‘What’s In Your Cabinet’
***I am not a health care professional and these are not suggestions rather I am sharing what I personally use. Sharing only the facts of what each of these contribute to the body, the information herein is as per researched articles and not my own. Interpretation is up to the reader. Always consult a medical professional before using anything new.***
I don’t think it’s new news (or shouldn’t be) that what we put in and on our bodies either helps or hinders our immune function and wellbeing.
As per the 2004 documentary ‘Super Size Me’, opting for less-than-ideal foods wreak havoc on our bodies. Success with anything in life always been and always will be by consistency of doing the little things. And while I do enjoy a few Mc Donald’s french fries once in a while, if I ate them for each meal, I would definitely notice it in my body and mood.
Two years ago this past August when my body finally hit it’s failure threshold from the chemical poop storm of my ruptured silicone breast implants and I fell extremely ill with autoimmune issues, I chose to take up eating a strict immune-friendly protocol.
While eating that way is recommended for usually a maximum of about six months, I embraced the strict eating style until after my explant surgery which was for a total of approximately a year and a half.
Supplemental vitamins and minerals have always had their place in our household daily morning routine and during that time, I upped my game with that too. While my immune system was a mess and I experienced the most crazy symptoms with new ones popping up each and every day that included everything from a deteriorating finger to hardened scleroderma patches on my face, I managed to avoid catching any kind of cold or flu and I even kept on working full time.
Coincidence? Maybe…but I don’t think so.
Why do I choose to take the above-mentioned supplements everyday?
You’ll have to interpret for yourself and for your information only, here is what each of them do: (and remember to consult a medical professional first before trying anything new!)
- VITAMIN C: We all learned in high school history about the guys on the boats and how they got Scurvy but then ate oranges and lemons and felt better. Why did that happen? Because those items contain vitamin C.
So if it’s known that Scurvy is;
“A disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds, which particularly affected poorly nourished sailors until the end of the 18th century.”- Oxford Dictionary,
how come, then, we are often told by certain sources that supplemental vitamins are bogus and whatever?
Also this article highlights the importance of Vitamin C and immune function…
“[Vitamin C]…is a potent antioxidant and a cofactor for a family of biosynthetic and gene regulatory enzymes. Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system.”
- VITAMIN D: We know vitamin D helps with bone health and calcium absorption but it also helps with these things:
“Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including reduction of inflammation as well as modulation of such processes as cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and glucose metabolism [1–3]. Many genes encoding proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are modulated in part by vitamin D. Many tissues have vitamin D receptors, and some convert 25(OH)D to 1,25(OH)2D.”-https://ods.od.nih.gov/facts.../VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
The article above also says we get vitamin D from in these ways:
“Vitamin D (also referred to as “calciferol”) is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in a few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.”
So, like, if it’s gloomy out and you can’t get rays of sunshine from anywhere I guess it makes sense to eat it…or maybe take it as a supplement, right?
- ZINC: “Zinc (Zn) nutritional importance has been known for a long time, but in the last decades its importance in immune modulation has arisen.”-https://www.sciencedirect.com/.../abs/pii/S1568997214002808
“Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to properly work. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste.”- https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002416.htm
So again back to how taking exogenous versions of certain vitamins and minerals doesn’t make any difference…it’s interesting to read this next blurb taken from the same Medlineplus publication as above.
“Information from an expert review on zinc supplements showed that: When taken for at least 5 months, zinc may reduce your risk of becoming sick with the common cold.”
It all just makes ya’ think.
- IODINE: Ew, taking Iodine by mouth? Gross! Why do you take that? Taken by the single drop each day, we all have it daily and here’s why:
“Your thyroid gland uses [Iodine] to make thyroid hormones, which help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism. Unfortunately, up to a third of people worldwide are at risk of an iodine deficiency.”- https://www.healthline.com/nut.../iodine-deficiency-symptoms
Lack of iodine is also related to decreased cognitive function, depression, dry skin, constipation and fatigue.
Again, I am not a health professional and this is only to share some of the things I do to try to stay as healthy as possible because people have asked.
Along with the everyday recommended things like a balanced diet, exercise and being intentional about lowering stress levels, it’s important to choose what works for you.