So a lot of people are frantically looking for health supplements that can help them keep from getting “the covid”. Regardless of what your opinion is on “covid” (and we all know what my opinion is! lol), it is just good practice to boost your immune system to keep as healthy as possible, especially during cold and flu season. There ARE things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Eating the right foods, exercising and getting enough sleep certainly help! Health care professionals have known about cold and flu remedies for centuries, but in our modern fast paced world, healing with food seems to have taken a backseat to Big Pharma. All things being cyclical, people are now coming back to the realization that food is made to nourish and heal us.
Most of us who have known the old tricks to keep from getting a cold or the flu, know that Vitamin A, Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Magnesium are key to giving our immune systems a boost. Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I gorge on Vitamin C until I get the runs. At that point, your body has enough. With big agriculture, our food is bereft of nutrients. Most North Americans who don’t grown their own food are tragically short of vitamins and minerals in their systems. So What can you do?
First of all, research. Most people do not realize this, but the majority of vitamin and mineral supplements on store shelves cannot be broken down and absorbed by the body and some have lots of fillers in them that can actually harm your health. There is no replacement for a healthy diet, however, a good organic and properly produced vitamin can go a long ways to filling in those dietary gaps we all have.
So let’s look at each of the “Boosters” and see what foods we are lacking to gain these important vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C is key to the immune system. Your body doesn’t store vitamin c so you have to get this vitamin from your diet every day. Vitamin C dissolves in water and you excrete any excess in your urine.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free radical damage. Free radicals cause changes in cells and DNA that often leads to illnesses such as cancer. Vitamin C also strengthens body tissue and helps your body produce collagen which is a building block for your bones, joints, skin and digestive system.
Vitamin C is a very important part of the immune system, which defends against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Studies show that low levels of vitamin C lead to problems with the immune system and other illnesses.
Some evidence suggests that vitamin C may help lower the risk of heart disease or its complications.
So here’s a little plug for the Vitamin C supplement I love. It’s a healthy choice and I trust the manufacturer’s processing system.
Here are some Vitamin C rich foods:
- Oranges and other citrus fruit
- Red and Green Peppers
- Papaya and Tumeric
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Brussel Sprouts
- Spinach and Kale
- Cooked Cabbage
- Sweet Potato and regular potatoes
- Snow Peas
Vitamin D is one of those crucial, but less understood vitamins, that our bodies need for optimal health. Vitamin D supports the management of diabetes in the regulation of insulin levels and also promotes healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D is also important for brain health and boosts the immune and nervous systems.
Low vitamin D levels are generally associated with severe asthma, cancer, and cognitive impairment in adults. Eating healthy foods that have high levels of Vitamin D is therefore crucial for these reasons. Sidenote, Vitamin D is also an Anti-Aging nutrient.
You can look up the benefits of the individual vitamin D rich foods and find that each and every one of them has significant health benefits.So here is a list of foods rich in Vitamin D to help you bulk up on this vital nutrient:
- Cod Liver Oil capsules – high in omega-3 fatty acids and also Vitamin A
- Salmon – High source of vitamin D and also aids in cholesterol control
- Canned Tuna – also a good source of niacin and vitamin K
- Cheese – Made from raw milk or fortified pasturized milk
- Egg Yolks – Boosts immune system, lowers blood pressure, contains carotenoids may protect against cataracts and macular degeneration
- Mushrooms – The only good plant source of vitamin D2 which helps raise blood levels
- Raw Milk – Natural vitamin D source and also a complete, natural food containing more amino acids, antimicrobials, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids than pasteurized milk. Also, Fortified pasteurized milk.
Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium, which helps in maintaining bone strength and skeletal integrity. A lack of Vitamin D is very harmful and leads to various health conditions. Scientific evidence indicates vitamin D reduces infections & deaths
While vitamin C and zinc are important, the star of this group is vitamin D. There is a growing body of research that points to vitamin D as a COVID fighter. As the videos below suggest, vitamin D is both a preventative and helpful in COVID treatments. Research shows that it’s best to take vitamin D in sufficient quantities to get your blood levels to at least 35 ng/mL. Be sure to incorporate as many of these vitamin D rich food into your daily diet and get outside in the sunshine for fresh air and exercise.
Start taking Zinc! If taken within 24 hours of the first sign of a cold, zinc has been shown to reduce the length of the cold. The same theory applies to taking zinc for COVID-19 symptoms; if you add it to your daily diet, it may lessen your symptoms if infected. New research from Spain, published Sept. 2020, suggests COVID-19 patients in the hospital are worse off if they have low levels of zinc in their blood.
Chief medical officer of Vault Health, Dr. Myles Spar, came on The Dr. Oz Show on Nov. 3, 2020 to discuss how to build up your immunity specifically using vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C. Dr. Spar recommends taking 8mg of zinc a day for women and 11mg for men. Don’t take more than the recommended dosage: excessive zinc is acutally harmful. Smoked Oysters are an inexpensive and accessible way to get the recommended amount of zinc. Many supplements also include zinc in a pill form.
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral.
It’s involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in your body and helps you maintain good health
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