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With flu season upon us, Senior Scientific Officer Jerry Hickey, Ph. revisits the topic of green tea’s benefits for our immunity. Tune in to hear him discuss the powerful constituents in green tea, as well as their abilities to help protect the body from infections such as COVID-19.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Did you know that weather plays a big part in cold sore development? I want to talk about this in some detail today because we certainly know that cold and flu season is upon us, as is harsher winter weather, including more dry air and heightened winds. This can actually make the body more hospitable to the body that causes cold sores. I want to talk about the herpes family of viruses, as well as cold sores and what you can be doing about that.†
What are cold sores?
I want to discuss what a cold sore is. We know that roughly 50 to 80% of the US population has herpes simplex 1. This is the virus that is causative to creating cold sores.†
Generally speaking, when people get a cold sore, there are usually a few different factors that come into play. First, we always have to look at the immune system and what is actually occurring at the time that that cold sore develops. Are we currently ill with something such as the common cold? If we’re trying to fight that off, our body is at a heightened state of stress, which can create a reactivation of herpes simplex 1.†
We can also look at shingles, which we know is directly correlated to the reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Though these two viruses present differently, we know that lowered immunity and stress are the driving causes for both of those to come out.†
Promoting your immune defenses
We have to make sure that we are doing what we can to support our immune system. The common cold and influenza are common drivers for the reactivation of the viruses that cause cold sores and shingles. If you have a fever, runny nose or any of the things that go along with the common cold or influenza, our immune system is left more open and prone to allowing the herpes viruses to reactivate themselves and create those issues.†
We can also see how certain nutrients and the lack thereof can lead to a greater likelihood for herpes simplex 1 reactivation. We can look at low intake of key nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin D and zinc. Americans commonly do not have enough of these nutrients. Being in more of an insufficient state when it comes to your intake of those key vitamins, as well as the mineral zinc, could put you at a higher risk for the development of issues such as shingles or cold sores.†
This would be a good time to turn to something like our Immunity HxⓇ formulation that contains those three nutrients in combination. It has Vitamin C, Vitamin D and zinc. During cold and flu season, it is quite advantageous to make sure we are bolstering up our system with higher amounts of those three things in particular.†
We can also look at mushroom extracts and the amino acid lysine. We know that lysine is not only important when we look at cold sores, but also when we think about shingles because herpes viruses rely heavily on arginine. If we take higher levels of lysine, that helps to offset the replication process.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses why outbreaks of cold sores and shingles are more common during cold and flu season. She explains the roll immunity and stress play in this issue and recommends nutrients that can help you build up your immune defenses.†
- Shingles and reactivation of the chicken pox virus
- The impacts of cold sores
- How weather and stress impact immunity
- Research on nutrients to help fend off shingles and cold sores
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With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s likely that you’re starting to enjoy pumpkins. While pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie may not be the healthiest options, pumpkins themselves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help the body work properly.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
What is it about cold weather that makes us more susceptible to coming down with the common cold? Of course, you can get a cold throughout any time of the year, but we know that during the winter months when it’s cold outside is when we’re certainly more prone to exposure, as well as to contracting and exhibiting symptoms of the common cold. I want to talk today a little bit about why that actually occurs and what you can be doing to make sure that your immune system is ready to fend off all of the pesky bugs that are circulating around, especially during the winter.†
Colds in the wintertime
Why is it that we see this generally greater spike when it comes to the pathogens that are circulating around in the winter? Certainly, we know that the temperature can play a significant role into that, but we also have to look at why it is that these viruses seem to thrive in what we would look at as kind of inclement weather. There are roughly about 200 different viruses that can trigger cold symptoms, so these can include things like rhinoviruses, coronaviruses and parainfluenza viruses. We have to really see what it is that makes them the most prevalent in the winter.†
First and foremost, we can look at the lack of sunlight and the natural absorption of Vitamin D coming from the sun that occurs during the winter. We have shorter daylight and people are generally inside, so you’re not going to have as high an amount of exposure to Vitamin D coming from the sun, which we certainly know can impact your overall Vitamin D status. This is why generally, in the winter months, people will see a rapid decline in their serum Vitamin D levels, which is why it’s quite advantageous to make sure that during the winter, you are definitely taking Vitamin D.†
Let’s go beyond that and think about people being inside more. When you’re outside and you have more space in between you out in the open air, the transmission rate of these different viruses tends to go down significantly. We know that when you are indoors, we can have a greater facilitation of the spread of viruses from person to person. We can also look at that shift in terms of humidity and understand that that lower humidity and forced heat, which can dry everything out, certainly can create an environment that allows these different viruses to live longer. Generally speaking, most of these viruses are going to thrive in a drier condition.†
Learn more about the process by which these viruses are spread by listening to the full podcast episode.
Supporting the immune system
Our immune system certainly can have seasonal changes as well, so it’s not just the external, environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight and dryness. We also have to look at how that is impacting the innate and adaptive immune systems. We can look at how, even within the sinuses, when we look at the mucociliary action, we see a variation between seasons, meaning that perhaps your nasal passages are more prone to dryness in the winter, making them more likely to become a happy resting home for viruses. This is why it’s so incredibly important to make sure that you are doing the right things leading into the cold months. So, what does that entail? We know that people will have chicken noodle soup in the winter to fend off a cold. There’s a reason for that. We can look at all of the beneficial immune-boosting nutrients that are derived from that bone broth. This is what heightens our ability to fend off the attacks from these many different types of viruses that are quite high during the winter months.†
We can also look at really powerful flavonoids, such as the Cocoa Hx. Taking a scoop of that Cocoa Hx and warming it up is like having a cup of hot cocoa, but it’s packed with all of these powerful antioxidants. In the event that we do happen to breathe in some of these nasty little bugs, then the immune system is more at a ready, set, go stage with its antioxidant defenses.†
Certainly we know that Vitamin D is going to play an integral role in this, as well, and that link between Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency and that increased susceptibility to infection. We know that there is a strong association between seasonal variations in Vitamin D and the incidence of various infectious diseases. We’re clearly seeing that going on with COVID-19.†
We can also look at melatonin and understand that melatonin, which is a very powerful natural hormone, also participates in immunomodulatory roles. Melatonin is stimulating the production of natural killer cells and it helps to balance your T-helper cells. This is all very, very important because we understand that seasonal changes of the immune function have been observed in these different factors.†
Tune into the full podcast episode for more details on the benefits of these and other nutrients for your immune health.
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