Immunity

Well, with what is going on in the world today,  you want to stay as healthy as possible and to keep the nasty bugs away from yourself and your family,  right?    So in today’s blog, I would like to give you a few tips on what you can do to stay healthy.    In reviewing articles about health and wellness, almost all of them mention having adequate Vit D levels,  which means that if you are not taking vit D3 or if you are not in the sun on a regular basis , then your vit D level will tend to be low.  However, to enhance how vit D works in your body you also need adequate Vit K2.   In a study done in Denmark,  mortality was higher among Covid 19 patients that had lower vit K levels.   Vit K works together with Vit D3,  so it makes sense to take them together as a combination supplement (Vit D3/K2), as most of us do not get enough sunshine.   It also goes without saying that it is important to get out in the sunshine on a  regular basis and go for a walk to get some physical activity,  as  sitting for hours at a time also has a detrimental effect on one’s health.

Another important supplement to get is selenium.  Not only does it help keep one’s immunity up, but it also is important for thyroid health.  It helps the antioxidants in the body function better, and studies indicate that it may help to decrease cancer risk, plus improve heart health.   Selenium works by reducing inflammation in the body and also reduces oxidative stress  and may help to decrease the frequency of flare-ups of  autoimmune conditions.    Studies also show that asthma attacks are lessened with sufficient selenium in the diet,  and finally it is important for fertility–particularly in men for sperm function.  You can get your daily dose of selenium in just 2 Brazil nuts a day.    Other foods  high in selenium include halibut, tuna, oysters, shitake mushrooms, sardines, chicken, and eggs.

Vitamin C and zinc are 2 other supplements that are known to help the immune system.   Zinc especially has anti-viral activity.    Other supplements include astragalus, quercetin, and elderberry.  It is thought that these supplements actually prevent  viruses from getting into the cell, or may actually help to kill the virus that does get into the body.  N-acetylcysteine along with vit C definitely helps  the immune system by increasing the body’s glutathione levels.   Dr. Pescatore has his list of 8 supplements that he would not want to be without and these include:  Pycnogenol, Vit D3, Coenzyme Q10, probiotics, fish oil, resveratrol, curcumin, and a good multivitamin.   Another compound that has been linked to improving the immune system is ECGC–one of the main components in green tea.   Studies from Japan  have shown that drinking just 2 cups of green tea a day can inhibit inflammation.  It works by increasing Nrf2 , which  controls the amount of inflammation in the body.  And just to bolster the importance of probiotics,  if  you keep your gut bacterial environment ( also known as the microbiome)  healthy,  you would be  protected from a lot of things.  About 75% of your body’s immune response is in your gastrointestinal tract. and when that is out of balance, then it sets the stage for poor health.  The way that ECGC works is by promoting the growth of good bacteria in the GI tract.   Other foods that improve the gut bacterial balance include pomegranate,   broccoli sprouts, turmeric (curcumin), and walnuts.   Foods high in quercetin are apples, onions, grapes, cherries, spinach,  buckwheat, and berries.    Pomegranate may also lower the blood pressure in large amounts.   Curcumin works hand-in-hand with ECGC,  Vit C, and quercetin to increase the production of enzymes that boost the immune system.   Walnuts and other nuts improve the bacterial balance by generating butyrate.   Then in order for the good bacteria to grow well, you need to add pre-biotics  (the food the supports the good bacteria–essentially indigestible fiber).   Foods that do this include onions , artichoke, garlic, barley, bananas, and flaxseeds.    Yogurt, kefir, kimchee, lassi, sauerkraut, and kombucha are good foods to include for their probiotics.

It goes without saying that it is important to not forget the basics:   eating healthy and staying hydrated,  in addition to getting adequate sleep.  Junk food and highly processed foods falls in the category of NOT healthy, so it is best to eliminate these.   The problem is that even when we try to eat healthy, the food we eat is devoid of nutrients and minerals because the soil that the food is grown in is depleted of  minerals.  Which is another reason to add the essential proteins to the diet, so you body can make the elements that are going to fight off infection.  Then there is the whole GMO thing going on,  and studies do show that the nutritional value of GMO foods is significantly different than foods that are not GMO.   Of course, learning how to manage stress is also important.

One of the things that I do in the morning is drink a large glass of filtered water with 1/2  of a lemon or lime squeezed into it, and then add a scoop of Prefect Amino protein  powder and a scoop of Arbonne’s Be Well Superfood Greens , and a level tsp of Magna-soothe.   I feel great!

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