The Amazing Immune System

The Amazing Immune System

Advice from the Government has come thick and fast concerning Covid 19, mostly U-turning the same week it had been released to the public  In all the instructions, laws and demands issued to we, the public, I still haven’t seen any information on what I think is one of the most important facts that has been totally (and wilfully?) ignored.

‘How to help protect and prevent the human body from infection from the virus named ‘Covid 19’, or if the infection does happen, how can we help the human body to fight it off’

The answer is to go back to the beginning and take a look at how the human body deals with infections.

Introducing the Amazing Immune System

The Human Body starts to come into contact with viruses and bacterial infections when we are relatively young.  Measles, chickenpox, rubella (German measles), coughs, ear infections, colds, etc,.  For each infection that a child (and its parent – inherited immunity) contracts, the Immune system builds up a DNA record of how that infection affects the body, and how to deal with it, similar to creating an imprint of how the infection is made up.   This record is stored in the Immune System’s filing system (Junk DNA) until it’s needed, or can be used by the immune systems in defence of the body.

If we are locked away (as seems to be happening) from illnesses, no matter what they are, and this includes Covid 19, then the body is not in a position to build its imprint (and by extension, defence mechanisms,) as to how a particular infection behaves and looks-like within the human systems. The next time it comes around (new epidemics tend to have a 2-year infection period) the Immune System doesn’t recognise it and doesn’t have the antibodies or programmed T cells, or any of the other responses the immune system can develop for dealing with problems. 

If we are to stop the respiratory system from catching whatever may be lurking around, with the majority of the viruses and bacteria being non-fatal in most cases, including the Covid19 virus.    How can the Immune system do its job, and build up its records?   For the majority of infections, keeping people in isolation is doing a great disservice to the body and its systems.

The Immune System is the body’s defence system.   It protects the body against infection and disease.   It recognises the cells that belong to our bodies and tries to eliminate anything that shouldn’t be there.   This includes bacteria, viruses, parasites and poisons.   The Immune system also helps to destroy cells that are old, damaged or have become abnormal.

The solution.

The best way, but not the only way of fighting any infection, is to boost the Immune System.    

Why didn’t the government tell the general public this simple fact when Covid 19 was first experienced in Wuhan City, and started to become the infestation it is claimed to be?

If, rather than spending millions of pounds on test, track and trace that hasn’t worked, 

On keeping schools closed, 

On putting up hospitals that have hardly been used, 

∙           If the government had sent a year’s supply of what is required to boost the Immune System to everyone in Britain, it would be at the bottom of world statistics for cases of people dying with or from applied to the death certificate Covid, instead of near the top!

One way and in my mind, the first line of action we should take, is to support and boost the Immune System, so it will have the capacity to fight off Covid 19, in most cases, this is including the most vulnerable. 

This is something we should be doing all the time, not just when a certain infection causes chaos, we should be looking after our Immune System, why isn’t this fact taught in schools?  This wouldn’t only save money (days off work for illnesses, hospital stays) but would make our bodies ready for invasion when it happens.   This whole epidemic, in my view, could so easily have been avoided.   

Just like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach, a healthy immune system needs good, regular nourishment.

What we eat and our lifestyle affects the Immune system, either positively or negatively.   

What the body needs are:

Vitamin C

Vitamin A & E

Vitamin D

Vitamin B6

Zinc, and other minerals.

It doesn’t cost a fortune to buy the Vitamins and Minerals we need, although they should be available for free on the National Health. 

More information on vitamins and minerals, how they work and where to find them can be found here:

Some information on which foods provide the Vitamins needed.

Vitamin C is a prime Vitamin for boosting the Immune System; we can get this by eating any citrus fruit, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruit and some vegetables.

The body does not store Vitamin C, so it’s needed daily.   There are also Vitamin C tablets that are available to buy, but be careful to buy from a reputable supplier.   

Red Bell Peppers have more Vitamin C than any other vegetable.   They are easy to find in any shop or supermarket, make sure to buy red peppers because these are the ones with highest amounts of Vitamin C.

Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals.  Packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, most of the vitamins the Immune System needs to fight off infection.  A tip here is to cook it as little as possible, or better still, not at all.  Steaming is the best way to keep more nutrients in the food.

Spinach is packed with Vitamin C, it’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which can increase the infection-fighting ability of the Immune System.  It is advised not to over cook, as you’ll destroy the vitamin content of the vegetable, steaming is much better.

Plain Yogurts, and look for the ones with ‘live cultures’ on the label, these are the ones that will boost the fighting ability of the Immune System.

Vitamin E tends to take a back-seat to vitamin C. However, this powerful antioxidant is key to a healthy immune system.

It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. Nuts, such as almonds are packed with the vitamin and also have healthy fats.

Vitamin E is important in regulating and maintaining immune system function. Other foods with high amounts of vitamin E include avocados and dark leafy greens.

Sunflower seeds are full of nutrients, including phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins B6 and E.

Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C. You will find enough vitamin C in a single medium fruit for one day’s needs. Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects.

Papaya also has decent amounts of potassium, magnesium, and folate, all of which are beneficial to overall health.

The cure for the common cold?’

A herb that’s been around for a long, long time is Echinacea. Its not long back chemistry boffins were hailing Echinacea as ‘the cure for the common cold’, in fact, what it does is to boost the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself quicker, it doesn’t cure the cold, but goes a long way to helping the body to fight it off.

As soon as we start to get into the time of the year when colds are most common, or when we get a sniff of a pandemic, it’s useful to boost the immune system with a course of Echinacea, take it for a month, leave it for a month, and continue in this way for as long as it’s needed.

As soon as a cold is imminent take it again to give another boost.  It doesn’t cure the cold, but it certainly allows the body to fight it off quicker.   It isn’t necessary to make a medication from Echinacea; it’s easy to find in any health shop in tablet form.

It’s simple, but looking after the Immune System is a very effective way of keeping the body running to its optimum as much of the time as possible.

These ways won’t stop Corona virus from circulating amongst people who gather together in various ways, but it is capable of stopping us from suffering from its consequences, or from dying from it. 

Worth thinking about?