Owen Davis | 24 Dec '21
The festive season is precisely that; festive. But with all the fun and frivolity of the season, come disruptions to our diet
Ultimately, this comes at the expense of our health. Thus, it's common for people to feel fatigued or run
and suffer from compromised immune health at this time of year.
This is commonly caused by:
While these things are not good for your health, they're often unavoidable and are simply a byproduct of enjoying this time of year with friends and family. Fear not, though, as there are ways to bolster your health and immune system this festive season.
The feeling of reduced immunity is one we're all familiar with. But most aren't familiar with what actually constitutes poor immune health. Low immunity isn't just a feeling; it is measurable through blood chemistry. The charts below illustrates some common deficiencies and imbalances that result in reduced immune health.
Some of the most telling biomarkers for immune health are:
The immunoglobulins include IgA, IgE, IgG and IgM. They function as antibodies and a critical part of the immune response - binding to pathogenic microorganisms and aiding in their destruction. In the charts above, IgA is high, which indicates the following:
White blood cells are the body's primary defence mechanism. Their function is to roam throughout the body and look for foreign microbes like viruses, bacteria and parasites. Should they detect any such foreign microbes, they will launch an attack to rid the body of them. In the chart above, WBC is low, which indicates the following:
Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell consisting of B cells and T cells, and are critical in the immune response. They protect against viruses and cancer, and assist in rebuilding connective tissue. They originate in either the bone marrow or thymus gland. In the chart above, lymphocytes and total lymphocyte counts are low, which indicates the following:
Staying healthy is a matter of keeping these biomarkers (especially the key immunity markers) within optimal ranges. This begs the question; what can you do to help biomarkers stay within optimal ranges? Essentially, the body requires sufficient amounts of the following to keep immunity markers within optimum ranges:
All of the above can be found in the following supplements:
Bio Vitamin C contains vitamin C, lysine, proline, glycine, bioflavonoids, and a standardised green tea extract. The primary function of vitamin C is to promote the production of white blood cells. Regular over-the-counter vitamin C products contain 500mg of vitamin C per dose. However, our own Bio Vitamin C powder delivers 2000mg per dose. It also contains powerful antioxidants like lysine, proline and glycine that provide additional antiviral support. The green tea extract and citrus bioflavonoids give the added benefits to increase the uptake of vitamin C and offer extra antioxidant protection.
Glutathione is an antioxidant designed to preserve the integrity of cells, and plays a key role in defending against viral infections. Viruses enter the body encased within a protein shell known as a 'capsid'. Before a virus can infect the body, it must first bind to a cell and activate its 'neuraminidase' enzyme, which injects the virus into the cell. The virus then multiplies within the cell - ultimately causing the cell to burst, at which point the virus escapes the cell and then infects the body. However, if the capsid does not bind to a cell, it can be naturally escorted out of the body by white blood cells - meaning no viral infection. One of the functions of glutathione is to ensure viruses do not escape this capsid and infect the body.
Note, Glutathione can be synthesized by the body naturally by obtaining 3 amino acids:
Bio Omega 3-6-9 aids immunity as it is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin D, which help maintain cell health, aid white cell production, and combat inflammation.
Synergy K2 contains vitamin k2, vitamin D3 and vitamin A. Vitamin D3 and A, in particular, are beneficial to immune health as they maintain cell health, aid white blood cell production and combat inflammation. Vitamin K2 also aids with the absorption and utilisation of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A and D3 - making them more effective.
Formula 1 supports the immune system primarily as it is high in zinc. Zinc is essential to healthy cell function and signalling. Without sufficient zinc, the immune response will be compromised. Zinc also works to reduce oxidative stress (low oxygen), which can hinder immune function and energy levels.
Like Formula 1, Formula 2 also contains zinc. It also contains vitamins B6 and copper which support the immune system by aiding cell function.
If you do start to feel run down or your immune system feels compromised at any point this festive season, there are a few other things you can do to support the immune system. Our comprehensive cold and flu guide gives some tips and tricks on what to do. You can read the guide here.
While these supplements certainly won't offset all your festive behaviours and are most definitely not a replacement for maintaining proper diet and lifestyle habits, they will help preserve your immune system and energy during this time of the year. And so, without further ado, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!