More than ever before it is important to help your body stay healthy. Preparing your body to fight infections can help you from becoming vulnerable to many types of pathogens including viruses.
For an upper respiratory infection to occur, a virus enters the body, usually through the mouth or nose. A person may transmit it through touch, or by sneezing and coughing.
A virus is a tiny invader that uses your cells to copy itself by reproducing itself inside the cells of living hosts. Viruses don’t have the machinery to make copies of themselves. Instead, they trick your cells into becoming virus-making machines for them. When infected, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus that escape from the cell. Each new virus can infect another cell, repeating the infection cycle at an extraordinary rate.
Some viruses cause diseases you will have heard of like measles, chickenpox, shingles, and herpes! The Flu is one of the most famous viral diseases in the world. It affects your respiratory system and gives you cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fever, fatigue and pain.
According to many studies, chronic inflammation results from the prolonged activation of immunity or an inability to resolve the immune response. Tissue damage caused by an overactive immune system creates a cycle whereby the immune system attempts to repair the damage, which, in turn, creates more inflammation and potentially more damage. Many, if not all, of our disease risks are associated with chronic inflammation.
Viruses can be very contagious - they spread very quickly from one person to another. They can even spread in the air, in droplets that form when people cough or sneeze or from surfaces like door handles and telephones! Antibiotics don’t work on viruses
There are ways to stay healthy and to keep others from getting sick from viruses. The best way is to wash your hands. The soap won’t kill viruses, but it does help remove the oils and dirt they stick to so you can rinse them off your skin. When you are sick, you can protect others by covering your mouth and nose when you cough. Don’t use your hands, because you can end up touching something and spreading the virus. Instead, use your upper arm and shoulder to cover your mouth and nose. You can also use a tissue but make sure to throw it out immediately!
Supporting your immune system's defenses can slow down the severity of the infection. There are many natural supplements available.
Your first line of defense for respiratory infections is protecting your nose and throat!
Colloidal Silver (10ppm) is made from pure water and silver, using electrolysis. It is microscopic-sized solid silver particles suspended in the water. The microscopic silver particles can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body. Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one celled viruses, bacteria and fungi use for their oxygen metabolism. The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen, disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune system. Colloidal Silver is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry. It can be taken daily internally or used externally as a disinfectant and it’s benefits last for 2-3 hours. Since upper respiratory infections begin with the sinuses, it is important to spray your sinuses with silver every few hours. If you are going into a group of people spray before and after. Properly manufactured silver is safe for all ages and does not interfere with any medications. You can also add 2 teaspoons to 8 oz. water and sip throughout the day & then replenish as needed. If you are wearing a mask spray the inside & outside of the mask with silver every 3 hours to increase protection.
Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) On a chemical level, the aging process transforms the odor-causing, unstable, oil-based compounds in fresh garlic into odor-free, stable, water-based ones. These new compounds have been shown to have a range of immune-enhancing and supporting benefits. A study reported in The Journal of Nutrition 2016 reports Aged Garlic Extract contains numerous compounds that have the potential to influence immunity. The research suggests immune cells, especially innate immune cells, are responsible for the inflammation necessary to kill pathogens. The results of the study suggest that AGE supplementation may enhance immune cell function and decreased inflammation that may be partly responsible for the reduced severity of colds and flu reported. Other studies show aged garlic extract prevents a decline of the immune systems Natural Killer cell number and activity in patients.
Olive Leaf Extract (Natural Factors) has been clinically proven as an immune booster beneficial in the treatment of conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Studies have shown it to have a unique anti-viral mechanism. Oleuropein, the key nutrient, is most concentrated in the leaves than any other part of the plant. Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. It also has an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses, by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. Olive leaf extract can directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer website “Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective against the following microorganisms: E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum canis, T. rubrum and Candida albicans.
Medicinal Mushrooms, such as maitake, reishi, shiitake, agaricus, and poria cocos, have been used for centuries throughout Asia to enhance immune function and restore vitality. Modern research shows that these mushrooms are rich sources of: Lentinan (which helps fight infection), Maitake D-fraction (which stimulates cancer-fighting immune cells), Beta-glucan (a unique fiber that enhances the immune system’s rapid response to bacterial infection) and Active hexose correlated compound (an immunomodulating compound that also increases the body’s antibody response to the flu vaccine, making it even more effective)
Kyolic Immune Formula 103 (Kyolic) Animal and test-tube studies indicate that garlic enhances immune system response by stimulating protective immune cells, which may safeguard against viral infections. This combination of vitamins, mushrooms and herbs helps to support healthy immune function.* Aged Garlic Extract™ [220 mg]; Premium Mushroom Complex [75 mg]; Vitamin C [52.5 mg]; Astragalus Extract [50 mg]; Oregano Extract [50 mg]; Olive Leaf Extract [40 mg] (per capsule). A study reported in The Journal of Nutrition
Vira-Stop (Woodstock Herbals) A blend of herbs to support healthy immune function and provide nutritional support to combat viral infections. This comprehensive herbal blend contains: Organic St. John’s Wort Aerial Parts, Organic Astragalus Root, Organic Elderberry, Garlic Bulb, Organic Hyssop Aerial Parts, Organic Lemon Balm Leaf, Organic Licorice Root, Lomatium Root, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Sweet Annie Aerial Parts, Thuja Leaf/Stem, Organic Echinacea Purpurea Root, Organic Echinacea Augustifolia Root, Organic Echinacea Purpurpea Flower, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Certified Organic Alcohol (to intensify and preserve the extract)
As always consult with your Holistic or Medical Practitioner before starting any new supplements.
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