Immune Support for Winter

By Susan Maurer of Susan Maurer Nutrition

Well, we are in for one heck of a winter.

There is a lot of gloom and doom circulating on the internet regarding a tough few months, given how unrelenting COVID-19 has been. It’s not news that any of us wants to hear, and yet it is news that we will have to deal with, at least until Spring.

Is your immune system ready? Are there steps you can take to fortify your T-Cells, natural killer cells and macrophages–all necessary in the battle to combat viruses and other threats?

Besides the standard social distancing, mask-wearing recommendations, there are ways you can bolster your system as we battle on, and they exist as an army of little nutrient soldiers that will happily join forces with the immune response to help assist against any other plans that COVID-19 or the flu might have. While there is currently no research that supports a particular nutrient that directly combats COVID-19, there are plenty of foods that have been shown to support the immune response overall. Here is a short list, with help from one of my favorite websites,


If you’re considering a good all-around immune-boosting supplement, I would recommend Immunitone Plus from Designs for Health, which is an herbal formula that

is designed to support healthy immune system function during cold and flu season.** It contains herbs that support normal natural killer (NK) cell activity and the balance of cytokines, which are the regulatory proteins released by immune cells as part of a normal immune system response.**

Stay safe everyone, and remember that good food, vitamins and herbs are on your side.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About Susan

Susan Maurer, CNS, has been a nutritionist for over 15 years, working both independently and in doctor groups. She sincerely believes that we have over-complicated the idea of eating by focusing too much on misinformation that is delivered via word of mouth or through the media. Her philosophy is to start from the beginning: clean the slate of all the information about food that we think may be beneficial, and focus instead on the basics of what our bodies truly need to be healthy. With this greater awareness and base of knowledge, she then begins to fine tune a client’s diet, health, exercise and sleep habits. Susan has worked with a variety of patients for weight management as well as other challenges such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and digestive issues. She is licensed in Connecticut and a member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA).

Contact Susan Maurer at (301) 661-9222 or email at:


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