It seems like you can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about the H1N1 flu–otherwise known as “swine flu.” As I wrote in this month’s issue of my newsletter, it is possible to boost your immunity so that you can protect yourself from this virus, as well as other illnesses.
Interestingly, with age, the human immune system undergoes something called immunosenescencea decline in the number and function of immune cells in the bone marrow, blood, and tissues; and a decline in the ability of immune cells to communicate with each other and find the infection, and fight effectively once they get there.
Before menopause, when your female hormones are abundant, your immune system is stronger than a mans at any age because estrogen is a natural immunostimulant. But as hormonal imbalances and premenopause/menopause occur, another change occurs in your body–your defenses take a hit thats harder than an older mans body ever has to deal with. So, along with menopause symptoms like night sweats and menopause hot flashes, another effect of menopause is your immune system’s weakening.
These are just a few tips to help oost your immunity and protect yourself against illness this year:
Take zinc. Zinc levels, which are a critical competent for immune response, commonly decline with age, which accelerates immunosenescence. Take1025 mg of zinc daily, plus 2 mg of copper (because zinc depletes copper).
Take Propolis, a sticky compound bees produce to seal and protect honey-filled compartments, is rich in immune-modulating polyphenolic compounds. I recommend green Brazilian propolis from Uniflora Health Foods (http://store.uniflora.us).
Vitamin D3, (the sunshine vitamin) is also critically important for immunity. It is critical for healthy mucosal barriers lining your respiratory tract, reproductive tract, eyes, and digestive system. Those barriers are your immune systems first line of defense, keeping pathogens from getting past their guard. Take at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.
Wishing you the best of health this fall and winter!