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Support your Immune System

Malia Curran, licensed nutritionist, joins us to talk about how you can stay out of the cold and flu game this winter. Tune in for tips on what to eat, different herbs to take, and what to do when symptoms arise.

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Barb Gilchrist says …

I like the idea of using elderberry to support the immune system. How do I know how much to take for me and how much to give to my child? He's 2 and approximately 35 pounds. Thanks for the good ideas on how to stay healthy.

marybeth crowley says …

I was particularly interested in what to do when symptons appear.....

Karen R says …

This was an interesting subject. It was nice because she listed some of the things you can use or do to keep from getting the flu.

Amanda File says …

I never thought vitamin A was better than C for your immune but it makes sense! I always pump myself full of both during this time of year. Also shitake mushrooms???? Thats great news because I love them and always replace regular mushrooms with them every chance I get! Thanks for all the great info!!! Looking forward to listening to more podcasts

Sarah says …

Very helpful information! I am all for using natural resources to fight with my immune system...yogurt, Vitamin A...etc. Thank you for this great information!

Mary R says …

Thanks for the great tips!

Rosalind Gutierrez says …

Great plans to boost the immune system.

David Bertolo says …

Very informative and useful information.

Cathy Lane says …

This was another interesting podcast. I have known many people to get benefits from a neti pot though I have not tried one. I may be thinking about it this year. Thanks!

veronica sandberg says …

It was very informative.

Amber G says …

Love the eating tips! I've had problems with my immune system in the past, so this was particularly helpful!

Betty N. says …

I listened to the podcast "Support Your Immune System". Such simple ways that I can do just that. It is good to see good practical information like this available.

tanyetta says …

This is my first time hearing of probiotics. This is a very interesting podcast. I suffer from allergies. My nose runs all the time!!!! :(

Kim Allen says …

Although I know a lot about nutrition and homeopathic therapies, I nonetheless found Malia Curran's podcast very informative, and there was new information and ideas of which I was not aware. Thanks for the heads up!

Shannon says …

Thanks for the good advice.

jessica says …

It was interesting to hear the many things you can do to strengthen your immune system...good to know as we enter the cold and flu season!

Dustin Humphreys says …

People don't realize how important vitamins are to your immune functions. Make sure you eat your fruits, vegetables, and multivitamins to experience superior health.

Karen says …

Very interesting! Quite a bit I had never heard before!

b. leigh says …

Great tips on how to avoid those pesky flu bugs! I hope to improve my immune system. Thanks!

mod*mom says …

i'm testing to see if comments are working. i enjoyed the 3 podcasts + i'm going to get some medicinal mushrooms + fresh ginger to start.

says …

Thank you for all your comments! We are happy to hear that we've shared some new and helpful information on staying healthy this season. Regarding dosages, products differ. Therefore, always follow directions that are specific to each product. Elderberry syrup works for all ages because it tastes good. Also, look for specific pediatric products for the little ones.

Brit says …

I got this pod cast from Mod Mom. This podcast was soooo informative! I love to cook and it was great to hear about the different foods that I could feed my family to support their immune system. I'll have to break out the ginger! I had also heard about the netty pots from Dr. Oz on Oprah. Sounds very helpful! I'll have to try it out!

Kristy says …

Found this podcast from Mod*mom. Hallelujah! Shitake mushrooms?!? LOVE mushrooms, especially shitake. It doesn't get any better than eating food that tastes good and is good for you!

Tonie says …

Some really great information! Thank you

JoAnne says …

I learned about these podcasts from Mod Mom. Thank you for the important tips on keeping healthy during cold and flu season. I will try the nutritional enhancement suggestions!

Caryn Bailey says …

Your information on mushrooms was particularly informative as I have never heard this information before. Thanks for all the info on minerals/supplements to help stay well. Referred via modmom.blogspot.com

mod*mom says …

i love umcka that i've been using for bronchitis. i'm so glad the comments are working again :) i posted a reminder on my blog, so i hope cold + flu sufferers will find this valuable information.

Cindi Hoppes says …

Seasons Greetings! "ModMomBlogs sent me here and I am glad she did. I am familiar with some of your foods and supplements and their properties, but not all of them! Thanks for the information. Cindi

Paige says …

Mod*Mom recommended this site, so I thought I would check it out. Thank you for the tips. We can all use a little help to be healthy at this time of year. I had no idea that mushrooms were immune supporters.

Marcia G says …

Some very useful tips I heard on the immune system. heard about this at momblog.com

Ina says …

Good to see I am on the right track with yogurt,vitamin A and the shitake mushrooms.

Ina says …

Good to see I am on the right track for the immune system with yogurt, vitamin A and the shitake mushrooms.

Ina says …

Enjoyed the information, was very helpful, Im happy to say I am on the right track with the yogurt, Vitamin A and the shitake mushrooms.

Colleen Stearns says …

I was sent thie link to your podcasts through Mod*Mom. Thanks for the tips on how to stay healthy. I was surprise to learn that there are over 200 viruses that cause colds.

Heather Slater says …

I read about these downloads on mod*mom. I am always looking for ways to boost my family's immune systems. Thanks for the great information.

Tracy Arnold says …

Very useful information! Thanks to Mod*Mom for pointing me to these wonderful podcasts.

Jim says …

Here it is, late 2009 and this talk is important to listen to again with the swine flu here. Good information. From everything I have read and studied, I like Umcka to take at the first sign of not feeling good. It does stop the cold or flu from hitting you or at least getting worse.

Richard Boss says …

This should be available in printable version

Farrah Naeem says …

Hi, Please let me know something for strengthening immune system for senior's. As my Mom has diabetes has heart condition, just got a pacemaker too. Her immune system off-course is weak I am looking for a good supplement that would go along with all her other medications well & also would help in strengthening her immunity. Please help. Farrah

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FARRAH - Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we are not the best experts when it comes to this topic. I would suggest reaching out to your healthcare provider to see what they would recommend. Then you can always check with our store to see if the recommendation is something that we carry!

Ivan Colter says …

Please keep me informed on boosting my immune system and preventing colds and the flu.