As COVID-19 surges again I’ve had many folks reach out to me and ask about what to stock up on for their immune systems. When I mention this product they are puzzled as most have heard of it but do not realize the powerful immune support it can bring.
Can you imagine as an adult how many we have after living decades on this earth?
Even if we eat a “clean” diet we cannot avoid a build-up of chemicals in our tissues. Pesticides, herbicides, phthalates (found in “scents” used in cleaning products, air fresheners, laundry products, etc.), arsenic, BPA from plastics (hormone disruptors), and all the list of chemicals found in our drinking water. It’s enough to make you want to throw up your hands and say “I give up!”
As we continue to live in the ‘COVID’ world we see more and more information coming out that continues to confuse us. When the World Health Organization recently stated “asymptomatic people cannot transmit the virus”, they got immediate push back from the scientific community and retracted that statement, makes you wonder doesn’t it?
What I want to share with you today is kinda deep, so hang in there with me! I know some of you have already been tested for the COVID antibodies. Now we are seeing some research that shows that those tests may not be accurate.
Your Four Antibodies
There are four types of antibodies that each have a different function: IgM, IgG, IgA, and IgE. Generally, IgE is responsible for classical allergy symptoms (many of you know what this feels like). IgA are particularly important for protecting the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and gastrointestinal tract. In the immune response to an infectious disease, IgM usually appears first. IgM is followed by IgG and IgA, with occasional contributions from IgE. I imagine this in my mind like the emergency response, first 911 call, EMS from fire responds. Then an ambulance shows up and sometimes you might get transported to the hospital.
Current antibody tests for COVID-19 test only IgM and IgG, and assumes that IgM represents a recent infection. While IgG will represent a recent or distant infection. IgM comes first, followed by IgG. IgM disappears rather rapidly, while IgG stays elevated for a very long time.
Are We Testing the Right Antibody?
A preprint IgA dominates the early neutralizing antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 by French researchers, found things work completely differently with COVID 19.
In the first week, there are nearly twice as many people who are positive for IgA to the COVID protein than those who are positive for either of the other antibodies. IgA continues to be most prevalent in the second week. It’s almost as prevalent as IgG in the third and fourth weeks. IgM is never the most prevalent and it drops off in the fifth week just like IgA . Only IgG remains prevalent in the fifth week.
IgA antibodies were five times more effective than IgG antibodies at neutralizing SARS COv-2. This is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19!That suggests that during the major period when the virus is being fought off, it is IgA antibodies against the spike protein that offers the most important defense in people who produce them effectively.
This also suggests that the existing antibody tests are based on false assumptions. IgA, rather than IgM, should be used to indicate a recent infection. The authors suggest that we may even be able to use saliva samples to test for IgA against the virus. This would be especially useful for home testing.
So……should you be tested based on this latest information? I know many of you are curious if you’ve been exposed. I would wait a while to see if this recent research study changes the way we test.
Is there a nutritional strategy to get a better IgA response? You betcha!
Avoid vitamin A deficiency.
A vitamin A deficiency compromises the production of flu-specific IgA during flu infections.
IgA are particularly important for protecting the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and gastrointestinal tract. They are very dependent on the amount of vitamin A in the body!
Vitamin A has always been one of my “go-to” supplements for immune-boosting and cold and flu prevention. I’ve often been asked about vitamin A toxicity. The RDA upper limit for Vitamin A is 10,000IU daily. When considering an immune-boosting program I’ve often recommended quite a bit more than that for short periods of time (2-3 weeks). If someone is extremely immune-compromised we can go longer. Remember, vitamin A is “fat-soluble” and stores in the body so short bumps in dosing can help the body store up vitamin A for future use.
Synthetic vs Natural
When I was first introduced to nutritional supplementation by a clinical nutritionist over thirty years ago. I was educated on “natural vs synthetic” supplements and how the body responds. It still makes total sense to me that we would want to use supplements that are “from nature”. That is what our body was designed to use from our dietary sources.
There’s been a flood of supplements that have come on the market in the last thirty years. The majority coming from a man-made source, easy and cheap to make. The most common synthetic form of Vitamin A is “palmitate”. Vitamin A in its natural form is actually a large group of natural compounds. Natural vitamin A only comes from animal sources. The truly natural dietary supplement forms usually are from fish oils. Think Cod Liver Oil, grandma had it right!
Now, I know you’re running to see what’s in your multi-vitamin and/or your vitamin A supplement. The question is “do we utilize any of the synthetic A?” Yes, about 30%, but remember, it’s fat-soluble so you don’t “pee” it out. It stores in the tissue and has to be eliminated by our detoxification pathways. I will often tell my clients “don’t throw it out, use it up and make a better choice next time.”
With this latest information on testing, the continued concern about exposure, and the possible “second wave” of COVID-19 it’s still good to keep those immune systems tuned up!
Stay well my friend,
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As things start to open up more, are you venturing out? I have talked with some of my clients this week and I’m inspired. Many of them have truly redirected their lives to continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Some have turned spare rooms into personal fitness centers. Some started taking Yoga and Ti Chi classes on YouTube. Others are out walking more than they ever did before, and haven’t let the closures of their favorite places to go stop them from being outside.
First Hair Cut…
I ventured out for a hair appointment today, first hair cut in three months!! I did get a couple of bang cuts from my daughter to help me get through this LOL 🙂 I’ve also talked to clients who are very concerned about getting out around more people again. It doesn’t help that we have conflicting reports on should we wear a mask. Is COVID-19 transmitted from asymptomatic people? Does it live on surfaces, should we plan our trips where we have to fly, etc. etc.
Fear & Anxiety…
Fear and anxiousness lower your immune systems. If you are concerned about getting out and about, continue to do what makes YOU feel safe. If you have mastered the art of online shopping and delivery and you still want to do that, by all means, do it! Call ahead to places such as nail salons and hair salons. Ask what they are doing to help with the transmission. I heard of one nail salon that was beyond emphatic about separating clients, sanitizing all services, gloves on everyone. The person who had her nails done felt very comfortable with the environment.
Importance of our Immune…
It’s important to understand that our immune systems where use to us being exposed to viruses and bacteria every day as we lived our normal lives. Now that we have been sequestered and sanitized everything in site, we have actually put our immune systems in a lowered state. This is not the time to back off on your immune-boosting program. In fact, we are staying on everything “as if” it was April and we were just hearing about how contagious COVID-19 is. Typically by June, we are down to a minimal program with our supplements, but not this year. Since we have been in our new home we have had a plumber here, an HVAC guy, a guy to work on our swamp cooler. We’ve also had Lowe’s out to measure all our windows for blinds. Add to that trips to Walmart, Home Depot, hardware store (multiple times). As well as trips to Home Goods store, and grocery stores. Yep, we have been around LOT’S of people in the last two weeks, so the immune program is still on board!
As some of you are aware, when all this hit, the supplements flew off the virtual shelves and we couldn’t find things like vitamin C and Zinc for a month or more. It looks like manufacturers are getting back up to speed so I would suggest you stock up for the fall right now. If you haven’t already registered with my on-line dispensary here is the link to Wellevate and it takes a quick registration to access my top picks. If there is a brand you like that you don’t see, let me know and I’ll see if I can add it.
Speaking of sanitizing….most hand sanitizers have primarily alcohol in them. They do not have ingredients to moisturize your skin, and they can be very drying. I forgot to add this to my list of “what I’m loving now” from last week, Epoch Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer. Containing lavender, which was used by many early Roman, Greek, and European civilizations for its cleansing effects. It also contains Honey Suckle—an emollient used for its skin softening benefits. Epoch Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of the most common germs and bacteria. Unlike other formulas, it is nondrying and doesn’t damage nail polish. This is another Epoch product from Nuskin where a donation of $.025 for each product goes towards the NuSkin Force for Good Foundation. This is a nonprofit organization. It is committed to improving human life worldwide by continuing to protect indigenous cultures and fragile environments.
Many of you gave me your info last week and your accounts are set up to order. If you didn’t, all I need is your name, address, email, and phone and I’ll set you up with a Preferred Customer account so you can get 20-25% off!
Stay well, my friends!
As we start to open up our country we will venture out more and more. We will eventually be exposed to COVID-19. How prepared do you think your body is to create antibodies against it?
As we just moved across two state lines we were in many public places. We didn’t worry as we have done our job of supporting our immune systems with good food, sleep, ideal weight, and specific nutritional supports. Stress was probably the biggest concern, as moving is stressful!
I don’t need to tell you this, that everything has changed since COVID-19. When I stop and think about it, I still can’t believe what has happened to our world in such a short amount of time. This is not the same world we were all used to living in. There is a palatable feeling of anxiousness about the future and the stress of waiting…….can you feel it?