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Immunity 101: A General Overview of How Your Body Fights the Virus That Causes COVID-19

Immunity, Antibodies, Inflammation—what’s the difference and why should you care? Here’s why—a little knowledge about how the immune system works (or is supposed to work) when confronted with a pathogen (like the COVID-19 virus) may go a long way in helping alleviate fear about contracting it. Bonus, you may be inspired to learn that our immune systems are pretty awesome indeed, and we might just want to give it the credit it’s due. So, let’s get... Read More
at Friday, July 17, 2020

Knowledge is Power – Boost Mental Health and Immunity by Doing This

Even the word pandemic sounds ominous. Fear is eerily present now in a way never seen in recent history. People wearing masks trying to keep germs at bay, staying home to reduce exposure to pathogens—it takes a mental toll. Here’s a suggestion—realize that fear is augmented by the unknown. If you want to really take a look at how to stay healthy, learn about your immune system. Not the immune system— YOUR immune system. How do you do that?... Read More
at Friday, June 5, 2020

In Europe, Countries With the Most COVID-19 Cases Have the Lowest Vitamin D Levels

Now that COVID-19 has been around for several months, researchers all over the world are starting to collect large amounts of data on case demographics and clinical characteristics. One recently published study from the United Kingdom summarized the number of cases and fatalities of COVID-19 from twenty European countries and correlated it with the average vitamin D levels of each of those countries. Interestingly, the countries with the highest levels of vitamin D were those in the way... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Friday, May 29, 2020

Could Vitamin K Deficiency Increase COVID-19 Complications?

  Consider this—over 8000 medical papers on COVID-19 have been published in 2020 alone—the majority of which have been published just in March and April. As the amount of clinical data grows, we will learn more nuanced aspects of this novel pandemic—one of which will be how micronutrient status may impact COVID-19.  In a recently e-published paper, a team from the Netherlands studied the level of vitamin K in over a hundred people admitted to the hospital... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Monday, May 4, 2020