The contagion of COVID-19 has caused many to re-evaluate their first line of defense against the illness--their immune system. However, a simple internet search on “how to boost your immunity” reveals a not-so-simple barrage of online claims for “miracle” supplements, superfoods, tonics, essential oils and powders that claim to prevent, or even treat, COVID-19.
In response to this avalanche of wellness misinformation, the FDA recently sent warning letters to companies misrepresenting the effect of their products. In addition, researchers at the Global Wellness Institute provided a review of the research of wellness modalities that actually DO boost immunity: (1)
YES, with over 5,000 studies on exercise and the immune system support this claim.
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YES! Numerous studies reveals how poor sleep can hurt our immunity and that just one bad night of sleep can reduce immune cells by up to 70%.
YES, and long-term studies at Carnegie Mellon show that those exposed to cold viruses who reported less stress were less likely to develop cold symptoms.
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No, while a few smaller studies suggest it can help with stress and sleep, there is no current link to its impact on immunity.
Hey, but if it helps with stress, why not?
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(SOURCE: Global Wellness Institute Newsletter. Global Wellness Institute cautions industry and customers to sift fact from fiction when it comes to immunity-boosting claims for coronavirus. Accessed April 1, 2020.)