An Immune System Boost Can Help Your Body Fight COVID – WCCO

An Immune System Boost Can Help Your Body Fight COVID – WCCO

  • March 4, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Infectious disease experts say if you’re getting vaccinated, it can’t hurt to boost your immune system beforehand.

Having a strong immune system will also help your body fight COVID-19 more effectively if contracted.

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Mary Giarusso, a 71-year-old resident of Big Lake, says she started a regimen of vitamins for the first time toward the start of the pandemic. She recently took a blood test to detect any nutrient deficiencies.

“[I took it] because of COVID, and I’m going to be traveling next week, so I wanted to make sure my immune system … is still in good working order,” Giarusso said.

The food we eat plays a big role in our immunity, according to licensed nutritionist Jesse Haas, owner of Wellness Minneapolis.

“In terms of boosting our immune system and helping us prevent illness, we have the power in our pantry,” Haas said.

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Haas says Vitamin D is important for immunity. She recommends mushrooms, liver and supplements. For Vitamin C, you can look beyond citrus. Haas says bell peppers and broccoli are a good source. Zinc is tougher to find, but oysters can do the trick.

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Alex Lamkin, owner of Any Lab Test Now in Plymouth, administered Giarusso’s nutrient test.

“A lot of times you’re deficient in the areas that you have no clue about,” Lamkin said.

He says patients are most commonly lacking Vitamins D and B12.

But immunity is about more than just diet, according to Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease physician at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

“Getting sleep, exercising, not being overweight is going to help people in every single way that health can be measured,” Rhame said.

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Haas also said the vitamins found in a drug store are called “supplements” for a reason. They’re not a substitute for a balanced diet.

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New Study Will Examine How Robustly Individuals Respond to COVID-19 Vaccination

  • March 4, 2021

The rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines with impressively high effectiveness offers hope that the pandemic will someday soon be under control. But as more people are vaccinated, new questions emerge about what factors might contribute to long-term effectiveness.

A vaccine works by activating an individual’s immune system to create antibodies to the virus. And while the approved vaccines are highly effective, not everyone responds equally well. We know from a long history of research on the flu that older adults tend to show a weaker response to vaccines. Other factors, such as high levels of psychological stress and lack of sleep, are also associated with weaker antibody responses to various vaccines.

Researchers at UC San Francisco recently received a National Institutes of Health COVID-19 grant to study the effects of stress and sleep on vaccine responses. The new study, called BOOST, will investigate how these factors might influence the long-term effectiveness of the antibody response.  

“While the COVID vaccination is extremely effective in the short run, if antibodies are not well maintained, people may lose protection from the virus,” said Elissa Epel, PhD, a professor and vice chair of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry. Epel is one of two primary investigators on this study. “A weak response, and new variants of COVID-19, may lead to the need for booster shots to maintain protection. Thus, understanding the predictors of a robust SARS-CoV-2 antibody response, and especially antibody maintenance to theCOVID vaccination, will become a critical public health issue in our future.”

Flu’s Clues

Age is an important factor not only in predicting COVID-19 severity, but also in predicting a sluggish response to vaccinations. Initial response to COVID-19 vaccines appears to be somewhat lower with age, and prior research suggests that vaccine responses might wane more rapidly in older people. Factors influencing the duration of antibody responses to COVID-19 vaccination are not yet known.

The new UCSF study will examine age effects, but also the factors that may promote better immune function across ages, such as sleep and emotional wellbeing.

Researchers will also study the difference between markers of the biological age of the immune system and chronological age, which may also predict a strong vaccination response.

Is Age Just a Number?

While chronological age is measured in years, the biological age of immune cells can be measured with various indicators, including telomeres.

Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, and longer telomeres indicate a more youthful immune system, with cells that can go on to divide more robustly when exposed to antigens. The length of immune cells may be a particularly important indicator for predicting a robust vaccination response. Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, a Nobel laureate and consultant on the UCSF study, was one of the pioneers who discovered this cellular aging system. The research team, including Blackburn, has studied telomeres in immune cells for several decades.

The UCSF research team has found that lifestyle factors, such as chronic stress and poor sleep, may shorten telomeres. Shorter telomere length predicts more severe infection with a cold virus, more severe COVID-19 symptoms, and poorer antibody response to flu vaccination. Now the team will test whether telomere length predicts COVID-19 vaccination response better than chronological age.  

The Role of Sleep in a Pandemic

It’s old hat, but still just as relevant, even in a pandemic: we need more sleep.

“Insufficient sleep has emerged as a key predictor of how well our immune system responds to vaccination,” said Aric Prather, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and co-PI of the UCSF study. He and his research team have found that shorter sleep duration increases susceptibility to developing a cold following rhinovirus infection and muted antibody responses to both the flu vaccine and hepatitis B vaccination series.

Insufficient sleep has emerged as a key predictor of how well our immune system responds to vaccination.

Aric Prather, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry

In the study, participants will report on their sleep, and some participants will wear a biosensor ring to accurately measure sleep patterns. “This study will help shed light on when sleep might be critical during the vaccination process to mount the strongest protective response,” said Prather.

Related to sleep, but certainly separate from it, is the way that stress – all too common in the pandemic – may, ironically enough, impair immune function and drag out the pandemic.

Stressed Out Antibodies

Chronic stress is known to impair viral immunity. A history of studies show that psychosocial stress predicts an impaired peak antibody response to influenza vaccination. The BOOST researchers will study whether the same relationship holds true of our immune responses to the COVID-19 vaccination.

This may be particularly important to understand because this has been a period of immense stress for most, ;including the death of loved ones, financial loss, and parenting stress from school closures. Meanwhile, the need for social distancing has resulted in isolation, loneliness, and lower social support, said Epel, who has been studying the effects of stress on health, including climate distress.

“In California, we have a confluence of challenges due to COVID, and on top of that we have the wildfires and smoke that will revisit us this fall,” she said. “We will be measuring how much individuals are exposed to numerous pandemic challenges, as well as factors that protect us from stress – such as social support and purpose in life, and how well we can live with the stress of uncertainty.”

This will be one of the first and largest studies to examine the impact of factors like age and stress on vaccination effectiveness, which Epel thinks signals the next phase of this pandemic where we focus on recovery. Hopefully, the insights gleaned from the study will help us promote optimal immune function for vaccinations and other challenges. 

“Even during this period that has caused so much suffering, people find ways to experience purpose, connection, and joy. That is as basic to our survival as our stress responses,” said Epel. 

The UCSF research team includes Elissa Epel, PhD; Aric Prather, PhD; Rick Hecht, Jue Lin, Ashley Mason, Remi Fraizer, and Zaw Maung. The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging. 

Freiburg researchers receive ERC funding to develop and test immunostimulatory drug candidates

Using two different viruses to tackle tumors

  • March 4, 2021

An international research group led by the University of Basel has developed a promising strategy for therapeutic cancer vaccines. Using two different viruses as vehicles, they administered specific tumor components in experiments on mice with cancer in order to stimulate their immune system to attack the tumor. The approach is now being tested in clinical studies.

Making use of the immune system as an ally in the fight against cancer forms the basis of a wide range of modern cancer therapies. One of these is therapeutic cancer vaccination: following diagnosis, specialists set about determining which components of the tumor could function as an identifying feature for the immune system. The patient is then administered exactly these components by means of vaccination, with a view to triggering the strongest possible immune response against the tumor.

Viruses that have been rendered harmless are used as vehicles for delivering the characteristic tumor molecules into the body. In the past, however, many attempts at creating this kind of cancer therapy failed due to an insufficient immune response. One of the hurdles is that the tumor is made up of the body’s own cells, and the immune system takes safety precautions in order to avoid attacking such cells.

In addition, the immune cells often end up attacking the “foreign” virus vehicle more aggressively than the body’s own cargo. With almost all cancer therapies of this kind developed so far, therefore, the desired effect on the tumor has failed to materialize. Finding the appropriate vehicle is just as relevant in terms of effectiveness as the choice of tumor component as the point of attack.

Arenaviruses as vehicles

The research group led by Professor Daniel Pinschewer of the University of Basel had already discovered in previous studies that viruses from the arenavirus family are highly suitable as vehicles for triggering a strong immune response. The group now reports in the journal Cell Reports Medicine that the combination of two different arenaviruses produced promising results in animal experiments.

The researchers focused on two distantly related viruses called Pichinde virus and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which they adapted via molecular biological methods for use as vaccine vectors. When they took the approach of administering the selected tumor component first with the one virus and then, at a later point, with the other, the immune system shifted its attack away from the vehicle and more towards the cargo.

By using two different viruses, one after the other, we focus the triggered immune response on the actual target, the tumor molecule.”


Daniel Pinschewer, Professor, University of Basel

Tumor eliminated or slowed down

In experiments with mice, the researchers were able to measure a potent activation of killer T cells that eliminated the cancer cells. In 20% to 40% of the animals – depending on the type of cancer – the tumor disappeared, while in other cases the rate of tumor growth was at least temporary slowed.

“We can’t say anything about the efficacy of our approach in humans as yet,” Pinschewer points out. However, ongoing studies with a cancer therapy based on a single arenavirus have already shown promising results. The effects on tumors in animal experiments cannot be assumed to translate directly into the effect on corresponding cancer types in humans. “However, since the therapy with two different viruses works better in mice than the therapy with only one virus, our research results make me optimistic,” Pinschewer adds.

The biotech company Hookipa Pharma, of which Pinschewer is one of the founders, is now investigating the efficacy of this novel approach to cancer therapy in humans. “We are currently exploring what our approach by itself can actually achieve,” the researcher says. “If it proves successful, a wide range of combinations with existing therapies could be envisaged, in which the respective mechanisms would join forces to eliminate tumors even better.”

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Journal reference:

Bonilla, W.V., et al. (2021) Heterologous arenavirus vector prime-boost overrules self-tolerance for efficient tumor-specific CD8 T cell attack. Cell Reports Medicine. doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrm.2021.100209.

Immunotherapy Boost May Come from Dendritic Cell Factories

Immunotherapy Boost May Come from Dendritic Cell Factories

  • March 3, 2021

We might be able to manufacture millions to billions of infection- and cancer-fighting dendritic cells—if only we knew, in detail, how they are produced in the body. We have known for decades that dendritic cell numbers increase in response to a hormone called Flt3L. But exactly how Flt3L spurs production has remained unclear.

Now, thanks to new research from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), we have a better understanding of how dendritic cells develop. WEHI scientists say that dendritic cells arise through “clonal tuning,” a process that could be exploited to improve immunotherapy treatments for patients.

The new research has been summarized in an article (“Single-cell analyses reveal the clonal and molecular aetiology of Flt3L-induced emergency dendritic cell development”) that appeared March 1 in Nature Cell Biology. The article describes how WEHI researchers, led by Shalin H. Naik, PhD, used single-cell technology to identify Flt3L-responsive hematopoietic stem cells (HSPCs). The article also reveals how Flt3L mediates the production of type 1 conventional dendritic cells (cDC1s) in response to stress conditions.

“Using cellular barcoding, we demonstrate this occurs through selective clonal expansion of HSPCs that are primed to produce cDC1s and not through activation of cDC1 fate by other HSPCs,” the article’s authors wrote. “In particular, multi/oligo-potent clones selectively amplify their cDC1 output, without compromising the production of other lineages, via a process we term tuning.”

The “barcoding” technique involves the insertion of short synthetic DNA sequences, or barcodes, into cells. “[Through the use] of barcoding, we were able to determine which cells produced dendritic cells in preclinical models,” Naik said. “As a result of this research, we now better understand the actions of the Flt3L hormone that is currently used in cancer immunotherapy trials, and how it naturally helps the body fight cancer and infection.”

The scientists also used Divi-Seq—a single-cell multiomics method that incorporates tracking of cell division with immunophenotyping and transcriptomic analysis—to simultaneously profile the division history, surface phenotype, and transcriptome of individual HSPCs

“We discover that Flt3L-responsive HSPCs maintain a proliferative ‘early progenitor’-like state, leading to the selective expansion of multiple transitional cDC1-primed progenitor stages that are marked by Irf8 expression,” the authors of the Nature Cell Biology article reported. “These findings define the mechanistic action of Flt3L through clonal tuning, which has important implications for other models of ‘emergency’ hematopoiesis.”

This research answers a 50-year-long question as to what causes a stem cell to react in response to immense stress, such as infection or inflammation. “We have known that the Flt3L hormone increases the number of dendritic cells for decades, but now there is a focus on applying this knowledge to cancer immunotherapy and potentially to infection immunotherapy as well,” Naik said.

Dendritic cells are immune cells that activate “killer” T cells, which are vital for clearing viral infections, such as COVID-19, but also for triggering a response to cancers such as melanoma and bowel cancer. When dendritic cell numbers are increased through the influence of the Flt3L hormone, the immune system is better able to fight off cancer and infection.

“There is one type of dendritic cell that the body uses to fight some infections and cancer,” Naik explained. “The Flt3L hormone increases numbers of this particular dendritic cell.”

Now that the actions of the Flt3L hormone are better understood, Naik continued, it may now be possible to improve immunotherapy techniques. “The next stage in our research,” he declared, “is to create ‘dendritic cell factories’ using our new knowledge, to produce millions to billions of these infection-fighting cells and then use those in immunotherapy treatments.

“These findings are a vital first step to improving immunotherapy treatments for patients, to help them better fight cancer and infection.”

Dietary Supplement Use and COVID-19: What You Need to Know | Womble Bond Dickinson

Dietary Supplement Use and COVID-19: What You Need to Know | Womble Bond Dickinson

  • March 3, 2021

It is no surprise that four in five Americans (86 percent) reportedly take dietary supplements to improve their overall health. Now more than ever, health consciousness is at the forefront – we are focused on improving our immune systems, specifically with an increased intake of readily accessible ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes, collectively known as dietary supplements. In the 27 years since Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (“DSHEA”), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had the authority to regulate dietary supplements; and, the FDA “plays an important role in helping consumers make use of safe, high-quality dietary supplements while also protecting Americans from the potential dangers of products that don’t meet the agency’s standards for marketing.”

Prior to the pandemic, the dietary supplement market grew by several billion dollars, which has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand has been greatest for supplements such as zinc, elderberry, and vitamins B, C, and D, which have been shown to support immune function. Analysis of social media activity related to dietary supplements has shown increased chatter on the benefits, and a push championing the use of dietary supplements to prevent infection. However, unlike drugs, dietary supplements are not permitted to be marketed for the purpose of treating, diagnosing, preventing, or curing diseases. Since the onset of COVID-19 in December 2019, FDA has issued numerous warning letters to companies whose products were marketed as dietary supplements but were actually being illegally advertised as unapproved new drugs because the products boasted unproven claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.

Can taking dietary supplements prevent you from getting COVID-19?

While there is limited current evidence to suggest this is the case, users should be aware that the FDA created a special emergency Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP) for possible coronavirus therapies. As of January 31, 2021, more than 600 drugs have been under study as part of CTAP, and ClinicalTrials.gov lists over 140 clinical trials that are evaluating the effects of dietary supplements on COVID-19. To date, the FDA has not issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or new drug approval for the use of any dietary supplement to prevent, treat, cure or mitigate COVID-19.

Zinc (Zn), an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant micronutrient found in food, is essential for multiple cellular functions including maintenance of immune health. Pal et al. (2020) state that “much of the current knowledge about the use of Zn as an antiviral therapy and immuno-modulatory agent has originated from studies done with other viral diseases.” A previously described role of Zn ions and ionophores as “potent inhibitors of various RNA viruses,” like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is the rationale for using Zn. There were nearly two dozen clinical and observational studies of zinc and COVID-19 as of August 4, 2020, and 4 studies were exclusively using different combinations of dietary supplements including Zn as an intervention against COVID-19, but none of the four studies had been completed at the time of the review.

Vitamin C (i.e., ascorbic acid) is known to be a potent antioxidant; however, “evidence does not support the routine use of vitamin C for prevention of viral infections, including the common cold.” A shortening in duration of the common cold by 8% was suggested following meta-analyses of clinical trial data of regular vitamin C intake. But, Adams et al. (2020) state, “It cannot be assumed, therefore, that outcomes of vitamin C from the management of the common cold will translate to the management of COVID-19.”

Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin that, due to complex mechanisms, supports immune function, and contributes to the enhanced activity of our innate immunity. Observational data of low levels of vitamin D have been associated with acute respiratory viral infection. Studies from the Eastern Virginia Medical School noted that US patients with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to be hospitalized and had higher mortality rates after viral infection. Evaluation of patient data from more than 10,000 individuals from 25 clinical trials revealed that oral vitamin D3 supplementation reduced the risk of acute respiratory tract infections and underlies the speculation for use of vitamin D during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elderberry (i.e., Sambucus nigra) has been hypothesized to have antiviral properties; however, “there are no published studies evaluating the use of elderberry and COVID-19.” Adams et al. (2020) state, “Although elderberry and it phenolic acid components exhibit antiviral activity against human corona virus HCoV-NL63 in vitro, this cannot be extrapolated to COVID-19.”

As we readily await the efficacy and worldwide administration of the COVID-19 vaccines, dietary supplements may be beneficial to your overall health. The option to provide our bodies with optimal support along with following best practices of prevention seems a viable option to keep our body’s immune system functioning well through the current pandemic and beyond.

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BioFit Probiotic Reviews – Effective Ingredients or Cheap Supplement? 2021 Review

BioFit Probiotic Reviews – Effective Ingredients or Cheap Supplement? 2021 Review

  • March 3, 2021

Los Angeles, CA, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BioFit is a daily probiotic supplement by Nature’s Formula that targets healthy body weight management safely to create a better climate for digestion using clinically-studied ingredients. The Nature’s Formula BioFit probiotic supplement remedy is safe for all consumers, though users that take medication may want to check with their doctor to determine the best timing for the formula if dealing with anything specific or a concerning health condition.

As most may be completely aware by now, probiotics continue to gain traction as some of the most popular types of supplements on the market. Strangely enough, some consumers still don’t even know what the term “probiotic” means. A probiotic is just a substance or formula intended to help microorganisms grow within the body. Contrary to popular beliefs, microorganisms are actually a good thing. Some microorganisms in the intestines are essential to promoting proper digestion, as well as a litany of additional benefits.

Modern probiotics often focus on this part of the body. Health in the intestines, colon, and the overall digestive system is an excellent indicator of overall wellness. According to the official website at GoBioFit.com, led by Chrissie Miller, BioFit is a supplement that makes its home in this exciting new subsector of the larger supplement market. The formula supposedly helps to improve “digestive disturbances” while providing a whole host of important benefits to the digestive system. The benefits listed for this formula are extensive; it claims to help people improve eating habits, decrease bloating, minimize gas and constipation, and more.

These are some big claims, and they deserve to be fully investigated. Seven core ingredients are included in the BioFit formula, which is packaged in the USA within a GMP-certified facility. These ingredients are apparently formulated specifically to “support a healthy gut biome.” Lactobacillus is the key featured ingredient. This strain of bacteria is extremely good for the body and continues to be used in a number of popular supplements all over the world. Two other listed ingredients in the biome-boosting formula include Bacillus Subtillis and Bifidobacterium Longum.

While there is certainly an increased public demand for probiotic formulas like the one offered by BioFit, we nevertheless ask that consumers exercise caution before using any new supplement to improve their gut and intestine health. This BioFit probiotic supplement guide has been created to help walk you through the most important elements of the formula, as well as both the system and the people behind it. Always do your own research, and consider getting the opinion of a medical professional. But for now, enjoy our comprehensive review of BioFit, a seven-ingredient probiotic formula by Chrissie Miller and the Nature’s Formula team that is out to change the supplement industry with this uniquely powerful and one of a kind gut health support product.

What is BioFit?

Finding the right wellness solution for any kind of whole body health requires certain balance in the gut. Most of the time, consumers only consider the diet or exercise that they should take on, but that is only a fraction of what need to change. All of the healthy modifications to someone’s current lifestyle will only make a difference if they start with the right environment. That’s why probiotic supplements and detoxification regimens have become rather popular. However, they play a much bigger role than simply improving the user’s gut.

BioFit provides users with probiotic bacteria that replenishes the healthy microorganisms that should exist in the gastrointestinal tract to help with the absorption and processing of nutrients. Over time, the foods that consumers eat can leave pieces of food behind, which is what causes new bacteria to flourish. The new bacteria are rarely healthy, often creating toxins and build up. Both of these problems eventually lead to digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, digestion, and other issues. Healthy bacteria can also be diminished by the use of antibiotics or pain medication, even though these formulas are meant to improve the user’s health.

If a customer is unsure if a probiotic would help with their body weight management, consider a few different changes that may be occurring in the gut, brain and body right now, like:

  • Fluctuating moods
  • Sleeping problems
  • Disruption in the complexion
  • Digestive pain
  • Weight gain and bloating
  • Constant cravings for toxic food

Even if only one or two of these problems are occurring, a probiotic can be helpful solution. The purpose of BioFit specifically is to improve digestion, reduce bloating, support the immune system, and trigger weight loss as a natural by-product of optimizing digestion and improving the internal gut lining to avoid conditions like leaky gut syndrome.

According to the National Institutes of Health , there are a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems that can affect your health and overall well-being. They include such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Probiotic supplements like BioFit may help support gut health by balancing the number of good bacteria in your digestive system.

Why Do Probiotics Support Optimal Body Weight Management?

Before taking any new formula, consumers want to know why something works the way that it does. It is no secret that probiotics are good for the body, but how do they connect with weight loss?

Being that it is already 2021, the benefits of taking probiotics are plentiful as the term is pretty well-known around the world for the past decade. In short, probiotics can restore balance and improve the immune system, aid in the production of B vitamins and Vitamin K, promote healthy digestion and elimination, enhance nutrient absorption, improve skin quality, strengthen bones and joints as just a few of its properties. They also increase energy levels, boost the metabolism and reduce the incidence of allergies.

First aid health protocol calls for a regimen of probiotic supplements to be taken on a daily basis to counteract the effects of many types of bacterial and viral infections. For example, when someone is suffering from a head cold or flu or any other type of infection that causes vomiting or diarrhea, it is very important that they take probiotic supplements to ensure that their body gets the balance back in its digestive system as well as eliminate germs from their body. It is also important to take probiotics when you are being treated for an illness with antibiotics; they help prevent intestinal damage and keep your immune system strong so you will resist any secondary infections.

Improved gut health

The gut is the root of health management in much of the body, due to the effect that it has on the immune system. When an individual introduces healthy bacteria, it essentially cleans up the mess that is left behind by toxic bacteria in the gut. Without any buildup, users do not have stomach pain or other digestive discomfort when they eat. They have a significantly lower risk of diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.

With the right probiotic strain, women can even reduce their risk of a yeast infection.

Better absorption of nutrients

Eliminating extra toxins from the body allows every bit of nutrients to absorb as it is meant to. The gut processes all of the particles of food at the end of the digestive process. However, an overabundance of toxins can make it impossible for nutrients to be absorbed through the gut and distributed through the rest of the body appropriately.

One of the main reasons that diets work better with a clean gastrointestinal tract is because all of the newly healthy foods that the user consumes are actually able to make a difference in the body.

Increases immunity

No one wants to start a new fitness routine when they’re sick. Using pro biotic ingredients in any supplement ensures that the immune system can perform better to protect against illness. As individuals change the nutrition that they involve in their day, the body has to adjust, and it sometimes can result in illness from learning to rebalance vitamins that would otherwise keep it healthy.

With the support of the immune system, users won’t have to worry about losing any time at the gym, and they won’t give up their healthy eating to indulge in comfort food instead.

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BioFit Probiotic Benefits Beyond Gut and Weight Loss?

Microorganism-mediated gut health is one of the major trends in nutritional research over recent years, and probiotics as a kind of microorganisms with beneficial effects on gut health have been receiving widespread attention due to their high safety profile and extremely low side effects on human health, as well as supporting disease prevention. In this BioFit probiotic supplement review, we summarized the progress being made in basic research, clinical application, methodology and mechanism of probiotics, which will provide a reference for the clinical application of probiotics for gut health.

If you are struggling with irregular moods, skin issues, erratic sleep patterns, cravings for sugar/unhealthy foods, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, cramping (after meals) and weight management your health and wellbeing will greatly benefit by introducing Biofit into your daily routine. Biofit is designed to replace the bad bacteria (causing the problems those problems) with good bacteria in its place.

What Probiotic Strains are in BioFit Supplement?

In total, BioFit includes a collective 40+ billion bacteria in the body. Though this may seem intimidating for some users, the average person actually contains 100+ trillion bacteria in their body already at all times. Taking control of the bacteria that is in the body can completely change the user’s weight and health.

Let’s take a look at the different strains that users will get when they take BioFit.

Lactobacillus

Lactobacillus is a group of bacteria, and the creators of BioFit include four different strains. These four strains are blended together as a way to support and preserve the health of the urinary tract, digestive system, and genital region. Some evidence shows that the presence of this bacteria can reduce toxic microorganisms in the GI tract and promote better digestion. Lactobacillus is a group of diverse bacteria that help populate the gut with “probiotics” – friendly microorganisms that support the gastrointestinal tract. Lactobacillus primarily focuses on two types of mechanisms to help support digestive tract health:
The production of lactic acid helps lower the pH of the gut, making it more inhospitable for potential pathogens, such as bad bacteria, fungi and parasites. The production of certain antimicrobial substances, which are thought to be responsible for killing off potentially pathogenic organisms.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

Lactobacillus rhamnosus is one of the most popular probiotic strains in any supplement today. It has been extensively studied, showing how effective it can be in preventing and treating infections that impact the gastrointestinal tract. It alleviates diarrhea, though one of the main purposes is to relieve irritable bowel syndrome. As users incorporate the probiotic bacteria into their diet, they will likely notice greater strength in their gut.

The most common way to incorporate these bacteria into the diet naturally is to consume certain dairy products, like yogurt, some types of cheese, and milk.

Lactobacillus Casei

Lactobacillus casei is it much different way of benefiting the body. Even though it also helps with irritable bowel syndrome, it more specifically focuses an inflammation, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and even lactose intolerance. Some people used this strain as a way to treat or prevent to diarrhea that stems from antibiotic use or traveling. It can also eliminate diarrhea that comes from infection.

Most consumers already include Lactobacillus casei without knowing it. It is naturally present in fermented foods like yogurt and cheese, though it is used to treat individuals that may not be able to consume these dairy products. It can promote better flora in a healthy woman’s genital region.

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Lactobacillus Plantarum

Lactobacillus plantarum is another remedy for irritable bowel syndrome, reducing the bacteria in the body that can cause gas to build up. As users take this strain, it strengthens the intestinal wall to reduce permeability , which also helps with the stabilization of the digestive enzymes but already exist in the body.

Though some research suggests that the use of Lactobacillus plantarum can cause weight gain, this claim has not been validated. In fact, animal studies revealed that it is possible for these bacteria to promote weight loss, especially in individuals who are already considered obese.

For individuals that want to add foods to their diet that already contain Lactobacillus plantarum, there are actually many options. Sauerkraut, brined olives, Korean kimchi, sourdough, stock fish, certain cheeses, and some fermented food products all naturally offer it.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Lactobacillus acidophilus has been directly linked to weight loss, though it is also an effective regimen for reducing cholesterol levels as well. Just like the other Lactobacillus strains, it can soothe and prevent diarrhea as it deals with the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome. The primary purpose is to restore balance within the gut, but it also eliminates urinary tract infections.

Sauerkraut, tempeh, and miso are all excellent sources of Lactobacillus acidophilus.

Bacillus Subtilis

Bacillus subtilis is an important bacterial strain for anyone that wants to promote improved digestive health. Part of the reason that it is so effective is because of its survivability through the digestive system. Even as stomach acid attempts to erode anything that it touches, this strain is tough enough to last until it reaches the intestines.

Once inside the intestines, it germinates to provide pro biotic benefits. It is naturally found in pasteurized milk and other dairy-based products.

Bifidobacterium Longum

Bifidobacterium longum is referred to by BioFit as a powerhouse, supporting multiple different reactions within the body. It keeps the flora of the gut stable, improving the environment for digestion, immunity, and nutrient absorption. It also reduces the risk of toxic buildup.

The best way to naturally include the bacteria in the gut is to incorporate foods like miso soup, seaweed, and yogurt.

There are no known side effects to taking probiotics. It is possible that an allergic reaction could occur if sensitive people have a negative reaction to a specific strain of bacteria or yeast. It is always best to consult with your physician before taking any supplements to make sure you are not allergic to any ingredients.

Purchasing BioFit

If users purchase BioFit from the official website, they will get free shipping on any package they select. The available packages include:

  • One bottle for $69.95
  • Three bottles for $177.00
  • Six bottles for $294.00

If the user still hasn’t seen a change within 90 days of the start of the BioFit regimen, they can submit a request to customer service to get a refund. The team can be reached by sending an email to support@naturesformulas.com or calling 1-800-266-0373.

Frequently Asked Questions About BioFit

The BioFit probiotic supplement by Nature’s Formula is one of the hottest products on the market for improving gut health naturally. With all the rising demand and heavy interest in improving the microbiome and internal gut lining, it is no shock that Nature’s Formula BioFit probiotic is rising in popularity.

As men and women all over the world start to discover this newly formulated probiotic weight loss supplement by Chrissie Miller and the Nature’s Formula company, there will be many questions circulating that need to be properly understood and answered in a formal fashion that helps cut through the clutter.

Does BioFit require refrigeration?

No. While there are many refrigerated probiotics, it is incredibly easy for these supplements to become damaged. With BioFit, users simply have to store the formula in an area that doesn’t have humidity or high heat.

How much of the BioFit formula is one serving?

Only one capsule is needed in each serving. Users will need to take this serving daily with water to get the desired impact.

Is BioFit actually a safe remedy with all of the bacteria?

Yes. The body naturally contains bacteria and enzymes that help with the digestive process. However, the buildup of toxic bacteria can lead to pain and disruption in the way that the body handles certain foods. Introducing healthy and safe bacteria to this climate restores the proper balance that is needed to lose weight, beat fatigue, and more.

How long will users take to go through one bottle of BioFit?

If the user takes the recommended dose daily, one bottle of the supplement should be enough to go through an entire month before needing to replenish it.

Are there any trial bottle or samples available?

No. However, users are covered by a money-back guarantee to get a refund if they are displeased with the results.

Is BioFit compatible with current medications or other supplements?

All of the ingredients in BioFit are natural, and they should not interfere with a current regimen. However, users should speak with a medical professional to ensure that their medication will not be impacted.

How many times will customers be charged for their order?

Only once. The charge on the website is not part of a subscription or monthly shipment, so users will only get a new charge and package when they submit an order.

How to Avoid Nature’s Formula BioFit Scams?

The BioFit probiotic supplement for natural weight loss results and healthy gut lining support has brought on its fair share of shady salesmen trying to lure unsuspecting consumers into the fold by offering inferior products under the same brand name and company logo.

Thankfully, reading this BioFit probiotic review will help all consumers who become customers stay far away from these fake pills and cheap counterfeits. It is actually quite easy not to fall victim to these BioFit scams found online by only ordering directly from the official Nature’s Formula website at GoBioFit.com.

While many consumers will look to buy BioFit Amazon product listings, please note all of these are to be considered fraudulent and not the real, authentic, fully verifiable probiotic supplement offered by Nature’s Formula. The BioFit weight loss probiotic supplement only uses clinically-studied ingredients and has gone to great lengths in using independent third party lab testing towards its seven ingredient probiotic strain blend. While it may sound counterintuitive to think that all the BioFit Amazon.com listings are fake, one can simply watch the entire full length video to hear Chrissie Miller explain in great detail all of the reasons why they opted not to allow for third party marketplaces or retail platforms to offer their unique, one of a kind probiotic supplement.

Not only will ordering from the official BioFit probiotic website allow all users to know without a doubt that they have the right supplement, but it also enables every purchase to be fully backed by an extremely generous 180-day money back guarantee. That’s right, the Nature’s Formula probiotic supplement allows for a full six-month refund policy from the date ordered to give customers the chance at a risk-free purchase today. So not only is avoiding BioFit scams easy to do, but it is smart to order from GoBioFit.com as it de-risks the opportunity to get one of the leading probiotic formulas for weight loss on the market by putting the onus on the product to yield results or simply collect your funds without a hassle. To further drive home this point, on the Nature’s Formula BioFit probiotic website there is a message from the founder (Chrissie Miller) that reads, “At Biofit, we are inspired by family & faith, defined by integrity, driven by passion, motivated by a genuine desire to promote wellness, and powered by the best and brightest talent the industry has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Biofit and for the opportunity to earn your trust and business.”

What more could consumers ask for from a well known, respected and reputable company who leads with faith, trust and one of the most generous money back guarantees in the entire supplement industry. Let’s wrap up this BioFit probiotic review to see what the final verdict is today.

Final Verdict on Using BioFit Probiotic

BioFit helps users to regain the health within their body before they start their weight loss regimen. There’s actually no diet associated with taking the supplement, since the entire point of it is to create a healthier climate in the body that is ready for nutritional changes. Users don’t have to worry about the difficulty of digestion, and they can simply focus on clearing out the toxins that have cause bloating and weight gain for so long. Plus, with the added boost to the immune system, BioFit can help fight off gut-related problems much more efficiently as the consumers learn to balance their meals.

Our ruling is that scientific evidence does seem to support at least some of the beneficial effects associated with this probiotic weight loss-centric supplement. The official product website understandably sets user expectations extremely high, so it is necessary for the average reader to do extensive research before trying BioFit. We did some research of our own. The medical industry is relatively split on the efficiency of probiotic formulas, but the science behind them is nevertheless sound. What is also incredible and note worthy is that the newly launched BioFit supplement (debuted in January 2021) has already helped over 27,000 individuals lose twenty pounds or more while still eating their favorite foods and not following some caloric restricting diet.

Between June Elliot from Fresno, California saying, “I’ve lost 72 pounds since I started using BioFit regularly and I feel unbelievable! I cannot believe how easy and effortless it has been. Thank you” or Jack Miller from Columbus, Ohio stating, “I struggled with digestive issues and weight gain for years so decided to give this a shot. Boy, am I glad I did! My love handles are gone and I’m less bloated”, there is a lot of substantial evidence that Nature’s Formula BioFit probiotic product can restore microbiome balance and improve gut lining naturally using the seven strains.

Several of the key ingredients in this supplement have been backed by scientific research and study. Lactobacillus, Bacillus Subtilis, and Bifidobacterium Longum make up the ingredient backbone of this supplement, and all three of these specially engineered bacteria have been shown to help improve the overall health of the intestines, as well as the overall digestive system. And if you’ve begun reading the research surrounding this part of the body, we’re sure you already know how important the digestive system is to our overall health and comfort.

Between everything presented on the official website by Chrissie Miller and the Nature’s Formula company, there is a lot of promise in the natural benefits that can arise from consuming the BioFit probiotic supplement daily. To sweeten the exclusive deal available at GoBioFit.com, the team has also given three free bonuses offers with every order today, consisting of:

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All of these bonuses are available with a purchase of BioFit Probiotic by Nature’s Formula at GoBioFit.com today.

For those looking for a high quality probiotic supplement that can start replacing the gut biome with good bacteria as opposed to toxic bacteria caused by eating unhealthy foods, antibiotics or pain medications, Nature’s Formula is the go-to product to try today. Anyone dealing with digestive disturbances such as diarrhea, gas, or even food poisoning may find natural relief for improved digestion, reduced bloating, support insulin regulation, reduce cravings for enhanced weight loss and even increased immunity.

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New Michigan Vacation Spot Asks You to Lock Up Your Cell Phones

New Michigan Vacation Spot Asks You to Lock Up Your Cell Phones

  • March 3, 2021

Just yesterday, my significant other and I were lounging on the couch watching the latest episode of a favorite show when I realized…neither of us were actually paying attention. Instead, we both had our faces buried in our phones catching up on the current social media drama. We couldn’t even be bothered to pay attention to a show we both love. There are just too many distractions! Which is why this caught my eye.

Getaway: A Day off for the Always On

There’s a company called Getaway that provides lodging for people who want to disconnect from their lives for a brief period of time. Judging by their website, I would describe the set up as AirBNB meets fancy camping. The Getaway sites are usually secluded, away from cities and surrounded by woods. They have 12 locations across the U.S. with a 13th coming to Michigan.

Escape From Chicago

While their marketing is targeted towards people who live in busy cities, the newest location opening in Michigan is actually just north of Grand Rapids in Barber Creek and will be open to everyone. They’re aiming for Spring, which is right around the corner. As far as safety surrounding Covid-19, staff members will be in masks, there’s no contact between guests and staff members, cabins are deep cleaned and they’re spaced more than 6ft apart. You can see the layout of the cabins below:

What’s included with the cabin?

Getaway’s goal is to help you disconnect. But, that doesn’t mean you’re ‘roughing it’. All cabins come with the following:

  • A cellphone lockbox (so you won’t be tempted to check those notifications)
  • AC and heat
  • Hot water
  • A private fire pit
  • And more. See the full list here

By the way, the cabins are also dog friendly for an additional price.

Speaking of price…

As far as cost is concerned, much like hotels, the rates seem to change depending on whether or not it’s the weekend or a “peak” time…whatever that means for an isolated getaway. I browsed through the calendar and saw rates ranging from $149 to $299 per night on average.

I once took a trip to the Bahamas and had no cell reception for an entire week. It. Was. Glorious. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been as relaxed as I was after that trip. It really is therapeutic to just spend time either with yourself or with a significant other without any distractions. If you’ve yet to find the opportunity to briefly disconnect from life, whether that be technology, work, or just life in general, I would definitely recommend it…even if its not at the Getaway cabins.

If, however, this sounds like your cup of tea you can book your stay with Getaway here.

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New therapy extends breast cancer survival rate, prevents reoccurrence

Tackling tumors with two types of virus

  • March 3, 2021

An international research group led by the University of Basel has developed a promising strategy for therapeutic cancer vaccines. Using two different viruses as vehicles, they administered specific tumor components in experiments on mice with cancer in order to stimulate their immune system to attack the tumor. The approach is now being tested in clinical studies.

Making use of the immune system as an ally in the fight against cancer forms the basis of a wide range of modern cancer therapies. One of these is therapeutic cancer vaccination: following diagnosis, specialists set about determining which components of the tumor could function as an identifying feature for the immune system. The patient is then administered exactly these components by means of vaccination, with a view to triggering the strongest possible immune response against the tumor.

Viruses that have been rendered harmless are used as vehicles for delivering the characteristic tumor molecules into the body. In the past, however, many attempts at creating this kind of cancer therapy failed due to an insufficient immune response. One of the hurdles is that the tumor is made up of the body’s own cells, and the immune system takes safety precautions in order to avoid attacking such cells. In addition, the immune cells often end up attacking the “foreign” virus vehicle more aggressively than the body’s own cargo. With almost all cancer therapies of this kind developed so far, therefore, the desired effect on the tumor has failed to materialize. Finding the appropriate vehicle is just as relevant in terms of effectiveness as the choice of tumor component as the point of attack.

Arenaviruses as vehicles

The research group led by Professor Daniel Pinschewer of the University of Basel had already discovered in previous studies that viruses from the arenavirus family are highly suitable as vehicles for triggering a strong immune response. The group now reports in the journal Cell Reports Medicine that the combination of two different arenaviruses produced promising results in animal experiments.

The researchers focused on two distantly related viruses called Pichinde virus and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which they adapted via molecular biological methods for use as vaccine vectors. When they took the approach of administering the selected tumor component first with the one virus and then, at a later point, with the other, the immune system shifted its attack away from the vehicle and more towards the cargo. “By using two different viruses, one after the other, we focus the triggered immune response on the actual target, the tumor molecule,” explains Pinschewer.

Tumor eliminated or slowed down

In experiments with mice, the researchers were able to measure a potent activation of killer T cells that eliminated the cancer cells. In 20% to 40% of the animals – depending on the type of cancer – the tumor disappeared, while in other cases the rate of tumor growth was at least temporary slowed.

“We can’t say anything about the efficacy of our approach in humans as yet,” Pinschewer points out. However, ongoing studies with a cancer therapy based on a single arenavirus have already shown promising results. The effects on tumors in animal experiments cannot be assumed to translate directly into the effect on corresponding cancer types in humans. “However, since the therapy with two different viruses works better in mice than the therapy with only one virus, our research results make me optimistic,” Pinschewer adds.

The biotech company Hookipa Pharma, of which Pinschewer is one of the founders, is now investigating the efficacy of this novel approach to cancer therapy in humans. “We are currently exploring what our approach by itself can actually achieve,” the researcher says. “If it proves successful, a wide range of combinations with existing therapies could be envisaged, in which the respective mechanisms would join forces to eliminate tumors even better.”

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Researchers explore relationship between maternal microbiota and neonatal antibody response

Researchers explore relationship between maternal microbiota and neonatal antibody response

  • March 3, 2021

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IMAGE: Associate Professor of Immunology Xin Luo and doctoral candidate Brianna Swartwout in Luo’s lab. Photo by Andrew Mann, Virginia Tech.
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A healthy system of gut bacteria, or microbiota, is crucial to health: Gut bacteria not only aid with digestion, but also play an important role in the body’s immune response. Infants, however, are not born with full-fledged gut microbiota, which makes it difficult for them to fight off intestinal infections.

Although little is known about how the immune system develops during infancy, new research from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology sheds significant new light on the subject.

A research team from principal investigator Xin Luo’s lab used rodent subjects to show a causal relationship between neonatal antibody production and the mother’s microbiota. The team’s paper, “Regulation of Neonatal IgA Production by the Maternal Microbiota,” was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Our study identifies the maternal microbiota — harmless bacteria living in mom’s milk, for example — as a source of education for the infant’s antibody response. In particular, we have found that the most abundant antibody in the human body that protects us from infections, IgA, can be educated by a specific bacterium in mom’s milk, Lactobacillus reuteri, which is also a commonly used probiotic,” said Luo, associate professor of immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology.

Studies of IgA production typically focus on adult subjects, without addressing the effects of mothers’ microbiota on the development of the immune response. Conversely, this study examined neonatal mice nursing from dams with different microbiotas and measured the changes in the neonatal mice’s IgA production.

Using germ-free mice from the veterinary college’s gnotobiotic rodent facility, the researchers determined that L. reuteri is one of the neonatal IgA-inducing bacteria in the maternal microbiota. In turn, raising an infant’s IgA production through L. reuteri might result in a more robust immune response to pathogens. Particularly because a strain of L. reuteri isolated from human breast milk was used for the study, the findings have the potential to be translated to human medicine.

“It will be interesting to see if human maternal microbiota have similar mechanisms with mice in educating neonatal immune response, especially the mucosal immunity,” said first author Qinghui Mu (Ph.D. ’18), a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and former doctoral student in Luo’s lab. “IgA is vital for the prevention of enteric pathogens, and IgA inducible bacteria may be supplemented as probiotics for preventing an infant’s enteric infections.”

The next step is to determine the effects that these newly produced antibodies have on the neonatal immune response. “Early perturbation of microbiota is linked to autoimmune diseases. It’s not completely clear whether the observed immunological changes could affect autoimmune development, but if we can identify microbes that enhance early defenses without setting off self-reactivity, then we could potentially use them to protect infants from infections,” said first author Brianna Swartwout, a Ph.D. candidate in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Program and a member of Luo’s lab.

The goal of the research, Luo said, is to better understand the benefits of microbes in order to recommend solutions, such as probiotics, that could strengthen the neonatal immune system. These efforts could lead to new strategies in medicine — and healthier babies.

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The 7 Best Foods for Optimal Health, According to Nutritionists

The 7 Best Foods for Optimal Health, According to Nutritionists

  • March 3, 2021

During the pandemic, we’ve been loading up on plenty of foods to be our healthiest. But let’s be honest: You’re not going to chomp on raw garlic every day. That’s why we tapped plant-based nutritionists to share the foods that are brimming with nutrition to bolster immune functioning and totally realistic to eat daily. Read on — and please pass the bell peppers.

1. Nuts

Morgyn Clair, MS, RDN, with Sprint Kitchen, tries to eat at least one serving of nuts almost daily. “According to a lot of recent research, many people, and especially vegans and vegetarians, do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. Omega 3 is critical for immune health. One daily serving of at least one ounce of nuts is a great way to support immune health,” she says, noting this study which found a positive relationship between omega-3 fatty acid consumption and a healthy microbiome that is able to fight off infection better than the control group.

To keep things interesting and ensure a mix of different nutrients, Clair mixes things up by rotating between almonds, walnuts, and pistachios.

2. Kimchi

Bring on the fermented foods. Brooke Alpert MS, RD, CDN, author of The Sugar Detox, and medical advisor to Cure Hydration shares that kimchi — which refers to a wide range of salted and fermented veggies in Korean cuisine — has always been something she enjoyed, but since she’s home more these days, she’s been able to incorporate it as a consistent part of her eating habits. “I love to throw spicy kimchi in a salad or to mix it with rice, which has become a lunchtime staple here since the winter when salads became a bit less interesting,” she offers. “Kimchi is very high in fiber and filled with healthy probiotics, specifically the Lactobacillus bacteria, which can help boost your immune system, making it the perfect pandemic meal addition.”

3. Spinach

“Spinach is a powerhouse food for the immune system because it is loaded with vitamin C and many antioxidants,” explains Allison Gregg, RDN, LD/N, Nutritional Consultant at Mom Loves Best. “A recent study in Nutrients found that vitamin C has a high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity. These two properties reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which strengthens the immune system,” she continues.

If you’re not the biggest spinach fan, try slipping a handful or two of the leafy green into your favorite smoothie recipe, you’ll hardly detect a difference in taste and still reap the same nutritional benefits.

4. Raw Bell Peppers

“Bell peppers are packed full of nutrients that benefit the body in significant ways, yet most of the general public is unaware of how healthy they actually are, until recently. Bell peppers are brimming with vitamin C, but this is its most vulnerable nutrient because it is denatured in the cooking process,” says Trista K. Best, MPH, RD, LDN at Balance One Supplements (hence her rec to eat bell peppers raw).

“Vitamin C has immune support benefits, but also improves the absorption of iron,” she adds, another essential nutrient your body needs, and one that can be harder to obtain on a plant-based diet. (For more on how to get enough iron when you’re following a plant-based diet, read our article here.

5. Green Tea

“Green tea contains flavonoids and epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG, which are two powerful antioxidants,” says Gregg. “Compared to black tea, green tea is not fermented which preserves its EGCG content,” she adds, noting that EGCG has been studied for its ability to enhance immune function. For more on green tea and EGCG, check out our article on immune-boosting foods and supplements here.

Not enamored of green tea? Honestly, drinking other kinds of tea on the daily is a great idea to help in realms like burning fat, improving gut health, reducing cardiovascular risk, and more.

6. Water

Not exactly a food, we know, but you can’t underestimate the importance of H2O. “Hydration has always been really important to me for mine and my patients’ optimal health and a healthy immune system. When the pandemic first started, I noticed many of my patients and  [I] were having a tough time keeping up with their water intake,” shares Alpert. “Maybe this was from being less active or perhaps since many of them weren’t leaving their homes, there were missed chances to remember to drink more water,” she says, who in her role with Cure Hydration has also personally started enjoying the vegan, no-sugar-added flavor packets to her water. “It helps make water more interesting to drink and even better, helps to keep everyone properly hydrated with electrolytes which can support their immune system,” she adds.

7. Citrus Fruits

Melissa Nieves, RD at Kemtai, a digital home fitness company, is a big proponent of regular consumption of citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemon. “They’re not only refreshing and delicious, but they’re also high in vitamin C. Vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections by enhancing various immune cell functions,” she offers.

“As this paper from Nutrients states, ‘prevention of infection requires dietary vitamin C intakes that provide at least adequate, if not saturating plasma levels (i.e., 100–200 mg per day), which optimize cell and tissue levels,’” she elaborates, further noting that the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults for vitamin C is set at 75 mg/day for females and 90 mg/day for males.

Take note: Nieves recommends staying within the RDA parameters for healthy people, but in some cases, under medical supervision, more amounts can be beneficial depending on the medical condition to be treated.

Make it a point to include orange or clementine segments into a salad or to eat as a snack at least once a day and sip on lemon- or lime-infused water throughout the day.

8. Legumes

Best is a big proponent of legumes — beans, peas, and lentils — because their fiber keeps her feeling full long after a meal and they are also beneficial for feeding the gut’s good bacteria. “It does this by binding and flushing out toxins and waste from your body, and even helps to reduce cholesterol and body weight,” shares Best. “Removing these toxins and waste and improving the gut’s microbiome will all work together to improve gut health.”

On that note, we’re off to whip up a chili tonight. Raw bell peppers sprinkled on top.

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