How to heal the body with supplements that support the immune system has become a very important topic during these times of rampant virus onslaught.

Have you found yourself getting more infections each year more easily?

Have you felt tired or lethargic?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with information on all kinds of remedies, pills and potions, and do not know definitively what to do or where to start?

What to do?

I think the most effective approach to this conundrum is to look at the problem at its root cause and ask? Why am I feeling run down and picking up all kinds of infections more easily every year? What body system do I need to investigate in order to resolve this permanently? Which overriding body system regulates all aspects of health?

Research indicates that you firstly need to investigate the immune system.

It has become very obvious that we, as individuals, have to take personal responsibility for our own health, due to the conflicting messages received from various organisations and government officials, who appear to have abandoned the notion of improving an individual’s actual health, to one of taking a vaccine that has does not appear to have any vitamins or minerals or healthful ingredients that improve a person’s actual health.

We have all known for ages that vitamins and mineral supplements have been associated with good health. Many people believe they help in lowering the chances of getting sick. Much research has been done on specific combinations of vitamins and minerals to help people lessen the effects of viral attacks. Evidence indicates that these combinations have worked in supporting people through these viral attacks on the immune system.

Sometimes there are risks involved when not taking the recommended doses.
However, we recommend you always seek your own medical advice before instigating any programme of supplementation.

Before we look at supplements, let’s look at the immune system, what it is, how it functions and that can impinge on its optimal functioning.

What is the immune system and how does it work to regulate or promote good health and help heal the body?

The immune system is designed to protect you from outside invaders such as: germs, viruses, bacteria and toxins. However, it also protects you when your internal pathogen load becomes unbalanced: the bad guys outweigh the good guys.

The immune system runs the full length of the body from the nose to the sphincter. It is a collection of: lymphoid organs, bone marrow, the thymus, lymphocytes, lymph nodes, the spleen, the tonsils, mucous membrane etc. In effect, it covers everything to do with: processing, digestion, elimination and metabolism within the body.

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Your immune system is affected by how much oxygen you get throughout your body; your blood flow, your thoughts, your feelings, what you drink, and eat, your physical and mental environment; the amount of exercise you do, your sleep, a lack of sunlight, any chemical or toxin that affects your home or work environment, and how much of these toxins you ingest, whether purposefully or accidentally.(In this article we will not deal with thoughts and feelings per se .You can read about how these affect stress here.)

So, you can see this body system needs to be finely tuned and kept in balance at all times. If not, then this can lead to sickness or disease, if left unchecked. A vast array of communication lines, need to be operating between all these different sub systems in order for the immune system to be functioning optimally.

What is the function of the immune system?

The job of the Immune System is to:

  • Fight disease-carrying germs – all kinds of pathogens
  • To defeat and remove these pathogens
  • To protect the body form harmful toxins, and
  • To keep the body in homeostasis

What are some of the ways you can strengthen your Immune System?

Some of the most obvious ways include:

  1. Drink clean water
  2. Eat more organic food
  3. Take more vitamins and minerals – particularly (see this article for an in-depth discussion on vitamin C)
  4. Remove as many chemical and toxic products from your environments
  5. Move more
  6. Have more restful sleep
  7. Cut out smoking
  8. Reduce stress (see this article for an in-depth discussion on stress)
  9. Drink alcohol in moderation, and
  10. Take immune building supplements … and so on.

In this article we will concentrate on how supplements can help sustain and heal the body’s immune. As always seek medical advice before instigating any supplement regime. Doctors can have blood tests taken which can determine if you have normal levels of infection-fighting proteins.

What are vitamins and minerals and what functions do they perform in aiding the immune system to heal itself?

Vitamins and minerals are necessary nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to function properly.

In some instances, you can gain sufficient amounts of nutrients from the food you eat, particularly if the food is fresh, natural and unprocessed and is organic, which is free from pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.

For food produced en-masse for the supermarket shelves, this level of pure production of food is impractical and too expensive, as well as too time-consuming. Remember, that anything in a: can, a bottle, a package, has all had some chemical process with some kind of preservatives injected, to make sure the shelf-life is sustainable.

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Also too, food produced en-masse, in the same fields, the same dirt without pure fertilisers and without crop rotation each year, will be suffering from mineral deficiencies. So, that is where and why mineral supplementation is as necessary, as are vitamins needed, because they are depleted or diminished through the growing and manufacturing processes. It is only if you can live a fairly pure and wholesome life organically, that you will be able to find all the vitamins and minerals you need derived from your food source.

What do vitamins and minerals do in the body?

The function of vitamins and minerals in healing the body and sustaining the immune system is that they play a role in boosting the immune system, they support normal growth and development of bones, tissues and organs and they help cells and organs operate effectively.

What is the function of vitamins in our body?

Vitamins act in concert and help in maintaining bone health and helping heal wounds. They also help convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage, as well as combining with minerals to bolster the immune system. Vitamins are necessary for normal growth and nutrition.

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Note: Vitamins do not work effectively without the help of minerals. They work in conjunction to maintain immune system functions.

What are the benefit of vitamins?

Vitamins:

  • Help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Helps nourish the body
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Keeps bones strong
  • Supports immune systems
  • Promotes health aging…. And many other benefits

What is the function of minerals in the body?

Minerals are particularly important for keeping bones, muscles, the heat and the brain working effectively. Minerals also are important for making enzymes and hormone production.

Other functions include: aids the production of energy; promotes growth and healing; and helps activate vitamins for more effective adaptation.

 

What are the benefits of minerals?

Minerals:

  • Protect and promote bone health
  • Helps increase energy
  • Helps with nerve and muscle function; and
  • Supports immune health…. And many more benefits

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In this article we will be focusing on these specific vitamins and minerals which have been proven to support the immune system, especially helping keep the body healthy from viral attack.

The vitamins and minerals we will be concentrating on include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc and
  • Selenium, and
  • Magnesium

What does Vitamin C provide to the body?

Vitamin C is the only vitamin that humans do not manufacture themselves in their body. Therefore, the body needs external help with this vitamin.

Research had found that Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and development and repair of all of your body tissues. It has many functions and one of these is the production of collagen. Collagen serves as a building block for bones, skin and hair, and all of the muscles, tissues and ligaments throughout the body. Collagen keep your skin from sagging, and helps keep the skin plump.

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So, because collagen is an absolutely necessary element, you can see that without collagen and without Vitamin C the immune system, which is made up of many of these elements, the immune system would not be able to function effectively, nor would the body be able to heal wounds, cartilage, bones or teeth. So, you can see how important Vitamin C is for the immune system to function effectively.

What can happen if we do not get sufficient Vitamin C in our diet?

Over time, a lack of this vitamin can lead to a condition called scurvy. To recognise these symptoms of lack of Vitamin C include: easy bruising, easy bleeding, joint and muscle pains.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against ethe effects of free radicals, which are produced when you experience on-going stress and do not address these issues. These free radicals are also exacerbated by toxins, smoking, radiation, the food you eat and so on. This constant source of extra stress on the body leads to excess inflammation, which can lead to a break down in tissues and it can lead to disease, if not treated.

What does Vitamin D provide to the body?

Vitamin D is known to help the body absorb and retain calcium. It is both a vitamin and a hormone. Hormones and vitamins are crucial both are critical for building bone, and it has been shown that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation. Vitamin D has many other functions which we will not go into in detail here. So, of primary importance is the bone building and cell maintenance functions, because of how it helps absorb calcium to help bone growth.

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Vitamin D can be obtained from foods such as: mushrooms, fatty fish and egg yolks. However, in all of these cases, the amount of food required to be ingested is quite high, Therefore, most health practitioners suggest taking a supplement.

The most well-known remedy is via the sun. It can help you produce Vitamin D in your body. In times of enforced home stay, in many instances the ability to get out into the sun has been curtailed. So, most practitioners will suggest supplementation.

The main benefits of Vitamin D is in absorption of calcium and bone health.

How do you know if you are Vitamin D deficient?

The symptoms you might experience include:
muscle weakness, pain, fatigue and depression, among other things.

What does the mineral zinc provide to the body?

As we have found that vitamins and minerals need to work in concert with each other to be able to effectively work to support the immune system, the mineral: zinc, has a specific function in helping both the immune system and the function of metabolism. It also helps with wound healing. During the pandemic any covid sufferers noticed a loss of taste and smell. Zinc specifically helps to restore these functions.

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Some foods contain zinc such as chicken and breakfast foods, however, not in sufficient quantities to be able to ignore zinc supplementation.

How do you know if you are zinc deficient?

The deficiencies include:
growth retardation, loss of appetite and impaired immune function.
If you have severe zinc deficiency, the symptoms include: hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, eye and skin lesions, problems with wound healing, decreased ability to taste food, amongst other things.

What does the mineral selenium provide to the body?

Selenium can be found in food such as nuts. It is an essential component of various enzymes and proteins. It helps make DNA and protects against cell damage and infections. It is important for thyroid function as it is involved in the process of transforming various proteins in the metabolism of thyroid hormones.

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What are the benefits of taking selenium?

The benefits include:

  • It acts as a powerful antioxidant
  • Can protect against heart disease
  • May reduce the risk of cancer
  • Is important for thyroid health
  • Boosts immune support, and many other benefits

What are the symptoms of selenium deficiency?

  • Fatigue and mental fog
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Infertility generally
  • A weakened immune system, and many other things

What does the mineral magnesium provide to the body?

Magnesium is considered to be the one mineral needed that helped reduce the symptoms of stress caused by free radical production. It has also been considered to be a necessary element in helping people improve their sleep.

Magnesium also supports muscle and nerve function and energy production.
it has been suggested that low levels of magnesium can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and other related issues.

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Because magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that help regulate biochemical reactions in the body, it is considered a very important mineral, regulating blood pressure and blood glucose control.

What are the benefits of taking magnesium?

The benefits include:

  • Helps boost exercise performance
  • Helps fight depression
  • Can lower blood pressure, and
  • Has anti-inflammatory benefits, among other things

What are the symptoms pf low magnesium?

  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscles spasms
  • Pins and needles
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue and weakness, among other things

In Summary:

You can see how all of these specific vitamins and minerals play a vital individual and a synergetic part in helping support the immune system. Individually they all do a specific job, however synergistically they play a much bigger part in optimising efficient function of the immune system.

We used to be able to obtain sufficient nutrients from our food however, due to the growing population and the processes of mass production, which requires the injection if toxins from growing the food right through to heating, cooking and production processes, which deplete these natural nutrients and which are then re-introduced into food, as well as the preservatives necessary to maintain shelf-life, we can no longer be guaranteed that food is the best source of vital nutrients. It has become necessary to supplement our nutrients with various supplements.

The vitamins and minerals discussed here were specific to the onslaught of viral attacks in these modern times. However, it may also be necessary to supplement with further nutrients so that a balanced nutrient base can be obtained.

Where to From Here?

In several scientific articles published via greenmedinfo.com, one titled: Mini-Review on the Roles of Vit C, Vit D and Selenium in the immune System against COVID 19 – it was found that ‘low levels of micronutrients have been associated with adverse clinical outcomes during viral infections.’
Therefore, to maximise the nutritional defence against infections, a daily allowance of vitamins and trace elements for malnourished patients at risk of or diagnosed with coronavirus disease, may be beneficial.

It also found that: Vitamin C is considered an antiviral agent as it increases immunity. Also too, that administration of Vit C increased the survival rate of CVID -19 patients by ‘attenuating excessive activation of the immune response.’

In an article titled: Why your body need Zinc….it was found that ‘there is an established link between zinc levels and respiratory health, thus giving zinc an added importance during cold and flu season, and whenever the body is under stress.’

Evidence suggested that supplementing with zinc within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, may help shorten the length of colds.

Another takeaway from this article said: ‘as well as a vitamin-rich diet and regular sun exposure, or a high quality, bioavailable supplement combining vitamins C and D and zinc and essential micronutrients, will give the greatest protection for your lungs and airways.’

 Finally, in an article titled: Some Thoughts on the Vaccination Debate – by Nicholas Gonzales, MD, he asked the thoughtful question:

What if nutritional deficiencies were behind many of the epidemic “vaccine-preventable” diseases that modern vaccination campaigns have taken credit for?

It was found that the deficiency of a single mineral: selenium, appeared to be the cause of some diseases. (a study on children in China)

In our vaccine ridden communities, it has been found that ‘young adults have immature immune systems.’

My question to you is: knowing this information, and hearing about the dozens of papers produced linking the use of vitamins and minerals to a health immune system, what are you going to do now to make sure you have the best opportunity to protect yourself against the onslaught of viral attack?

At a minimum, out of all the possible combinations of vitamins and minerals and pills and potions available, personally, I would choose the above combination: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium and Magnesium, because I know that these have been proven to work to improve the immune system.

Wishing you every blessing on your journey to your best health ever!

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