1. Research supports the link between fiber, healthy gut microbiota and mental health.
2. Chlorella contains one of the richest nutritional profiles on the planet, supporting healthy moods, balanced neurotransmitter levels and improved immune function.
3. Studies show that deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, guiding the body from stress to relaxation, reducing our heart rate and blood pressure and improving our overall well-being.
Happiness is typically defined as a positive emotional state. Often this word is associated with a goal-oriented feeling or emotion that is set for a time in the future, such as “I will be happy when… “
The good news is that happiness is within your reach right now! Research shows your happiness level will improve by maintaining a healthy diet and by incorporating these three nutrients into your daily regimen: Fiber, Chlorella and Air. Yes you read that right. Free, and always accessible, air.
Let us explain.
“So If I improve my diet, my mood will improve?” Research confirms the answer is Yes!
Studies have shown that diet affects mental health from childhood into adulthood, and over the course of our lives. Those whose diets were high in processed and takeaway foods developed patterns linked to a higher risk for depression and anxiety over time. (1)(2)
Research also supports the connection between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract and how this relation affects your digestion, mood and the way you think. This connection is believed to contribute to mental and health disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), pain, anxiety and depression. (3)(4)(5)(6)
One of the most important nutrients for gut health is fiber. Specialized fibers, known as pre-biotics, strengthen gut health by increasing the amount of beneficial bacteria – an essential driver of mental and digestive health. Fiber is a nutrient found only in plants and research suggests that a healthy mind and gut comes from a diet that consists of 80-90% plant-based foods. According to Felicia Jacka, PhD and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry, “We’re increasingly understanding that the gut is really the driver of health, including mental health, so keeping fiber intake high through the consumption of plant foods is very important.” (3)(4)(7)
Eating a high-fiber diet, which allows your gut bacteria to flourish, has been shown to also improve serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is known as the natural mood stabilizer. It is a regulating chemical that is found in the brain, blood, intestines, and connective tissues of the human body. It allows you to feel happier, calmer, more focused, less anxious, and emotionally stable. (2)(6)
Here’s a list of high-fiber, mood-boosting foods to incorporate into your diet:
Vitamin C also plays a role in both innate and adaptive immune responses. It helps increase the production and effectiveness of B cells, which produce the antibodies that fight infections. Vitamin C also enhances T cells activity, which can kill infections. Therefore, vitamin C deficiency leads to an increased susceptibility to infections and ineffective immune response. (6)
Vitamin C is essential and because it is a water-soluble vitamin, it must be replenished daily to prevent deficiencies. Deficiencies of vitamin C can lead to severe illnesses and even death. (7)
The preliminary research on vitamin C with respect to prevention and treatment of COVID is in progress and the early returns are exciting. In fact, several studies report vitamin C shortens ICU stay and duration of mechanical ventilation necessary in critically ill patients. (8) (9)
A recent study suggests the role of vitamin C deficiency on COVID, where vitamin C levels were undetectable in 90% of the 18 patients included. Another study measured vitamin C and D levels in 21 people with critical COVID illness and they found most critically ill patients had low vitamin C and D levels. (10) (11)
In another study from March of 2020, intravenous vitamin C was given to 50 moderate to severe COVID patients. All 50 patients recovered without incident and on average 3 to 5 days faster than the standard of care control group which also reported several deaths. The average daily cost of treatment was only $12.00 to $24.00 US. (12)
Dr. Cheng, who led the research team, reported his findings on YouTube for the world to see, but within a month the video was censored and removed for violating YouTube community guidelines regarding COVID treatment. Yes, a licensed doctor, working in the Wuhan epicenter, who developed a safe and very effective treatment protocol, was censored during a global health crisis.
Vitamin A performs a variety of tasks in our immune system. This fat-soluble vitamin is needed for health of all mucus membranes such as sinuses, mouth, lungs, and the digestive tract. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the production and functioning of certain immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, which act as a first line of defense and dendritic cells, which help the immune system recognize and fight specific antigens. Vitamin A also enhances secretory IgA protecting against pathogens. (13)
Deficiency of vitamin A impairs the repair of mucus membranes increasing the risk and severity of infections. The deficiency of this nutrient also lowers the function of the previously mentioned immune cells decreasing their ability to fight of pathogens and provide protection. (14)
Vitamin A is essential for proper immune function. Deficiency in vitamin A and or any of the key nutrients will result in lower or compromised immune function and increase the risk of infection.
A report published by BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health concludes there is strong evidence that intake of vitamins A, E, and D results in the improvement of respiratory symptoms. (15)
Zinc, like the aforementioned nutrients, participates in a variety of functions essential for Energetic Health. These functions include DNA and protein synthesis, macronutrient metabolism, wound healing, enzyme function, and immune function. This micronutrient is responsible for the growth and maturity of numerous immune cells that protect against infections.
Deficiency of zinc can lead to serious dysfunctions of the immune system because zinc can also act as an antioxidant. Zinc is essential for the activity of a series of enzymes instrumental to rapid immune response for the clearance of opportunistic pathogens. (16) (17)
Research has proven that zinc accelerates recovery time during the common cold which can be cause by a variety of coronaviruses. (18)
Quercetin is a potent antioxidant with the ability to improve memory and help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Quercetin is used to reduce symptoms of allergies, to improve cardiovascular health, to improve blood sugar regulation, reduce inflammation, and some studies suggests its cancer fighting properties.
Quercetin is a zinc ionophore that help both the absorption of zinc into the body as well as the absorption of zinc into cells dependent upon it for enzyme production. Additionally, as a potent antioxidant, Quercetin is an equally potent anti-bacterial and antiviral nutrient that is particularly essential for respiratory and cardiovascular infections.
Although more research is necessary for specific information about quercetin and COVID, there is strong evidence showing the potential benefits of this nutrient. Quercetin is recommended to be supplemented in combination with vitamin C for better absorption and improved synergistic function. (19) (20) (21)
L-arginine is an amino acid which helps build protein in the body and it has been studied for its effects enhancing cardiovascular health, its antioxidant properties, and immune boosting benefits.
One of the main arguments for L-arginine’s therapeutic effects focused on its ability to convert to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a naturally occurring compound which plays a role in the health of blood vessels improving blood flow. Nitric oxide improves the symptoms of conditions such as asthma and it is used as a medical intervention for acute lung infection.
Nitric oxide is being suggested by researchers as another treatment for COVID based on previously done studies which reported success in helping during the coronavirus virus epidemic of 2003. Researchers also mention the anti-viral effects of nitric oxide could be beneficial in helping treat COVID. (22) (23) (24)
Glutathione is a master antioxidant manufactured by the human body. It is essential for the detoxification of toxic chemicals, it helps recycle key nutrients, it protects against free radical damage, and it also participates in supporting immune function. Deficiencies of glutathione place individuals at risk for bioaccumulation of chemicals, which increases oxidative stress and inflammation while simultaneously lowering immune function.
One precursor that can be taken to boost glutathione levels in the body is N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC, like L-arginine can increase nitric oxide levels improving blood flow. NAC is used to help treat different conditions including respiratory conditions as it helps thin out mucus and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
NAC is currently being explored by and used effectively in the treatment of COVID although the exact mechanism of action is still being evaluated. Researchers suggest it may significantly improve immune cell function and reduce inflammation which could result in lower hospitalization and death rates. (25) (26) (27) (28) (29)
Do safe and effective treatments for COVID exist? While the scientific evidence appears to say ‘yes’ in overwhelming ways, you will have to decide for yourself as we are legally prevented from making such claims. Regardless of source of infection, these 7 amazing nutrients have been kept in the shadows for far too long. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, they are essential for a robust natural immune response to any infection. And relative to the high cost of hospitalization, high cost antivirals, and supportive oxygen therapy, these nutrients are low cost. Why we haven’t been using them since early 2020 is perhaps the best question we can ask of our governors and public health officials.
Jiovanna Acosta is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and graduate of the Energetic Health Institute. She is passionate about education and exploring new scientific discoveries. She also loves to dance every chance she gets. Her background in special education has inspired her to focus her work on children, providing personalized education and developmental tools for their wellbeing and future success.
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