Keeping your immune system at an optimum is always important for your health. Now, in the age of the Corona pandemic it has become even more important.
If you have a weak immune system, you are more susceptible to infection by bacteria or viruses, including the Corona virus. So it is important to optimise your immune response. The good news is that it is not too complicated to do this.
If you are nutrient deficient, you are more prone to viral infection; therefore it is essential to make sure you have plenty of the right nutrients on board.
The best way to stay healthy is by eating the right foods, and minimising your intake of overly processed foods:
- Eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish, chicken, dairy
- Increase your intake of soluble and insoluble fibres – found in vegetables, nuts, and seeds
- Eat plenty of fermented foods – yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, fermented soy, and fermented vegetables
To further optimise your immune system and resistance to viral infections, I recommend you should add the following:
- Vitamin C - the most well-known anti-viral vitamin (1000 mg)
- Vitamin D – a key modulator of the immune system (1000 iu)
- Zinc – a very important mineral for immunity
- Probiotic supplement – helps to optimise your gut microbiom
What is the gut microbiome?
The gut microbiome is the community of approximately 100 trillion bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that inhabit our gut. And they are responsible for approximately 70% of our immune system.
What is a probiotic?
Probiotics are live microorganisms, often placed in a capsule that when taken in adequate amounts improve the gut bacteria and confer a health benefit to the host. What makes for a good probiotic?:
- It must contain effective bacterial strains
- It must be viable and dose specific
- It must remain stable for a long time
- It must be able to survive the acidic environment in the stomach
- Does not need to be refrigerated
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Is yoghurt a good probiotic?
Many people eat yogurt to improve their digestive health but unfortunately most commercial yoghurts are a poor source of probiotics, because the manufacturing process reduces the potency of the good bacteria in the yoghurt.