12 Mar Support Your Immune System
There is no better time than now when coronavirus is of major concern for so many around the world, to look at how we may support our immune systems naturally.
The following information is for education purposes only and is not intended as personal advice or recommendation.
A quick sum up about coronavirus: it is a large family of viruses that can cause the common cold, pneumonia, MERS & SARS.
Symptoms generally include: High fever, a dry cough, mild breathing difficulties, some gastrointestinal issues and diarrhoea, aches, or more severe pneumonia, kidney failure, death.
Transmission: Coughs or sneezes from an infected person, touching contaminated objects.
Many people have been wearing face-masks, and although transmission via air droplets is thought unlikely they do deter us from touching our faces with contaminated hands so do present benefits from that angle.
Washing one’s hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the best ways to avoid the spread. Watch the video by Loughborough University’s Julie
Viruses are tricky to deal with because they enter the cells of the body where they are relatively safe. Antibiotics cannot reach them here, which is why antibiotic therapy is of little help when viral infections are experienced.
Whilst tucked away in the cell the virus can take over the cell and can replicate, then released to attack other cells.
Let’s move on to immune system support and those things you can do to help yourself.
- Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sugar can deplete the system of immune-supporting nutrients like vitamin C, zinc and glutathione. It can feed opportunistic microbes, & disrupt the blood sugar balance too.
- Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s sleep enables the body to detox and repair, but if you regularly have too little quality sleep these actions maybe impaired and leave you more susceptible to infection.
- Drink filtered water – vital for all organs and systems to function fully, as well as helping to flush through toxic waste.
- Get some exercise outdoors – taking a brisk walk outside can boost your levels of vitamin D, boost metabolic functions, & improve mood.
- Fear can also lower the immune system – it triggers the fight or flight reaction, which naturally pulls resources away from the immune system – you don’t have time to catch a cold when you’re being chased by a sabre toothed tiger!
- Essential Oils – with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and many other beneficial properties, these are a must in my house.
Here are a few of the top foods to help boost the immune system;
- Lemons & limes – rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and help to alkalise the body.
- Onions and garlic – may help fight infections, reduce inflammation
- Bone broth – rich in vitamins and minerals, may support tissue repair and ease respiratory conditions.
- Ginger – another anti-inflammatory promoting spice.
- Mushrooms – medicinal mushrooms found to have immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some supplements that may also assist include vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc – however please check with a professional before taking supplements, as too much is possible and there maybe possible interactions with medications.
Keep well everyone!