Top nutritionist Gabriela Peacock has shared her expert advice on how to stay healthy at home and boost your immune system

Nutritionist Gabriela Peacock reveals how to boost your immune system at home

  • April 6, 2020

In such uncertain times, the last thing we want to feel unsure about is how to look after ourselves.

It’s a time to throw out years of conflicting weight loss advice or fad super-diets, and hone in on helping our immune system to ensure we’re staying as healthy as we can be at home.

Leading Nutritional Therapist Gabriela Peacock has been tailoring at-home solutions to immune health for the last five years, attracting an array of high-profile clients including models, celebrities and even Royals.

Top nutritionist Gabriela Peacock has shared her expert advice on how to stay healthy at home and boost your immune system

Top nutritionist Gabriela Peacock has shared her expert advice on how to stay healthy at home and boost your immune system

‘Every day in my clinic, I see how important certain foods and supplements can be for improving the way we live, the way we feel and the way we look. At a time when we’re all guarding against infection, protecting ourselves from the inside is often the best defense.’

A former fashion model disillusioned by diet myths, Gabriela dedicated almost a decade to the study of Health Science before formulating her own collection of cleansing, boosting and enhancing supplements, GP Nutrition, designed to help fortify the body and immune system.

Among the range is a powerful bio-intense nutrition kit called Clean Me for supporting our immune response, a refreshing Energise Me vitality-booster and an everyday multinutrient, GP Nutrition Gold, packed with 30 different antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and superfoods to help build a strong immune defense.

GOOD HEALTH ISN’T RESTRICTIVE 

To understand the best practice of an experienced Nutritional Therapist you must first to ask what they do in their own home.

For Gabriela, every day starts with a good quality multi-nutrient.

‘A multi-nutrient (or multivitamin) supplement is the first step to strong immune health,’ Gabriela explains. ‘There is no “magic vitamin” that solves everything – all nutrients must work together to nourish your body and your immunity, so a multi-nutrient is a fantastic baseline.’

Gabriela is on speed dial to the rich and famous and helps them keep their health, body and mind in top shape through her company, GP Nutrition Gold

Gabriela is on speed dial to the rich and famous and helps them keep their health, body and mind in top shape through her company, GP Nutrition Gold

Gabriela takes GP Nutrition Gold, the most powerful multi-vitamin from the range, which contains Vitamins C, D and B12, as well as immune-boosting superfoods.

The everyday supplement comes as a pre-prepared dosage of vitamin capsules and a superfood-rich powder drink, which work together to support and strengthen the immune system, fortify skin and hair and balance energy levels and hormones.

For those days when the body needs additional support, Gabriela recommends a flexible approach.

She says: ‘Good diets aren’t based on restriction – it’s important to live your life and have fun but just know what to do to help your body function at its best.

‘I alternate GP Nutrition Gold with Clean Me, which is liver and immunity-supporting supplement, because as much as I understand that you need to support your liver, I enjoy a glass of wine as much as everyone else!’

AT-HOME HEALTH FOOD HACKS: Gabriela’s Top Tips 

This is a time of great stress for everyone, especially if we’re limited to the types of foods we have around us, but there are simple techniques you can use to help the body process the foods you do have more efficiently.

1. Sip a chilled Vitamin C drink

Instead of taking a super-strong vitamin that delivers a high dosage of Vitamin C in one go, I recommend squeezing lemons into a big bottle of cold water that you can drink throughout the day to deliver regular doses of Vitamin C.

Contrary to popular belief, adding lemons to boiling water will kill most of the Vitamin C. While it still has alkalising properties, you won’t get the same beneficial Vitamin C.

2. Supercharge with chilies

Adding chilies and capsicum (or peppers) to your food can be very beneficial. While you may think red chilies are the best source of vitamins, it’s actually green chilies that contain the highest levels of Vitamin C.

3. Avoid adding milk to Green Tea

Green Tea is a fantastic thing to have in your diet, whether it’s a drink or as part of a supplement. It contains green plant chemicals, called catechins, that can have an antiviral effect and can help increase immune cell function.

However, one tip is to avoid putting milk into green tea because the protein can bind into the polyphenols, or the catechins, to reduce absorption in the body.

Instead, when green tea is combined with Vitamin C like it is in GP Nutrition GOLD, it will increase the absorption of the catechins.

4. Fancy toast? Add some protein

When you’re stuck at home, it can be tempting to snack on comfort foods like pasta or plain white toast, however diets high in simple carbohydrates and sugars can weaken our immune system.

By adding a protein, you can help your body to regulate blood sugar levels and make your system stronger. For example, if you want toast and marmite for breakfast, have it with egg or a piece of cheese, maybe add a yoghurt, to help slow down the release of sugar.

Equally, adding lean, high quality proteins like canned tuna or mackrell from the food cupboard to white rice can have the same effect.

5. If you can’t eat fresh, choose frozen

I am a big advocate of frozen food, especially at times when fresh vegetables and meat is in short supply. It’s a fantastic way to preserve the nutrients, as long as you freeze it as soon as possible.

Frozen superfoods, like berries and kale, are great for smoothies and they’re much easier to store for long periods of time than refrigerated food. Often, they even contain higher Vitamin C content because the fruit hasn’t had to travel so far after it’s been picked.

VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES ARE MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

When it comes to fighting infections, there are certain key vitamins that are best for boosting our immune system, and many of us don’t even realise we’re deficient in them.

‘I’m yet to find one patient who isn’t deficient in something,’ Gabriela explains. ‘Vitamin deficiencies are way more common than people think.

‘At a time like this, when we can’t get out of the house as much as we’d like to, it’s never been more important to top up on our Vitamin D, a nutrient that modulates our whole immune system and helps the body to fight infection, but one that I find 80 per cent of my patients aren’t getting enough of.

Many of us don't realise we are vitamin deficient. Vitamin D is especially hard to get if we are staying at home

Many of us don’t realise we are vitamin deficient. Vitamin D is especially hard to get if we are staying at home 

‘If you’re stuck at home, one of the best ways to produce more Vitamin D naturally is to get just a few minutes outside in the garden, on a balcony or as you exercise while the sun is still shining.

‘Otherwise, a well-formulated multivitamin, with a high-dosage of Vitamin D, like GP Gold, is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough of this essential vitamin on a daily basis.

‘Other essential nutrients, such as Vitamin C, act as powerful antioxidants within the body by helping to fight free radicals that damage our cells. Vitamin C is therefore known to support healthy immune function and plays a part in protecting our respiratory tract against pathogens like viruses. This might explain why we’ve seen the sales of Vitamin C supplements increase dramatically in recent weeks.

‘There has also been a lot of buzz around zinc lozenges, and the possible link to shortening viral infections.

‘What we do know is that zinc boosts our immune systems by activating the cells and enzyme processes responsible for fighting infections. So, there’s evidence to suggest that it can be very effective at boosting immunity.’

Superfoods are the ultimate immune-boosters

Finally, at a time when it’s not so easy to replenish our fresh meat and vegetables supplies, how can we get the most nutrients from the food in our cupboards?

Gabriela explains: ‘An everyday ingredient like turmeric is a fantastic all-rounder for our health, which is why it’s commonly found in powerful supplements such as GP Nutrition Gold.

‘The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a potent antioxidant proven to hold several antiviral properties.

Superfoods, such a turmeric, can help the body reduce inflammation and boost our immune systems

Superfoods, such a turmeric, can help the body reduce inflammation and boost our immune systems

‘Supplements tends to be the best option to get more turmeric into our diets because it is not very easily absorbed from food. The composition of GP Nutrition GOLD specifically supports this action, because it combines turmeric with bioperine (or black pepper) to aid absorption.

‘If you want to increase your absorption of turmeric from your food, one useful tip is to mix it with fat. For example, to maximise the health benefits of a turmeric latte, combine a full spoon of turmeric with a tablespoon coconut oil in a pan to make it into a paste, then add the milk. The curcumin component is more easily absorbed if added to or taken with fats – and don’t forget to add black pepper!

‘Aside from spices like turmeric, colourful superfoods such as blueberries, cherries, acai and pomegranate play an important role in promoting immunity in a number of ways.

‘The active substances in these superfoods are the vibrant phytochemicals that give the fruit their colour.

‘Foods with deep red, purple and black colourings have really strong antioxidant properties because they protect your cells from damage by free radicals. They are very important for supporting our health, but specifically our immune system.

‘Obviously, superfoods like berries and acai that we usually blend into smoothies won’t always be available during a lockdown, but powder drinks supplements like GP Nutrition Gold are packed with a strong mix of red, blue and purple superfoods to help boost your antioxidant intake at home.’ 

When it comes to your health, go for Gold… 

Now, more than ever, it’s integral that we look after our health. 

Thankfully, GP Nutrition has our vitamin and nutrient needs covered with the expert team’s specially crafted GP Nutrition Gold package. 

Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, superfoods and vegan omega 3: GP Gold has been formulated to fuel the very best you.

Skin-supporting ingredients, such as curcumin and vegan algae oil, help improve skin barrier function and slow the breakdown of collagen. While Vitamin B12 and mushroom powders, in the superfood drink support your immune system and help maintain energy levels.

It is available in 7-day, 14-day and 28-day supplies and includes:  

* One sachet of My Capsules to be taken at breakfast or lunch

* One My Drink with water (you can mix the My Drink blend into porridge or yogurt if you prefer)

* GP Gold My Capsules includes 1 x Organic Turmeric with Bioperine Capsule Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The inclusion of bioperine increases absorption of this superfood.

* 1x Algae Oil Omega 3 Softgel. This highly nutritious, 100% plant based source of vegan omega 3 essential fatty acid is make from sustainable algae (seaweed).

1x Antioxidant Rich Multi-nutrient. Over 20 bioavailable ingredients designed to energise and replenish all your vitamin and mineral levels.

GP Gold My Drink: 10+ Superfoods 4g Pea Protein: Vegan protein source to help regulate blood sugar levels. 

Magnesium: A relaxing mineral that is vitally important to cellular function. 

Vitamin B12: Amplifies and sustains energy levels to help reduce fatigue

Vitamin D: Supports immunity and can help mood

High Fibre: Essential for healthy digestion

Medicinal Mushrooms: Full of antioxidants and can help boost energy levels

Green Tea: Powerful antioxidant that also boost energy levels

Flaxseed: A natural source of Omega 3 and fibre

Red Superfoods: Potent source of antioxidants

Buy your Gold supply today by clicking HERE… 

8 tips to boost your immune system now

8 tips to boost your immune system now

  • April 6, 2020

By: Laura Norman
Special to the Boca and Delray Newspapers

The president declared a national emergency last month concerning the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The CDC and local government agencies have published common sense precautions we should all take to avoid contracting or spreading the virus.

And our greatest defense is still our own immune system. Boosting our immune system is one of the most important things we can do right now to stay healthy and feel in control. Yet we might be sabotaging our immune system without even knowing it. A weakened immune system leaves us vulnerable to illnesses like the common cold and the flu, and can even contribute to the development of cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are eight healthy, immune-boosting habits we can start right now:

Exercise. Moderate exercise of only 30 minutes a day increases several key components of your immune system. The most important of these is your leukocyte count–cells that fight infection. Exercise at home or get out and take a brisk walk every day.

Avoid excess bodyweight. Studies have shown that being overweight can weaken our immune system response. Excess bodyweight also greatly increases the likelihood of developing diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Watch your diet. Excess sugar consumption has a negative effect on our immune system’s effectiveness. Even consuming as little as 75 grams of sugar weakens our immune system, and the effect can continue for several hours.

On the other hand, foods that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients boost the immune system. The easiest way to get all of these nutrients is by eating fruits and vegetables. Ideally, fill at least half your plate with vegetables.

Keeping your body on the alkaline side of the pH scale also helps to defend against flu and colds, which cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Among the best foods to help your body stay alkaline are citrus fruits, especially lemons. Although acidic, lemons create an alkaline response in your body. Start each day with lemon juice in water to help you “alkalinize.” And grandma was right! Research shows that chicken soup helps to clear up congestion.

Laugh. Laughing is great for you. It causes the level of stress hormones in your body to drop while encouraging the production of feel-good hormones like endorphins. And just the anticipation of experiencing something humorous has a very positive effect on your immune system. So turn off World War Z and watch Schitt’s Creek or your favorite comedy.

Get enough sleep. Most adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep to maintain good health. A lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of getting sick. Insomnia increases inflammation in the body, which inhibits your immune system’s response to bacteria and viruses.

Avoid stress. We’re all faced with a certain amount of stress in our lives, especially now. A small amount of stress is actually good for our health. However, excessive, chronic stress has a very negative impact on immune system health, and you become much more likely to develop a variety of illnesses. So turn off the news, listen to music, read a good book.

Meditate. Experiments have demonstrated that regular meditation, mindfulness and other related activities boost your immune system.

Schedule a professional reflexology session. Here’s a wonderfully pleasurable, natural way to strengthen your immune response. Reflexology—the art of applying firm yet gentle pressure to “reflex points” on the hands and feet to balance your organs, glands, and all body systems—significantly reduces stress while it helps your body to eliminate toxins. Studies show that reflexology improves circulation, boosts your immune system response and encourages the release of endorphins, your natural “feel-good” hormones.

Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Inspired Life Coaching sessions in Delray Beach and Holistic Reflexology Training Programs in Boynton Beach starting May 16th. Visit www.lauranorman.com • Call 561-272-1220

10 Best Ways To Boost Your Immune System

10 Best Ways To Boost Your Immune System

  • April 6, 2020

Do You Remember the Milkman?

Do You Remember the Milkman?

  • April 6, 2020

As we continue to see our lives change here in New Jersey, during the Coronavirus Pandemic…..one thing that might see a comeback is the Milkman. My dad when he was young was a Milkman (many moons ago) and I remember my Grandparents having milk and cream delivered to their home in Silverton.

My Grandparents had a metal insulated box that sat out at th front door and once a week the Milkman would come by and make a delivery. The milk and cream would come in glass bottles and I don’t know if it was my imagination or not, but that milk was the best.

During this crisis there are reports showing people do want “home delivery” and this is a safe way to get needed supplies delivered. Bay-Lea Dairy  is one local Milkman …. supermarkets like Shop Rite  may also be able to deliver milk and cream.

Milkmen used to also deliver butter, eggs, cheese etc. It will be interesting to see if more home delivery services will pop up around the Jersey Shore as residents look for another shopping option.

Do you remember having a Milkman? 

 

 

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Doctor's Note: Can you boost your immune system? | Coronavirus pandemic

Doctor’s Note: Can you boost your immune system? | Coronavirus pandemic

  • April 6, 2020

In the current climate, health is on everyone’s minds and we are all thinking “How can I avoid catching the coronavirus?”

We are washing our hands incessantly, standing two metres away from each other and running a mile when someone coughs. 

But many of my patients are asking me whether there is a way to boost their immune systems to help protect them. 

The short answer is no. No amount of kale or flaxseed will stop you from catching this contagious and serious viral infection. Hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation remain the only current ways we have to actively prevent it.  

Our immune systems do not have an on and off switch that a supplement will flip. 

Instead, the immune system relies on a complex integration of various cells, organs, proteins and tissues which work together to recognise and neutralise pathogens.

Furthermore, the immune system is not designed to be “boosted”, and if it were able to work in overdrive it could actually result in us becoming more unwell by damaging our healthy cells and tissue as well, which is what can happen in “autoimmune” conditions.

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However, there are numerous nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are required to support the normal functioning of your immune system. 

Most of these nutrients, except for vitamin D, can be sourced easily from a well-rounded, healthy diet. While we are aware that malnutrition can impair immune function, providing you have an adequate intake, any product suggesting its pill will “boost” your immunity is likely to be misleading.

It may laud the evidence to support that supplement as one of the factors in the functioning of the immune system, but it is unlikely, in isolation, to be able to do very much for you.  

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is often associated with the healthy development of bones, joints and muscles. However, we are learning more about this humble vitamin, and now understand that it is associated with far more than just our skeleton. 

It has been found to adapt our immune responses, and that a deficiency in it can be a trigger in autoimmune conditions and susceptibility to infections.

Vitamin D is primarily made from a reaction of the sun on our skin. During the winter months, when the sun does not often shine through the clouds and is weaker when it does, this can be difficult to achieve. 

Some foods, including oily fish, egg yolk, meat and offal, contain vitamin D in small amounts. However, for most of the population, a maintenance dose of vitamin D in the form of a supplement is required over the winter months, recommended by the NHS at a dose of 10mcg Vitamin D3 daily.  

Zinc

Zinc is known to be an important “micronutrient” for the immune system, and a deficiency of it can result in an impaired immune response.

There is even evidence to suggest that by taking a zinc supplement within 24 hours of a cold commencing, it can reduce the severity and duration of the illness.

Zinc can be found in plenty of foods, including seafood, meat, beans and pulses.  

B vitamins

Several members of the B vitamin complex, namely vitamin B6, B12 and B9, have been implicated in the immune response.

Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products, so where vegans are not adequately supplementing their diets they can develop a deficiency. 

Vitamin B6 is needed to absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system. It can be found in foods including beef liver, chickpeas, tuna, salmon, rice, cereals and onions.

Most people only ever hear about folic acid (vitamin B9) in pregnancy as women are advised to take it daily in the first three months. Its role in pregnancy is to ensure that your baby does not develop neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Folic acid is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including dark green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seafood, eggs and meat.

These B vitamins have been found to have a role in the immune system, and a deficiency in them can alter the response of the immune system. This is by inhibiting the body’s ability to make antibodies, white blood cells and other immune factors it needs to fight off infection.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has an essential role in normal immune function. It is found most richly in fruit and vegetables and aids the formation of collagen, wound healing and is an antioxidant. 

This means that it scavenges free “radicals”, which are charged particles that can damage cells, tissues and genetic material, which can affect your immunity. 

Most of us can achieve the recommended daily amount of vitamin C by simply eating a large orange, though smokers may need a slightly higher intake as, according to the National Institute of Health, smoking can deplete the body’s vitamin C.

Gut microbiome 

The microbiota is the community of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that colonise our bodies, and the microbiome is the collection of them in a particular environment, in this case, the gut.

Not only does the gastrointestinal tract harbour a vast microbiome, but it also contains a large pool of immune cells.

The gut microbiome has been found to communicate with these immune cells, thus controlling how your immune system works and responds to infection. 

As such, keeping these bacteria healthy with prebiotics and probiotics may also keep your immune system functioning normally.

Again, supplements are not required for this as there are plenty of foods that contain these properties. Pre-biotics are essentially the non-digestible fibre that the bacteria ‘feed’ off, and probiotics are the beneficial bacteria themselves, and can be found in yoghurts, artisan cheeses and many fermented goods including kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and kombucha. 

Omega 3

Omega 3s are integral parts of the membranes that surround each cell in your body.

There are three forms of omega 3 fatty acids – EPA, DHA and ALA. ALA is what we call an “essential” fatty acid, which means that it must be consumed via our diet and cannot be made by the body.

A number of studies have shown that omega 3 is associated with boosted B-cell activity which is a vital part of our immune system.  

We can make a only small amount of EPA and DHA from ALA, so it is still important to get it from our diet too. ALA can mainly be found in plant oils, nuts and seeds; and DHA and EPA, in oily fish. 

Exercise 

In addition to dietary measures that support your immune system, exercise may also play a role. 

It has been found to enhance the body’s immune response and improve its defence activity. Regular, habitual exercise resets the immune system, something known as “immunoregulation”.

While the extent of this will clearly depend on the amount and type of exercise you do, the NHS guidelines are to incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week into your routine. 

Stress

While acute stress has been shown to be potentially beneficial for the immune system, chronic stress has been associated with the suppression of immunity. 

Evolutionarily it is thought that an acute “fight or flight” type of stress caused a beneficial response in the immune system to prepare it for infections as a result of cuts, scrapes and bites. 

Chronic stress, however, is associated with consistently raised cortisol production which is a hormone that suppresses the immune system to a degree. 

Little is known about the psychological and biological pathways that link stress and the immune response, but the results of a large study have supported the association of stress and a decrease in immune measures. 

Moderate your drinking 

We are well aware that alcohol can have a damaging effect on many of our organs, leading to liver disease, and can also increase the risks for heart disease as well as a number of cancers.

But alcohol misuse can also weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to infections. If you are drinking more than the recommended limit of 14 units per week, perhaps consider trying to cut back. 

Ultimately, in addition to our genetics, our immune system is made up of the interplay between our diet, stress, lifestyle and environment. While there are likely to be many more micronutrients and factors not mentioned above involved in the healthy functioning of our immune systems, there is no one elixir to optimise it, just the symbiotic relationship of all these factors acting together.

Walmart Changes Capacity Limits In Its Stores

Walmart Changes Capacity Limits In Its Stores

  • April 6, 2020

MLive.com reports that Walmart is making changes to its customer capacity policies, effective Saturday, April 4.

In an effort to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, Walmart will drastically limit the number of customers allowed in its stores at one time. According to the report, the capacity limit will be about 20 percent of its normal capacity, allowing five shoppers per 1,000 square feet of space.

One entrance point will be available at all stores. And, when capacities are met, a customer will be able to enter for each that exits. Stores will also institute one-way movement through aisles to promote social distancing between shoppers.

For full details, visit this link to MLive.com.

 

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Dietician shares tips for meals that boost immune system

Dietician shares tips for meals that boost immune system

  • April 6, 2020









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The Best Zinc Supplements You Can Still Stock Up On

Best Zinc Supplement Products for Boosting Your Immune System

  • April 5, 2020

We know there isn’t an instant cure for most fatal illnesses, there are ways to simply make healthier choices for an overall boost to your health. And right now, it seems everyone is looking for the best zinc supplement with the hope of improving their immune system, even if it’s the smallest adjustment. Though it isn’t exactly “groundbreaking” news, a lot of us are only just learning about the nutrients that are especially helpful to the body’s healing process, whether it’s for common illnesses like the cold or flu or something as simple as a cut or bruise.

For instance, probiotics help regulate cells within the gut that just so happen to aid the immune system. Vitamin D is another key nutrient found in immune system receptors. Zinc is similarly beneficial to the immune system and several other bodily functions. According to Dr. Josh Axe, zinc “catalyzes nearly 100 enzymes and is essential for proper protein synthesis in the human body.”

And although you can get zinc through a number of healthy foods (lentils, chickpeas, cocoa powder, etc.), the truth is…most of us aren’t following perfectly healthy diets and could benefit from a daily supplement. With that being said, here are 7 top-rated options that are actually still in stock.

Bio Schwartz Immunity Boost

Bio Schwartz.

Bio Schwartz Clean & Ultra Pure Immunity Boost

By now, you’ve probably heard that zinc isn’t the only vitamin or mineral especially equipped to boost your body’s immune system. In that case, if you’re looking for something that includes a handful of all-stars, this supplement features zinc, vitamin C, elderberry and more.

Zhou Gummies Eldermune

Zhou Nutrition.

Zhou Nutrition Elder-Mune Gummies

These delicious three-in-one berry-flavored gummies deliver a daily dose of elderberry, zinc and vitamin C to the body for aiding the immune system against common illnesses including the cold and flu.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Zinc

Garden of Life.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Zinc

This completely gluten-free and dairy-free supplement is housed in a vegetable cellulose capsule and made without binders, fillers and synthetic nutrients. In addition to 30 milligrams of zinc, there are mineral, probiotic and enzyme blends made up of raw veggies and other natural sources.

Solgar Zinc 50 MG

Solgar.

Solgar Zinc

This vegetarian-friendly supplement, which provides 50 daily milligrams of zinc, is also free of dairy, gluten, and artificial preservatives.

Nature's Plus Mega Zinc

Natures Plus.

Natures Plus Mega Zinc 100 MG Supplement

A super-sized amount of zinc (100 milligrams) is included in this daily supplement, powered by a special base that releases the ingredients over a longer period of time.

Ancient Nutrition Zinc

Ancient Nutrition.

Ancient Nutrition Ancient Nutrients-Zinc

Dr. Axe’s supplement is inspired by traditional Chinese medicine with enzyme-activated zinc, probiotic-fermented vitamin C and herbal extracts.

MegaFood Zinc Supplements

MegaFood.

MegaFood Zinc Supplements

MegaFood’s zinc supplement is paired with the brand’s Nourishing Food Blend, a mix of veggie-derived vitamins and minerals for a more well-rounded dose of daily nutrients.

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Coronavirus: Experts suggest Ayurveda helps boost immunity against COVID-19

Coronavirus: Experts suggest Ayurveda helps boost immunity against COVID-19

  • April 5, 2020

As the world scrambles to find a cure for COVID-19, health experts have suggested boosting the body’s immune system may help minimize the affects and hasten the recovery from the disease.

They say ayurvedic herbs such as tulsi, cinnamon, black pepper, shunthi (dry ginger) and raisins and regular yoga are potent aids to increase the body’s immunity against harmful viruses.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, recently highlighted the benefits of ayurveda and urged people to “have a look” at Ayush Ministry’s protocol to stay fit, saying “good health is the harbinger of happiness”.

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The ministry’s protocol outlined measures to build a strong immune system and it included: consuming warm water, practising yogasana, pranayama and meditation for 30 minutes every day.

It also advised usage of turmeric, cumin, coriander and garlic in cooking, besides taking 10 gm of chyavanprash in the morning. Jaggery, fresh lemon juice too can be helpful in the fight against COVID-19.

Also Read: Coronavirus India update: State-wise total number of confirmed cases

Sanchit Sharma, executive director of herbal products-manufacturer AIMIL Pharma, welcomed the prime minister’s suggestion, saying immunity will be “our saviour” against the virus.

Also, a health immune system will help in recovery from the coronavirus infection, Sharma added.

The firm offers immunity enhancer herbal drug Fifatrol, a multi-drug combination of ayurvedic classical medicines and herbs like mrityunjay rasa, sanjeevani vati, tulsi and giloe, he said.

These herbs also help increase the production of interferons (proteins) and antibodies to generate immune response against viruses and increases the rate of phagocytosis to destroy microorganisms, thus, increasing immunity from containing viral infections, said former CSIR scientist A K S Rawat.

“The idea is that if you don’t have a potent weapon to combat the enemy, a strong and effective shield is the best bet to protect yourself.”

Ayush Ministry has also recommended 150 ml hot milk with half teaspoon of turmeric powder once or twice a day, application of sesame oil/coconut oil or ghee in both the nostrils in the morning and evening. 

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3. Eat More Healthy Fats

  • April 5, 2020

By SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD

An Important Note

No supplement, diet, or lifestyle modification — aside from social distancing and practicing proper hygiene ⁠— can protect you from developing COVID-19.

The strategies outlined below may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.


If you want to boost your immune health, you may wonder how to help your body fight off illnesses.

While bolstering your immunity is easier said than done, several dietary and lifestyle changes may strengthen your body’s natural defenses and help you fight harmful pathogens, or disease-causing organisms.

Here are 9 tips to strengthen your immunity naturally.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep and immunity are closely tied.

In fact, inadequate or poor quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness.

In a study in 164 healthy adults, those who slept fewer than 6 hours each night were more likely to catch a cold than those who slept 6 hours or more each night.

Getting adequate rest may strengthen your natural immunity. Also, you may sleep more when sick to allow your immune system to better fight the illness.

Adults should aim to get 7 or more hours of sleep each night, while teens need 8–10 hours and younger children and infants up to 14 hours.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try limiting screen time for an hour before bed, as the blue light emitted from your phone, TV, and computer may disrupt your circadian rhythm, or your body’s natural wake-sleep cycle.

Other sleep hygiene tips include sleeping in a completely dark room or using a sleep mask, going to bed at the same time every night, and exercising regularly.

Summary

Inadequate sleep may increase your risk of getting sick. Most adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

2. Eat More Whole Plant Foods

Whole plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that may give you an upper hand against harmful pathogens.

The antioxidants in these foods help decrease inflammation by combatting unstable compounds called free radicals, which can cause inflammation when they build up in your body in high levels.

Chronic inflammation is linked to numerous health conditions, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers.

Meanwhile, the fiber in plant foods feeds your gut microbiome, or the community of healthy bacteria in your gut. A robust gut microbiome can improve your immunity and help keep harmful pathogens from entering your body via your digestive tract.

Furthermore, fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients like vitamin C, which may reduce the duration of the common cold.

Summary

Several whole plant foods contain antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, all of which may lower your susceptibility to illness.

Healthy fats, like those found in olive oil and salmon, may boost your body’s immune response to pathogens by decreasing inflammation.

Although low-level inflammation is a normal response to stress or injury, chronic inflammation can suppress your immune system.

Olive oil, which is highly anti-inflammatory, is linked to a decreased risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Plus, its anti-inflammatory properties may help your body fight off harmful disease-causing bacteria and viruses.

Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those in salmon and chia seeds, fight inflammation as well.

Summary

Healthy fats like olive oil and omega-3s are highly anti-inflammatory. Since chronic inflammation can suppress your immune system, these fats may naturally combat illnesses.

4. Eat More Fermented Foods or Take a Probiotic Supplement

Fermented foods are rich in beneficial bacteria called probiotics, which populate your digestive tract.

These foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and natto.

Research suggests that a flourishing network of gut bacteria can help your immune cells differentiate between normal, healthy cells and harmful invader organisms.

In a 3-month study in 126 children, those who drank just 2.4 ounces (70 mL) of fermented milk daily had about 20% fewer childhood infectious diseases, compared with a control group.

If you don’t regularly eat fermented foods, probiotic supplements are another option.

In a 28-day study in 152 people infected with rhinovirus, those who supplemented with probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis had a stronger immune response and lower levels of the virus in their nasal mucus than a control group.

Summary

Gut health and immunity are deeply interconnected. Fermented foods and probiotics may bolster your immune system by helping it identify and target harmful pathogens.

5. Limit Added Sugars

Emerging research suggests that added sugars and refined carbs may contribute disproportionately to overweight and obesity.

Obesity may likewise increase your risk of getting sick.

According to an observational study in around 1,000 people, people with obesity who were administered the flu vaccine were twice as likely to still get the flu than individuals without obesity who received the vaccine.

Curbing your sugar intake can decrease inflammation and aid weight loss, thus reducing your risk of chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Given that obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease can all weaken your immune system, limiting added sugars is an important part of an immune-boosting diet.

You should strive to limit your sugar intake to less than 5% of your daily calories. This equals about 2 tablespoons (25 grams) of sugar for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Summary

Added sugars contribute significantly to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, all of which can suppress your immune system. Lowering your sugar intake may decrease inflammation and your risk of these conditions.

6. Engage in Moderate Exercise

Although prolonged intense exercise can suppress your immune system, moderate exercise can give it a boost.

Studies indicate that even a single session of moderate exercise can boost the effectiveness of vaccines in people with compromised immune systems.

What’s more, regular, moderate exercise may reduce inflammation and help your immune cells regenerate regularly.

Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking, steady bicycling, jogging, swimming, and light hiking. Most people should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Summary

Moderate exercise can reduce inflammation and promote the healthy turnover of immune cells. Jogging, biking, walking, swimming, and hiking are great options.

7. Stay Hydrated

Hydration doesn’t necessarily protect you from germs and viruses, but preventing dehydration is important to your overall health.

Dehydration can cause headaches and hinder your physical performance, focus, mood, digestion, and heart and kidney function. These complications can increase your susceptibility to illness.

To prevent dehydration, you should drink enough fluid daily to make your urine pale yellow. Water is recommended because it’s free of calories, additives, and sugar.

While tea and juice are also hydrating, it’s best to limit your intake of fruit juice and sweetened tea because of their high sugar contents.

As a general guideline, you should drink when you’re thirsty and stop when you’re no longer thirsty. You may need more fluids if you exercise intensely, work outside, or live in a hot climate.

It’s important to note that older adults begin to lose the urge to drink, as their bodies do not signal thirst adequately. Older adults need to drink regularly even if they do not feel thirsty.

Summary

Given that dehydration can make you more susceptible to illness, be sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day.

8. Manage Your Stress Levels

Relieving stress and anxiety is key to immune health.

Long-term stress promotes inflammation, as well as imbalances in immune cell function.

In particular, prolonged psychological stress can suppress the immune response in children.

Activities that may help you manage your stress include meditation, exercise, journaling, yoga, and other mindfulness practices. You may also benefit from seeing a licensed counselor or therapist, whether virtually or in person.

Summary

Lowering your stress levels through meditation, yoga, exercise, and other practices can help keep your immune system functioning properly.

9. Supplement Wisely

It’s easy to turn to supplements if you hear claims about their ability to treat or prevent COVID-19.

However, these assertions are unfounded and untrue.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there’s no evidence to support the use of any supplement to prevent or treat COVID-19.

However, some studies indicate that the following supplements may strengthen your body’s general immune response:

  • Vitamin C. According to a review in over 11,000 people, taking 1,000–2,000 mg of vitamin C per day reduced the duration of colds by 8% in adults and 14% in children. Yet, supplementing did not prevent the cold to begin with.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency may increase your chances of getting sick, so supplementing may counteract this effect. Nonetheless, taking vitamin D when you already have adequate levels doesn’t seem to provide extra benefits.
  • Zinc. In a review in 575 people with the common cold, supplementing with more than 75 mg of zinc per day reduced the duration of the cold by 33%.
  • Elderberry. One small review found that elderberry could reduce the symptoms of viral upper respiratory infections, but more research is needed.
  • Echinacea. A study in over 700 people found that those who took echinacea recovered from colds slightly more quickly than those who received a placebo or no treatment, but the difference was insignificant.
  • Garlic. A high quality, 12-week study in 146 people found that supplementing with garlic reduced the incidence of the common cold by about 30%. However, more research is needed.

While these supplements demonstrated potential in the studies mentioned above, that doesn’t mean they’re effective against COVID-19.

Furthermore, supplements are prone to mislabeling because they aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Thus, you should only purchase supplements that have been independently tested by third-party organizations like United States Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International, and ConsumerLab.

Summary

Though some supplements may fight viral infections, none have been proven to be effective against COVID-19. If you decide to supplement, make sure to purchase products that have been tested by a third party.

The Bottom Line

You can make several lifestyle and dietary changes today to strengthen your immune system.

These include reducing your sugar intake, staying hydrated, working out regularly, getting adequate sleep, and managing your stress levels.

Although none of these suggestions can prevent COVID-19, they may reinforce your body’s defenses against harmful pathogens.

Reposted with permission from Healthline. For detailed source information, please view the original article on Healthline.

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