March 21, 2020. There is much we can do to strength our immune system. Check with your health care provider if you are considering using any of the treatments provided below.
Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant that can strengthen your immune system. While you can get vitamin C from food (some of the best sources are citrus fruits, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, dark chocolate, kale, red cabbage, beans, and artichokes) it may be useful for some to supplement their intake with vitamin C pills, liquids, or via IV therapy for short periods especially during the CoVid-19 pandemic.
To determine how much vitamin C your body needs, you need to do the soft stool test. Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C in the morning and again in the evening. Each day increase the dose by 1000 mg until you get a soft stool or tummy pain and then go back to your previous dose.
Taking too much vitamin C for too long may increase your risk of kidney stones and may have other health implicates so follow the advice of your health care provider.
Another essential vitamin that will boost your immune system is Vitamin D. This is provided by vitamin D enriched foods and can be taken via pills or exposure to UVb radiation either from the sun or from a narrow band UVb lamp at 311 nm. The sun is the best form of exposure and for those of us in northern climates we can get a boost by standing in front of a UVb lamp for a few seconds a day. Yes, that is all it takes is a few second a day and you can gradually increase your exposure up to a few minutes once a day. If you are using Vitamin D supplements, ask your health care provider to recommend a brand and the amount your should be taking based on your current health status.
If you want to purchase a narrow band UVb lamp, visit Solarc Systems Inc, located in Barrie, Ontario.
I was reminded that zinc also boosts your immune system, helps to heal wounds and supports normal growth. Zinc oxide (a white paste) is used for diaper rash and other types of skin irritations including sunburns. Zinc lozenges are available for those with a sore throat, although these lozenges should be take for short periods only. Foods rich in zinc include red meat, poultry, oysters, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals. Excessive levels of zinc taken through supplements or lozenges may interfere with copper levels in the body. Check with your health care provider before taking zinc supplements to ensure there are no contraindications.
Glutathione is made up of three amino acids and is another anti-oxidant that is required by the immune system. While spinach, avocados, asparagus and okra are rich in dietary glutathione, absorption by the body is poor. Supplementing glutathione levels in the body provides many health benefits including: antioxidant protection against free-radicals, detoxification, energy production and defence against aging. Taking glutathione and Vitamin D increases the bioavailability of Vitamin D and lowers inflammation. Some illnesses decrease glutathione levels in the body including AIDS/HIV, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, liver disease, sickle cell anemia, stroke, heart disease and infertility. CoreMedScience provides more information here. I use Trizomal Glutathione (1 tsp in the morning) and take it with Vitamin C to increase its effectiveness.
Lysine is an essential amino acid and a building block for proteins. Our bodies don’t produce lysine so we need to get it from food or supplements. One of the uses of L-Lysine is for cold sores, which is a herpes virus that remains dormant in our bodies until we are under a lot of stress and then we break out with a cold sore. For this reason it is important to minimize stress during the CoVid-19 pandemic. Important NOT to take L-Lysine with calcium. Consult your health care provider before using Lysine supplements. Foods rich in lysine include red meat, cheese, eggs, some fish (cod & sardines), soybeans, lentils, peas and beans. Those who are vegetarians or on a dairy reduced diet may need supplementation. One pill twice a day on an empty stomach is what I take daily.
If you have a sore throat it is important that you gargle with baking soda once or twice a day. A half teaspoon in half a glass of water is sufficient to make your throat alkaline and to kill infections. Gargle for at least 30 seconds (not necessarily continuously) each time.
Baking soda can also be ingested first thing in the morning and just before bedtime. I use half a teaspoon in a glass of water. This way it is not too salty. Baking soda makes your body alkaline and helps fight infections that prefer an acidic environment and this includes cancer cells.
You can test your saliva or urine pH using pH strips available at some drugs stores. You can also order from Amazon. Recommend strips that range in pH from 4.5 to 9. Ideally your saliva and urine should be slightly alkaline (around pH 7 to 8).
There are now a lot of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices available. Some are wellness devices and some make medical claims and are approved by Health Canada. They vary in complexity, waveforms, frequencies, intensities, modulations, etc. Some are more appropriate for a practitioner and their clients with diverse symptoms, while others are intended for home use. Below are the ones I recommend and own myself.
I expect that using any of these in the privacy of your home (ideal during the CoVid-19 Pandemic) or at a clinic that offers PEMF therapy services could help improve your immune system, improve your circulation, reduce rouleau formation of the blood and thus support your body in a myriad of ways.
NOTE: I do not receive any funding from the manufacturers selling supplements and/or light or PEMF technology.