How to Boost Your Immunity

How to Boost Your Immunity

Let's set the scene with some stats that create a baseline of health for the UK. 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% of the UK have dysbiosis
  • 30% suffer from IBS
  • 67% have some form of sleep disruption

With an average weekly consumption of over 700 grams of refined sugar, compared to an RA of 210 grams per week, we are currently at 26% obesity with a 68% total overweight population. This is all set within the most stressful period in history, with over 100 times the stress our grandparents had.

The bottom line is that our immunity is already coming to the Covid fight suppressed. 70% of our immunity is the gut itself. Moreover, of the healthy hormones our brain need (neurotransmitters), about 70% are made in the gut. Poor gut health means compromised mental health.

Honing in to the areas that are 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 to Boost Your Immunity

4 Main Common Issues Regarding Repairing the Gut

  • Dysbiosis: An imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.
  • IBS: Intestinal Permeability. This happens when 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: This is where the villi and micro-villi along the gut wall become worn down. These are responsible for processing / digesting the food. With a blunted brush border, these processes are damaged thus leading to a damaged gut and reducing immunity.

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.   

 

How to Heal Gut Conditions and Boost Immunity

Fixing IBS

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.  

Causes of IBS
  • Food intolerance 
  • Parasite or bacteria infections
  • Dysbiosis
  • Excessive stress (blood cortisol) 
  • Autonomous Nervous System set to ‘Sympathetic’
Solutions to IBS
  • Work to switch the ANS to ‘Parasympathetic’ mode. This can be done with plenty of meditation, stretching, breathing, magnesium baths, yoga, and fresh air. You can also try going on walks, reading, and resting.
  • Follow an 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 or replace one food at a time. Keep a note of your records and you'll be able to work out which foods are damaging to your body.
  • Vitamin D3 has been proven to assist with IBS. Go for a high dose, as Vitamin D is typically deficient in our diet.
  • Consider a parasite and bacteria cleanse. You can cleanse parasites using a wormwood, clove, or black walnut formula for 21 days.
  • L-Glutamine, Aloe and Liquorice can repair the epithelium (lining of the gut).
  • Incorporate avocado into your diet. Avocado is an excellent anti-bacterial and is particularly useful for after bouts of food poisoning, especially E.Coli. It’s always helpful in balancing cholesterol and nourishes the prostate gland.

 

Fixing Imbalanced Bacteria in the Gut

Causes of Imbalanced Gut Bacteria

  • Refined sugar. This feeds the bad bacteria
  • Imbalanced gut bacteria often occurs after a course of antibiotics if pre-biotics aren’t taken 
  • Lack of ‘butyrate’ in the diet
  • Stress 
  • Food poisoning / bacteria infection 
  • Candida overgrowth (SIBO)  

 Solutions to Imbalanced Gut Bacteria

Feed the body with pre-biotic food. Pre-biotic foods include 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 you should choose either capsules or liquid form. Note that different strains of probiotic have different impacts on the body and brain:

Probiotics for Depression 

Lactobacillus helveticus, L. acidophilus, L. case, Bifidobacterium longum

Probiotics for Weight Loss 

Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

Probiotics to Support Cardiovascular Health & Heart Health

Bifidobacterium breve, infantis, helveticus –Lactobacillus reuteri 

 

Taking Vitamin D3 to Boost Your Immunity

In May 2020, research was released that suggested a 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 and vitamins. 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 the virus. By October, this was confirmed. Anybody with an insufficiency or deficiency would likely have both an increased risk of contracting Covid, as well as increased risk factor of mortality. This was 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 can't 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.

Vitamin D is preferably taken with meals. Always aim to take the vitamin with breakfast, as this is the time when we are more sensitive to the foods we are consuming.

 

Taking Vitamin C to Boost Your Immunity

In conjunction with healing the gut and 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. They do this 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. This leads to what we call an immune-suppressed state, which vitamin C can help prevent you from entering.

When looking for Vitamin C, try and locate the ascorbate version as opposed to ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid can be hard on the stomach.

 

How to Boost Your Immunity: In Summary

Fathom which gut health issue you have. Get to work on making the changes to repair it.

Start an immediate dose of Vitamin D, and make sure its the more absorbable version - D3. 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. It will also make you feel stronger, healthier, and give you the maximum protection from any virus this season.