Vi­ta­min C best to fight in­fec­tion

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

If you follow a gluten-free or grain-free diet, you may like to con­sider a B vi­ta­min supplement to en­sure ad­e­quate in­take.

You may also like to con­sider us­ing echi­nacea, as it has been used as an im­mune sys­tem sup­port­ing herb for cen­turies. It is best used long term and helps to mod­u­late the num­ber of white blood cells present, which are what fight in­fec­tion in the body.

I ad­vise that you con­sult with a med­i­cal her­bal­ist for guid­ance with dosage and use of echi­nacea.

Fi­nally, the over­all qual­ity of each fam­ily mem­ber’s diet might need to be looked at, as in­fec­tion can only take hold if the en­vi­ron­ment (the state of the body) al­lows this. This might mean re­duc­ing the amount of pro­cessed foods con­sumed, in­creas­ing the veg­etable con­tent of meals and/or omit­ting any food sen­si­tiv­i­ties. Stay­ing warm and out of the wind can also make a big dif­fer­ence to some peo­ple’s abil­ity to pre­vent in­fec­tion.

De­spite all of our ac­com­plish­ments in the world, we owe our ex­is­tence to a 30-cen­time­tre layer of top­soil and the fact that it rains. It is es­ti­mated that more than 3 bil­lion tonnes of top­soil is eroded from United States farm­lands each year, and soil is erod­ing seven times faster than it is be­ing built up nat­u­rally.

I don’t have New Zealand sta­tis­tics for this I’m sorry. In or­ganic farm­ing, soil is the foun­da­tion of the food chain, and it is tended as such. Of­ten the only three nu­tri­ents that are added back to soils in con­ven­tional farm­ing are ni­tro­gen, potas­sium and phos­pho­rus, yet there are 52 oth­ers.

If a nutri­ent isn’t in the soil, it can’t be in the food and our body Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­ Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. re­lies on daily doses of nu­tri­ents to sus­tain life. For this rea­son alone, it is so im­por­tant to sup­port or­ganic, bio­dy­namic and sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture sooner rather than later for the health of peo­ple and the planet.

Or­ganic pro­duce is la­belled ‘‘cer­ti­fied or­ganic’’ when it has been grown, raised, har­vested and pack­aged with­out the use of pes­ti­cides, in­sec­ti­cides, growth hor­mones and an­tibi­otics.

From a health per­spec­tive, when we choose or­gan­ics we not only look af­ter the health of our own body and im­mune sys­tem but also the health of our fam­ily, the health of our soil, and the health of our planet. So ev­ery­one wins, as all health be­gins with the qual­ity of soil in which our food is grown.

Try to con­sume vi­ta­min C rich food every day as it helps to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and stim­u­lates the im­mune sys­tem.

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