The Corona Virus: how to support your immune System

Last Update: March 11, 2020 at 11:59 am

Date:  March 11, 2020

Source:  News for the Soul

 

The Corona Virus: how to support your immune System

By Dr Holly, Heard at Noon PST on Wednesdays on News for the Soul Radio

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Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014    Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.

 

 

 

 

How to support your immune system

Our immune system is designed in a variety of different ways to protect us from a variety of different things: pathogens (bacteria, virus, yeast, fungi, toxins, etc.). The immune system is spread throughout the body, although the majority of it is found in the small intestine.

There are two main components to the immune system: the innate – which you are born with; and the adaptive – which develops as you develop.

The two immune systems work together in conjunctions with a variety of different types of cells and organs:

  • Adenoids – two glands at the back of your throat
  • Bone marrow – produces both white and red blood cells
  • Gut – gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT); Peyer’s patches – lymph tissue found in the small intestine
  • Liver – subsets of leukocytes and phagocytes (Kupffer cells) are found within the liver
  • Lymph nodes – located throughout the body
  • Lymphatic vessels – a network of changes that parallels the vascular system
  • Peyer’s patches – lymph tissue found in the small intestine
  • Spleen – in the abdomen
  • Thymus – two lobes that join behind the breastbone
  • Tonsils – two masses in the throat

White blood cells or leukocytes circulate throughout the body in both the blood/vascular system and the lymphatic system. When they identify something that should not be there, they send out signals to other types of immune cells to do the same. There are two types of these white blood cells: phagocytes and lymphocytes.

The phagocytes break down pathogens and basically eat them. They include neutrophils (the most common and they attack bacteria), monocytes (the largest and do a variety of things), macrophages (patrol for pathogens and remove dying/dead cells) and mast cells (several jobs including releasing histamine).

The lymphocytes originate in the bone marrow and become either B cells (spot the antigen and secrete antibodies that lock onto the antigen) or T cells (destroy compromised cells and alert other types of leukocytes). These antigens compose a large family of compounds called immunoglobulins:

B Lymphocytes

  • IgG – tags microbes so that other immune cells can identify them
  • IgM – great at attacking bad bacteria
  • IgA – found mostly in the body fluids (teas, salvia, etc.)
  • IgE – attacks parasites, but also to blame for some allergies
  • IgD – attached to B lymphocytes and helps initiate the immune response

T Lymphocytes

  • Helper T cells aka Th cells – the organizers for the immune response
  • Killer T cells aka cytotoxic lymphocytes – great for fighting viruses

What nutrients are important for your immune system:

  • Vitamins: A, B9, C, D, E
  • Minerals: iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc
  • Compounds: glutathione (amino acids, sulfuric compounds)
  • Pre and probiotics
  • Foods that help support gut function – remember most of your immune system is in your gut

And how do we get these nutrients: Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables

  • Almonds – Vit E
  • Apples – hard, tart apples – Vit C ((besides being important to the immune system, Vit C is also involved in absorption of iron, wound healing, the immune system, maintenance of connective tissue (cartilage, bones, teeth, etc.), heart heath, eyes, skin)), antioxidant,
  • Avocados – Vit 2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K beta carotenes, and glutathione, copper, iron, magnesium phosphorus, potassium (more than bananas) and zinc, a great source of your omegas (3,6,& 9 – and that includes oleic acid which is great anti inflammatory), an loaded with antioxidants
  • Broccoli – fiber, antioxidants, Vit A, C, E (powerful antioxidant that fights off infection)
  • Cabbage – Vit C, great pre and probiotics,
  • Cheese – most types of fermented, but you want live cultures: Feta, Gouda, Mozzarella, cheddar, cottage cheese
  • Chickpeas – high in B6 (vital for biochemical reactions),
  • Chicken – chicken soup is not only good for the soul – its good for the gut immune
    • B6, chondroitin
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruit – although oranges are low if any Vit C
  • Dark leafy greens – high in iron and Vit C
  • Kiwi – good vit C along with vit B12 & K, and potassium
  • Lemons – high in Vit C,B9, potassium, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • Peas – high in B9, C, and amino acids
  • Papaya – very high in Vit C, along with digestive enzymes
  • Red bell peppers – higher in vit C
  • Spinach – rich in Vit C and antioxidants, beta carotenes
  • Sunflower seeds – Vit B6, E, minerals magnesium and potassium

Remember your herbs

  • Garlic – sulfur containing compounds that build your immune system
  • Ginger – reduces sore throats and other inflammatory conditions
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-everything else

Don’t forget your probiotics

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brine cured olives (without sodium benzoate)
  • Fermented and pickled foods in general
  • Greek yogurt without added sugar or fruit
  • Kefir – coconut kefir – if you want to avoid dairy
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Kvass – a Russian fermented drink
  • sauerkraut
  • soybean products like miso, tempeh, natto – just make sure it is NON GMO

Supplements that boost the immune system:

  • Transfer factor

And of course, outside of our daily diet, there are other things we can do that enhance our immune system:

  • Exercise regularly – to keep the vascular and immune systems moving
  • Get a good sleep
  • Get your sunshine – without the creams – you need the vitamin D
  • Reduce drinking and drugs that deplete the body
  • Wash your hands regularly

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/eat-these-foods-to-boost-your-immune-system/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-super-healthy-probiotic-foods#section11

https://draxe.com/nutrition/probiotic-foods/