Best Way to Build a Strong Immune System NOW!

March 21st, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it.   These are uncertain and confusing times for everybody, and it’s normal if you are finding it harder and harder to sleep at night. But getting a good night’s sleep is more important now than ever, as research shows that poor sleep is associated with increased vulnerability to infectious diseases and viruses.  Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.

KEEP YOUR IMMUNE DEFENSE STRONG – GET SLEEP!  (Keep reading to get the list of immune system building supplements)

The Connection Between Sleep and Immunity

Sleep exerts a strong regulatory influence on immune functions. Every evening as your body shuts down for the night your brain goes through a series of predictable cycles of electrical activities known as the “phases” or “stages” of sleep. During these stages, your body fulfills essential tasks, like regenerating your muscles and tissues, consolidating memories in your brain, and strengthening your immune system.

When you get a full night’s sleep (i.e., you go through all the stages of the cycle and reach deep sleep), your immune system gets the chance to produce and release cytokines, a type of protein that acts as a chemical messenger and is secreted directly into the tissues and bloodstream. Cytokines bind to immune cell receptors and trigger an immune response targeting infection and inflammation.

An overproduction of cytokines can result in an auto-immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system targets and promotes inflammation in healthy tissue. But when you don’t get enough sleep, and your body can’t secrete enough cytokines, you become more vulnerable to diseases.

Sleeping also increases T cell production, which play an essential role in protecting you against viruses. T cells contribute to the body’s immune response when a potentially harmful foreign body enters the system. These immune cells recognize pathogens then activate integrins, which are a type of protein that allows T cells to attach to and tackle their targets. In fact, research has shown that quality sleep can increase your T cell’s ability to fight off infections.  In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.

In addition to building a strong immune system, the benefits of healthy sleep include

  • Increases longevity
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Protects against cellular damage
  • Lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Lowers risk of obesity and reduces stress
  • Improves cognitive function and memory

The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers and school-aged children need about nine to 10 hours of sleep.

To learn more about getting a good nights sleep and sleep tips download our FREE Sleep E-book plus Insomnia Whitepaper.

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Sleep and Stay Well

Practice good sleep hygiene to support healthy sleep and a strong immune system.

  • Maintain a consistent sleep and wake schedule.
  • Avoid alcohol in the last hour before bed.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine up to 8 hours before bed.
  • Don’t use screens (computer, iphone etc.) for an hour or two before sleep.
  • Take a natural sleep aide.

Related Article:  Fortifying Your Body Against the Coronavirus:Learn tips for staying safe, why drinking plenty of water is a must and discover why the following supplements and others are so important:

Vitamin C – 2,000 mg/day
Zinc  – 50 mg/day
Vitamin A – 900 mcg/day
Vitamin D3 1,000 – 1,500 i.u. daily
Elderberry Extract – 500 mg/day (increase to 1,125 mg day if you show symptoms of flu or virus

Pelargonium Sidoides Extract – (Commonly used for upper respiratory infections including bronchitis). P. Sidoides is marketed in the U.S. as Umckaloaba – 1 dropper full twice a day in 2 oz. of water or juice.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences