Immune System Fight COVID-19

& Other Infections W

e’re still in the midst of the big- gest pandemic of our lifetime. COVID-19 has transformed our

society, and we’re going to great lengths to avoid getting it. But social distancing and shelter-in-place practices aren’t the only things we can do to reduce our risk of get- ting COVID-19. Perhaps one of the most important things we should all focus our energy on is boosting our immune systems. A healthy immune system is a good guard against viruses—not just during a pan- demic, but any time.

Get to Know Your Immune System Your immune system has several im- portant players designed to protect you

against disease. The primary ones are:

• Spleen • Lymphatic system • Thymus gland • Microbiome (healthy gut bacteria) • White blood cells, which include neu- trophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eo- sinophils, and basophils

Your white blood cells are the fi rst responders of your immune system. Each type of white blood cell has a particular area of responsibility:

• Neutrophils fi ght bacteria and fungi • Lymphocytes fi ght viruses and mold

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• Monocytes fi ght viruses and bacteria • Eosinophils and basophils fi ght aller- gies and parasites

Get Your Immune System in Fighting Shape As you can see, your body is designed

to resist invaders. You have a lot of fi ghters on your side against all manner of ill- nesses—including viruses like COVID-19. So, why not equip your body to go into battle? Think of your white blood cells like

the men and women in our armed forces. On their own, they’re strong and focused, but they need the right tools and equipment to properly protect themselves and their buddies. Likewise, your immune system also needs to be equipped to properly protect you—and one of the primary ways to do this is through building your vitamin and mineral levels.

Your Supplement & Nutrition Guidelines The following health recommenda-

tions are essential as immune-supporting supplements:

• Vitamin A (10,000-20,000 IUs a day) — white blood cell production

• Vitamin E (800 IUs a day) — white blood cell production

Help Your

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