Did You Know You Can Make Your Own Antibiotics, With Vitamin D?

Did You Know You Can Make Your Own Antibiotics, With Vitamin D?

Sometimes referred to as sunshine in a bottle, vitamin D (a hormone, in actual fact) is a powerful and essential nutrient when it comes to our wellbeing. Almost every single cell in our body contains a vitamin D receptor (VDR) which highlights just how important this UVB-induced nutrient is to our health and cellular function.[1] One of my favourite properties of vitamin D is how – in sufficient quantities – it enables us to make our own antibiotics. Our Bodies Can Make Antibiotics Yes, you read that correctly. No, this is not a drill. Our bodies are, or more specifically our immune system is, capable of producing specific and not-so-specific responses to various immunological challenges. One of the incredible features of this is, when presented with pathogenic (read disease-causing) microorganisms, we endogenously produce our own antimicrobial medication in response – called antimicrobial peptides. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an ancient arm of the human immune system and these various peptides protect us against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even certain parasites. Virtually all human tissues and cells typically exposed to microbes are able to produce AMPs. Important AMPs belonging to two structurally distinct classes, known as the defensins and the cathelicidins, are produced by neutrophils and epithelial cells.[2] And, these are regulated by vitamin D![3,4,5,6,7] And the reason I have emphasised epithelial cells is – not only does this include skin, but all mucous membranes including the lungs as well. Very important when it comes to cold and ‘flu. Our Lungs Can Fight Off Cold + Flu I want to give a shoutout to cathelicidin LL-37 in particular as this AMP,...
Ultimate Germ Juice

Ultimate Germ Juice

So this is a cold and flu recipe to end all cold and flu recipes! I posted the original Germ Juice recipe here some years ago, and it was already a winner. Handed down through generations of Naturopaths it has a wonderfully soothing effect on sore throats, is a brilliant decongestant for clogged sinuses, and in the event you have the flu – it’s exceptional at relieving those awful body aches that come with it. The original recipe is ideal for children, or those with a sensitive palate. But if you’re an adult and think you can handle it – this is next level. Ingredients 2 cups of water 2 lemons – quartered A bulb of garlic – turn bulb on it’s side and cut in half – splitting each clove 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar 1/2 inch of ginger root, finely grated 1/4 inch of turmeric root, finely grated 2 drops of Thyme essential oil* (therapeutic grade only!) A pinch of cayenne pepper   Method Into a pot place the water, lemons, garlic, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. Cover with a lid, bring it to the boil, then simmer for 12 minutes. Add the ginger and turmeric root and simmer, lid on, for another 3 minutes. Remove pot from the stove and dispense 2 drops of Thyme essential oil and stir well. Strain the mixture, and drink as hot as is comfortable and safe.     This brew actually tastes better than it sounds like it will. But, you may add honey to taste if you wish. I recommend Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey. It is more expensive than regular...
How Sugar Disables Your Immune System

How Sugar Disables Your Immune System

One of the easiest strategies to preserve immune function is to avoid refined sugar. Sugar has a significant disabling effect on our immune system which means, if you’re consuming it, you are more at risk of picking up what’s going around – and less able to fight something off should you catch it. In a nutshell, sugar has a negative impact on our immunity due to it’s similarity in structure to vitamin C which – when taken up instead of vitamin C – renders white blood cells (WBCs) vulnerable. Let me explain that in a bit more detail. Sugar Blocks Vitamin C In order to get why this is such a big deal it is important to understand the role of Vitamin C in healthy immune function and the way our body uses it, and therefore how detrimental it is when sugar affects this. Firstly, WBCs (especially phagocytes and t-cells) accumulate 50-80 times more Vitamin C than the blood they’re carried in – and for very good reason. In order to destroy germs, our WBCs produce highly toxic free radicals with which to destroy these bugs. To be more specific – in response to invading microorganisms (i.e. bacteria or viruses), phagocytic* WBCs actually release non-specific toxins, such as superoxide radicals, hypochlorous acid (‘bleach’), and peroxynitrite; these reactive oxygen species kill microorganisms but, in the process, can damage the WBCs themselves[1]. The accumulation of vitamin C to extremely high concentrations  is in order to protect themselves from the oxidative damage these toxins can do[2,3,4]  – and Vitamin C, through its antioxidant functions, has been shown to protect WBCs from this self-inflicted oxidative damage[5].  Vitamin C levels...
Vitamin C Flush

Vitamin C Flush

Why Do We Need Vitamin C? Vitamin C has many important roles in the body, including supporting the production of collagen within the tissues. Many of us are not eating enough Vitamin C-rich foods and sadly, our food supply contains less and less Vitamin C because of premature food harvesting, artificial ripening, and food processing. Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling was perhaps the best known advocate of the benefits of Vitamin C. According to Pauling, Vitamin C can help fight the effects of ageing, fight cancer and provide support for healing of all the body’s cells. It may also be able to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites within the body when present in sufficient concentrations. Finally, it helps fight the effects of flu, allergies and chemical exposure. When damage occurs to the body, Vitamin C helps rebuild the tissue and minimise scarring associated with the injury It is involved in the biosynthesis of hormones It also maintains the integrity of connective tissue – cartilage, capillaries, bones and teeth Vitamin C also supports the immune system – it helps your body fight infections and reduces the effects of environmental pollutants An extremely powerful antioxidant in itself, Vitamin C also helps regenerate other antioxidants like glutathione and vitamin E It also helps your body deal with stress Fun Facts Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins your body requires and the only way to get Vitamin C is through diet. Almost all animals and plants synthesise their own Vitamin C but there are a few animals that cannot make their own vitamin C – including guinea pigs, some monkeys, a species of bat...
Germ Juice

Germ Juice

Aaaa…choo! Right now we’re going through that awkward weather phase where Summer teases us with a balmy little appetiser before Winter sends us an arctic reminder it’s not quite done yet. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been caught unprepared for the elements several times where a sunshiny morning has lulled me into a false sense of security (and winter layer defiance). I think that, coupled with having an awful lot on my plate the last couple of months, means my system has been a little vulnerable until finally…. I have woken with a pesky cold. Boo.     My Cold & Flu Kit Echinamide – this powerful Echinacea formula is one I rely on and recommend. I am using an acute dose of 4 capsules 4 times a day Zinc lozenges – right now the post-nasal drip I have (charming.. I know) is murdering my throat. It hurts to swallow. It hurts to cough. It hurts to talk. Sad face. The form of zinc in these lozenges (gluconate) is not the most absorbable gut-wise (amino acid chelate is the winner there) but it is the best for topical application and absorption through the buccal mucosa (the soft mucous membranes of your mouth and throat) and thus directly works on the affected tissues I regularly recommend both of these for the treatment of simple, uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. I also recommend Germ Juice. Sounds hideous I know. And when you look at the ingredient list you may be inclined to think awful things. But I promise this tastes 79.3%* better than it sounds like it will. Ingredients This...