Immune System Vitamins – Which are the Best?

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Have you been paying attention to the news coming from medical science recently? If so, you’ve probably realised that COVID-19 attacks those with weaker immune system. Those who are most at risk are immunocompromised. The immune system is an essential bodily system that needs to be nurtured and supported, regardless of your age. The immune system is the body’s  defense mechanism against foreign organisms such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

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Looking after your health on a daily basis is the long-term foundation for peak immunity. A good diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, proper hydration and sufficient sleep are all key. But these days call for more urgent action. So, what are some of the best ways to keep ourselves safe?

We’ve all heard the advice from the scientists. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and keep your distance from others. Whilst this is sound advice, there are other important things we could be doing. So if you’re looking for some alternate ways to build your immunity, vitamins are probably the fastest and best ways to give your immune system the boost it needs. Below we have provided an A-to-Z of the best vitamins that have been proven to enhance your immune system.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is integral to the development of the immune system, as well as boosting it. Vitamin A  has beneficial effects on the gut mucosal immune system particularly. It also regulates cellular immune responses. This vitamin also has an antioxidant effect to help strengthen the immune system. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so care must be taken not to take over the recommended dose. A precursor of vitamin A can be found in orange colored vegetables, such as carrots. This source is known as ‘carotene’, and is converted to vitamin A in the body.

Vitamin B

While the whole range of B vitamins are beneficial, Vitamin B6 is vital to your immune system as it produces antibodies to help fight viruses and infections. Vitamin B6 can also support brain health by improving cognitive function. It also has a direct influence on the central nervous system. Food sources include poultry, eggs whole-grains and fish. So feel free to treat yourself to that salmon tonight. It’s packed with this vitamin! Continue reading “Immune System Vitamins – Which are the Best?”

How to Protect Yourself from ALL Viruses – including Coronavirus

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Although I’m writing this at a time when COVID-19 is spreading its tentacles around the globe, this advice offers defense against any virus, whether various strains of flu, or simply the common cold.

Let’s have a look at what a virus actually is. A virus has a protein covering with a center core of nucleic acids, either RNA or DNA. They are known as tiny parasites and can stay active on surfaces, sometimes up to days.

What’s the difference between a virus and a bacterium?

To start with there is the difference is in size; viruses are typically much tinier than bacteria. A virus is not a living organism, it needs a living host, for example a human cell to survive. All viruses can cause disease whereas some bacteria are harmless and some even beneficial. Bacteria are considered living organisms that exist in large numbers, even inside the human body. The digestive tract, for example contains millions of bacteria, some of which are necessary for digestion.

It is much easier to protect against or fight infections caused by harmful bacteria. A dose of antibiotics typically cures most infections of this type, whereas antibiotics have no effect whatsoever against viruses.

How can we best protect ourselves from viral infections?

Hygiene habits such as hand-washing and not touching your eyes, nose or face are especially important, and indeed, most of us know this by now. Soap is the best prevention again viruses. Keeping a safe distance from infected people also keep us from being infected.

But there are other things that people may not think about, and this is what I want to address here. Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself from ALL Viruses – including Coronavirus”

How to Boost Your Immune System

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Whenever there’s a health threat, we tend to rush around looking for ways to prevent infection. There’s always plenty of information on social media, the trouble is what is accurate and what isn’t? When there’s a lot of hysteria around, it’s not easy to sort the true facts from the sensationalism. One fact remains indisputable; a healthy immune system dramatically lowers your risk of infection, whether it’s colds, flu or the coronavirus.

What I’d like to do in this post is focus on the positive, because there is good news coming out about this situation, we’re just not hearing about it because all the negative stuff is drowning it out. Humans have what it called a ‘Reptilian’ brain. Designed to keep us safe, when this part of the brain is active, we hear only the doom and gloom and filter out the good stuff. It served us well when we lived in caves, but can be detrimental to our mental health nowadays.

The best thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy right now, in addition to the hand-washing, social distancing and elbow bumping 😊, is looking after our immune system. In simple terms our immune system has self-defense mechanisms called T-cells, which actively go in search of enemies, such as viruses, and destroy them.

How to Boost Your Immune System Fast

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