So we spoke of how "lysine" is so very important for the immune system because it increases levels of specific "antibodies" like IgG, IgA and IgM.
Now . . . "antibodies" are a blood protein produced in response to and counteracting a specific antigen like a bacteria, foreign substances in the blood or virus.
As we now know from yesterday's Health tip . . . "lysine" is an important element to optimal health and along with this crucial element goes "calcium" and "vitamin D". These three elements play a critical role in the maintenance of muscle mass, bone health and immune response.
Vitamin D is known to play an important role in keeping the immune system operating at its best because it helps to lower the chances of catching a cold or the flu. And once the vitamin D receptor is expressed on immune cells (B cells, T cells and antigen presenting cells) . . . they are capable of modulating the innate and adaptive immune responses.
Therefore . . . deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
Now with "calcium" . . . "lysine" helps the body absorb "calcium" and reduces the amount of "calcium" that is lost in urine. This is good! And "Lysine" can actually help prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis.
So by "lysine's" ability to increase "calcium" absorption in the "gut" . . . this helps the kidney to hold onto minerals. And why is this important???
Well . . . "calcium" signals control whether immune cells can use the nutrients needed to fuel their multiplication into a cellular army designed to fight invading viruses.
And what about vitamin D and calcium???
Vitamin D also increases calcium's absorption from the intestine. So what else can help protect our immune system???
Well . . . that would be eating enough protein. And why is this important?
The immune system is all "protein" and without this protein . . . the immune system is "depressed". And as we know . . . if this system is not working correctly . . . we're more likely to get a virus or a bacterial infection.
Okay . . . so let's talk about a few superfoods that are "immune-boosters".
First up . . . GARLIC - because it's an immune system powerhouse. "Garlic" can boost the number of virus-fighting T-cells in the bloodstream.
Next up . . . PROBIOTICS - they help the healthy "good" bacteria in the intestine flourish. This "gut flora" benefits us by zapping disease-causing organism, optimizing digestion and manufacturing certain vitamins to protect us.
"Probiotics" also help give the immune system a boost and inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria. Plus . . . probiotics promote the production of natural "antibodies" in the body such as the "antibody IgA" which produces T lymphocytes and natural killer cell.
Another good way is with EXERCISE - you see . . . regular exercise helps keep the immune system running by supporting overall health and wellness. It can boost immune function specifically by improving circulation, relieving stress and promoting "good" bacteria in the gut
And finally . . . LAUGHTER - because the short-term effects of laughing can improve mood . . . and long-term benefits can be an improved immune system. Positive thoughts help to release neuropeptides which help prevent stress and more serious illnesses.
So this holiday season . . . take the time to enjoy a good laugh with someone you love.
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