Updated: Mar 15, 2020
A Healthy Diet Is An Important Start
I have already presented articles on this topic; however, the situation is getting even more serious and it appears that anxiety and panic are on the rise and people are now frantic to find ways to stay safe. Answers are needed.
Most of the advice you are hearing is what to do in-between washing our hands regularly, and self-isolating. But another way we can help put ourselves in the best position to avoid the virus – and any other cold and flu viruses – is through our diet. I have said many times, people in a position of strength do not succumb to these triggers and those who are in a position of weakness get knocked over by them.
Our immune system is a complex, interconnected system that incorporates many organs and functions.
Unfortunately for us, many viruses, such as flu viruses and the common cold, mutate and adapt, confusing memory cells and successfully infecting us.
But be reassured, both our lifestyle habits and diets are known to affect the strength of our immune systems. These two aspects are completely within our control. Having nutritional deficiencies can weaken our immune system and make us more vulnerable to infections. I have yet to meet one person in my office who was not deficient in their eating.
First – we need to make sure we’re eating enough; our immune systems need energy – and the right nutrients – to work to their potential. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of what is the right amount of food to eat. They eat based on how they feel or what they heard rather than going on what is actually needed for their own body.
Learn more about what you need and how much!
Our immune systems need enough energy to make immune cells, which act as building blocks, and our enzymes, which need vitamins and minerals to work effectively.
This means we need to make sure we’re eating all of our body’s requirements for macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and D, as well as B6, B12 and folate, zinc, copper, iron, and selenium, as well as essential amino and essential fatty acids.
It is recommended we get as much goodness as we can from food, rather than relying on supplementation, unless absolutely necessary.
Some of you might think this it’s reasonable to eat healthier when coming into the flu season, but it makes more sense to do this over the long-term. It’s better to be eating well all year long to build up the immune system and keep it running strong than to all of a sudden medicate with supplements when the situation arises.
One of the ways you can stay fighting fit is to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Of course, this alone won’t prevent transmission of coronavirus or any other viruses, as we also need to stay on top of things with hand-washing and staying indoors when symptoms occur. But it’s one way we can ensure our immune system is best equipped to keep us healthy.
NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION
YOUR HEALTH HAS TO BE PRIORITY
If necessary, here are some supplements that will support and boost your immune system and leave you stronger to fight off viruses and infections
Vitamin C: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters.
Zinc: Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.
Echinacea: Scientific studies have confirmed that Echinacea is one of the most powerful and effective herbal remedies for people with bacterial and viral infections when it is taken frequently during the acute stages of inflammation.
Echinacea is a herb that nourishes and strengthens the body's defense system. It is highly regarded for its nutritional support in building the body's defense system. In fact, it is one of the top-selling products for the cold and flu season.
Evening Primrose Oil: Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a skin healing, immune-boosting and over-all wellness enhancing source of Omega Fatty Acids that nourish and promote great health. A Vitamin B Complex completely kicks your immune system up a few notches and ads to the overall wellbeing of your body
Garlic Can Boost Immune Function: Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs. Garlic has been shown to boost the disease-fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses, such as the viruses that cause the common cold or flu.