In the midst of an exploding pandemic, many are wondering how to protect themselves from this fast-spreading and deadly virus. The first thing - and you knew I was going to say it: Eat healthy if you’re not already and get adequate exercise and rest. After that, your best defense is a hearty immune system.
1. Take a multivitamin/ mineral. Just to cover the basics. For instance, Vitamin A, according to the NCBI, is involved in the development of the immune system and plays regulatory roles in cellular immune responses and humoral immune processes. It has demonstrated a therapeutic effect in the treatment of various infectious diseases.
Other vitamins such as B, and C, and minerals such as Zinc, also play a unique role in the immune system and are in a multi.
2. Probiotics. Fully 70% of the immune system is in the gut, so taking a probiotic is crucial right now. Not all probiotics are equally as viable; in fact some are even sold that are not alive. The one that we trust the most is Hyperbiotics: Hyperbiotics PRO-15 Probiotics
You can boost the immune system of babies by this probiotic, formulated for each age group: Lovebug Tiny Tummies Probiotic
3. Vitamin D. The next thing on the list is Vitamin D, which is crucial to immune health. In fact, Dr. Joe Prendergast, speaking on Dr. Mercola’s website, states that German researchers have found that Vitamin D is better than any vaccine, increasing it by a factor of 3 to 5 times. He states that Vitamin D helps the body produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides that help your immune system fight off infection. John Jacob Cannell, MD, executive director of The Vitamin D Council, notes that the skin makes 10,000 IU of vitamin D after 30 minutes of full-body sun exposure.The Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition board recommends 4,000 IU/day for adults, 3,000 IU/day for kids ages 4-8, 2,500 IU/day for kids ages 1-3, 1,500 IU/day for infants ages 6-12 months, and 1,000 IU/day for infants ages 0-6 months.
4. Sun. Dr. Mercola said that ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun, besides producing Vitamin D, has been shown to reduce the incidence of viral respiratory infections. So taking a lunch break and sitting in the sun for a brief time each day can also boost the immune system.
5. IP6. Immune system cells (also called lymphocytes) are the body's first line of defense against a variety of diseases, viruses and other infections. Available here: IP6 Gold Immune Support Formula.
6. Garlic. Garlic is a natural antimicrobial. Heat deactivates it, so add it to foods just prior to serving, or you can swallow it whole.
7. Licorice. On NCBI, researchers have noted studies that found that several components were responsible for the antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice. Among them, glycyrrhizin (GL), 18 β-glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), liquiritigenin (LTG), licochalcone A (LCA), licochalcone E (LCE) and glabridin (GLD) are the main active components which possess antiviral and antimicrobial activities.
It’s a challenge to find a product with active ingredients, but this one on Amazon contains glycyrrhizin: Himalaya Organic Licorice.
8. Vitamin C. The old standby vitamin C should never be forgotten. NCBI states: Vitamin C plays a critical role in vivo anti-viral immune responses against influenza virus through the increase of IFN-IL-1α/β production. Therefore, it might be possible that the maintaining sufficient levels of vitamin C in the plasma by the continuous uptake through the diet or supplement could effectively prevent in vivo pathogenesis of influenza virus at the initial stage of viral infection.
If we keep our immune system in top condition, we stand the best chance of making it through this pandemic unscathed.