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#1 Best Way to Boost Your Immunity Against BA.5

With COVID-19, we’ve seen how it’s adapted and transformed to survive and bypass our immune defenses.
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Nature has thrown at us many challenges throughout our existence. This time around it is a novel coronavirus that has led to a global pandemic. When facing an infectious disease, like COVID-19, how healthy and robust our immune system is plays a pivotal role in how our body can defend itself from infection. With COVID-19, we've seen how it's adapted and transformed to survive and bypass our immune defenses. Therefore, having a healthy immune system that can quickly adapt and respond to such a threat is important. The newest transformation of COVID is known as variant BA.5. This omicron subvariant has become the predominant strain in the US as of July 2022. Its mutations have made it possible for it to infect people who are vaccinated and/or have had a recent COVID infection.

The healthier we are—both mentally and physically—the easier we can adapt and respond to threats in our surroundings. A person in good physical health is more likely to outrun someone who is trying to do them harm than someone who is unhealthy. Unfortunately, we cannot outrun a threat like COVID no matter how healthy we are, but we can take steps to help our bodies protect themselves against possible infection. It requires all of our mental and physical health when facing a virus like COVID. Physical health is not only about having lean healthy muscle mass, but also having an immune system that can face the ever-changing threat of a mutating virus.—Jimmy Salas Rushford, MD is a Medical Director Protocol Architect of FiTBodyMD.


What is the first best habit for boosting a person's immunity against the BA.5 variant?


As research continues to advance human immunity, the importance of polysaccharides obtained from natural edible sources has gained significant traction. Natural foods like mushrooms and fruits are filled with polysaccharides. One of the key factors in building a robust and healthy immune system is by maintaining a diet filled with natural whole foods and/or incorporating daily supplements.

Polysaccharides found in some sea weeds have shown promise for antiviral properties. Another promising supplement is AHCC ® which is a cultured extract from the roots of a Japanese mushroom. AHCC ® has been shown by numerous human clinical studies to help the body's immune system recognize and fight pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

If we want to be ready for health threats like COVID, we should prepare our body to recognize and have the resources to fight infection before it gains access to our body and then outsmart those pathogens in order to prevent future infection.


What is the second best habit for boosting a person's immunity against the BA.5 variant?


In addition to ensuring we're taking the right supplement(s) to boost immunity, there are a few more steps we can take to protect ourselves from infection. In my experience, I've learned that it is better to do a few things extremely well than many things poorly. By concentrating on a few key points and making consistent habits, we can ensure the greatest results.

We've heard time and again that sleep is not only important to our mental health but to our physical health as well. It plays a huge role in how our body can protect itself from disease/infection.  The National Sleep Foundation advises that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Research has shown that sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems. Thus, adequate sleep is a must.


What is the third best habit for boosting a person's immunity against the BA.5 variant?

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Rely on trusted sources and not just a Google search. When seeking out information to protect your health, find trusted and reliable sources of information such as a medical practitioner or information backed by medical institutions, practitioners, or research. For example, when searching for dietary modifications and supplement recommendations, look for sources backed by human clinical data and reputable researchers and institutions.


What is the fourth best habit for boosting person's immunity against the BA.5 variant?

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Vitamin D is another example of a nutrient that has been shown to boost immunity. Vitamin D's effect goes far beyond just helping our body with calcium homeostasis and bone health. Vitamin D also regulates many other cellular functions in your body. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties support immune health, muscle function and brain cell activity.


What is the fifth best habit for boosting a person's immunity against the BA.5 variant?

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Eating whole foods and achieving daily physical activity are of upmost importance in maintaining good health. The pandemic has helped us realize that physical health is only a part of the puzzle when preparing our bodies to fight COVID and future infections. Although our immune system is one that has evolved over millennia and is extremely complex, it only takes a few basic healthy routines to keep it in tip top shape. Let's start by eating whole foods and vegetables, choosing vitamins and supplements backed by reputable clinical data, achieving consistent physical activity and reducing our stress.