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How Change in Diet Can Reduce Your Chronic Inflammation and update on how Covid19 Inflammation Cytokine Storms Destroy the Body

>3 minute podcast and read Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body’s Immune System Might Be To Blame

>Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Road to Good Health? (Webmd)

I can attest to the dramatic affect of taking Tumeric, prescribed by my dermatologist for moderate psoraisis in stopping the itching dead and freeing me of Claritin. I am combining these topics together on the good chance the anti-inflammation diet may ward off the cytokine storms and be life saving.

“Name any common disease associated with aging — cancer, dementia, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes — and chronic inflammation will play a role. In a way, chronic inflammation is like too much of a good thing.

“But chronic low-grade inflammation that persists for weeks, months or years is the disease-triggering variety. Again, it’s your immune cells in action. But instead of fighting foreign bacteria, they silently attack your own body — your blood vessels, brain cells and organs included.

“It’s not entirely clear why this happens, though stress is known to raise levels of inflammatory compounds in the body — as does obesity, since fat cells parked deep in the belly emit inflammatory compounds when they reach a critical mass.

“Genetics is known to influence your susceptibility to inflammation.But diet plays a very big role, too, — specifically, eating too much white flour, sugar and fried foods, and not enough fruit, vegetables and fish. But if diet can cause inflammation, it can also make a real difference in fighting it.

Below (link below) are foods that will rally to your defense; to work, they should form the base of your diet, which, yes, should look quite a bit like the traditional Mediterranean diet in order to get the most inflammation-busting benefit.

Full story at Source: >How Change in Diet Can Reduce Your Chronic Inflammation (AARP)

Can Supplements Fight Coronavirus (COVID-19)? 15 Immune Boosters

“Keeping your immune system healthy year round is key to preventing infection and disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices by consuming nutritious foods and getting enough sleep and exercise are the most important ways to bolster your immune system. In addition, research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances can improve immune response and potentially protect against illness.

However, it’s important to note that no supplement will cure or prevent disease. With the 2019 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to understand that no supplement, diet, or other lifestyle modification other than social distancing and proper hygiene practices can protect you from COVID-19.

“Currently, no research supports the use of any supplement to protect against COVID-19 specifically. Instead, this article provides information on well-researched supplements that may bolster immune system defenses in general.

“Note that there are many types of coronaviruses, some of which, like the common cold, cause only minor symptoms — unlike COVID-19, which often results in serious, sometimes fatal symptoms. Here are 15 supplements that are known for their immune-boosting potential:

Read about them on Source: >Can Supplements Fight Coronavirus (COVID-19)? 15 Immune Boosters

How to boost your immune system – Harvard Health

Also see: >9 Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System

“Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease

“On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and boost your immune system?

“What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a near-perfect immune response? What can you do to boost your immune system?

“There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.

But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans.

In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.

Continue reading at Source: >How to boost your immune system – Harvard Health

Common foods can help ‘landscape’ the jungle of our gut microbiome

Note: Careful reading of these studies shows that the different diet prophage inducers listed below can trigger negative as well as positive consequences depending on when they are used in combination with diet factors for each specific person. This is not a health food store counseling tendency to “throw in the kitchen sink” of all the foods below. The research is still ongoing and the scientists admit they are basically shocked at the newly discovered complexity of the gut microbiome while racing to understand how it works. They have already discovered the gut may be involved in many of the major medical issues facing us, for example the discovery of parkinson’s inducer cells in the gut migrating up the spine to the brain.
>Brain-gut-microbiota axis in Parkinson’s disease

“Researchers at San Diego State University have found a new way to harness food as medicine, which has far reaching implications to control harmful microbes in our gut while balancing microbial diversity by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Foods we eat commonly affect our gut microbiota. New research shows they do so by triggering the production of bacteriophage—viruses that infect and replicate inside bacteria. Compounds in these foods have an antimicrobial effect which causes the phage to replicate.

The researchers began by identifying which foods were antimicrobial, then analyzed them before narrowing it down to a shortlist. When examining growth curves of bacteria, they observed that while bacteria multiply over time, eventually their numbers plateau. However, if phages are activated, then bacterial growth stops altogether and their numbers drop dramatically until they’re depleted.

Foods they tested that had antimicrobial effects include honey, licorice, stevia (a sugar substitute derived from the stevia plant), aspartame, hot sauce, herbs such as oregano, spices such as cinnamon and clove, rhubarbs, uva ursi (bear berry), and neem extract. They also tested toothpaste, since it’s known to contain antimicrobial compounds. Of these, honey, stevia, aspartame, neem and uva ursi had the most impact in triggering phage production.

The microbiome is composed of hundreds of different bacteria and the phages they host,” said Lance Boling, an SDSU molecular biologist and research associate. “We could actually tackle certain conditions by adjusting the foods we consume, that will affect microbial diversity which in turn will influence health and diseases.”

“We also found some foods acted as phage inhibitors and could be used to control pathogenic viruses,” Boling added. Our gut microbiome can affect cognitive ability, metabolism, weight gain or loss, our moods, and even cause depression. It can also cause inflammation that could lead to cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. With careful analysis and planning, food could be used as medicine to correct imbalances.

More at Source: >Common foods can help ‘landscape’ the jungle of our gut microbiome

Also at Source: >Study suggests foods like licorice can be used to ‘landscape’ your gut