not wise when you want to develop a healthy resilience. Stick to a modest number of raw nuts, seeds, and small amounts of dry fruits. As for comfort foods, think lentil stews, chilies, and warming spiced soups with ginger and garlic. I advise saying no to junk food because it can only worsen the immune system. Eating garlic and lemons can only be good for your immune system, so load up on them. For more information, you can read the full article HERE.

Integrate superfoods into your diet. If you can get your hands on black or red currants, those are loaded with vitamin C, or at least grab some grapefruits. Additionally, reach for dark-colored berries that are antioxidant-rich, and the occasional bittersweet chocolate (If you know me, I have a thing with chocolate). While dark chocolate is healthy, it also contains large amounts of saturated fat, so limit your intake. And instead of packaged hot chocolate mixes, combine unsweetened raw cacao powder, stevia or honey, and nut milk of your choice, in a saucepan. And always keep your produce clean. You can clean with diluted vinegar, but do not expect vinegar to have anti-viral properties against COVID-19, it does not seem to have those.

At the moment we recommend simply sending the orders via my Contact page or emailing me at inna@realhealthsolutionsllc.com this way it will be addressed in the MOST TIMELY manner. We restocked on:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Quercetin
  • Immune Support Supplements
  • Adrenal Support Supplements
  • Gut Support Supplements
  • Liver Support Supplements

Simply reply via email at inna@realhealthsolutionsllc.com and we will send you the products that you need ASAP. If you’ve ordered and are waiting for weeks, you have an option to cancel with those websites, just thought you wanted to know. 

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

Adrenal Health and COVID 19

Adrenal Health and COVID 19

With COVID 19 barging in so unexpectedly, things got stressful and the world is changing as we know it. We find ourselves thinking more about immune system health than ever before.

What about those who already have compromised immune systems? What about those who have chronic, inflammatory bowel conditions? THE GOAL is to keep your immune system as strong as possible, to be resilient is where you want to be. How can you be resilient if you have a chronic condition?

The very first step is to address your adrenal health. One of the most common sources of clinical and subclinical stress is an infection, which can keep the body in a state of chronic stress. The longer a person remains in a chronic stress response, the higher the risk for hormone, immune and metabolic breakdown. And low-grade infection can often be undetected. That’s why in functional medicine we dig deep to find undetected root causes and undetected infections.

We have 2 major systems in adrenal response: Catecholamines (Epinephrine and Norepinephrine) & Cortisol. Our Catecholamines prepare the body to act while Cortisol mobilizes energy (glucose) and other substances to fuel the action. When we are experiencing high stress, we have high cortisol (at least in the beginning). And high cortisol can lower serotonin. Serotonin is a happy hormone/neurotransmitter. Can you be happy for too long if you have high stress/high cortisol…. nope.

So, the next steps would be as follows: “not happy” leads to depressive symptoms, and if you have chronic gut problems the result is you may not see improvements with or without treatments. This is a classic scenario. Let’s not follow this pattern and let’s address adrenal health, adrenal hormone balance as well as endocrine health. This balance will be a great solid ground to re-build your strong immune health. Testing adrenals are so important.

Another great point about the immune system that is often being overlooked is testing SigIgA (your secretory immunoglobulin). This immunoglobin tells a story about your immune system response in the mucosal linings, how well you respond to foreigners (virus, bacteria, fungus, etc.). If the number is within the normal range, you can sleep better knowing your immune system response is adequate. But if the numbers are too low, that needs to be addressed. And there are actionable steps that can be taken to improve your SigIgA. I often recommend testing for SigIgA when running functional diagnostics for my clients. Knowing yours can help you so much.

Let me know if adrenal health or immunoglobulins are of interest to you so I will continue sending you some useful information. And if you are ready to heal, let me know.

At this moment we recommend simply sending the orders via email or go to my Contact Page, this way it will be addressed in the MOST TIMELY manner. We restocked on:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Quercetin
  • Liver Support Supplements
  • Gut Support Supplements
  • Adrenal Support Supplements
  • Immune Support Supplements

Simply send an email or go to my Contact Page and we will send you the products that you need ASAP. If you’ve ordered and waited for weeks, you have an option to cancel with those websites, just thought you wanted to know. 

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

Lessons Learned From The Gut Healing Challenge

Lessons Learned From The Gut Healing Challenge

Happy Easter and Passover! Wishing you to be healthy and happy! 

I know we are eventually getting out of this situation and will be back to work and the routine. Hopefully, there were lessons learned and some most important points were proven these past few months. We need a better healthcare system. I truly believe in integrative medicine. Functional medicine makes so much sense, but we all know we need our traditional medicine so much, too. Integrating the best of both worlds should be the way of the future and hopefully, we will be heading that way. 

Even NYC hospitals incorporated intravenous vitamin C into the treatment against coronavirus. If you’ve been in my tribe for a while, you may know I’ve prepared a course to start teaching healthcare practitioners, especially other pharmacists the integrative ways, my method and the tricks of the trade that I’ve learned over a decade working with clients. If you are one of those healthcare practitioners and would like to learn how to get into the integrative and functional medicine world, send me an email or go to my Contact Page and we will talk.

What an amazing week of Digestive Reset Challenge we had. Many of you were able to post the pictures and many simply messaged or emailed me. Many thanked me for simply getting ideas from all those posts and pictures and for some it made a pretty big difference already. Someone reported that their reflux was so much better after this week’s challenge.

I am so grateful to all those that participated. The winner will be named in the private Facebook group: Digestive Reset. All you guys are amazing! 

If you liked the challenge, in the next four weeks I’ll continue sending weekly videos to keep up with Spring Detox in that Facebook group. At this moment we recommend to simply send the orders via email to us, this way it will be addressed in the MOST TIMELY manner.

We restocked on:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Quercetin
  • Liver support supplements
  • Gut support supplements
  • Adrenal support supplements
  • Immune support supplements

Simpy send me an email or go to my Contact Page and we will send you the products that you need ASAP. If you’ve ordered and have been waiting for weeks, you have an option to cancel with those websites, just thought you wanted to know.  

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

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