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Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? Scientists Say It’s Too Early to Tell

  • July 31, 2020

It’s a COVID-19 patient’s nightmare: survive the disease only to face it again a few months later. With recent reports of some testing positive for the virus even after recovery, many are now wondering if it is possible to get infected twice.

But E. John Wherry, director of the Institute for Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, says these stories are purely anecdotal. “We just have not been in this long enough to really understand whether or not people can get reinfected,” he says. Instead, what might look like reinfection from a new exposure to the virus is more likely to be a smoldering first infection, he explains.

Adam K. Wheatley, an immunologist at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, Australia, says these anecdotes have led to a lot of speculation about reinfection. But he emphasizes that so far, the epidemiological data seems pretty clear that no one is picking up the virus from a new source within six months of their first infection. Based on this, his own estimate is that immunity to COVID-19 will be at least the length of what we’ve seen with milder coronaviruses that cause common colds — around 12-18 months.

But asking whether or not someone can get reinfected isn’t the best question to start with. Before we can answer that, Wheatley says we still have a lot to learn about immunity to COVID-19 in general. His group and many others are studying a wide array of cellular immune responses to find out how our immune systems protect us against another infection, and how long that immunity is maintained.

The Immunity Puzzle

Wheatley’s colleague at the University of Melbourne, immunologist Jennifer Juno, explains that immunity to a virus is much more complicated than just a “yes, you’re protected,” or “no, you’re not.”

“You [can] have immunity in the sense that you have an immune response, but you’re not protected from reinfection,” she says. “And that’s where we really have to get into studying the quality and the quantity of that immune response to understand what level is required for protection from infection.”

Juno explains that one way to study protective immunity is to measure the level of antibodies in the blood, which are proteins that the immune system uses to attack foreign invaders like viruses. Recently, there’s been research showing that antibodies rapidly decrease in people who have recovered from COVID-19. But Juno emphasizes that this is a completely normal occurrence after an infection has cleared.

“Your immune system can’t maintain that level of activation and responsiveness because it’s not practical when you have to fight other infections in the future,” she says.

So, finding a decrease in antibodies doesn’t necessarily mean these people don’t have immunity. At the same time, Wherry says that we still don’t know for sure yet if even high levels of antibodies provide protection against the virus in the future.

But antibodies are not the whole story for immunity — Juno says they’re just the easiest to measure, so they’ve been getting the most attention so far. Two other types of cells are now making their way into the spotlight, and might hint at how to boost the body’s immune response to COVID-19.

Beyond Antibodies

When a virus enters the body for the first time, B cells jump into action and produce antibodies to fight it off. But most B cells can only start making antibodies after they’re activated by a helper T cell. After the body fights off the virus, new memory B cells and memory T cells are created to “remember” the virus and wipe it out the next time it enters the body.

These memory cells can survive in the body for decades, and Wheatley says they make up the other two crucial components of long-lived immunity, in addition to antibodies. So, in a July 2020 study in Nature Medicine, Wheatley and Juno looked at a particular subset of T cells that they thought might be especially important in supporting memory cell and antibody responses to COVID-19.

They found that one type of T cell response was correlated with higher amounts of neutralizing antibodies — meaning the cells could block the virus from causing infection. As a result, Juno and Wheatley say it could be a worthwhile goal for vaccines to elicit this beneficial T cell response to promote a good antibody response.

Wherry agrees this may be a useful aim for vaccine development. In almost all vaccines, “antibodies are the correlates of protective immunity,” he says. “But most of those vaccines also generate T cells, and it’s very likely that for complicated infections, you need T cells to back up your antibodies.”

And, in regards to natural immunity before a vaccine is available, Wherry says experts are not only seeing antibodies in most people who have recovered, but also T cell and B cell immunity months after infection.

Prior infections with closely related viruses may also help our response to COVID-19. In June 2020, a study published in Cell found that 40-60 percent of people who had not been exposed to COVID-19 still had detectable levels of T cells that respond to the virus — and thus could already have some level of immunity.

“That surprised us,” says co-author Daniela Weiskopf, an immunologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California. “The hypothesis is that it’s coming from human ‘common cold’ coronaviruses because they are closely related, but that still needs to be shown,” she says. She adds that time will tell if these potential “common cold” T cells actually help fight off COVID-19, and it will be important to know whether people with them may react differently to a vaccine.

To Immunity and Beyond

Not unlike the pandemic, Wheatley explains that our scientific understanding of COVID-19 immunology is coming in waves. In the first wave, the literature showed that immunity was going up, meaning antibodies and T cell responses to the virus were increasing. He says we’re now just coming off of the second wave, where studies are saying that immunity is going down — but he clarifies that this was to be expected. Now, Wheatley says that in the third wave we can turn to the bigger, tougher questions.

“What’s required is understanding the remaining level of immunity that you have after an infection or a [vaccine], and how protective that is,” he says. “I think the whole world is studying that. Those are the big questions we’re trying to get on top of, and I think everyone else is as well.”

Juro's Pharmacy Can Help Boost Immunity

Juro’s Pharmacy Can Help Boost Immunity

  • July 31, 2020

The back-to-school rush looks a little different this year. Parents, teachers and school leaders alike are considering remote, in-person and hybrid learning plans, and there’s a good chance that face coverings are making it on school shopping lists for the first time.

But as you’re navigating this new normal, don’t forget the importance that a strong immune system can play in staying heathy, not only for your child but for the whole family. A robust immune system helps fight off potential illnesses and helps you heal faster if you do get sick. How can you make your body as resilient as possible?

It’s a question you should take to Juro’s Pharmacy Health & Wellness. Not only do they compound medicine and sell durable medical equipment, but they have a team that can suggest specific vitamins and supplements for your situation. Juro’s remains open during normal business hours, while their staff is available by phone at (406) 869-0123 and purchases are available for shipping and delivery.

You’ll rest assured that their vitamin and supplement recommendations won’t interfere with any medications you’re taking or make any medical conditions worse. They’ll listen to your situation and help you make the best decisions for your family.

Their staff includes “pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, home-care consultants, certified contractors and mechanics as well as insurance specialists,” their website states. And they’ve been serving Montana for more than 60 years, so you know they are invested in our community and our wellbeing.

Stop by 2043 Grand Ave., Billings or give them a call at (406) 869-0123.

The Secret Weapon for Immunity, Energy and Weight Loss: Sea Moss

The Secret Weapon for Immunity, Energy and Weight Loss: Sea Moss

  • July 31, 2020

The newest hidden weapon in your health arsenal may just be the seaweed you stepped over to get into the ocean the last time you were at the beach. Sea moss has been around since the oceans first lapped the shore, but it’s enjoying a surge in popularity, because of its powerful immune-boosting nutrients. Sea moss is rich in natural minerals, high in iron and antioxidants that make it an all-around immunity booster and weight-loss aid, which is why companies are harvesting it from beaches as far off as Ireland and the Caribbean, and consumers are adding it to everything from smoothies to acai bowls and rice and beans.

It would be hard to identify one particular plant that has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, but sea moss comes close. It contains more than 90% of the nutrients your body needs and can be used as a natural medicine to treat or reduce flu-like symptoms. This is why the small sea plant is often called “Nature’s Multi-Vitamin.”

What is Sea Moss and where does it come from?

Sea Moss, also known as Irish Moss, is a seaweed, is a macro-algae. It is sold in bunches that look just like the translucent yellow seaweed you’d find washing up on beaches along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. Sea moss comes from both organic harvesting and man-made pools, and where it’s grown affects the composition of the plant and its health benefits. Vital Vegan believes that “wildcrafted” sea moss from the ocean is better, so they only harvest their sea moss from the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica.

Less than two centuries ago, sea moss was used as a health treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia. It’s also been used as a food to nourish people who worked in potato fields because it was an inexpensive source of nutrients. Because it was used by poor farmers, the seaweed was thought of as a “poverty food,” and forgotten by health seekers, due to the negative association. Dr. Sebi, the well-known herbalist with the cult-like following, brought sea moss back to the attention of his followers and recommended it to his patients to treat chronic illnesses. Now mainstream, sea moss is available at health markets and online through companies that grow it in ocean pools and harvest it to sell.

Six Health Benefits of Sea Moss

Author and vegan herbalist Paul Otote explained the health benefits of sea moss and why this seaweed is considered a “powerhouse” food. The Beet listed his six reasons to eat sea moss, so you can fully understand why this nutrient-dense food is beneficial for overall health.

1. Sea Moss Contains Iron and Can Help You Have More Energy. 

Sea moss is full of iron, which many plant-based eaters lack because it’s commonly found in animal foods like meat, poultry, and seafood. Sea moss contains about 9 milligrams of iron per 100 grams, which means sea moss has 9 times more iron than chicken. When you’re feeling fatigued or low energy, it may be because your iron levels are low, since iron helps your body create red blood cells to move oxygen from your lungs to your cells. On top of taking a healthy iron supplement, try adding sea moss in a gel form to your smoothies and see if you begin to notice the difference in your energy. If you have ever been diagnosed with mild anemia, sea moss could work to help your body get the iron you need.

2. Sea Moss Contains More Tha 90% of Nutrients Our Bodies Need.

The tiny spiral yellow seaweed is extremely nutrient-dense, it’s almost like nature’s multi-vitamin. Otote explains that “sea moss has 92 of the 110 minerals the body is made from,” and he calls it the “powerhouse.” Sea moss contains beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, and sulfur as well as minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. All these contribute to healthy cell functioning in the body.

4. Sea Moss Promotes Healthy Weight Loss. 

Sea Moss contains high levels of iodine, a mineral found in a limited amount of foods. Our bodies need this mineral in moderation to produce thyroid hormones. “These hormones control the body’s metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy,” according to a study by the National Institute of Health. The key is to get the right amount, however, and not too much.

Sea Moss contains the vital thyroid hormone precurses that are important for healthy thyroid function and your body’s metabolism. So if your thyroid is not functioning properly they can be beneficial and aid in weight loss. But before you use sea moss to boost thyroid hormones or as a weight-loss supplement, check with your doctor because you don’t want to over-do these hormone precursors either. Moderation is the most important thing with thyroid function.

5. Sea Moss Can Help You Build Strong, Lean Muscles.

The seaweed is rich in protein with 6 grams of protein per 100 grams of sea moss. Specifically, it contains an amino acid called taurine, which helps the body burn fat and build muscle. “Taurine has the ability to make the body burn fat instead of carbs during cardio,” Otote says.

6. Sea Moss Strengthens the Immune System and Helps to Prevent Sickness. 

Sea Moss also helps the body fight back against everyday aging and inflammation, in what could be called “the anti’s:” Anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. It’s used as a treatment to help prevent and relieve cold and flu-like symptoms, in powdered form. “It can be used to prevent colds but also help you heal and recover from sickness,” Otote says. Sea moss contains potassium chloride, which helps the body reduce inflammation and people take it to lower their risk of infections because of its positive impact on the immune system. Otote sums it up as a no-lose additive: “Sea moss when you’re ill is a win, and sea moss when you’re healthy is a win, it’s a win-win.”

How To Use Sea Moss:

Sea moss can be taken in a gel liquid form to add to your smoothies, acai bowl, or even applied directly to your skin or hair as a brightening treatment. The seaweed can also be used as a baking subsite for eggs, which makes is an easy way to get minerals into your diet through baking so use sea moss when you bake cookies, cakes, and muffins. You can also use it as a roux or a thickening gel in grains like rice or quinoa, farro, or when making beans.

Where to Buy Sea Moss:

One company that caught our eye is Vital Vegan, Inc. which harvests sea moss from the shores of Jamaica and sells it as dried plants and powdered supplements or in gel form. Vital Vegan sells sea moss supplements and drinks. “Our goal is to put out a product in its most pure and natural form that will assimilate with the body,” says the website.  Vital Vegan Inc. harvests their own sea moss “from the pristine coastlines of Jamaica.” Watch this video to learn about their harvest and how they use sea moss for healthy living.

How they work, and the latest developments

How they work, and the latest developments

  • July 31, 2020

More than 150 coronavirus vaccines are in development across the world—and hopes are high to bring one to market in record time to ease the global crisis. Several efforts are underway to help make that possible, including the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed initiative, which has pledged $10 billion and aims to develop and deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by January 2021. The World Health Organization is also coordinating global efforts to develop a vaccine, with an eye toward delivering two billion doses by the end of 2021.

The candidates, like all vaccines, essentially aim to instruct the immune system to mount a defense, which is sometimes stronger than what would be provided through natural infection and comes with fewer health consequences.

To do so, some vaccines use the whole coronavirus, but in a killed or weakened state. Others use only part of the virus—whether a protein or a fragment. Some transfer the coronavirus proteins into a different virus that is unlikely to cause disease or even incapable of it. Finally, some vaccines under development rely on deploying pieces of the coronavirus’s genetic material, so our cells can temporarily make the coronavirus proteins needed to stimulate our immune systems. (Here’s what vaccines are and how they work.)

It can typically take 10 to 15 years to bring a vaccine to market; the fastest-ever—the vaccine for mumps—required four years in the 1960s. Vaccines go through a multi-stage clinical trial process, which starts by checking their safety and whether they trigger an immune response in a small group of healthy humans. The second phase widens the testing pool to include groups of people who may have the disease or be more likely to catch it, to gauge the vaccine’s effectiveness. The third phase expands the pool up to the thousands to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective among a wider array of people, given that immune response can vary by age, ethnicity, or by underlying health conditions. It then goes to regulatory agencies for approval—which can be a lengthy process itself.

Even after a vaccine is approved, it faces potential roadblocks when it comes to manufacturing and distribution from scaling up the production to meet demands to deciding which populations should get it first—and at what cost. Many vaccines also stay in what’s called phase four, a perpetual stage of regular study. (Here’s how we’ll know when a COVID-19 vaccine is ready.) But vaccine developers are attempting to compress that process for SARS-CoV-2 by running clinical trial phases simultaneously, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has promised to fast-track the approval process.

Though it’s too soon to say which candidates will ultimately be successful, here’s a look at the vaccine prospects that have made it to phase three and beyond—including a quick primer on how they work and where they stand.

Who: A Massachusetts-based biotech company, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

What: This vaccine candidate relies on injecting snippets of a virus’s genetic material, in this case mRNA, into human cells. They create viral proteins that mimic the coronavirus, training the immune system to recognize its presence. This technology has never been licensed for any disease. If successful, it would be the first mRNA vaccine approved for human use. (Here’s how mRNA vaccines work.)

Status: On July 27, Moderna announced it had started the third phase of its clinical trials, even as it continues to monitor phase two results. Preliminary findings from phase one have shown that healthy subjects produced coronavirus antibodies and a reaction from T-cells, another arm of the human immune response. Phase three will test the vaccine in 30,000 U.S. participants. Moderna says it is on track to deliver at least 500 million doses per year beginning in 2021, thanks in part to the deal it has struck with Swiss manufacturer Lonza that will allow it to manufacture up to one billion doses a year.

Who: One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, based in New York, in collaboration with German biotech company BioNTech.

What: Pfizer and BioNTech are also developing an mRNA vaccine based on the German company’s earlier efforts to use the technology in experimental cancer vaccines. Pfizer has signed a nearly $2 billion contract with the U.S. government to provide 100 million doses by December 2020—an agreement that goes into effect when and if the drug is approved and delivered.

Status: On July 27, Pfizer and BioNTech launched a trial that combines phase two and three by enrolling a diverse population in areas with significant SARS-CoV-2 transmission. It will examine the vaccine’s effect in 30,000 people from 39 U.S. states and from Brazil, Argentina, and Germany. The project is aiming to seek regulatory review as early as October 2020 to meet the December deadline—and hopes to supply 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. Preliminary results of phase one/two data show the vaccine produces antibodies and T-cell responses specific to the SARS-CoV-2 protein.

Who: The U.K. university, in collaboration with the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

What: Oxford’s candidate is what’s known as a viral vector vaccine, essentially a “Trojan horse” presented to the immune system. Oxford’s research team has transferred the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—which helps the coronavirus invade cells—into a weakened version of an adenovirus, which typically causes the common cold. When this adenovirus is injected into humans, the hope is that the spike protein will trigger an immune response. AstraZeneca and Oxford plan to produce a billion doses of vaccine that they’ve agreed to sell at cost.

Status: Preliminary results from this candidate’s first two clinical trial phases revealed that the vaccine had triggered a strong immune response—including increased antibodies and responses from T-cells—with only minor side effects such as fatigue and headache. It has now moved into phase three of clinical trials, aiming to recruit up to 50,000 volunteers in Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa.

Who: A Chinese biopharmaceutical company, in collaboration with Brazilian research center Butantan.

What: CoronaVac is an inactivated vaccine, meaning it uses a non-infectious version of the coronavirus. While inactivated pathogens can no longer produce disease, they can still provoke an immune response, such as with the annual influenza vaccine.

Status: On July 3, Brazil’s regulatory agency granted this vaccine candidate approval to move ahead to phase three, as it continues to monitor the results of the phase two clinical trials. Sinovac says the first phases have so far shown that the vaccine does produce an immune response with no severe adverse effects. Preliminary results of this candidate’s earlier testing in macaque monkeys, published in Science, revealed that the vaccine produced antibodies that neutralized 10 strains of SARS-CoV-2. Phase three will recruit nearly 9,000 healthcare professionals in Brazil.

Who: China’s state-run pharmaceutical company, in collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.

What: Sinopharm is also using an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine that it hopes will reach the public by the end of 2020. Sinopharm has reported that early trials of its vaccine candidate triggered a strong neutralizing antibody response in participants, with no serious adverse effects.

Status: In mid-July, Sinopharm launched its phase three trial among 15,000 volunteers—aged 18 to 60, with no serious underlying conditions—in the United Arab Emirates. The company selected the UAE as it has a diverse population with approximately 200 different nationalities, making it an ideal testing ground.

Name: Bacillus Calmette-Guerin BRACE trial

Who: The largest child health research institute in Australia, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne.

What: For nearly a hundred years, the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine has been used to prevent tuberculosis by exposing patients to a small dose of live bacteria. Evidence has emerged over the years that this vaccine may boost the immune system and help the body fight off other diseases as well. Researchers are investigating whether these benefits may also extend to SARS-CoV-2, and this trial has reached phase three in Australia. Though as of April 12, the World Health Organization says there is no evidence that the BCG vaccine protects people against infection with the coronavirus.

Status: In April, researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute began a series of randomized controlled trials that will test whether BCG might work on the coronavirus as well. They aim to recruit 10,000 healthcare workers in the study.

Name: Ad5-nCoV

Who:
A Chinese biopharmaceutical company.

What:
CanSino has also developed a viral vector vaccine, using a weakened version of the adenovirus as a vehicle for introducing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to the body. Preliminary results from phase two trials, published in The Lancet, have shown that the vaccine produces “significant immune responses in the majority of recipients after a single immunisation.” There were no serious adverse reactions documented.

Status:
Though the company is still technically in phase two of its trial, on June 25, CanSino became the first company to receive limited approval to use its vaccine in people. The Chinese government has approved the vaccine for military use only, for a period of one year.

"I Walk Because It Brings Me So Much Joy"

“I Walk Because It Brings Me So Much Joy”

  • July 31, 2020

Why do I walk? The reasons are endless! It strengthens your immune system. It boosts metabolism. It’s so good for your joints, bones, and muscles. It’s a great cardio and full body workout, and it’s so simple that anyone can do it! Walking also gets you from here to there—the world is run by cars but I still love to walk to the post office if I need to mail a letter, or take a walk to the grocery store—it’s part of my regular routine, which is how it became such an intimate part of my life.

Prevention‘s next Virtual Walk is October 3, 2020. Click here to learn how to walk virtually with Denise Austin and more enthusiasts all over the world!

But I think what I love most about walking is that it’s my “me time,” it always has been. It helps me clear my mind. It’s almost like a moving meditation—as I put one foot in front of the other, I take time to think about my dreams, my goals, my family, even my chores or schedule for the week. I can think freely without being bogged down by the everyday stresses. Simply put, it’s an emotional break and a chance to hit pause. It’s a real spirit lifter. I love listening to fun upbeat music or a great podcast, it just puts me in such a fabulous mood!

I’ve leaned on walking my entire life, even during the tough times and the hectic times. When my mother passed away, I walked.

When I was pregnant with each of my two daughters, I walked every day, and once I had my babies, I’d put them in a stroller and get outside at least once a day—rain or shine! “Yes, part of it was because it gave me a break and some fresh air, but it was also a great way to get back in shape after my pregnancies!” Now my girls are all grown up, but I can still get them to walk with me (no strollers this time!).

You know what else walking is good for, besides exercise and “therapy” and practicality? Socializing! I love being around people that I love, it’s so good for my soul. So a few times a week, I’ll recruit walking partners and turn it into social hour—one day I’ll walk with my dear friend, Suzy, and my sister, Anne, on another.

That’s why I walk every single day—seriously, you’ll find me walking back and forth in my living room or dragging my husband around the block after dinner just to reach my 10,000 steps! Reaching that step goal or knowing that I completed a walk almost every day gives me such a sense of accomplishment and inspires me to find other things in my life that give me the same feelings of self-success and self-worth. A walk: It’s so small, but does so much. What do you say—will you join me?


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Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

  • July 31, 2020
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Healthy Korean food

Honey Loquat

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Ginger Grain Syrup

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Stay healthy and support your immune system with healthy Korean Food products inspired by Korean traditional healing methods

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been renewed interest in healthy eating and physical activities that boost immunity and reduce the chance of infection. More people are shifting to cooking meals at home, concentrating on an increased intake of healthy ingredients that have healing properties.

To aid this growing demand, KimC Market has stocked a wide range of healthy Korean food options, freshly delivered from Korea. An online food and grocery portal, KimC Market carries specialized Immune Support products inspired by traditional Korean healing methods. These items have no additives and are completely natural from the source.

Korean recipes and ingredients are recognized for their medicinal qualities that can curb the spread of chronic diseases and infections. KimC Market anticipates a surge in the popularity of Korean food because of these attributes.

Korean cuisine uses a diverse range of ingredients that can strengthen immunity. In Korean culture, the purpose of food consumption is primarily to maintain health. Many traditional Korean dishes consist of elements that balance and harmonize the energies of the body. Medication is only considered if food is not sufficient to heal a sick individual. Fermented foods that improve metabolism are considered especially healthful.

100% natural Fermented Bellflower and Pear is a product partly inspired by traditional healing methods. It works as an excellent remedy for the flu, especially in children who may refuse to take medicines. This therapeutic concentrate is available at KimC Market. It comes in jar packaging and also in individual stick packs. Only highest grade bellflowers, native to Yeongju, Gyeongbuk Province, are used to make this concoction of fermented sweet pears and lactic-acid bellflowers.

Another popular product from KimC Market’s healthy Korean food offerings is Ginger Grain Syrup. Known for its antibacterial qualities, ginger has a variety of medicinal benefits. This sweetener combines the taste and benefits of ginger with jocheong, a syrup made with rice, barley, and corn. Enjoyed in a latte or tea, it is best used as a guiltless replacement for sugar.

Loquats are another lesser-known immunity strengthening ingredient, historically used to treat stomach cancer. The fruits of the loquat tree are enriched with potassium and other vitamins and grow only in the southern regions of Korea. Bottles of Loquat Matured in Honey are available at KimC Market as well. The honey used in this product is bee-free and comes from unrefined raw cane sugar. It can be used in recipes for both cool and warm drinks.

KimC Market specializes in high-quality Korean products that are healthy and natural. With warehouses on both American coasts, the online grocery store serves customers across the country with fresh ingredients and one-day delivery. Orders exceeding $45 ship for free. View their entire range of healthy Korean food products by visiting www.kimcmarket.com , Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kimcmarket/

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Is immune boosting a myth or reality?

Is immune boosting a myth or reality?

  • July 31, 2020

With the outbreak of the corona pandemic, immune boosting has become a popular concept.

Recently, a 35-year-old male approached the hospital, complaining of inability to eat, and breathlessness. On evaluation, he was found to have a combination of severe liver and kidney failure. While his medical history was being studied, he admitted to preparing his own concoction of herbs and powders and consuming it, to prevent corona infection. A similar episode relating to a manufacturer of Ayurveda preparations was reported two months ago; he had consumed a remedy apparently to fight corona but succumbed to it.

Vitamins, probiotics, anti-oxidants, alternate medicines and food supplements are all marketed as immune boosters. The estimated global market in 2019 was around $133 billion. Products have been widely promoted on the internet through blogs, health news and commercial advertisements. And now it must have jumped manifold. What is the evidence of their benefit?

According to the Harvard Medical School, there is no scientific meaning to the word immune boosting. Basically there are three components to immunity or fighting of an infection: The first is through the intact skin, airway lining or the mucous membrane. The second is the innate immunity in the form of chemicals and white cells, and the third is the production of antibodies and lymphocytes. The most accepted and proven way of inducing immunity against a specific infection is vaccination. Vitamins and other nutrients help only when there is a deficiency.

Pitfalls aplenty

What is the danger of immunity-boosting supplements?

They could result in your dropping guard against the virus — in terms of being lax with the face mask, hand-washing and social distancing, which are more helpful in protecting one from catching the bug.

Such supplements give a false sense of security. This was shown scientifically in the case of influenza. In Australia, some people following naturopathy avoided the vaccine, leading to dire consequences. It has happened in the US also for other preventable diseases. Secondly, the side effects of some of them, at least in high doses, include making one sick. Many supplements have not been analysed routinely.

The FDA has warned about the presence of heavy metals in some of the herbal preparations and periodically bans them. Chinese regulatory authorities too have come down on some preparations sold in China for boosting immunity against the coronavirus. And finally, you can use the money you spend on them for something you enjoy. According to Yale university, immune boosting is a bit of a racket without scientific justification.

In India, traditionally we believe in strengthening the immune system. The ministry of Ayush has issued guidelines with special reference to coronavirus in various systems, including Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Siddha, Yoga, etc. The ministry has also warned against claiming any cure for the coronavirus. The food safety organisation FSSAI regulates supplements and food products but does not question the claims of immune boosting.

The single most important cause behind catching the virus is exposure to it and the viral load. It is best prevented by physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing of masks.

General health determines the outcome in all diseases. Why some apparently healthy people succumb to corona is not known. The over-reaction of the immune system with release of cytokines and clotting produces death. It is a paradox that a drug like dexamethasone, which quietens the immune system, has reduced deaths in corona.

So, what is the final answer? A healthy lifestyle, balanced food with special attention to vegetables and fruits, ideal body weight, adequate sleep, minimising stress and lastly moderation in alcohol and avoiding smoking is the gold standard to follow.

The writer is Director, Department of Nephrology, MIOT Hospital, Chennai. Views are personal

Kendall County Board, Health Department: Thanks for wearing your mask, social distancing

Kendall County Board, Health Department: Thanks for wearing your mask, social distancing

  • July 31, 2020

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Kendall County Board and Kendall County Health Department extended thanks in a press release Friday to county residents for wearing their masks, watching their distance and washing their hands amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize this is a tough time in our lives, and we need to draw on all the resources available to us to stay healthy. So, take good care of yourself and we’ll get through this together,” a statement in the press release reads.

The board and health department also encouraged county residents to maintain their health by boosting their immune systems by the following:

Move that body: When you exercise, not only do your muscles get stronger, you also prepare your cardiovascular system. Additionally, running or walking can release the chemicals that give your mood a boost, which can help you mentally as well.

Eat well: Add antioxidants and immune boosting foods to your diet. Making it ‘colorful’ with berries, avocados, nuts, carrots and other veggies and fruits will give you a full plate of vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget to add natural vitamin C – oranges are a great source but so are kiwis, red pepper and tomatoes.

Sleep: When you’re mostly at home, there is really no reason why you can’t get 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleep helps reboot our systems, and it can help release cytokines, a protein that can help the immune system fight off infections.

Go outside: The sun not only gives you Vitamin D, but it can also lift your mood which is good for your body.

Decrease your stress: Stress releases hormones that can impair our immune systems. Try to take a few minutes every day to do some deep breathing or meditation. Or listen to some calming music or listen to a podcast about something you enjoy. And turn off the news – it can contribute to anxiety.

The Kendall County Board, along with the Kendall County Health Department continue to be committed to the health and safety of the citizens of Kendall County. If you have any questions, please contact the Kendall County Health Department at (630)553-9100.

How to boost your immune system – Explore Big Sky

How to boost your immune system – Explore Big Sky

  • July 31, 2020

By Dr. Andrea Wick EBS CONTRIBUTOR

Viruses have always been a nuisance to humankind and will continue to be as long as there is life on this planet. The human body’s immune system has an innate power of knowing how to heal itself. We need to give our bodies more credit for the intelligence they possess and even learn how to enhance it. Here are some tips to keep yourself healthy and some supplements that I recommend taking, at this time, to keep your body in balance.

Lately, patient after patient has told me they feel stressed, fat and bloated. The No. 1 word here is stress. Stress can cause a myriad of symptoms and is the most important element to keep under control. When we feel as if we don’t have control over what is happening in our world, stress may seem impossible to control.

Cortisol is a stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands and its main function is to control blood sugar, regulate blood pressure and metabolism. Cortisol is a fundamental steroid hormone for the immune system. There are many tools that you can use to keep cortisol in balance. Moving your body is important, however be mindful of not over exercising since intense exercise can increase stress on the body. 

I recommend trying daily yoga, qigong, meditation, and walking outdoors. Getting adequate amounts of sleep, ranging from eight to nine hours along with a healthy diet (decreasing sugar, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods) will help to keep cortisol levels normal as well. Practicing these habits will help you keep your weight in check and stress manageable.

Here is a list of supplements I recommend taking regularly at this time:

  1. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for regulating the immune system. If you are unable to get 20 minutes of sun exposure daily without sunscreen, I recommend taking 5,000 IU per day. In order to ensure you aren’t getting too much vitamin D, you can always have your blood levels tested by your doctor. 
  • Zinc is a mineral that is important for the healing process and helps to regenerate body tissues. Zinc glycinate and picolinate are the best, highly absorbable forms, take 20-30 mg daily.
  • Vitamin C helps to repair tissue and protect the immune system. Liposomal vitamin C is the gold standard because it is more readily absorbed into cells and easy on the stomach; I recommend 2,000 mg daily.
  • Chaga mushrooms are powerful for boosting immunity and have properties that help to fight infection and cellular communication.
  • Adaptogenic herbal remedies, help to regulate cortisol and help with energy and sleep, blends that include: ashwaganda, rhodiola, magnolia and l-theanine are most helpful.

In conclusion, know that not all supplements are the same. Just as it is important to read the labels on your food, read the labels on your vitamins. Do not buy supplements that have fillers such as corn syrup, corn, soy, aluminum, polyethylene glycol, and dyes such as red No. 27.

Dr. Andrea Wick is a chiropractor and applied kinesiologist. She graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, and now practices at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Big Sky. She has a passion for holistic health care and being active in the outdoors.

Jack Estes Debrabander Discusses How Vitamin C Injection Could Help Boost Immunity Against Coronavirus

Jack Estes Debrabander Discusses How Vitamin C Injection Could Help Boost Immunity Against Coronavirus

  • July 31, 2020

Jack Estes Debrabander discusses how vitamin C injection could be used to help boost immunity against the coronavirus pandemic.

ANN ARBOR, MI / ACCESSWIRE / JULY 31, 2020 / IV bars are a growing trend in cities across America. The “bars” are actually centers administering researched and tested vitamin IVs and vitamin injections to patients. The injections or IVs are tailored to suit patient goals, whether those goals are superior hydration, increased vitamin C intake, or others. Jack Estes Debrabander plans on opening in IV bar in the city of Ann Arbor, Mich. He recently discussed how Vitamin C injection could help boost immunity against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Vitamin C is something many people take to boost the immune system, treat a vitamin C deficiency, or improve overall health,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “Vitamin C injection is a convenient and efficient way to boost the immune system and provide your body the vitamins it needs fight off viruses.”

Jack Estes Debrabander explained that many times, the reason we get sick is because we’ve completely exhausted our bodies. This can be due to nutritional deficits, an abundance of stress, lack of sleep, or a variety of other issues. Jack Estes Debrabander stated that vitamin injections can be a way to immediately boost the immune system and decrease the chances of a cold or virus, like the recent coronavirus, taking hold. An article in Medical News Today stated that while vitamin C injections have not been proven to cure or treat COVID-19, it is though to aid in the reversal of some damage that can be caused by the virus.

“The goal is to enhance the natural immune system of the body,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “It’s a preventative measure that could help your body fend off viruses and some other illnesses. It could also help reverse some of the damage caused.”

Jack Estes Debrabander added that vitamin C deficiency can also result in joint pain, discoloring of the skin, fatigue, wounds that won’t heal, and swollen or bleeding gums. He described that all of these painful side effects of this deficiency can be prevented by maintaining proper amounts of vitamin C in the body through vitamin C injections.

Jack Estes Debrabander explained that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved vitamin C injections as a means of treating vitamin C deficiency. He stated these injections are an ideal way to boost vitamin C levels when they need to be increased immediately. Injections are also an ideal alternative for anyone who has an aversion to oral supplements. Jack Estes Debrabander added that vitamin C injections can be used to heal wounds more quickly as well as a variety of off-label uses.

“IV bars are safe, convenient, and affordable places to receive vitamin C and other vitamin injections,” Jack Estes Debrabander said. “This is what we want to bring to Ann Arbor — a safe, comfortable place for people to seek superior health and an overall better quality of life. This service could be especially helpful now, during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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