Lets set the scene with some stats that create a baseline of health for the UK, and some of these statistics will surprise and disappoint you but they will help you to understand why the Covid numbers and mortality rates in the UK have lagged.
As it stands right now, most of us are overly reliant on adrenal function, 75% of the population are on the scale of Insulin-Resistance, 80% have dysbiosis, 30% suffer from IBS, 67% have some form of sleep disruption, and with an average weekly consumption of over 700grams of refined sugar compared to an RA of 210grams/week, we are currently 26% obesity and 68% total overweight population, all set within what is the most stressful period in history with over 100 times the stress our grandparents had.
Honing in to the areas causing you to be suppressed and healing your body will help to supercharge your immunity, while at the same time making you feel great. These changes are not difficult, complicated or invasive and will relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms you may experience that you've come to live with.
Repairing the Gut
4 Main Common Issues
Dysbiosis: An imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.
IBS: Intestinal Permeability. Something causes the tight junctions to open in the lining of the stomach, and undigested particles are released down the portal vein.
Achlorhydria: Down regulation of Hydro-Chloric Acid (HCL), which reduces absorption of protein, and also creates a Zinc deficiency.
Blunted Brush Border: The villi and micro-villi along the gut wall become worn down which are responsible for processing / digesting the food.
Some people will suffer from one or two, or all of these conditions. They all contribute a negative impact to immunity, so this would be a pertinent place to start. Bad bacteria in the gut is also notorious for attempting to change its environment to suit its own preferences, these preferences may not be befitting to yours. They also feed off refined sugar.
Solutions to healing 2 of these conditions...
It's a substantive area, but in short if you follow some or all of these processes you will typically get a result, dependant of course on the cause of your IBS.
- Food intolerance
- Parasite / Bacteria infection
- Excessive stress (blood cortisol)
- Autonomous Nervous System set to ‘Sympathetic’.
Work to switch the ANS to ‘Parasympathetic’ using meditation, stretching, breathing, magnesium baths, yoga, fresh air and walks, reading, resting.
Elimination Diet: Hone in on foods that could be impairing your mental cognition and physical state of wellbeing. Typically 30-45 minutes after a meal, check in with how you feel and remove / replace one food at a time.
Vitamin D3 has been proven to assist with IBS, go for a high dose as this is typically deficient in our diet.
Consider a parasite / bacteria cleanse using: Wormwood, Clove, Blackwalnut formula for 21 days.
L-Glutamine, Aloe, Liquorice can repair the epithelium (lining of the gut).
Incorporate Avocado in to your diet, its an excellent anti-bacterial and particularly useful for after bouts of food poisoning, especially E.Coli. It’s always helpful on balancing cholesterol and nourishes the prostate gland.
Fixing imbalanced bacteria in the gut
- Refined sugar feeds the bad bacteria
- Often occurs after a course of antibiotics if pre-biotics aren’t taken
- Lack of ‘butyrate’ in the diet
- Food poisoning / Bacteria infection
- Candida overgrowth (SIBO)
Feed the body with pre-biotic food (high quality oats, slightly unripe bananas, cold white rice and white potatoes
- Consider a course of Pro-Biotics
- Review daily refined sugar intake
When it comes to using probiotics choose either capsules or liquid form, different strains of probiotic have different impacts on the body and brain.
Lactobacillus helveticus, L. acidophilus, L. case, Bifidobacterium longum
Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
Supports Cardiovascular / heart health
Bifidobacterium breve, infantis, helveticus –Lactobacillus reuteri
In May 2020, research was released that suggested a possible link to increased risk of mortality from Covid-19 and Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency.
There are 3 scales when it comes to our body’s levels, we are either sufficient, insufficient or the lowest status, deficient. Most of the population would fall in to the bracket of insufficient.
By September, the continued focus on this link flagged that a probable connection existed between not just increased risk of mortality from Covid-19 but also an increased risk of contracting. By October, this was confirmed and that anybody with an insufficiency or deficiency would likely have both increased risk of contracting as well as increased risk factor or mortality, in conjunction with other health markers, as outlined above.
When it comes to Vitamin D dosing, the dosing should be quite high. A typical adult would need to be aiming for at least 4000IU per day for a sustained period, possibly more so if limited outdoor / daylight exposure is present. With the shorter days, and the inclement weather of this season, you cant go wrong if you aim for 4000-8000IU per day to get you through.
It took me 4 months of this dose to get my own Vitamin D levels to a point I felt intuitively happy with.
Preferably taken with meals, and always aiming to take with breakfast given this is the time when we are more sensitive to the foods we are consuming.
In conjunction with healing the gut, ramping on your Vitamin D3, the 3rd strategy is to assist your white blood cells with a slight supercharge. When Vitamin C enters the blood stream the white blood cells absorb and almost supercharge themselves, in the exact same way they absorb refined sugar which then causes them to ramp down, by anything up to 75% for over 4 hours in what we call an immune-suppressed state.
When looking for Vitamin C, try and locate the ascorbate version as opposed to ascorbic acid which can be hard on the stomach.
Fathom which gut health issue you have and get to work on making the changes to repair it
Start and immediate dose of Vitamin D, and make sure its the more absorbable version - D3, and finally look to incorporate 500mg-1000mg of Vitamin C each day, ideally taken with meals.
Following these 3 steps will give you the boost you've felt you've needed in many areas as well as making you feel stronger, healthier and giving you the maximum protection from any virus this season.