Lockdown Energy Boosting Top Tips from DR Michael Barnish

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Dr Michael Barnish, MBChB, head of Genetics and Nutrition gives his top tips on how to boost our bodies energy from items in your cupboards

The foods, supplements, vitamins and strategies you need to be thinking about right now to boost your immune system and protect it in the long term. And what to avoid

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Vitamin D deficiency has become a modern problem. The reasons are due to poorer diets, sunscreen use during the day, avoiding the sun and spending most of our lives in doors, to name but a few. It is extremely important for normal immune function. Try to up your intake of eggs, mushrooms and oily fish. Sun exposure helps to give your body a vitamin D boost, so get out for a walk if you can; not only will you get a dose of this sunshine vitamin but even a small amount of exercise can boost your immunity.

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Current clinical trials are underway to assess the healing and preventative powers of mega doses of Vitamin C with positive results and highlighting its potential importance in the control and spread of COVID19 around the world. Vitamin C is important immune system player and powerful antioxidant. Eating fresh, organic fruit and vegetables containing vitamin C obviously helps (and even potatoes contain it), but to really boost immunity think about taking a supplement. Many clinics around the world now offer intravenous vitamin C, to utilise much higher concentrations, very safely, to bypass gut bioavailability, flooding the blood stream with this powerful antioxidant.

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Antioxidants are essential for our bodies to neutralise toxins (or free radicals) and to keep ourselves fighting fit. But because we’re exposed to more toxins today than ever before we need more than we’re getting from our modern, over farmed diets. So again, consider an antioxidant supplement, such as Coenzyme Q10 or Alpha Lipoic acid, remembering to buy from a reputable retailer. Eating foods high in beta-carotene, selenium and lycopene such as carrots, tomatoes, spinach, apricots, lean meat, whole-grains and watermelon, paying special attention to green leafy vegetables for an antioxidant boost.

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These tiny charged particles are responsible for so many processes in the body. They are essential for normal functioning of the immune system and an imbalance can leave us vulnerable. You may want to consider taking a magnesium supplement or a restorative salts solution if you have recently been ill. And don’t underestimate the power of a banana!

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  • Pro-inflammatory food excess – highly processed items full of chemicals and preservatives, try to go organic or cook from scratch to limit exposure to pesticides
  • Burnt food and cigarettes or anything that allows the toxic substances Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (or PAHs) to accumulate in cells
  • Over-exercising and over-indulging can all deplete the immune system

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Using state of the art technology, and normally with an oral swab, it is now possible to read the genes that you were born with and identify favourable and unfavourable genetic variations so that lifestyle and environmental conditions can be modified and lead to a longer and happier health span. Several genes can now be assessed in a lifestyle genetic test that influence the nutritional requirement that the immune system requires or optimal function, specific to you. It can also reveal your individual ability to protect and detoxify from the abundant and harmful chemical world of, pesticides, pollutants, factory fumes, cigarette smoke and even heavy metals. Knowing this information could just save your life.

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