Amidst the current virus focused climate, some are focusing heavily on enhancing and supporting the immune system rather than sitting idle and praying for a pharmaceutical intervention. Taking it deeper than rattling off general immune support, the more we learn about our viral target, the more we can form a potentially situational specific combat crew to increase the likelihood of health, happiness and longevity.
Vitamin C has been at the top of the list of nutritional strategies and utilized to varying degrees, with varying levels of success around the world. Let’s take a deeper dive and get to know Vitamin C a little better.
How Vitamin C Works:
BIG PICTURE HEALTH: Enhancing Vitamin C & Thus Immune Health via Lifestyle:
The plethora of benefits from this fat soluble “vitamin,” which is commonly referred to as a hormone due to the way it behaves & interacts within the body, are wide spread. The ideal (and free) way to boost and maintain optimal levels is through intelligent, skin-type specific, dosage of UVB sun exposure, but for those who can’t (or won’t) utilize the sun as a driver for Vitamin D and so much more, there always exists the next best option.
In today’s somewhat surreal climate, we want to boost our immune system and confidence by implementing various strategies (diet, lifestyle, supplemental, or otherwise), that are not only relevant to enhancing the resilience of the entire interconnected and interdependent body, but also have studied and observed mechanisms behind them that may make them increasingly beneficial when focusing on the pathogenic immune target (viral or otherwise) of the day.
Probiotics get a massive amount of mention these days and for good reason. The evidence behind the microbiome and its connection and influence on the rest of the body is mounting by the day.
But rather than just follow the trends, let’s illuminate why this aspect of your body’s ecosystem is important for a plethora of reasons; ESPECIALLY when it comes to arming yourself with a balanced, appropriate immune response to whatever pathogen (virus or otherwise) you will inevitably encounter.
Inflammation has long been recognized as a common denominator among the mass majority of unfavorable conditions. However, NOT ALL INFLAMMATION is bad. In fact, sometimes it is necessary; particularly when dealing with a musculoskeletal injury or perceived discomfort post exercise, workout or training.
In these cases, inflammation is actually an imperative component of the healing process. If we narrow mindedly block this due to applying a somewhat ignorant, across the board damnation of all inflammation, in an effort to avoid temporary discomfort, we actually delay and could outright block the healing process and our ability to fully recover.
Follow us now on the oft ignored explanation and mechanism behind this, and what you can do intelligently facilitate a healthy immune response, which includes that optimal healing and recovery we all want to achieve.