Over the last year, it has become abundantly clear that there is a nasty new respiratory virus in our midst, joining the ranks of pneumonia, influenza, bronchitis, croup, Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and H1N1, among others.
And while the COVID-19 virus (aka SARS-CoV-2) is “new” to us, viruses in general have been around since the dawn of time.
Believe it or not, currently there are about 200 different viruses hanging around that could potentially infect someone’s innocent, unsuspecting respiratory system. COVID has understandably gotten all the current media coverage, but that doesn’t mean the others have taken a hiatus and headed for the hills.
Man vs. virus
Viruses have the uncanny ability to morph and mutate—that’s why they have forever been such a challenge to man.
Like it or not, they are survivors, and they will do anything they can to get around whatever measures we might come up with to try to snuff them out.
But you know what? There is a very effective, expertly designed “shield of protection” that not only helps prevent someone from contracting COVID-19, but also all the other viruses, plus bacterial infections and even diseases that we share our world with.
It’s your humble immune system.
But the catch is, the strength of your immune system dictates how effective it will be at protecting you from illness…and sadly, many of us have been unknowingly compromising our poor immune systems and leaving them waving the white flag of defeat.
However, it’s never too late to help turn that around!
The human body is incredibly resilient and very responsive to measures that help it heal, strengthen it, and support its proper functioning.
You just need to know what to do and what not to do!
Here are six strategies you can take to the bank that will help beef up your awesome immune system so it can do its best job to protect YOU!
Awesome immune boosting strategies
Engage the power of the “Fearless Foursome” of nutrients
When it comes to supporting your awesome immune system, nutrients are not optional—they are absolutely VITAL.
And the “Fearless Foursome” of nutrients that are especially supportive to your immune system in helping it fight respiratory viruses (including COVID!) are Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc and Vitamin B1 (thiamine).
All four of these superstars are in our Super Core multi-vitamin and mineral formula!
Super Core provides health-supporting doses of these four key nutrients, as well as a wide variety of other essential nutrients.
Plus, Super Core goes WAY beyond other multis by also giving you natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Free radicals and inflammation also compromise your body’s ability to fight illness and disease, so Super Core helps counteract those harmful forces too!
Have a healthy diet
Sorry, but this nutrition coach is not going to let you off the hook about your diet.
Because you can turn around and undo the helpful effects of vitamins and other supplements with a poor diet!
So be sure to incorporate lots of vegetables (other than potatoes and corn) into your meals, have a tossed salad with dinner, and enjoy meats, poultry, fish, nuts, eggs, dairy and real butter too.
Lastly, make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of filtered water a day.
Avoid sugar and refined carbs
Sugar (that includes soda too) and refined carbs (like bread, pasta and pastries that turn to sugar upon digestion) is literally poison to your immune system.
Sugar feeds harmful microbes in your gut, which is where 80 percent of your immune system is located. When it is overrun by harmful microbes, your immune system simply cannot do its job as effectively as it should.
Stress causes harmful changes to your gut and weakens your immune system functioning…and heaven knows we currently have no shortage of stress.
So do as much as you can to chill out!
Try regular exercise (with your doc’s OK), infrared sauna, massage, acupuncture, meditation, deep breathing, yoga or whatever helps you de-stress.
Get your Zzzzz’s
Just one poor night’s sleep can compromise your immune function by up to 30 percent!
So, if you regularly lack sleep, you are rolling out the red carpet for sickness to come knocking.
Turn off the late show, get off social media, and hit the sheets. Make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
If you have trouble sleeping, reduce stress like I suggested above. Also try taking a warm bath, darken your room, sip chamomile tea and avoid sugar and alcohol before bed.
Lastly, lavender essential oil has been shown to be helpful, and our Ocean Lavender essential oil is a favorite among our clients!
Beef up your intestinal army
The beneficial bacteria in your microbiome help fight off dangerous pathogens, but they can only do so if there are a strong number of them.
That’s why supplementation with a multi-strain probiotic formula like Super Shield is a great idea for just about everyone!
We all face challenges to our gut microbiomes—from environmental toxins, medications, sugar and stress, among other things—and these can weaken our populations of helpful microbes!
But a full-spectrum 13-strain probiotic blend like Super Shield can help ensure that your microbiome is well-supported and better able to do its job at protecting you!
One of Super Shield's 13 superior friendly bacteria strains, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, has been shown to stimulate immune antibody production.
Super Shield also contains Bifidobacteria Lactis, which has high adhesion to human mucus. That means it will stick to your colon wall to keep it strong and protective, which helps keep dangerous toxins, viruses and bacteria from leaking into your bloodstream and making you SICK!
Now you are on a path toward effectively fighting ALL viruses, bacterial infections and diseases using the incredible power of your incomparable immune system.
To your health,
The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.