Covid-19 Update: Food and Immune Health

Hello again everyone:

Sadly, the predominant narrative that is being broadcast everywhere seems to almost completely ignore what we can do to protect ourselves against any type of infection both now and for the future. This is sad because we know that the vast majority of those getting severe Covid related illness and/or death have at least 1 to 5 co-morbidities. It is also known that about 80% of those co-morbidities are diet related and can be improved with simple and direct lifestyle upgrades. Furthermore, this is not a secret and is well documented in the research literature.

What surprises me every day is that I meet people who are not optimally well and have multiple co-morbidities (the simultaneous presence of 1 or more chronic conditions or diseases) and over the past year, no one has mentioned to them that it might be an absolutely fabulous idea if we all used this pandemic as an urgent reason to upgrade our lifestyle…especially our food choices.

Bottom Line:

 It may be a great idea to use this pandemic as a strong and motivating reason to launch yourself into a healthier orbit by upgrading your food, exercise and sleep patterns. There is even data to suggest that better weight and blood sugar controls may assist the vaccine in creating better immune cell memory. Why wait for the government to help us…start now to become optimally healthy. Recent statistics revealed that 73% of the U.S. is overweight or obese and only about 1 in 10 are metabolically healthy and resilient.

“To go the extra mile in ensuring you do have a strong immune system, research suggests that eating garlic and foods high in vitamin C helps ward off infection,” says Dr. Blackmon. “The next time you reach for junk food, realize that you not only are affecting your weight, but you may be letting down your resistance to bacteria, viruses, and parasites.”(1)

“In addition, as obesity and diabetes mellitus have been found to impair the development of immunological memory (for example, after influenza vaccination), it cannot be excluded that obesity and hyperglycemia might also negatively affect the efficiency of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. These relationships, as well as the knowledge that metabolic processes largely determine the course of COVID-19, suggest that treating obesity and cardiometabolic complications might be very effective in overcoming acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, and also in reducing the risk of post-COVID-19 cardiometabolic diseases and obesity. Weight loss and improvement of metabolic health in people with obesity and/or those who are metabolically unhealthy might help them to better cope with COVID-19.”(2)


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