Four key tips to boost immunity. Defend yourself from the...

Four key tips to boost immunity. Defend yourself from the…

  • October 21, 2020

CThere are still no fully effective drugs or vaccines to protect us from the new coronavirus, somehow combatit depends on each person’s responsiveness to Covid-19, as explained in a report by BBC News Brasil.

For this very reason, having strong immunity is essential to prevent and fight the virus, as well as for the recovery of the patient.

According to several experts, in an interview with BBC, there are four pillars of “good immunity”, namely: eating healthy eating, sleeping enough hours, exercising regularly and avoiding and reducing stress levels.

Understand how immunity is affected

Ana Caetano Faria, full professor of Immunology Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and specialist from the Brazilian Society of Immunologyexplains that when we sleep insufficient hours, eat unhealthy food, are sedentary and live in constant stress and anxiety, our system immune suffers the consequences.

“All of these pillars are important, but I emphasize the need to sleep well. It is during sleep that we have the largest production of defense cells by the marrow. bone. Studies show that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of developing respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, by four times. ” BBC.

However, when we exercise – without exaggeration – the body releases hormones that contribute to the regulation of the immune system. When controlling stress, the body refrains from producing substânces that harm you. And the consumption of a balanced diet, provides the necessary energy for the great functioning of our defenses, explains the teacher.

After all, what is a balanced diet?

A BBC News Brasil interviewed nutritionist Julia Branches, who explained that “there is no food or vitamin to fight the new coronavirus. But obviously, when the system immune this active and healthy, will help fight the combat-the”.

Follow the expert’s tips:

1. Prepare colorful dishes

Branches recommends eating about ten servings of 80 grams a day, seven of vegetables and three of fruit, of different colors.

“Every color of food reflects the kind of micronutrients that has. I challenge my patients to put at least five colors on the plate “.

Regarding the micronutrients, the nutritionist places special emphasis on zinc and selenium.

“Zinc is found in red meats and chicken liver. Also in oysters”.

However, the selenium it is present in nuts and wheat flour.

Branches it also advises to eat smaller amounts of simple carbohydrates, such as white rice, white bread and cakes and to give priority to complex carbohydrates, that is, the integral versions of these foods.

2. Don’t forget “vitamins antioxidants

According to the nutritionist, vitamins A, C, D and E are extremely important – again, abundant especially in vegetables and fruits.

3. Take care of the intestine

A microbiota intestinal affects immunity as such Branches reinforces the importncia eating fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

4. Reduce the consume of alcohol and salt

“THE alcohol and excess salt can be harmful to the immune system. Its consumption must be done in moderation “, warns the nutritionist.

According to a study by the Medical School of the University of Massachusetts, in the United States, the excessive consumption of alcohol impairs the body’s ability to fight viral infections, especially the respiratory system.

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PepsiCos Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

PepsiCo taps into COVID trends with Propel Immune Support launch – just-drinks comment | Beverage Industry News

  • October 20, 2020

PepsiCo has launched an extension of its Propel bottled water brand in the US that claims to boost immune systems. 

PepsiCos Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

PepsiCo’s Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

The zero-sugar Propel Immune Support contains a range of vitamins as well as zinc to “support a healthy immune system”, PepsiCo said this week. According to the company, the new launch comes at a time when “consumers are seeking products with functional ingredients”.

The group claims the beverage contains a 100% recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 30% of the recommended daily dose of zinc.

Propel Immune Support comes in two flavours – Orange Raspberry and Lemon Blackberry – and contains five calories per bottle. Variety packs will be available on Amazon from this month and from retailers next month in the US. Single-serve bottles will roll out nationwide early next year with an SRP of US$1.49 per 20oz (59.1cl) bottle. 

The launch follows a roll out in April of Propel Vitamin Boost, which contains 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamins B3, B5, B6 and C.

A number of US drinks brand owners have launched immunity-boosting products in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Advertising restrictions limit companies on what health claims they can make on behalf of their products, but many of the recent launches contain zinc, which is believed to help immune systems function.

In May, Talking Rain, the owner of the Sparkling Ice brand, launched the “immunity-boosting” Talking Rain Essentials. Ingredients include zinc, calcium, magnesium and a range of vitamins.

just-drinks thinks…

As the coronavirus buffets beverage producers’ financial results, innovation teams are scrambling to launch products targeting the COVID-era consumer. First out of the gate is a wave of soft drinks packed with combinations of vitamins, zinc, magnesium or other functional ingredients linked to immunity-support. 

These drinks are among the first to specifically target consumers’ post-coronavirus needs mainly because they are a simple retooling of previous functional soft drinks but with added immunity-boosting sheen. For example, in terms of ingredients, Propel Immune Support is not so different to PepsiCo’s Propel Vitamin Boost, launched in April, but its branding rings much clearer in a consumer marketplace where the health & wellness trend has taken on a more profound meaning.

“These drinks are a much-needed reaction from the soft drinks industry to the world’s new circumstances. Their health-giving properties may also give a timely boost to those under-pressure sales figures.”

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PepsiCos Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

PepsiCo taps into COVID trends with Propel Immune Support launch | Beverage Industry News

  • October 20, 2020

PepsiCo has launched an extension of its Propel bottled water brand in the US that claims to boost immune systems. 

PepsiCos Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

PepsiCo’s Propel Immune System contains zinc and vitamin C

The zero-sugar Propel Immune Support contains a range of vitamins as well as zinc to “support a healthy immune system”, PepsiCo said this week. According to the company, the new launch comes at a time when “consumers are seeking products with functional ingredients”.

The group claims the beverage contains a 100% recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 30% of the recommended daily dose of zinc.

Propel Immune Support comes in two flavours – Orange Raspberry and Lemon Blackberry – and contains five calories per bottle. Variety packs will be available on Amazon from this month and from retailers next month in the US. Single-serve bottles will roll out nationwide early next year with an SRP of US$1.49 per 20oz (59.1cl) bottle. 

The launch follows a roll out in April of Propel Vitamin Boost, which contains 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamins B3, B5, B6 and C.

A number of US drinks brand owners have launched immunity-boosting products in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Advertising restrictions limit companies on what health claims they can make on behalf of their products, but many of the recent launches contain zinc, which is believed to help immune systems function.

In May, Talking Rain, the owner of the Sparkling Ice brand, launched the “immunity-boosting” Talking Rain Essentials. Ingredients include zinc, calcium, magnesium and a range of vitamins.

Why bottled water should tap into more drinking occasions – Click here for a just-drinks comment


Donation of $1.35 Million Worth of Immunity-Boosting Supplements Going to Philadelphia's Frontline Municipal Union Workers | News

Donation of $1.35 Million Worth of Immunity-Boosting Supplements Going to Philadelphia’s Frontline Municipal Union Workers | News

  • October 18, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AlchemLife™ USA, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of high-quality phytonutrients and herbal extracts, in partnership with Stevenson Advocacy LLC, a Philadelphia-based business development, government affairs and international relations consulting firm, today donated $1.35 million worth of immunity-boosting PhytoRelief-CC supplements to Philadelphia’s municipal union workers – police officers, firefighters, paramedics, sanitation workers, DHS social workers and others – who are on the frontlines of the city’s battle to halt the spread of COVID-19. 

$1.35 million worth of immunity-boosting PhytoRelief-CC supplements to Philadelphia’s municipal union workers”

All city municipal workers come into frequent contact with citizens on a daily basis, putting them at greater risk of exposure to the virus. These city employees are working nearly around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic. The immunity-boosting PhytoRelief-CC-CC supplements will help these tired municipal workers protect their own depleted immune systems during this worldwide health crisis. 

The announcement of the donation was made today at a socially-distanced press conference outside Philadelphia City Hall attended by AlchemLife™ USA Vice President Tabitha Albert, Stevenson Advocacy CEO Brian Stevenson, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Labor Rich Lazer Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby, Firefighters & Paramedics Union Local 22 Vice President Chuck McQuilkin, D.C. 33 President Pete Matthews and D.C. 47 President Catherine Scott. The four union leaders represent more than 27,000 Philadelphia municipal workers.

This marks the second major contribution to frontline Philadelphia workers by AlchemLife™ USA during the pandemic. in April of this year, the company donated $150,000 worth of immunity-boosting PhytoRelief-CC supplements to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff of the Jefferson Health System. 

“AlchemLife USA has the philanthropic heart and manufacturing capacity to make this much-needed contribution to Philadelphia’s hardworking municipal workers,” said AlchemLife™ USA Vice President Tabitha Albert. “We’re proud to be able to make this humanitarian contribution in coordination with Stevenson Advocacy, a trusted business partner in Philadelphia, for the benefit of the city’s municipal workers who are working so hard to keep citizens safe during these challenging times.”

Stevenson Advocacy CEO Brian Stevenson, who brokered the in-kind donation to the city, added

“I have many friends in the city’s vast network of municipal unions – police, firefighters, blue collar workers and white-collar workers. I know that these men and women are working around the clock during the pandemic. I also know how much they will appreciate receiving this donation of a wonderful, 100% organic, immunity-boosting supplement right now, when they need it most.”

AlchemLife™ USA’s patented PhytoAdvance™ Technology, a precise method of extracting active plant phytonutrients to provide natural, beneficial health support, is what allows PhytoRelief-CC Herbal supplements to aid in normal, healthy immune function. Recent studies indicate that using the PhytoRelief-CC, a patented combination of ginger, turmeric, and pomegranate, have shown a significant boost in the Lysozyme count, which could conceivably enhance one’s immunity system four-fold. The saliva in one’s mouth serves as the first line of defense that protects the body against viral and bacterial infections. Human saliva contains Lysozymes which are immunity building enzymes that aid in the fight against infections.       

AlchemLife is a branch of Alchem International, a global phytochemical company active in 35 nations since 1935. Further information is available at alchemlife.com/us 

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Bringing the forest to daycare can boost the young immune system

Bringing the forest to daycare can boost the young immune system

  • October 16, 2020
Would you like to strengthen your children’s immune system? Try to let them play in the dirt more often, according to a new study.

Researchers in Finland found that preschoolers’ immune function changed for the better when they brought nature to daycare playgrounds – including forest floor and vegetation. In simple terms, it shifted to a less inflammatory state.

This redirection of the immune system was also accompanied by some changes in the children’s microbiome – the huge collection of bacteria and other microbes that naturally live on and in the body. Studies have shown that these errors are of crucial importance in normal body processes – from metabolism and brain function to regulation of the immune system.

It’s too early to know if bringing the forest to urban playgrounds has any real health benefits, experts said.

However, the results speak for a regular, messy time outdoors.

“I strongly recommend letting children play in the dirt,” said lead researcher Aki Sinkkonen from the Institute for Natural Resources Finland in Turku.

The study, published online October 14 in Science Advances, emerged from a series of research into modern life and immune function. For example, many studies have found that living on a farm – especially in childhood – is associated with a lower risk of allergies. Meanwhile, the ins and outs of modern life – from antibacterial soaps to processed foods to the widespread use of antibiotics – are believed to reduce the diversity in the body’s microbial communities.

In general, researchers believe that the greater the diversity in the microbiome, the better.

Sinkkonen’s team decided to test the notion that adding “biodiversity” to an urban environment could increase the diversity of children’s microbiomes and alter their immune function.

The researchers recruited 10 urban day-care centers with a total of 75 children aged 3 to 5. In four centers, the researchers transformed gravel playgrounds with forest floors and lawns, planters for growing annuals and peat blocks for children to climb.

The rest of the centers served as a comparison. Three were “close to nature” centers, where small children were regularly taken on excursions into the nearby forests. The other three gravel pitches were the norm.

After a month, children in centers that imported the forest showed an increased diversity of certain bacteria on the skin. That made them more like the children in the nature-oriented centers, the study’s authors explained.

In contrast, skin bacterial diversity in children in standard daycare generally decreased, the results showed.

In the meantime, the green playgrounds have also changed children’s immune systems. Her blood samples showed an increased ratio of an immune system anti-inflammatory protein called IL-10 to an anti-inflammatory protein called IL-17A.

Jack Gilbert, a microbiome researcher who was not involved in the study, praised his “holistic” approach. But he also had reservations.

“They had a very small sample size and had little impact,” said Gilbert, a professor in the University of California at the San Diego School of Medicine.

The tactic, he said, needs to be tested in more schools and involve a lot more children.

And the ultimate question, Gilbert said, is whether children can get health benefits – like a lower risk of eczema or food allergies.

Gilbert doubted that the limited changes in the microbiome were responsible for the findings of the immune system. Instead, he believes it was going the other way: the children’s time digging in microbe-rich dirt changed their immune systems, and that optimized the body’s microbiome.

“For me the most important finding is the change in the immune system,” said Gilbert.

While many questions remain unanswered, he reiterated Sinkkonen’s advice on young children’s playtime. “I think being in the dirt is good,” said Gilbert.

Sinkkonen noted that in this study, the microbial diversity in the top soil layer appeared to be critical. And children actively played in it – dug around, planted vegetation. So it is unlikely, Sinkkonen said, that it would be enough to just drop some grass and bushes.

The researchers plan to pursue the issue of health benefits further. Sinkkonen said they are starting a study to find out if exposing babies to more biodiversity for 10 months can reduce the risk of allergies.

More information

The Harvard School of Public Health is more concerned with the human microbiome.

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Bringing the Forest to Kids' Daycare May Boost Young Immune Systems | Health News

Bringing the Forest to Kids’ Daycare May Boost Young Immune Systems | Health News

  • October 15, 2020

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Want to give your kids an immune system boost? Try letting them play in the dirt more often, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Finland found that when they brought nature into daycare playgrounds — including forest soil and vegetation — preschoolers’ immune function showed a change for the better. In simple terms, it shifted to a less inflammatory state.

That immune system redirect was also accompanied by some changes in the children’s microbiome — the vast collection of bacteria and other microbes that naturally live on and in the body. Research has revealed those bugs to be vital in normal body processes — from metabolism to brain function to immune system regulation.

It’s too early to know whether bringing the forest to urban playgrounds has real health benefits, experts said.

But the findings do argue for regular, messy outdoor time.

“I highly recommend letting children play in the dirt,” said senior researcher Aki Sinkkonen, of the Natural Resources Institute Finland, in Turku.

The study, published online Oct. 14 in Science Advances, grew from a body of research on modern living and immune function. Many studies, for instance, have found that living on a farm — especially during childhood — is tied to a lower risk of allergies. Meanwhile, the trappings of modern life — from antibacterial soaps to processed foods to widespread antibiotic use — are thought to reduce the diversity in the body’s microbial communities.

In general, researchers believe, the greater the diversity in the microbiome, the better.

Sinkkonen’s team decided to test the notion that adding “biodiversity” to an urban setting might boost the diversity in kids’ microbiomes, and alter their immune function.

The researchers recruited 10 city daycare centers, with a total of 75 children aged 3 to 5. At four centers, the researchers transformed gravel playgrounds with forest soil and sod, planters for growing annuals and peat blocks for kids to climb.

The rest of the centers served as a comparison. Three were “nature-oriented” centers where young children were regularly taken on trips to nearby forests; at the other three, gravelly playgrounds remained the norm.

After one month, children at centers that imported the forest showed an increased diversity in certain bacteria on the skin. That made them more similar to children at the nature-oriented centers, the study authors explained.

In contrast, the skin’s bacterial diversity generally declined among children at standard daycare centers, the findings showed.

Meanwhile, the green playgrounds changed kids’ immune systems, too. Their blood samples showed a heightened ratio of an anti-inflammatory immune system protein called IL-10, in relation to a pro-inflammatory protein called IL-17A.

Jack Gilbert, a microbiome researcher not involved in the study, praised its “holistic” approach. But he also had caveats.

“They had a very small sample size, and showed small effects,” said Gilbert, a professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The tactic, he said, will have to be tested at more schools, and involve many more children.

And the ultimate question, Gilbert said, is whether children can reap health benefits — like lower risks of eczema or food allergy.

Gilbert doubted that the limited microbiome changes were responsible for the immune system findings. Instead, he thinks it went the other way: Kids’ time digging in microbe-rich dirt altered their immune systems, and that tweaked the body’s microbiome.

“To me, the key finding is the change in the immune system,” Gilbert said.

While many questions remain, he echoed Sinkkonen’s advice on young children’s playtime. “I do think being in the dirt is good,” Gilbert said.

Sinkkonen noted that in this study, microbe diversity in the top layer of soil seemed to be critical. And kids were actively playing in it — digging around, planting vegetation. So, it’s unlikely, Sinkkonen said, that simply putting down some grass and shrubs would suffice.

The researchers do plan to pursue the question of health benefits. Sinkkonen said they are beginning a study to see whether exposing babies to more biodiversity, for 10 months, can reduce the risk of allergies.

Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

COVID-19 reinfections are real, but extremely rare; most immune systems fight off repeat infection- Technology News, Firstpost

COVID-19 reinfections are real, but extremely rare; most immune systems fight off repeat infection- Technology News, Firstpost

  • October 14, 2020

Reports of reinfection with the coronavirus evoke a nightmarish future: Repeat bouts of illness, impotent vaccines, unrelenting lockdowns — a pandemic without an end. A case study published Monday, about a 25-year-old man in Nevada, has stoked those fears anew. The man, who was not named, became sicker the second time that he was infected with the virus, a pattern the immune system is supposed to prevent.

But these cases make the news precisely because they are rare, experts said: More than 38 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, and as of Monday, fewer than five of those cases have been confirmed by scientists to be reinfections.

“That’s tiny — it’s like a microliter-sized drop in the bucket, compared to the number of cases that have happened all over the world,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York.

In most cases, a second bout with the virus produced milder symptoms or none at all. But for at least three people, including one patient in Ecuador, the illness was more severe the second time around than during the first infection. An 89-year-old woman in the Netherlands died during her second illness.

Rare as these cases may be, they do indicate that reinfection is possible, said Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University, who wrote a commentary accompanying the Nevada case study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

“It’s important to note that there are people who do get reinfected, and in some of those cases you get worse disease,” Iwasaki said. “You still need to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing even if you have recovered once from this infection.”

We asked experts what is known about reinfections with the coronavirus, and what the phenomenon means for vaccinations and the course of the pandemic.

Reinfection with the coronavirus is an unusual event.

First, the good news: Reinfection seems to be vanishingly rare.

Since the first confirmed case of reinfection, reported in Hong Kong on Aug. 24, there have been three published cases; reports of another 20 await scientific review.

But it is impossible to know exactly how widespread the phenomenon is. To confirm a case of reinfection, scientists must look for significant differences in the genes of the two coronaviruses causing both illnesses.

In the United States, where testing was a rare resource much of this year, many people were not tested unless they were sick enough to be hospitalized. Even then, their samples were usually not preserved for genetic analysis, making it impossible to confirm suspected reinfections.

A vast majority of people who do get reinfected may go undetected. For example, the man in Hong Kong had no symptoms the second time, and his infection was discovered only because of routine screening at the airport.

“There are a lot of people that are going to also have been exposed that aren’t having symptoms, that we’re never going to hear about,” said Marion Pepper, an immunologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

People whose second infections are more severe are more likely to be identified, because they return to the hospital. But those are likely to be even rarer, experts said.

“If this was a very common event, we would have seen thousands of cases,” Iwasaki said.

In most people, the immune system works as expected.

 COVID-19 reinfections are real, but extremely rare; most immune systems fight off repeat infection

Survivors of COVID-19 who spent time on a ventilator may be at risk of long-term disability and illness. Image: Newscom/AP

Reinfections can occur for any number of reasons: because the initial infection was too mild to produce an immune response, for example, or because the immune system was compromised by other health conditions. On occasion, a patient may be exposed to a large amount of virus that seeded an infection before the immune response could respond.

This variability is entirely expected, experts said, and has been observed in patients with diseases like measles and malaria.

“You’ll never have the distribution of anything with millions of people where you don’t have some very severe rare cases happening at the fringe,” said Dr. Michael Mina, a pediatric immunologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

At least two of the reinfected patients in Europe had compromised immune systems, for example, and the 89-year-old woman who died was receiving chemotherapy. In other reinfected patients, genetic factors or the lack of certain previous immune exposures may have blunted the body’s ability to fight off a second attack.

“There are some people who just don’t develop good immune responses to certain pathogens,” said Florian Krammer, an immunologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “What is causing that? We’re not sure, but it’s rare, usually.”

In a vast majority of known infected patients, experts said, the immune system functions as it should against other pathogens.

“There are a lot of different infections where you can get reexposed to the virus, and we would probably not know because you don’t have symptoms,” Pepper said. “And that might be an important part of boosting immunity.”

When the body is exposed to an unfamiliar virus, it is normal first to develop some immunity and then to increase that response with each additional exposure. This phenomenon is well known among children, but it is less often seen in adults because they rarely encounter new viruses, Mina said.

“I think it’s important to recognize that reinfections are literally embedded in the evolution of our immune system,” he added. “We sometimes lose track of that with so many people talking about this who really haven’t studied the immune system.”

A resurgence of symptoms doesn’t prove reinfection.

For every confirmed case of reinfection, there are dozens of anecdotal reports of infected people who were sick and seemingly recovered but then became ill again weeks to months later.

They don't run a fever. They don't cough or feel short of breath but they do shed virus like symptomatic people do. Image: UN COVID-19 response/Unsplash

They don’t run a fever. They don’t cough or feel short of breath but they do shed virus like symptomatic people do. Image: UN COVID-19 response/Unsplash

Usually there are crucial data missing in those cases, like a confirmed lab diagnosis, or a virus sample that can be sequenced.

“The question is always, Is it a real reinfection?” Krammer said. “It’s very often very challenging to kind of get that kind of data.”

A vast majority of these cases are unlikely to be true infections. More likely, these are people experiencing a resurgence of symptoms connected to the original infection. The virus may set off an inflammatory response that can flare up even weeks later and cause symptoms like fatigue and heart problems. In rare cases, some patients may develop a chronic low-grade infection with the virus that never quite goes away.

“Even with viruses that can cause acute infections, like flu,” Krammer said, “you can have persistent infections if your immune system is sufficiently compromised.”

Although these are not real reinfections, they are still worrying if they lead to renewed illness or hospitalization months after the initial infection, Rasmussen said. “If there’s recrudescence happening frequently, and people are getting severely ill the second time around, that’s potentially its own problem,” she said.

People with a second bout may pass the virus to others.

Reinfected people without symptoms may still transmit the virus to others. The patient in Hong Kong, for example, was isolated in a hospital even though he had no symptoms. But his viral load was high enough that he could have passed the virus to others.

“Obviously, that person wasn’t ill, so it bodes well for him, but it doesn’t bode well for the community,” Pepper said.

But to be sure of infectiousness, researchers may need to look for live virus. South Korean researchers investigated hundreds of reports of reinfection and were able to rule them out as real cases after failing to grow infectious virus from the samples.

Similar procedures would be needed to rule out the possibility of transmission in each patient, Rasmussen said, adding, “I think that’s the only way you’d be able to get to the bottom of that.”

Vaccines may be crucial to preventing reinfections.

Reports of reinfection have raised concerns about whether vaccines for the coronavirus will be effective and help communities achieve population immunity. The worry is that the immunity produced by vaccines will not be sufficient in preventing reinfections with the virus.

In reality, experts said, vaccines have a better chance at generating robust immunity than does natural infection with the virus.

For example, the coronavirus is particularly adept at dodging the body’s early immune alarms, buying valuable time to seed an infection. In some people, this lag eventually triggers a cascading immune overreaction that can be more harmful than the infection itself.

Vaccines are intended to unfurl an immune response without interference from the virus, and thus may avoid this inflammatory sequence. Vaccines can also be manipulated to enhance immune memory, in that way producing more lasting, more protective responses.

Vaccine trials are designed to look for an absence of disease, rather than of infection, and it’s unclear whether vaccines can suppress virus levels enough to prevent transmission to others.

Still, vaccine-induced immunity should perform better than natural immunity, Rasmussen said, adding, “I’m optimistic.”

Apoorva Mandavilli. c.2020 The New York Times Company

HealthXP Launches Shield Whey – An Immunity Boosting Whey Protein

HealthXP Launches Shield Whey – An Immunity Boosting Whey Protein

  • October 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call that highlighted the importance of having a strong immune system and being fit to the whole world. Today, staying fit and building not only their own, but also the immunity of their entire family, by consuming the right micro and macro nutrients, is on everybody’s priority list. The entrepreneur duo, Girish Joshi and Sarvesh Moghe, have been dedicated to promoting wellness and building a fit society since 2014, when they launched Xpresshop Online Store to source and sell health supplements over the internet.

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After three years they rebranded and launched their own health nutrition platform called HealthXP.in, where fitness enthusiasts could purchase a wide range of affordable and reliable dietary supplements from the website as well as receive guidance on fitness, workouts and nutrition; in short, a one-stop-shop for everything to do with fitness. Within its first year of operations itself, HealthXP became one of the most trusted websites where one could buy authentic and genuine health supplements. With their holistic approach to fitness, HealthXP won ‘Best Health Startup of 2018’ at the Indian Health and Wellness Summit Awards.

The young and driven partners of HealthXP Online Store, Mr Girish Joshi & Mr. Sarvesh Moghe were felicitated recently as “Young Entrepreneurs in Online Health Platforms” at the ET Industry Leaders – West 2020, an initiative that honoured and celebrated visionary business enterprises and individuals who continued to prove their mettle, exude confidence through innovation and retained their market position; despite the pandemic. You can shop for your favourite vitamins, supplements, and sports nutrition products to support all your health and fitness goals on the HealthXP app, one of the largest online supplement stores in India.

In 2019, they have pumped in their years of experience understanding the fitness and nutritional needs of various individuals to create their own line of high-end supplements under the same brand name. This line provides you with a wide range of products including whey proteins, mass gainers and even recovery supplements like BCAAs. They received an overwhelming response for all their products, not only on the HealthXP portal but on other portals as well. Today HealthXP is ranked amongst the top 3 Indian brands of Health Supplements, their biggest USP being variety in the range of products with a choice of amazing flavours, which are not available in any other indigenous brand; ranking HealthXP far ahead of its peers.

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Recognising the need of the hour, HealthXP recently launched an innovative product called Shield Whey, which combines whey protein with an array of immunity boosters. This path-breaking product ensures that a single product will take care of their nutrition as well as immunity needs of the individual, eliminating the need to consume multiple products.

Like all HealthXP products, the newly launched Shield Whey strives to deliver a healthy dose of multivitamins and immunity boosters along with other high quality ingredients. If you still need convincing, read on to know about the ingredients and the additional benefits they provide.

  • Vitamin C, Vitamin K & Vitamin E helps boost immunity, improves muscle and overall performance
  • Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) builds muscle mass & improves muscular strength. It also helps overcome fatigue
  • Calcium & Vitamin D help in maintaining bone & joint strength. They also maintain health of the overall bone & joint
  • Milk Thistle promotes healthy and robust liver function and enhances overall body performance
  • It has zero added sugar

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The 5 Best Things You Can Do Now to Boost Your...

The 5 Best Things You Can Do Now to Boost Your…

  • October 14, 2020
Dr. Michael Greger is a well-known doctor and author whose bestseller How not to die, and How not to diet are each a true bond and guide to a healthy life. Dr. Greger, who founded NutritionFacts.org, a plant-based guide to healthy living, makes no secret of the fact that he believes in the power of plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds to fight immunity Inflammation, reversal of heart disease, and recall of diabetes symptoms and pre-diabetes. If you read his books, you will know the extensive research that goes into each of his chapters in How Not to Die … Alzheimer’s, Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, as you put it. Here he explains exactly what we all have to do to strengthen our immune system. The body’s defenses are our best ways to fight off the virus that is causing COVID-19, the flu, and any other possible infection that could come your way. Now increase it while you are healthy enough to fight back if the virus gets on your door.

  1. What should we do to avoid the virus – or a virus – and can a plant-based diet help?

Dr. Michael Greger: There are amazing studies that show that simple foods can boost your immune system. Like randomized double-blind studies showing that eating broccoli sprouts can decrease viral load for influenza, decrease virus-induced inflammation, and increase our antiviral activity of natural killer cells – all just from eating broccoli, but COVID-19 is not the flu.

Unlike other common viruses, coronaviruses have not been shown to cause any more severe illness in immunocompromised patients. Why? Because your own immune response is the main driver of lung tissue damage during infection.

From the second week of symptoms onwards, the virus can trigger what is known as a cytokine storm, an autoimmune reaction in which your body overreacts. When the coronavirus attacks, your lungs get caught in the crossfire. If we burn the village down to save it, we may not survive the process.

I certainly support general, sensible advice for staying healthy during the crisis – getting enough sleep, staying active, relieving stress, keeping in touch with friends and family (albeit remotely), and eating healthy – but I wouldn’t go out of the way of you taking supplements or eating foods to boost elements of your immune system until we know more about this virus.

  1. What do you eat in a day – and how much vitamin C or D or A are you aiming for?

Dr. Michael Greger: Whole foods on a plant basis. Pretty self explanatory, isn’t it? But aren’t some plant foods better than others? You can apparently live longer and eat practically nothing but potatoes, which by definition would be a whole food plant-based diet – but not a very healthy one. Not all plant foods are created equal.

The more I researched over the years, the more I realized that healthy foods are not necessarily interchangeable. Some foods and food groups contain specific nutrients that are not found in abundance elsewhere. As the list of foods I wanted to incorporate into my daily diet grew, I created a checklist that became the Daily Dozen.

I recommend at least three servings of beans (legumes) every day., two servings of berries, three servings of other fruits, one serving of cruciferous vegetables, two servings of vegetables, two servings of other vegetables, one serving of flaxseed, one serving of nuts and seeds, one serving of herbs and spices, three servings of whole grains, five servings of drinks and one serving of exercise (90 minutes of moderate intensity or 40 minutes of vigorous activity).

This may sound like a lot of boxes to check, but it’s easy to tick off several at once. You just checked four boxes with a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Sit to a large salad of two cups of spinach, a handful of arugula, a handful of walnuts, half a cup of chickpeas, half a cup of red pepper, and a small tomato, and seven boxes can be ticked off in a bowl. Sprinkle your flax on top, add a handful of goji berries and enjoy with a glass of water and fruit for dessert. You could wipe out almost half of your daily check boxes in one meal. And then when you’ve eaten it on a treadmill … (kidding!).

In terms of vitamin D, we’ve evolved to make all of the vitamin D we need from the sun. But most of us no longer run around naked in equatorial Africa. It should come as no surprise that many of us modern humans are deficient in vitamin D, also known as the “sun vitamin,” for example when we live in northern climates that are overcast for the winter months.

If you’re not getting enough sun exposure, I recommend taking a daily supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D, ideally with the largest meal of the day.

As for vitamins C and A, just eat fruits and vegetables, and these vitamins will take care of themselves.

The only other vitamin that I’m avid is B12, that is not made by plants or animals but of microbes that cover the earth. In today’s sanitary, modern world, water supplies are commonly chlorinated to kill bacteria. Although we don’t have a lot of B12 in the water, we don’t get a lot of cholera either, which is good!

A regular, reliable source of vitamin B12 is vital for anyone on a plant-based diet. Although it can take years for a deficiency to develop for those starting with adequate supplies, the consequences of a B12 deficiency can be devastating. Cases of paralysis, psychosis, blindness and even death are reported. Newborns from mothers who eat plant-based rather than supplementary mothers can develop deficiency much faster, with catastrophic consequences. Getting enough vitamin B12 with a diet centered on plant-based foods is absolutely non-negotiable.

For adults under 65, the easiest way to get B12 is to take at least 2,500 µg per week or a daily dose of 250 µg. It should be noted that these doses are specific to cyanocobalamin, the preferred supplement form of vitamin B12, as there isn’t enough evidence to support the effectiveness of the other forms like methylcobalamin.

As we age, our ability to absorb vitamin B12 can decrease. For those over 65 on a plant-based diet, supplementation should likely be increased to 1,000 µg cyanocobalamin per day.

Instead of taking B12 supplements, it is possible to get adequate amounts from foods fortified with B12. However, we would have to eat three servings of food a day, each providing at least 25 percent of the daily value (on the nutritional label), with each serving being consumed at least four to six hours after the last. For example, for nutritional yeast fortified with B12, two teaspoons three times a day would be sufficient. However, for most of us it would probably be cheaper and more convenient to just take one supplement. Our great apes get all of the B12 they need to eat insects, dirt, and feces, but I’d suggest supplements instead!

  1. Do you think zinc is helpful and if so how much should we try to get?

Researchers have found that zinc reduces both the duration and severity of the common cold if taken within 24 hours of symptoms appearing. Zinc lozenges appear to shorten colds by about three days, while significantly reducing nasal discharge, constipation, hoarseness, and coughing.

The cold results for zinc are often described as mixed. However, this appears to be due to the fact that some studies used zinc lozenges that contained added ingredients such as citric acid, which strongly bind zinc, so little or not at all free Zinc is actually released. They taste better, but what’s the point if you don’t get the zinc?

What Is The Best Way To Take Zinc For Colds? Lozenges Contains approximately 10 to 15 milligrams of zinc, taken every two hours of waking for a few days, starting immediately after symptoms appear, either as zinc acetate or zinc gluconate without Zinc binders such as citric acid, tartaric acid, glycine, sorbitol or mannitol can work best.

I am skeptical that it would be helpful in well-fed people. But when taken as directed, it shouldn’t hurt, although zinc supplements and lozenges can cause nausea, especially when taken on an empty stomach, and some other gastrointestinal symptoms. And you should noch no Put zinc up your nose. At the drugstore, you can find all kinds of intranasal zinc gels, sprays, and swabs that have been linked to potentially permanent loss of the sense of smell.

Because the zinc in plant foods is not as well absorbed as the zinc in meat foods, A study published earlier this year found relatively low blood zinc levels in vegetarians. Therefore, anyone on a plant-based diet – men or women – should eat whole grains, beans and nuts every day. But some men may need more than others.

  1. What are other things that will lower our risk of infection and boost immunity? Turmeric? One more thing?

Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet can help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death. including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. For example, intervention studies of plant-based diets have shown that angina attacks are reduced by 90 percent within a few weeks.

Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported more satisfactory dietsn as control groups as well as improved digestion, increased energy and better sleep, and significant improvements in their physical function, general health, vitality and mental health. Studies have shown that plant-based foods can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels and the ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, well-being and daily functioning.

It has ever been shown that only one way of eating will reverse heart disease for the majority of patients: a diet that focuses on whole-food foods. If this could all be a whole food, plant-based diet – invert our number one killer – shouldn’t this be the standard diet until proven otherwise? The fact that it can also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based foods just overwhelming.

So, give yourself the best benefit by boosting your immunity with whole plant foods with antioxidants and phytonutrients like berries, cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

  1. What is the ONE thing people should eat every day?

Dark green leafy vegetables are the healthiest food in the world. That’s why I recommend two servings a day. As whole foods, they provide the most nutrients per calorie. Of all the food groups analyzed by a team of Harvard University researchers, greens were found to be the most resistant to serious chronic illnesses, including reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to 20 percent for each additional daily serving.

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Reset your immune system, gut and brain through fasting – St George News

Reset your immune system, gut and brain through fasting – St George News

  • October 12, 2020

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Recent research shows fasting can be a profound way to quickly and dramatically improve your immune, gut and brain health.

At our RedRiver Health and Wellness Center clinics, we have many of our Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism patients undergo different types of fasts because we have found it is one of the surest ways to swiftly relieve their symptoms.

Humans are actually built to withstand regular periods without food. The human body is not really equipped to cope with high-carbohydrate foods, sugars, unlimited supplies of food, processed foods, industrial oils, sedentary lifestyles and other facets of everyday life for many Americans. 

Five ways fasting improves your health 

Hundreds of studies point to the benefits of fasting for people with Hashimoto’s or other autoimmune disorders. These benefits include improved insulin sensitivity, immune function, brain function, cardiovascular function and gut function. 

Improved insulin sensitivity

Many, if not most, of our Hashimoto’s patients have chronically high blood sugar. High blood sugar comes from eating a standard American diet, which is high in processed sugars and carbohydrates such as breads, white rice, white potatoes, pasta and pastries. High blood sugar eventually leads to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body’s cells refuse to receive insulin.

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Insulin carries glucose into the cells to be used to make energy. However, when you eat a diet high in carbohydrates and sugars, this overwhelms the cellular insulin receptors. This not only creates fatigue after meals, it also dysregulates numerous metabolic pathways, promotes inflammation and autoimmunity and speeds up degeneration of the brain. Insulin resistance is also a stepping stone to Type 2 diabetes.

Including periods of fasting into your daily routine has been shown to help cells become more insulin-sensitive. For instance, one study found restricting eating to a window of only eight hours each day significantly improved insulin resistance. This in turn dampens the inflammation, metabolic imbalances and brain degeneration caused by insulin resistance.

Improved immune function

Intermittent fasting – approximately 12-18 hours each day – has been shown to improve immune function by reducing inflammation and the damage from inflammation. It also regulates immune function, which is great for autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, regenerates immune cells and can even lower the risk of cancer.

Improved brain function

Fasting and intermittent fasting can dramatically improve brain function. One way it does this is by boosting a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which protects your brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by supporting neuronal health.

Fasting also supports autophagy, or the removal of dead and dying cells in the brain. This is essentially like cleaning house and helps your brain function more efficiently. Fasting also reduces brain inflammation and supports brain repair.

Improved cardiovascular function

Regular fasting can decrease low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol. People with Hashimoto’s often struggle with elevated levels of LDL, and fasting is another tool to help lower it.

Improved gut function

Many of our patients have leaky gut and poor gut immunity along with Hashimoto’s. Regular fasting helps them quickly and dramatically recover their gut health. Fasting has been shown to lower inflammation in the gut and create a healthier composition of gut bacteria.

Fasting works its wonders by switching the body from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones, which are stored in body fat. Being in ketosis in general appears to reduce inflammation, support regeneration and regulate metabolism. These are all areas where people with Hashimoto’s can be supported by fasting. 

Fasting is not for everyone

Before I explain the different types of fasts we use with our patients, I need to caution you that fasting is not for everyone. Although it can be an adjustment at first, fasting should make you feel better, not worse. You should be able to perform your usual daily activities. Below are some situations in which fasting can make you worse instead of better.

Chronically low blood sugar

If you have chronically low blood sugar, do not try to fast until you can stabilize it. This means you may need to eat a healthy protein breakfast first thing in the morning, and eat every two to three hours. You also need to avoid sweets, processed carbs, fruits, fruit juices, fruit smoothies, honey and other sweeteners, no matter how natural. Once your blood sugar is stable and you can longer periods without symptoms, you may be able to handle fasting safely. Symptoms of low blood sugar include:

  • Waking up at 3-4 a.m. feeling anxious. This happens because your blood sugar crashes during the night, and your body releases stress hormones to keep the brain fueled.
  • Waking up nauseous or repelled by the idea of food. Low blood sugar dysregulates appetite centers in the brain, and the stress hormones released during the night to keep your brain fueled cause nausea.
  • Feeling lightheaded, weak, nauseous or irritable between meals or if you go too long without eating. This happens because your body cannot sustain your blood sugar levels.
  • Craving sugar constantly. Sugar provides energy, something people with low blood sugar crave.
  • Feeling more energetic after eating. Eating should not give you more or less energy. Your energy should be consistent throughout the day. Feeling energetic after meals means your blood sugar was low. 

Adrenal autoimmunity

Some people are not able to regulate their low blood sugar no matter how hard they try. We find these patients often test positive for adrenal autoimmunity. The adrenal glands release stress hormones and are instrumental in preventing blood sugar crashes. If they are being damaged by an autoimmune disorder, you may not have success overcoming low blood sugar symptoms. In this case, it’s not advised to fast. You can test for adrenal autoimmunity with a 21-hydroxylase antibody test.

Some brain disorders

Although fasting and ketogenic diets have ample amounts of research showing they are very restorative of brain health, some people with dysautonomia – dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system – cannot successfully fast due to an inability to regulate their blood sugar.

If you have had a past brain injury or struggle with brain health, you may need to use trial and error to see whether this is an issue for you. Fasting shouldn’t flare up your symptoms or cause a general worsening of health; it should make you feel better. 

Diabetes medication

If you are on medication for diabetes, fasting could cause your blood sugar to go too low. You should consult with your doctor if you want to try fasting.

History of eating disorders

People with past or present eating disorders or disordered eating typically have a history of starving themselves for extended periods and may find fasting triggers them into binging, obsessing about food and other unhealthy behaviors.

Although fasting has been shown to reduce cravings and appetite, human studies have been largely short-term, observational and done on overweight middle-aged people. If the six- to eight-hour feeding windows turn into uncontrollable feeding frenzies, or if fasting for one or more days is followed by days of bingeing, fasting is not healthy for you.

Pregnant or trying to become pregnant

Fasting is not recommended during pregnancy as the demands of pregnancy on the body are so great.

Six different types of fasting 

A variety of different methods of fasting exist today. Below I will go over six different fasting strategies that have been shown to be beneficial to improving autoimmunity, gut function and brain health. 

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Fasting once a week

In our office, we suggest our Hashimoto’s patients fast once a week for 24 hours, drinking water with some Himalayan sea salt in it; this will help with adrenal function and electrolyte balance.

Fasting once a month

If our patients are able to do so comfortably, we then ask them to fast once a month for 36 to 48 hours. Again, we suggest our patients use Himalayan sea salt in their water.

Fasting part of each day, or intermittent fasting

Perhaps the most popular form of fasting is called intermittent fasting. This entails fasting for 12 to 18 hours each day, starting in the evening and ending the following day around lunchtime. 

5:2 fasting

This is one of the more popular intermittent fasting methods. Eat normally for five days, and then eat 500 calories for women – or 600 calories for men – on the two other days of the week. Choose whichever days you like to fast, but try and choose days where you won’t be overly active or stressed.

Time-restricted fasting

Fast for 12-18 hours each day. Some experts suggest women do not fast more than 14 hours. This typically involves skipping breakfast and eating an early dinner; most of your time fasting is while you’re asleep. Even fasting only 12 hours overnight can you give benefits, although they won’t be as significant as longer fasts.

Alternate-day fasting

Every other day, eat 25% of your calorie needs, or about 500 calories. On the other days, eat normally.  

We work with your prescribing physician for optimal results. Do not discontinue medication or hormone replacement therapy without consulting your prescribing physician.

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Written by JOSH REDD, chiropractic physician at RedRiver Health and Wellness Center.

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About Josh Redd

Josh Redd, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, is a chiropractic physician and author of the Amazon bestselling book “The Truth About Low Thyroid.” Redd owns seven functional medicine clinics in the western United States and sees patients from across the country and around the world who are suffering from challenging autoimmune, endocrine and neurological disorders. He also teaches thousands of health care practitioners about functional medicine and immunology, thyroid health, neurology, lab testing and more.

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