You Vs. THE-VID (Part I)
How to Bulletproof your Immune System to Athletically thrive on 2021
The year 2020 certainly threw a curve ball at us when the COVID Pandemic hit and precipitated a change that impacted our lives one way or the other. While adapting to the new normal, the threat of being infected isn’t lessening right now. Covid-19 is something that we have to live with, despite the launch of vaccines, which in turn is controversial and is met with scepticism and criticism from various healthcare professionals around the world.
If you are someone who wants to take charge of your health, and choose the proactive route of boosting your immune system, this is the article for you. Have a read and essentially be invulnerable to the COVID virus or any infectious microbes that come your way.
Immune Booster #1 Consume more plant-based foods to improve your gut health
People with low immune systems especially those of under and over ages are particularly susceptible to Covid-19. Do you know that our immune system, which shields our body from various diseases, is built on beneficial live bacteria that lives in the gut? When the immune system is low, weak, or impaired, it literally turns into an open invitation for infections such as coronavirus or chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Plant‐based foods specifically greens, are rich in fiber and prebiotics that increase the number of beneficial bacteria in our intestines. This in turn helps the overall gut microbiome health, which makes up to 85% of the body's immune system.
Immune Booster #2 Pack in the Zinc and Magnesium
An essential micronutrient, Zinc is used in DNA synthesis and cell proliferation. It is also involved in the regulation of innate and adaptive immune responses, cell signaling, and production of immune cells. Red meat, nuts and shellfish are jam-packed with Zinc to enhance your disease fighting faculties.
Another vital mineral for our immune system is magnesium. Fun fact - Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps strengthen our immune system's natural cells that destroy disease and lymphocytes - the foot soldiers of the body. It is also a key source of energy for our cells called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is crucial in fuelling our cells, tissues and organ systems for proper daily functions.
This is good news to sports and fitness enthusiasts who are taking, or planning to include ZMA into their supplementation. This serves a dual function both as an immune booster and as a post-workout supplement. College football players taking 450 mg of magnesium aspartate and 30mg of zinc daily, over a 7-week period demonstrated a significant increase in quadriceps and hamstrings torque and power measurements and increased concentrations of total testosterone, free testosterone, and insulin-like growth factor!
Immune Booster #3 Take Vitamin D to induce an Anti-viral state
New evidence suggests that Vitamin D plays a key function in regulating the immune system, including the body’s immune response to viral infections. How? Vitamin D has the ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta defensin 2.
Study results support that vitamin D induces LL-37 and human beta defensin 2 peptides, which are found to play a major role in the inhibition of viruses. LL-37’s anti-bacterial effect is linked to its ability to disrupt bacterial membranes through electrostatic interactions. This is also the case for viral infections, only this time LL-37 interacts with the lipid (fat) sections of viruses. LL-37 is now being compared to other anti-microbial peptides by blocking viral entry in a similar manner. The main point here is that the sun is not only heating and tanning the skin when we lye in the sun - but also activating immune boosting peptides that are scientifically proven to raise your immune system.
Immune Booster#4 Training and Exercise as a Natural Defense against the-Vid
It is common knowledge that physical exercise is one of the main components of a fit and healthy lifestyle. For the athletic minded, it’s an added bonus that on top of achieving a great physique, physical training can also prevent systemic inflammation of the entire body and chronic diseases. Another potential benefit of working out regularly is that it can reduce communicable diseases, which include viral and bacterial infections.
As studies have shown, physical training strengthens the immune system, by modulating the body’s response to viral infections. Thus, regular exercise of adequate intensity is suggested as a tool in strengthening and preparing the immune system for COVID-19.
Maintain a consistent regime by accelerating your recovery time in between workouts. For faster recoupment and muscle repair after your training sessions, Elite Sarms Decavar MK-2866 can drastically help increase cellular recovery. It selectively attaches to the androgen receptors of muscle, to restore micro tears and increase muscle bulk over time. It also stimulates bone, tendon and ligament tissues to re-establish functionality at a much faster rate.
Immune Booster#5 Strong Muscles Equals an Effective Immune System
New research in animals has revealed that strong skeletal muscles play an important role in maintaining an effective immune system. This is principally the case when the body’s immune system is worn down by infection or chronic illnesses.
Researchers conducted a study to explore the relationship between skeletal muscle mass, and T cells - which are cells that function to maintain homeostasis of the body and to regulate the immune system. By injecting the lab mice with a controlled virus, scientists noticed that in response to the infection, the mice’s muscle cells released more of the messenger substance interleukin-15.
Interleukin-15 in turn, attracts the precursors of T cells towards the skeletal muscles, which builds up more T cells around the infected cell or tissue to help combat the virus.
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Stay tuned next week when we bring you Part II of - You Vs. THE-VID (How to Bulletproof your Immune System to Athletically thrive on 2021) for more practical and scientific based approaches to beating this outbreak and staying on top of your game this year.