Elderberry and Immunity Gummies: How to Keep Your Immunity Strong during a Pandemic
This past year has been unusual. For the first time in living memory, a pandemic essentially shut down the United States. Stay-at-home orders were issued to try to stop the spread of the virus. We learned a lot about coping with isolation and other associated factors, but one of the most important lessons we learned was how important it is to protect our health and keep our immunity strong during a pandemic. At PharmaCBD, we decided to dive into the topic and share our findings.
Immunity Supporting Supplements and Foods
One of the first suggestions you’ll find when researching how to keep your immunity strong during a pandemic is to augment your diet with supplements. Specific supplements and foods containing vitamins and other natural elements have long been researched and understood to support your immune system.
Elderberry is a rock star in the immunity realm. Studies have shown that the elderberry extract possesses antimicrobial activity against certain bacteria and has an inhibitory effect on human pathogenic influenza viruses. Other studies have also shown it to treat upper respiratory symptoms effectively.
We’ve all probably heard about the importance of vitamin C since we were kids, and with good reason. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects against oxidative stress damage that can impair the immune system.
Zinc plays a role in our inflammatory response as well as being needed for immune cell development. There is an abundance of evidence that being deficient in this nutrient will impair your immune system. According to research, zinc deficiency is the cause of 16% of the deep respiratory infections experienced worldwide.
Vitamin D has long been known as a supporter of the immune system, as the vitamin enhances the pathogen fighting effects of your white blood cells. Even more astounding is that studies have shown that vitamin D fights against acute respiratory infections.
Raw honey has some microbial effects as well as antioxidant properties. It’s fantastic for soothing inflamed mucous membranes in the nose and mouth and helpful in relieving coughs and sore throats.
This well-known herb may reduce the severity of viral upper respiratory infections. It may also prevent viral infection of the common cold.
These support gut health, which influences the regulation and function of the immune system. Probiotics have also been known to decrease respiratory infections, especially in children.
Other Ways to Support Your Immune System
In addition to the number of supplements and foods that you can purchase to improve your immune system during a pandemic, certain activities can give your immune system a boost as well.
Even during lockdowns, most of us can go outdoors if we take precautions. We’ve just talked about the benefits of vitamin D, and good old sunshine from being outdoors is a great way to get your body to produce more vitamin D. Being outside helps clear your lungs. It promotes a calmer overall countenance and gets you a little exercise – both of which are good for your immune system.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
We’ve heard it before, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is especially important when you’re trying to boost your immune system.
- Eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables;
- Maintaining a healthy weight;
- Limiting alcohol and refraining from smoking; and
- Exercising regularly
All serve to improve your immunities. One additional note about exercising: While regular moderate exercise will boost your immune system, strenuous exercise diminishes your body’s ability to fight disease.
Get Lots of Sleep
A good night’s sleep goes a long way in improving your immune system. Not only does a full seven to eight hours of sleep help to reduce anxiety, but it also improves your T cell production. These T cells fight off infection by adhering to and destroying cells infected by viruses and other pathogens.
Keep a Positive Attitude
It’s long been documented that stress, even mental stress, can cause disease. We acknowledge that having a positive and happy attitude during a lockdown can be a challenge. Worry, boredom, and other factors all present reasons for being stressed out. However, a negative or worried countenance is not going to help your immune system.
Try to surround yourself with positive things. For example, watch inspirational movies or read positive books to help keep yourself in a happy state of mind. For now and in the long run, a positive attitude will go a long way to a healthier, happier life.
Stay Connected to Others
Another way to have a more positive attitude is by staying connected to others – especially if they are uplifting people. Isolation increases loneliness and depression, which can negatively impact your immunity. Call, text, and use online services that allow you to connect to people through your computer or phone screen. It’s not as good as meeting face to face, but it will go a long way to keeping you mentally healthy and your immune system intact.
Support Your Immune System with PharmaCBD!
At PharmaCBD, we are all about your health and providing our customers with holistic wellness solutions for the physical challenges they encounter daily. The COVID pandemic and the issues it brings with it are no exception.
One suggestion we have for immune support is our CBD Elderberry Gummies. Each tasty treat not only carries 20 milligrams of beneficial full spectrum CBD, but it also boasts the immune-supporting properties of elderberry! And if that’s not enough, we’ve also included the immune-boosting elements of vitamin C and Zinc for the full one-two punch your immune system needs.
If you’re doing well on most other fronts, but you’re worried that your lack of a good night’s sleep is affecting your immune system, then our Watermelon Rings with Melatonin is the product for you. Delicious and fun, you get the powerful combo of CBD and melatonin to help you get the rest your immunities need.Let us help you through this pandemic and beyond with holistic wellness products from PharmaCBD!