Over the holiday break, I couldn’t help but notice the local news reports of how many clinics were over flowing with patients suffering from the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. Of course, the news commentator added the typical advertisement, which advised everyone to get their annual flu shot. While I do know people who swear by their annual flu shot (my mother is one of them), I have never taken one, nor have I allowed my children to receive flu shots. My thought is that the current flu shots are made from last year’s strain so why bother? In addition, who knows what other toxins might be lurking in them such as mercury or some other unknown or untested substance. So I simply refrain from giving them to my family. However, I do stock my medicine cabinet with medicinal arsenal such as chlorella and vitamin D3 because both of them are extremely effective at keeping the common cold, influenza, and other viruses that cause upper respiratory illnesses in check.
Believe it or not-these natural, tried and true powerhouse remedies have kept my family healthy since my children were toddlers. Ok- I know you’re probably giving me a side-eyed look right now and saying, “I have heard of vitamin D, but what the heck is chlorella?”
Chlorella: A Whole Food Powerhouse
Chlorella is one of the most powerful super foods found on the planet because of its amazing nutritive properties. In America, chlorella is used as a supplement; however, for the past 20 years chlorella has been used as both a food and a supplement in Asian cultures-which is no surprise to me (Asian healers have consistently and effectively used alternative remedies to combat and prevent illnesses).
Although chlorella is packed with the antioxidants A, C, and E; it also contains the complete vitamin B-complex, and has several amino acids, which are the building blocks of life and critical for a healthy immune system. Chlorella also has a reputation for knocking out the flu because of its ability to increase your (Ig) A antibody levels.
A Japanese study showed that when pregnant women consumed chlorella pyerenoidsa supplements, they had significantly higher amounts of (Ig) A antibody concentrations in their breast milk, which means that the women were producing more (Ig) A in their bodies. When the researchers studied the milk of the 35 Japanese women, they found that 18 of the women, who took chlorella while pregnant, had more of the (Ig) A antibodies than those who did not take chlorella supplements. So if you are thinking about starting a family or if you are already expecting a baby, you might want to consult with a holistic practitioner to see if this antioxidant rich, (Ig) A antibodies producing powerhouse is a fit for you. Let me tell you why (Ig) A is important-especially if you are expecting?
(Ig) A Antibodies-AKA The Terminator
(Ig) A antibodies are found in areas of the body such as your nose, breathing passage, digestive tract, ears, and eyes, and are important because they protect your body surfaces that are exposed to outside sources. According to Virology Blog, (Ig) A antibodies are extremely necessary to neutralize mucosal viral infections, which is what influenza is-a viral infection (so please don’t take antibiotics to treat it because antibiotics only treat bacterial infections).
Virology Blog goes on to report that, “Virions that infect mucosal surfaces encounter secretory (Ig) A antibodies present at the apical surfaces of epithelial cells.” Ok-if it’s too early in the morning or too late at night for you to concentrate on organic chemistry, let me explain. Simply put, (Ig) A antibodies neutralize the common cold or influenza virus and stops it from spreading to the cells and infecting you further. Therefore, when the influenza virus comes into contact with your (Ig) A antibodies, it is immediately neutralized and will be unable to replicate and spread. How amazing is that?A green super food packed with a punch to stop influenza in its tracks. It not only protects you, but it also protects and builds your baby’s immunity so she is stronger when she’s born. Again, if you are skeptical about chlorella-I urge you to speak with your chiropractor a holistic doctor to ease you concerns with regards to safety.
Luckily, mother earth provides us with a variety of healing nutrition so if you are still on the fence about chlorella, you still have many other great soldiers to help you fight against the common cold or influenza, such as vitamin D. That’s right! Vitamin D is just as effective as chlorella at building your immune system and keeping you healthy.
Vitamin D: A Powerhouse Supplement
Having optimal vitamin D levels is crucial for overall health and fighting all disease and illnesses-including influenza A, B, C, and H1N1 viruses. According to Dr. Mercola, one of the reasons you are susceptible to getting the flu is because your vitamin D levels are low. Cambridge Journals Online sites a Epidemiology and Infection study of Dr. John Cannell who is a medical doctor responsible for criminally insane patients. Dr. Canell noted that his ward never contracted the flu although there was a flu epidemic sweeping through the maximum security hospital in April 2005. The main difference between his patients versus the other patients was that he had been giving his patients 2000 units of vitamin D for several months. Shortly after the 2005 flu epidemic, Nature, an international weekly journal of science, published a paper stating that vitamin D was a potent antibiotic, which works by increasing the body’s production of proteins called antimicrobial peptides. These peptides destroy the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including influenza. This is why Dr. Cannell’s patients remained influenza free while the other patients and staff were stricken with the flu.
That’s a compelling reason to get your vitamin D levels checked as soon as possible to ensure that you have an optimum amount. If your vitamin D levels are low, it is critical that you begin a supplementation regimen. I check my vitamin D levels and my children’s levels annually, and we supplement with 2000 IUs per day during the winter months.
With both chlorella and vitamin D you can’t go wrong in terms off building your immune system and fighting off viruses that attack the respiratory system. They are two inexpensive remedies that effectively fight off the influenza viruses. However, please make sure that you take the right type for each supplement. When buying chlorella, look for a high quality broken cell wall chlorella to avoid toxins and to ensure that the nutrients will be properly matabolized. In addition, when buying vitamin D, look for a high quality cod liver oil, which has vitamin D3 because it is better metabolized in the body than vitamin D2. You can find chlorella, cod liver oil or a vitamin D3 supplements at your local health food store. I highly recommend Carlson’s Arctic D if you choose to take a cod liver oil or the Carlson’s vitamin D3 drops because the drops are very easy to administer to the whole family.