5 ways to boost your immune system to fight Coronavirus

Dan Broadbent

Here are 5 key ways to put your immune system in overdrive to help fight coronavirus.

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone. And despite politicians like Devin Nunes encouraging people to gather in public places (seriously, wtf?), you should probably just stay home and avoid people, even if you feel totally healthy.

It will be at least a week or two before we have an idea of just how many people in the US are sick with it (largely due to the Trump administration's complete failure to properly plan for the pandemic).

In the meantime, people may be wondering what they can do to boost their immune system to be ready to fight COVID-19.

So here's my 5-part plan for how to put your immune system in overdrive:

  1. You can't

  2. It's impossible

  3. Seriously, there's not a goddamn thing you can eat or drink that will do it

  4. Even if you could (which you cannot), you wouldn't want to do it in the first place

  5. A 'boosted' immune systems causes autoimmune disorders such as allergies, Celiac Disease, Psoriasis, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, and more.

I wrote a whole thing about this a while go that you can read here.

Basically, whenever you hear someone say something about how to "boost" your immune system, it's safe to assume that they're an idiot and/or are trying to sell you a useless product of some kind.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic is to practice social distancing and wash your damn hands, you big dumb idiot. Stay hydrated, don't buy every square centimeter of toilet paper you can find, and for the love of Darwin, don't go to the emergency room unless you honestly believe that it is truly an emergency. Otherwise, you're taking resources from someone else who actually needs them.

Comments (7)
Zedder007
Zedder007

What gives you the credentials to spout this crap?? A 'boosted' immune systems does NOT cause autoimmune disorders such as allergies . . .
There is plenty of evidence that Vitamins B,C,&D are good boosters. People with underlying conditions may have the problems you described but it is far from the truth. Add to that the Standard American Diet has people sick so food plays a big role here too A$$hole!

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Dan Broadbent
Dan Broadbent

Editor

Okay but autoimmune disorders are literally disorders where your immune system is in overdrive and attacks things that it shouldn't.

You can't boost your immune system. It's either working properly, or it is not working properly.

Please learn basic biology/anatomy before spouting out things that are objectively false.

Herb Huston
Herb Huston

Please post some links or full bibliographic references to the peer-reviewed scientific literature to support your claims. Whatever can be claimed without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

Kpinkowski
Kpinkowski

We learned this in middle school. You can be a healthy person with a well-functioning immune system, that eats what they should be eating, exercises regularly, and hydrates and still get this disease because it is a virus that we don't yet have antibodies to, purely because we haven't been exposed to it. There is no vaccine for it to help us prepare our immune system. Sure our natural defenses, fever, sweat, mucus, etc. Will be triggered, but without T-cells that have been trained to defend against this highly infectious disease, we are vulnerable. And those with already-weakened immune systems are easy prey for a virus that attacks lungs so rabidly. Vitamins are supplements for things you are DEFICIENT of, not 'boosters'. They get you to where you should be, not stronger than the virus. It's the most fundamental principle of immunology and the basis for vaccine production.

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Chamson
Chamson

Intellectuals seem to think that they know everything without reading up on the science. It's kind of a reverse type of ignorance: "I'm an intellectual, a professor, a teacher or whatever, so I automatically know what is the truth and what are lies". Believe me, I have met these kinds of people, they exist even in my own family.

didima
didima

There is some preliminary evidence that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are more vulnerable to Covid 19, but that doesn't make Vitamin D an immune booster. It's just evidence that those who are deficient have less-than-normal immune function.
This does NOT mean that everyone should rush out and start taking megadoses of Vitamin D (which can actually be toxic in overdose), but if you don't get much sun exposure or drink much Vitamin D-fortified milk it could be helpful to take a moderate dose daily.


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