Staying Well During Coronovirus: Colloidal Silver, Elderberry Syrup and Building Immunity

As time passes and we get deeper into this Coronavirus scare, we're learning more but there continues to be a lingering feeling of doubt and worry. This uncertainty, coupled with media misinterpreting facts and projections of doom, has contributed to a level of panic in society. Store shelves are cleared of food and lines to check out are wrapped around the stores. Self quarantines, people choosing to work from home, and kids home from school indefinitely have caused some significant disruption in life as we know it.


Unfortunately, when the internet is the leading information pathway for most of the world, it leads to those looking to profit off of our fear with false assurances of avoiding infection. There are some choices you can make that assuredly contribute to a stronger, healthier body and better chances of maintaining a healthy functioning immune system.



EAT MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS


I call them disease fighters. No, there's no guarantee that any one food will alleviate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders or cure infections. Still, the fact that plant-based diets are filled with a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals makes them helpful in supporting systems that fight illness and disease.


What is known is that the body is continually generating immune cells. It produces many more lymphocytes than it can possibly use. The extra cells remove themselves through a natural process of cell death called apoptosis .No one knows how many cells or what the best mix of cells the immune system needs to function at its optimum level. A well-fueled body contributes to the production of these immune system cells and plant-based foods are loaded with the nutrients needed to do this job.


EXERCISE


Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may aid with improved circulation which is responsible for moving the cells throughout the body freely and allowing them to perform their functions effectively.


Moderate regular exercise to be beneficial for healthy living, a potentially important means for keeping your immune system healthy along with the rest of your body.




QUALITY SLEEP


Inadequate sleep has been linked to the development and management of several chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Yes, lack of sleep can affect your immune system, too. People who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect recovery time after you've been ill with an infection.



During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Specific cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these protective cytokines. Infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced when you don't get enough sleep.


Unfortunately, some are trying to make a profit off of others by promoting products and substances that are thought to "boost immunity." Some have been called out by the FDA and remain accessible even though there is no proof they work.


COLLOIDAL SILVER


Colloidal silver consists of tiny silver particles in a liquid that promoted as a dietary supplement. I have seen some people put drops in their eyes, ingest droplets, put it in their food or put a few drops in their ear.

There is no scientific proof that colloidal silver is effective. In fact, it can be detrimental to health.

Colloidal silver can cause argyria, a bluish-gray tint of the skin, which is irreversible. It can also cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine. The FDA also warned in 1999 that colloidal silver isn't safe or effective for treating any disease or condition. Colloidal silver is also measured in parts per billion and there is no way to tell how much silver you're getting in each dose. It is best to stay away from it, and not waste your money.


ELDERBERRY SYRUP


I have looked at several studies on elderberry syrup because it seems to be rising in popularity, so the profiteers are out in full force. One thing is for sure-elderberry syrup does NOT serve as a cure for the coronavirus or any other virus.


What I did find is that those who use the syrup when they're sick with a cold or flu report a shorter duration of sickness. Although, this is suspect because they reported this after 3 and 4 days. In many cases, that's how long it takes to start feeling better without the syrup, so I remain skeptical.


Now, taken in reasonable amounts, it isn't going to hurt you and if you like it, fine. However, don't rely on elderberry syrup to be a substance for anything more than a comfort while you're sick. And certainly don't pay large sums of money to get your hands on some, it isn't worth it. Some herbal tea or warm chicken soup will perform the same function—for half the price!


SUPPLEMENTS


The supplement industry in the US is worth about $37 billion, is unregulated, and their products are largely worthless, make claims with no scientific proof, and in some cases, may even be harmful.


There are only a few instances where targeted supplementation is beneficial ass in the case of pregnant women supplementing with Vitamin D and folic acid and certain illnesses that cause nutrient deficiencies and require additional nutrients. Also, when specific individuals are not able to eat enough food to meet nutritional requirements and supplements are necessary, as in the case of some elderly or one going through cancer treatments, for example.



That's it. There is no evidence that supplementation with a specific vitamin or multivitamin or expensive "whole food" vitamin regimen has any health benefit and certainly does not "boost immunity." Additionally, supplementation is not a cure for any virus, including the coronavirus.


Herbal products aren't any better. Some claim that they are a cure for various health conditions such as dementia, cold and flu, arthritis, urinary tract infections and menopausal hot flashes. In clinical trials, none of the herbal remedies worked as described and yet people are willing to spend large sums of money to buy them. Save your money and purchase high-quality, nutritious food, eat well, and you'll do more to improve your health, build a robust immune system, and stay healthy!

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