360 – Nutritional Support for Natural Immunity and Respiratory Health

It’s not about treating disease*
it’s about nourishing your body.

In this interview Jolie Root describes the most important nutrients for respiratory and immune support.* This interview is not about treating any virus. Our focus is how to support your natural immune function*. This is an important distinction that you must understand.

Primary to this concept is that you must lay a foundation for good health. In this interview Jolie describes the what and why of a good foundation. This is always important but even more so during the current conditions.*

Diet: The food you eat and the foods you avoid have everything to do with your health and immunity. A lifetime of poor dietary choices cannot be overcome by taking supplements. You must eat a wide variety of the nutritious foods. Jolie and I have explored the Mediterranean diet as a very good model. Healthy foods can be found in all cuisines. But you must choose to eat the good foods.

We have also discussed the Global Food Study which shows that it is the lack of nutritious foods in the diet that does us in. You must choose to eat a wide variety of the nutritious foods, while avoiding the refined, adulterated and poor quality food. This is a choice for a lifetime and it cannot be avoided without consequences.

Nutrients for Immune Support

Jolie lists her most important nutrients that you should consider. We know that most Americans are deficient in most of these nutrients. These nutrients are always needed by the body for your immune system to function fully and effectively. The premise is that people who are well nourished are going to do better than those who remain deficient in key nutrients.

  • Vitamin A: A vitamin A deficiency leads to respiratory infections, premature skin damage, and digestive issues. Insufficient intake will also impair immunity by diminishing the function of immune cells like natural killer cells, macrophages, and neutrophils.*
  • Vitamin D: A systematic review in 2015 looked at 23 studies concerning vitamin D and the immune system. Researchers found consistent data that shows vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory immune support nutrient.*
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of infections like pneumonia, malaria, and the common cold.*
  • Vitamin K2: Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble vitamin involved in heart and bone health; however, it is also among the best vitamins for immune system health.*
  • Zinc: Zinc is a mineral that’s important to the body in many ways. Zinc keeps the immune system strong, helps heal wounds, and supports normal growth.*
  • Omega-3: In a recent review in the Journal of Molecular Sciences, published in October 2019, the authors reviewed this research in detail and confirmed the importance of the role of omega-3 fatty acids in the functioning of the immune system.*

These are considered the foundational nutrients. There are additionally many other nutrients you can consider as add-on nutrients. These could be considered as optional but potentially beneficial as well. CLICK HERE for all immune related interviews.

Jolie Root

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Jolie Root

Jolie Root is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought heard Fridays at 10 am on AM 1490 WGCH in Connecticut and New York.

Carlson Laboratories

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Carlson Labs has produced pure, quality, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. The company began with a single vitamin E product in Founder Susan Carlson’s small Chicago apartment and quickly grew to offer the most complete line of all-natural vitamin E supplements in the world.

Award-winning quality since 1965.

In the early 1980s, Carlson Labs helped launch the omega-3 market in North America, importing our first high-quality, great-tasting, sustainable fish oils from Norway. In 2009, we released a new marine oil sourced from an abundant species of calamari.

Today, the next generation of Carlson Labs leads the company—daughters Carilyn Anderson and Kirsten Carlson—and the innovations continue. Carlson Labs now offers more than 200 unique products designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. ​


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