During this troubled period, it was impossible for us to remain without reaction.
And failing to be able to take part in the humanitarian chain which surrounds the nursing staff during this Covid-19 epidemic, it occurred to us to share as much as possible the results of our personal research to try to counter this new disease.
Make no mistake, here we do not offer any miracle cure but various reliable and documented tips to try to boost the immune system in the event of a coronavirus infection.
Hopefully these prevention methods are used by the greatest number to avoid the scourge of this pathology.
I- How to boost immune system quickly?
The immune system creates the body's defenses against attack by bacteria and viruses.
But sometimes, one germ more virulent than another manages to destabilize it and the disease is declared.
The major rule of solid immunity is first of all the respect for a healthy lifestyle.
Then consider quitting smoking, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, moderate alcohol consumption, restful sleep, a healthy diet, careful body hygiene and letting go so as not to succumb to stress is already a great starting point for strengthening your immune system.
But is there any way to go further in the face of the epidemic we are going through?
II - Strengthen your immunity to fight Covid19
At the present time, many researchers and doctors are giving their lives to try to stem the epidemic in progress and find a radical cure.
But this path will be long because we are facing an unknown virus.
Some doctors are anticipating to avoid an excessive influx of patients requiring hospital care.
This anticipation requires a lot of advice given to the greatest number to try to avoid any hospitalization.
It is also the aim of this article, to try together to find a kind of "protocol" so that our organism is ready to face this virus with vigor if ever it should come across it.
III- Supplements to boost immune system
Monitoring your vitamin D levels is essential.
It is often believed that vitamin D is only essential for bones and muscles, but a study published in 2017 has shown that vitamin D plays a crucial role in the prevention of respiratory diseases.
"Our analysis also concluded that vitamin D helps the body fight respiratory infections, which are the leading cause of millions of deaths worldwide each year" says Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
His study shows that a daily or weekly intake of vitamin D on deficient individuals halves the risk of respiratory infection and that all the participants in this study benefited from it.
It shows that vitamin D can reduce the violence of the immune response, that it plays a major role in the regeneration of the epithelial barrier and the stimulation of immune cells.
Winter is favorable for vitamin D deficiencies due to low sunshine.
Considering supplementation can therefore be interesting during this period.
A daily or weekly intake is the most effective. Monthly doses are to be avoided.
Use natural vitamin D, which is more assimilable by the body than its synthetic version.
For possible dosages, see this full description of vitamin D
Known by all for its impact on the immune system, it is fashionable to recommend vitamin C.
It is easy to consume foods rich in vitamin C such as peppers, broccoli, kiwi, papaya, mango, orange ...
If you want to supplement yourself, prefer acerola to benefit from a natural vitamin C
Note that China has used vitamin C as a direct treatment for this new pneumonia, as detailed in this article from Mediapart
Zinc is an antioxidant trace element that strengthens the immune system and is essential for taste and smell.
It is found in seafood, meats, organ meats, cheeses, nuts, cereals, pulses and eggs.
Its major role is to stimulate white blood cells in the fight against infection.
You will find this complete dossier on zinc benefits to adapt the appropriate dosage.
Quercetin is one of the most active flavonoids that protect the body from free radicals and oxidative damage.
Natural substance derived from pigments of fruits and vegetables, it is known to slow down or even prevent certain ailments such as inflammation, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma, cataracts...
It is found in foods such as red onions, carrots, spinach, broccoli, capers, turmeric, berries, red grapes, apples and chocolate.
Zinc ionophore (like chloroquine), quercetin allows to open a certain receptor of an infected cell to let pass the zinc which, in our organism, is beneficial to fight against viruses and bacteria.
Considering a quercetin supplement can therefore be very positive.
Note that quercetin is being tested in the prevention and treatment of Covid19 in China by researchers from the Montreal Research Institute after having demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of Ebola and Zika diseases.
Echinacea is a perennial plant of the Asteraceae family which is interesting in its immune protective function.
It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and is already well known for its action on infections, colds, bronchitis and flu.
Scientific research on this plant is still groping but some studies show its ability to prevent respiratory infections and reduce symptoms when a condition is declared.
The University of Nottingham notes that: “The active components of Echinacea strengthen or stimulate the immune response by interacting with various cells. This immune response can be either innate (non-specific), mediated by macrophages, polymorphonuclear leukocytes (neutrophils), or adaptive (specific), mediated by lymphocytes. "
You can review this complete file on Echinacea
Ravintsara essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora) is a powerful antiviral due to one of its components, 1,8-cineole.
It also has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action, very interesting for the risks of secondary infection.
Used to fight colds, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, flu, it is also immuno-stimulating.
This essential oil is also useful for making your own a disinfectant gel by combining it with alcohol and aloe vera.
Homemade recipe for antibacterial gel:
30ml aloe vera
20 drops Ravintsara Essential Oil
20 drops Tea Tree
Here you will also find a complete file on ravintsara essential oil
IV- Management of fever
Our modern society is used to treating fever as soon as it comes up with paracetamol to silence it.
But fever is also an immune response to a viral attack and preventing its progression can compromise an effective fight against the aggressor.
It is therefore recommended not to treat it too quickly, at least as long as it is manageable.
V- The role of heat
To further improve the immune response to a viral attack, it is also recommended to take a hot bath of about twenty minutes (especially when you have a fever) and conclude with a minute or two minutes of cold or slightly warm water.
If you are ill, take several baths of this type per day then cover yourself very warmly and lie down to sleep (and sweat!) right after.
This somewhat archaic method compared to our modern medicine was practiced in sanatoriums at the beginning of the XXth century and was widely used during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918.
Rest is the key to an active immune system, as is sleep.
Overwork and stress are the enemies of the immune system.
Also, in this disturbed period, taking care of your sleep is essential.
Take care of yourself.
VII- And vapers in all this?
We do not know at the moment the exact role of propylene glycol contained in e-liquids of electronic cigarette.
At most, we know that PG is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance which was used for a long time as a spray in the pulmonology departments of hospitals.
Note that Dr. Farsalinos, a cardiologist well known for his studies on the ecigarette, is currently calling for the use of propylene glycol in hospitals to assess its antiviral effectiveness.
For his part, Professor Dautzenberg, President of Paris sans Tabac, former Sorbonne University and APHP Pitié Salpêtrière pulmonologist, wonders about the role of nicotine prevention against Covid-19 as evidenced by his Twitter thread
Note that Chinese researchers have also questioned this point, as evidenced by this study on smokers.
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