// Keeping your Immune defences up //

Vitamin D – A deficiency of this vitamin weakens immunity and increases the incidence and severity of colds, flu’s and viruses.  The higher the levels of Vitamin D in the body, the greater the antibody production. It promotes the production of cathelicidin, a protein that can kill viruses, bacteria.  If you are severely deficient in Vitamin D, you can use from 5000 per day.

Vitamin C – I love Vitamin C,   Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune system providing a powerful anti-viral response. It helps to make interferons to upregulate natural killer cell activity and encourages phagocytes to make nitric oxide.  These cells act like pac men gobbling up viral-promoting pathogens. Are now using intravenous vitamin C in Chine as an antiviral against corona Virus and having amazing results!

Zinc is a powerful immune guardian and without it our body becomes vulnerable to infections and disease.  Zinc boosts the proliferation of T and B lymphocytes to help fight bacteria and viruses. Without these cells, immune defences become weak.  To find out the right form of zinc that works with your body and immune system, There are many different forms of zinc all with their different roles to play.


HERBAL ANTI-VIRALS

There are certain herbs which have shown effectiveness against other corona viruses including SARS and MERS and I personally would be incorporating these into your health program to give you greater defences.  To bolster your immunity I would be using the following core herbs:

BAICAL SKULLCAP

This beautiful herb is an amazing immune modulator that inhibits the binding of immune cells to antigens giving incredible viral protection. It is a fantastic natural anti-inflammatory herb that can reduce allergies, microbial and viral infections and give powerful antioxidant effects.

LICORICE

Licorice boosts interferon levels to help the immune system fight viruses.  It is beneficial for inflammation of the respiratory tract and eases sore throats, colds, flus and coughs.

ELDERBERRY

Elderberries directly inhibit viral introduction into cells and their replication.  This makes them one of the most powerful anti-viral agents around. The phytochemicals found in this amazing berry reduces all viral and flu symptoms like coughing, sore throat, fever and upper respiratory tract infections.

ANDROGRAPHIS

Andrographis can wipe out countless viruses, bacteria and fungi.  It boosts the immune system and disrupts viruses by interfering with their replication. It enhances phagocytosis and natural killer cell function and should be a prime part of every anti-viral formula.

ANTI-VIRAL IMMUNE BOOSTER
* Andrographis
* Elderberry
* Baikal Skullcap
* Licorice
* Echinacea

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DIETARY & LIFESTYLE IMMUNE TIPS

To keep your immune system strong and functioning optimally it is important to avoid foods that weaken immunity such as sugar, gluten and processed foods.  The other big baddy to weakening immunity is stress. Stress over produces cortisol slowing down the scavenging effect of white blood cells and ultimately immune defences.

Gut immunity can account for almost 70% of our body’s immune protection.  So it makes sense to ensure that its incredible microbiome is kept healthy and in peak condition. To do this I would suggest eating lots of prebiotic foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchee, yoghurt, fermented vegetables and prebiotic drinks.

Include a good amount of healthy protein foods in your diet like organic tempeh, activated nuts, seeds and legumes and organic grass fed meats. Make a plant based diet a large part of your eating protocol and include lots of raw and steamed vegetables.  The best immune vegetables include broccoli, bok choy, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, leeks, chives, red peppers, spinach, chilli, rocket, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, silverbeet, sweet potato, carrots and swiss chard. Immune boosting fruits include lemon, lime, grapefruit, berries and apples. Herbs which are fantastic immune boosters include garlic, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, basil, rosemary and cardamon. Also Adding Collagen & Bone Broths.

The best anti-viral foods to include in your diet are
* Ginger
* Tulsi Tea
* Oregano Spice
* Garlic
* Berries rich in resveratrol and
* Vitamin C rich foods like red peppers, guava, citrus


Kate xxx