Posted in General by Penny WadePenny Wade on 11 March 2022

In a previous newsletter I mentioned vitamins and minerals that could strengthen the immune system against a Covid infection. Today I am going to discuss general health and herbs that are useful to strengthen the immune system from viruses which may be around in a few months time.

General health

1. A healthy diet with no processed foods such as chips, cheezels, cakes, chocolate etc. Fresh is best! 

2. Exercise - 1/2 hr of walking 5X a week equivalent to 2.5 hours a  week; or some other exercise for a similar amount of time. Not easy with all this rain.

3. Stay calm and peaceful in situations that trigger. Meditation or yoga help here.

4. Get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.

5. Time to relax and be social.

6. Moulds can depress the immune system so in these very wet times ensure that you get rid of any mould in the house. 

Glucose levels in the blood When you have your blood test done a glucose level below 6 is ideal. Ideally you need to get your blood sugar levels down before, during and after a vaccination. You may ask why? Because glucose increases: 

  • viral replication
  • infections
  • cell damage
  • inflammation
  • blood clots. 
  • binding of the virus to receptors found in your heart, lungs and other organs in the body

Herbs to help the immune system fight against Covid

  1. Ginkgo, Valerian, St John's Wort and hops
  2. Cucurmin

Short chain fatty acids

These are soluble fibres that bacteria in our gut feed off to improve our immune system. Examples are:

  • Walnuts
  • Slippery elm
  • Birch  and larch fibres

So you can see there are quite a few things we can do to strengthen our immune system whether it be through lifestyle or herbal supplements. 


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