How to Boost Immune System for Adults and Children During Flu Season?

November 08, 2023

Are you worried about influenza, enteroviruses, and super viruses? In Taiwan, children under six experience an average of ten to twelve colds annually, a notably higher rate than the four to six colds seen in the United States. Is this due to viruses spreading more easily in the fall and winter?  Dr. Helen Chu, an infectious disease physician with the University of Washington School of Medicine, dispels the myth that cold weather directly causes illnesses. However, she emphasizes that winter is the peak season for virus transmission. So, how can you ensure optimal immune health for yourself and your family this flu season?  

Understanding the Variances in Immune Systems Between Adults and Children

To effectively safeguard against illnesses, it's essential to recognize the differences between the immune systems of adults and children. Adults have well-established immune systems with years of experience combating various pathogens. In contrast, children have developing immune systems that lack the necessary "experience" in dealing with many viruses and bacteria, rendering them more vulnerable to infections.

Furthermore, children's everyday behaviors contribute to their susceptibility to illnesses. They often engage in habits such as putting their hands in their mouths and having close interactions with classmates at school, increasing their exposure to viruses. Understanding these distinctions enables us to protect children and proactively address our own health needs.


How do T Cells Safeguard Our Well-being?

T cells, the defenders of our immune system, are like sentinels with a crucial mission: safeguarding us from the perils of disease. Their duties extend beyond identifying and battling invading pathogens like viruses and bacteria; they possess a remarkable memory of past encounters, enabling swifter and more precise responses to future threats. These extraordinary cells form the bedrock of our immune system, standing as unwavering sentinels in defense of our health.

The Immune Balancing Act: What Lies at the Core?

Doctors emphasize the paramount importance of immune balance. A robust and harmonious immune system serves as a formidable shield against a myriad of illnesses. Within the realm of T cells, maintaining equilibrium between Th1 and Th2 cells is crucial. When this equilibrium falters, it can pave the way for various health concerns.

An overly active immune system, characterized by elevated Th2 levels, may trigger allergic reactions. Many modern children exhibit an elevated Th2 cell response coupled with insufficient Th1 cell activation, necessitating prior infection-related experience to mobilize the antibacterial Th1 immune cells. Conversely, a lethargic immune system makes one susceptible to infections. Insufficient exposure to pathogens can lead to inadequate training of Th1 cells, resulting in an imbalance between Th1 and Th2 immunity.

Sustaining immune equilibrium and well-being is an ongoing endeavor, achievable through a diverse array of measures, including a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and the cultivation of healthy lifestyle habits.

Immune Balance Care Guide


1. Balanced Diet

"You Are What You Eat!" Well, when it comes to immune health, it holds true. A well-rounded diet fuels your body and provides vital nutrients that fortify your immune system, including vitamin C, zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids. To bolster your resistance, "Prevention," a renowned US health website, listed 《30 Everyday Foods That Boost Your Immune System》, here are 9 of them. These culinary delights not only tantalize your taste buds but also, when integrated into a balanced diet, act as caretakers for your immune system.
Food Key Nutrients Benefits
Sweet Potato Vitamin A Enhances skin health and boosts immune defense
Tea Theanine Supports immunity and combats viruses
Seafood Selenium, Omega-3 Fatty Acids Enhances white blood cell production and reduces inflammation
Beef Zinc Promotes white blood cell generation and function
Oats and Barley Beta-Glucans Boosts immunity and accelerates wound healing
Yogurt Probiotics Maintains gut health and strengthens immunity
Chicken Soup Cysteine Relieves cold symptoms and clears airways
Mushrooms Selenium, Vitamin B2 Enhances white blood cell growth and activity, boosting immunity
Garlic Allicin Fights infections and bacteria, strengthens gut health and immunity

Naturally enhancing your immunity through a balanced and diverse diet is one of the most effective approaches. As the flu season approaches, scrutinize your daily food choices and fortify a healthy defense line for yourself and your family.


2. Moderate Exercise

Exercise plays a pivotal role in strengthening your immune system. As reported, consistent exercise over 12 weeks, with 30 to 45 minutes of daily activity five days a week, leads to an increase in immune cell numbers, bolstering your body's defenses. Expert Chou YiHong underscores that immune cells age and diminish over time, underscoring the need for regular exercise and ample rest to invigorate metabolism and sustain immune system vitality.

Here are three fundamental exercise principles:

  • Consistency: Maintain a daily exercise routine, like a 30-minute walk each day.
  • Instill Exercise Habits Early: Encourage children to engage through games and enjoyable activities.
  • Avoid Excessive Intensity: Prevent immune system suppression by steering clear of overly strenuous workouts.

Incorporating suitable and regular exercise into your life, you can effectively stimulate the rejuvenation of immune cells and ensure the proper functioning of your immune system.

3. Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Fostering good lifestyle habits is essential for maintaining a robust immune system. Here are some habits that can bolster immunity:

A) Frequent Handwashing: Use soap to cleanse your hands and avert contamination.
B) Mask Up: Wear masks correctly in enclosed spaces and public areas, especially in healthcare settings.
C) Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration keeps mucous membranes moist, especially critical for children. Dr. Chen Yingren, Director of the General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Department at Chang Gung Hospital, recommends:
  • Children weighing   1-10 kg: 100cc of fluid per kilogram
  • Children weighing 10-20 kg: Increase by 50cc per kilogram
  • Over 20 kg body weight: Increase by 20cc per kilogram
  • Adults: 30-40cc of fluid per kilogram
D) Limit Alcohol Intake: Excessive alcohol consumption impairs immune cell function; restrict your intake to maintain immune health.
E) Adequate Sleep: Sleep deprivation heightens the risk of falling ill.
  • Adults: 7-8 hours
  • Teenagers: 8-10 hours
  • Children: 10-12 hours
  • Infants and toddlers: 12-14 hours.
F) Stress Relief: Prolonged stress hampers immune function; consider activities like meditation, exercise, or creative outlets to alleviate stress.

Practicing these habits strengthens your immune system, enhancing its effectiveness in defending against viruses.

4. Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements play an important role in fortifying the immune system, especially when obtaining adequate nutrients through daily food intake is challenging. Below, you'll find a table listing essential nutrients that can bolster your immune system, along with recommended dosages:
Nutrient Function Recommended Doses for Children (DRIs) Recommended Doses for Adults Special Supplements
Vitamin A Maintains mucosal health, enhances immunity 1-3 years: 400μg RE
4-6 years: 400μg RE
According to brand guidelines -
Vitamin B5 Supports immune system function 1-3 years: 2mg
4-6 years: 2.5mg
According to brand guidelines -
Vitamin B6 Enhances immune function 1-3 years: 0.5mg
4-6 years: 0.6mg
According to brand guidelines -
Vitamin B12 Carries oxygen needed for immune cell 1-3 years: 0.9μg
4-6 years: 1.2μg
According to brand guidelines -
Vitamin C Antioxidant helps boost immunity 1-3 years: 40mg
4-6 years: 50mg
1,000-2,000 mg Excess intake can shorten the duration of colds
Vitamin D Aids in regulating the immune system 1-3 years: 10μg
4-6 years: 10μg
800-2000 IU Deficiency increases infection risk
Vitamin E Potent antioxidant, cell protection 1-3 years: 5mg α-TE
4-6 years: 6mg α-TE
According to brand guidelines -
Iron Helps normal immune cell function 1-3 years: 10mg
4-6 years: 10mg
According to brand guidelines -
Zinc Normal development and function of immune cells 1-3 years: 5mg
4-6 years: 5mg
According to brand guidelines -
Selenium Antioxidant strengthens immune system 1-3 years: 20μg
4-6 years: 25μg
According to brand guidelines -
Omega-3 Regulates immune response According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines -
β-Glucans Enhances immune system resistance According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines Activates white blood cells in the immune system
GMI Regulates immune response, maintains immune balance According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines -
Elderberry Extract Antioxidant slows upper respiratory infections According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines Eases cold symptoms
Reishi Polysaccharides Strengthens the immune system, increases immune cell count According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines Anti-tumor and immune-stimulating effects
Echinacea Enhances immune cell function According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines  
Ginseng Strengthen immune system According to brand guidelines According to brand guidelines  

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What is GMI and Its Connection to Immunity?

GMI, an immunomodulatory protein from Ganoderma Microsporum, assumes the role of a commander-in-chief, orchestrating the immune responses of Th1 and Th2, two specialized units within our immune system. Th1 operates like the body's special forces, primarily combating viruses and bacteria, while Th2 tackles allergies and resists parasites. GMI's mission is to preserve a delicate equilibrium between these two teams, ensuring that the immune system neither becomes overly aggressive against the body nor fails to respond effectively to genuine threats.

Now, let's talk about the remarkable Reishi mushroom. It boasts three primary active components: polysaccharides, triterpenes, and immunomodulatory protein (GMI). Polysaccharides empower the immune system to fend off invaders, while triterpenes help maintain balanced responses, preventing excessive immune activation and ensuing inflammation. GMI, on the other hand, serves as the conductor, guaranteeing the harmonious coexistence of immune system activation and regulation. This triumvirate of actions establishes Reishi as a comprehensive natural supplement for immune modulation.


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