How to Protect Yourself from Viruses
The coronavirus has taken centre stage in the news recently, impacting thousands of people across the world. There’s already advice out there suggesting you wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. But what else can you do to look after yourself from the inside-out?
Wild Oats Remedies Department Manager, Pam, has put together a list of her top immune supplements.
1. Nature’s Aid Beta Glucans Immune Support and Nature’s Aid L-Lysine
Pam’s favourite immune modulator is Beta Glucans. They’re naturally occurring polysaccharides, which is why mushrooms have been used for their healing properties for thousands of years. The combination of Vitamin A, D, C, Zinc, Copper and Selenium in the Immune Support give your immune system the nutrients it needs to function normally.
Amino acid L-Lysine inhibits the proliferation of viruses and strengthens the body’s connective tissue, providing a barrier against bacteria and viruses. Elderberry provides anti-viral properties.
A great alternative would be BioNutri Elderberry Complex.
2. Source Natural Wellness Herbal Defense Complex
This Wild Oats staff favourite combines many immune enhancing herbs plus Vitamins A, C, D, Zinc and Selenium.
3. Nature’s Aid Kids Immune Plus from 3 months
Now you’ve taken care of your own immune system, let’s look at the little ones in your family. These immune plus drops from Nature’s Aid contain Zinc, Vitamin C, B12 and Folic Acid which all contribute towards a healthy immune system. The Folic Acid and B12 help to reduce tiredness too. Elderberry provides anti-viral properties.
4. Nature’s Answer Sambucol Spray
This spray is ideal to carry with you when you’re on public transport or in crowded places. It contains several immune enhancing herbs to give you protection on the go. Propolis provides anti-microbial properties directly to the mucous membranes of the mouth.
An alternative would be Bee Health Propolis Throat Spray.
This is the infection fighting part of garlic, allicin, in a stabilised biologically active form.
Top tip: make sure your Vitamin D intake is adequate, as it improves your resistance against certain diseases. Low sunlight levels leading to low levels of vitamin D is one reason why certain illnesses are more common in the winter.
The Importance of Vitamin C
Most of the deaths from coronavirus were caused by pneumonia. A study into the clinical effects of Vitamin C supplementation in elderly hospitalised patients with acute respiratory infections found that even a small dose of 200mg of Vitamin C a day reduced the death rate by 80%.
It’s so easy to take a Vitamin C supplement, and it’s something you should encourage elderly friends and relatives to take every day.
Take Care of Yourself
Have you ever been so busy that when you finally stop you get struck down with a cold? It sounds simple but making sure you get enough sleep and deal with stress effectively helps your body put power where it’s needed.
What you eat plays a part too. Sugar halves your immune function for hours afterwards which is why it’s so important to keep sugar intake low. Put the emphasis on non-starchy vegetables, protein and healthy fats.
The Wild Oats store has a huge selection of chilled and frozen foods, as well as cupboard staples that cater towards many special diets to ensure your body absorbs all the nutrients it needs.