In my 2 previous newsletters (planes, hotels and microbes), I recommended:
- Do not touch or at least disinfect the most contaminated surfaces and objects to avoid catching diseases
- Boost your immunity. But how do you get there?
You should know that about 80% of our immunity is linked to our intestinal flora or microbiota. To boost our immunity, we must both strengthen the intestinal barrier and stimulate our immune defenses using immunostimulants.
8 supplements that boost our immunity
- Probiotics : they maintain the balance between the good bacteria (85%) present in our digestive tract and the bad ones (15%). They also strengthen the intestinal barrier, which reduces the risk of infection.
- Green tea: very rich in antioxidants (catechins), green tea is a powerful antiviral as long as it is certified without heavy metals or pesticides.
- Vitamin C : it strengthens our natural barriers and reduces the risk of infections. It is essential for smokers and stressed people, since smoke and stress deplete our vitamin C stores.
- Vitamin D : it reduces the risk and severity of infections (flu, respiratory diseases) by stimulating our defenses. Unless you expose yourself to the sun for at least 20 minutes a day (without sunscreen), supplementation is indicated.
- Zinc: zinc participates in hundreds of metabolic reactions. It is essential for good immunity because it promotes tissue repair and scarring. As nearly 80% of the population is in deficit, supplementation is indicated.
- Astragalus, Echinacea, Cypress: in the form of standardized extracts, these plants are both antiviral and immunostimulatory. They can be used both for prevention and treatment, if the infection is declared.
- Essential oils : cinnamon, tea tree, niaouli and thyme are very effective in fighting infections. Their use must be advised by a specialist.
- Homeopathy : Influenzinum 15 CH and Thymuline 15 CH, one dose every 15 days alternately.
Boosting our immunity punctually with supplements during the holidays, before surgery or to prevent the flu in winter is a timely and useful approach. But it is even better to optimize our immunity permanently, through our lifestyle. This will be the subject of the next newsletter.
Take care of your health so as not to be surprised by the disease.