“Some shudder at the thought of 80 million bacteria being transferred by one kiss... YUK! All of this happens with 10 seconds of kissing, but is it a bad thing? No! Everyday we come in contact with microbials and viruses.”
We can’t oversanitize our lives because we encounter these bugs. WHY – these tiny organisms help fine-tune our immune system. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t practice good hygiene, but over-isolation can be harmful because we can lose the ability to improve our immune system.
Exposure to germs in our environment keeps our immune system on its toes, ready to fight foes.
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are trying to sort out the effects of isolation on our immune systems after extended lockdown and seclusion periods being in a bubble. The immune system – similar to the brain – is constantly in the learning phase. Childbirth introduces us to the highly diverse world of microbes, including “good” and “bad” bacteria, but it takes a lifetime to build and train our immune system to fight off disease- causing agents.
However, the excessive use of sanitizers and disinfectants is problematic and can be harmful. The less exposure our bodies have to germs, especially while our immune systems are still developing, the more inappropriate or overwhelmed the immune response may become.
Young children and infants are likely most affected by the long isolation periods because of the restricted access to the microbial world.
So what’s the best way to ease back into normal activities?
The first step is to get outside and take part in moderate exercise. Eat a diet filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains, and take supplements to improve your nutritional status.
Dietary supplements complement the daily diet, and can help prevent cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, plus they can support the gut microbiome with vital nutrients.
Researchers show that a gut with a balanced, healthy microbiome creates a robust immune system, contributes to brain health, and can help reduce inflammation. Several supplements that improve gut barrier function to strengthen immune health are N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Quercetin LipoMicel Matrix, Liposomal Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and protein paired with fibre, such as RealEasy with PGX Meal Replacement shakes.
Diets high in fibre were especially found to support the growth and maintenance of beneficial microbes in the gut, and therefore strengthen the immune system.
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