Did you hear that some nutrient deficiencies worsen COVID-19 outcomes?
Selenium and COVID-19:
Some health sources are now suggesting that selenium deficiency may possibly increase the risk for serious complications with coronavirus disease COVID-19.
The current level of evidence is not strong of course. This is something relatively new and we cannot expect a lot of data. Two population-based studies linked low selenium status to severe COVID-19 outcomes, including increased risk of death. But both studies were small.
What we really know is that true selenium deficiency is rare. Most people consume enough of it in their diet every day. But many with thyroid problems benefit from Selenium supplementation. And it will not hurt to pay more attention to getting enough of selenium just to feel safe.
Fish, poultry, beef, and eggs contain a high amount of selenium. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of selenium is 55 mcg and eating just 3 ounces of salmon provides about 40 mcg of selenium. Please, note that if you are supplementing with selenium: doses above 400mcg may increase the risk of toxicity, so please get monitoring.
And there’s always functional testing if you are ever ready to check your micronutrients. I often recommend that to my clients and we uncover very interesting things after seeing results.
Vitamin D and COVID-19:
Current official recommendations for vitamin D dosing are changing and while they are back in forth on those, we can do a few things. We can make sure that we get some sunlight (you need to spend around 15-30 minutes in direct sunlight each day); and if it is not an option, food and supplementation are the next best bet. You really should be getting vitamin D level tested regularly, especially if you have a chronic condition.
Even with not sufficient data regarding positive outcomes in COVID-19 we have plenty of supporting data for vitamin D and chronic conditions like Crohn’s, Celiac, and others. Foods that are high in vitamin D include fish and the king of vitamin D food sources is Cod Liver Oil. If you cannot stand that, your next best bet would be swordfish and salmon. I know some people that just do not consume fish. Well, thankfully we have the testing options and amazing supplements today.
I generally recommend vitamin D to be combined with Vit K for the best absorption. And it is important to have enough Calcium and Magnesium in your diet to improve vitamin D absorption as well. And if you know that you are not getting enough Calcium and Magnesium from your diet, then you can take supplements that combine them all.
I wish you great health!
Below you would find my recommendations for trusted supplements:
Selenium by Pure Encapsulations
Vitamin D supreme by DFH (vit D plus K)
Or Twice Daily Packets by DFH (multi-vitamin with vit D, K, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega and more).
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What do we initially associate adrenal health issues with? Stress
What can cause major health issues? Stress
What if you have a chronic condition and add more stress? Disaster
Please, always speak to your doctor while consuming our content. People are increasingly turning to medications and supplements that reduce stress, No surprise there. We truly want to address stress reduction and most important boost immune function during the pandemic.
Many buy supplements and products off the internet without much knowledge and research with the best intentions. I hear that some even give supplements for stress to kids. Ok, let us look into some scientific research here.
Things I am mentioning today are relevant today with the science backing up as far as now. We do more research and we come up with different conclusions sometimes later in science so please acknowledge that.
What is currently used and backed up now by science for stress in the world of nutraceuticals?
Adaptogens or adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are a class of natural substances that are believed to stimulate the body’s resistance to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. Although many plants are traditionally referred to as adaptogens, only some plants have shown these effects in research.
Ashwagandha is one of these plants. Its popularity was growing for a while. And now during this pandemic it soared. Many ashwagandha products and combinations are promoted for the immune system boost and overall health improvements. Currently, there is some supporting evidence for using ashwagandha root extract to reduce stress. It can also prevent stress-related weight gain. And of course, we cannot get much data for COVID-19 prevention mostly because not many are working on gathering the data for COVID-19 and natural supplements. Also, if you have a thyroid condition you need close monitoring if you chose to try it.
Astralagus is another adaptogen that grows in popularity recently. It is promoted for the same immune-boosting function. There is less research done with this adaptogen.
Another great point I would like to make here is to be selective with your brand choices. The market is growing and there is plenty of false advertisement and big quality concern. I research my brands very well, only work with the highest quality control brands. As you may have heard during this pandemic, Amazon pulled over 6.5 million products for false claims related to virus protection or COVID-19. Stay tuned as I research more and more and bring you the most updated information.
My best tip for improving your adrenals today with the stress related to COVID-19 is to make you sure you get plenty of quality sleep. Get noise reduction earplugs, get a clean, non-toxic, comfortable mattress, keep the temperature in your bedroom up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You can make it fancier with an aroma diffuser with lavender oil or other options. Do not drink alcohol before sleep. It will let you fall asleep faster and deeper but will disrupt your REM sleep, which if you have alcohol often is associated with a higher risk of certain chronic diseases.
I wish you great health! Please, join our Free Adrenal and Immune system 5 Day challenge next week in this Facebook group
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