Though mortality rates will take time to understand, COVID-19 appears to an especially infectious virus. As such, the immune system needs all the support it can get during this crisis.
In this uncertain time, strategies to shore up biological weaknesses are incredibly valuable for our immunity to function optimally.
Everything mentioned in this article has been shown to be effective for boosting immunity against viruses and even past coronaviruses in published studies.
COVID-19 is a unique pathogen that can cause a dangerous, exaggerated immune response. As such, many traditional immune remedies that “boost” immunity are considered risky once the illness has progressed.
Good general health may not be advantageous for patients who have advanced to the severe stage: once severe lung damage occurs, efforts should be made to suppress inflammation and to manage the symptoms.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41418-020-0530-3
Fortunately, we can strengthen the immune system from the bottom-up, and in ways that are foundational to overall health — through nutrients and lifestyle.
Daily (for duration of illness).
Every other day (for duration of illness).
Daily for duration of illness. Balance with copper.
A multivitamin needs to have whole-food-based, high-quality ingredients at biologically-appropriate doses — not megadoses, which are problematic.
Naturelo’s formulation is well-balanced, absorbable, w/adequate zinc content — it’s a true rarity among multivitamins.
Women’s includes iron.
Women’s (50+) is iron-free.
Take a quality multivitamin daily, with or without meals, before 2 pm.
Poor nutritional status predisposes to certain infections. Immune function may be improved by restoring deficient micronutrients to recommended levels, thereby increasing resistance to infection and supporting faster recovery when infected.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30336639
Take Extra Zinc, Temporarily…
Infrequently, it’s wise to take additional zinc — for a few days per month, for the duration of an illness, or to help ward off an infection.
Pure Encapsulations Zinc
A similar, excellent zinc product by Thorne Research on iHerb.
Certain minerals — such as zinc — have powerful antimicrobial properties. Pathogens cannot survive being in contact with these minerals.
How Zinc Works
Zinc oxide nanoparticles are toxic to many fungi, viruses, and bacteria.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5940970/
All immune cells are directly affected by zinc signals.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5666901/
Take daily — with or without a meal — when sick, or to to boost immunity, then stop. Anytime of day.
Balancer Zinc With Copper
For best results, balance the zinc with this excellent copper product: Chlorofresh (sodium copper chlorophyllin).
Most people can take one chlorophyll per day indefinitely without risk of creating imbalances. Take anytime. Will have more positive effect on gut health on an empty stomach.
A hormone produced when the body receives UVB light, Vitamin D is perhaps the most important immune nutrient.
This is a moderate-to-high dose of Vitamin D3 (the biologically-active form) with a small amount of cofactor Vitamin K2, needed to allow Vitamin D work in the body.
It’s an excellent idea to take absorbable magnesium to support Vitamin D. Magnesium is not readily found in modern food, so it’s a good idea to supplement it daily, anyway.
LOADING PHASE — Take Vitamin D daily for one week, then settle into maintenance dose of 1-2x/week. Take anytime of day, with a meal.
**Sunlight is a superior form of Vitamin D, but is only available around midday in summer climates. If you’ve supplemented extra Vitamin D in the past 12 months, be careful when supplementing more.
The sister hormone to Vitamin D, Vitamin A must be balanced in the body by, roughly, a 1:1 ratio with D.
This is the premier form of Vitamin A (preformed, fat-soluble). Does not require the liver to convert from carotenes.
LOADING PHASE — Take Vitamin A every 2nd day while sick, then settle into maintenance dose of 1-2x/week. Take with a meal, before 2pm.
**If you’ve supplemented extra Vitamin A in the past 12 months, be careful when supplementing more.
Both D & A are profoundly antimicrobial.
Along with Vitamin D, Vitamin C is a most critical immune nutrient, because it supports the system’s energy as a whole.
Vitamin C is currently being used in New York on COVID-19 patients.
Solaray 1:1 Ratio Vit C
My favorite Vit C supplement anywhere.
Solaray Liposomal Vitamin C
Fat-soluble Vitamin C, an incredible product.
Take Vitamin C daily, at any time, with or without a meal.
Take Echinacea anytime, as directed. If extremely ill, discontinue.
Heat is incredibly therapeutic for nearly every health condition — especially the immune system.
Why? Because pathogens are severely weakened in high heat. Look no further than what your own body does when sick: It raises the temperature in your tissues, a fever.
Exposure to warmth is critical when fighting off illness and preventing it. The heat will also help you feel better in the process.
Apply heating pad for 20 minutes on chest, then 20 minutes on the back. Optional: Sit on pad for several hours.
Did you know? Heat is infrared light.
If you’re sick, get outside.
UV light is naturally germicidal — especially against viruses. UV frequencies can penetrate into the skin, and can even inactivate viruses that have worked their way into skin tissues.
Blue light, as well, is “highly antimicrobial.”
Sunlight is over 50% infrared, which is immune-boosting and germicidal to pathogens.
In fact, sunlight is so incredibly healthy, why wait until you’re sick to go outside?
Spend time outdoors every day to boost immunity naturally by raising Vitamin D levels, receiving healthy infrared, blue, and UV light, and syncing the circadian rhythm.
The immune system activates at night — and it functions best if we are sleeping deeply.
What the research is finding is that when you sleep is more important than how many hours you sleep. This reflects the essentiality of the circadian rhythm rather than the quantity of hours in bed.
Fix the circadian rhythm to fix sleep — and directly improve digestion, mental acuity, performance and immunity.
Read more about how to achieve incredible sleep, here:
Give this to children for one week to build immunity — or during illness — then reduce dosage to 2-3x/week.
Give to children for one week to build immunity or fight off infection. Then take one week off before starting again.
This immune-boosting regimen is built on a quality multivitamin, D & A supplements, and Vitamin C.
Optional components are: zinc and copper.
Echinacea is a proven immune-booster, effective against coronaviruses in years past.
Heat is a well-studied component of health, longevity, and immunity.
Finally, sunlight and a robust circadian rhythm take advantage of full-spectrum light, and nighttime-induced immune function to prime the system to fend off potential pathogens.
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