August 26, 2021
That is a simple and a complex question at the same time. As a scientist myself, when I don't know the answer I take a step back and remember my favorite class in medical school. Pathology, the science of the dead people, well not really but it sounds good. This recent year we have found that some well known concepts in science have been questioned and even renamed.
Let's take immunity as an example. On a cellular level when our body is attacked by an unknown pathogen, it goes to war and mounts a defense, after which if battle was successful, it creates super soldiers that later will remember the enemy and defeat it easier. That is the innate immunity. That is our super power. But like every super power it needs to be nurtured.
So what would Bruce Banner say? By the way can you tell that I am a huge Avengers' fan and did you know that Bruce Banner is the Hulk?
"For years, I've been treating the Hulk like he's some kind of disease, something to get rid of. But then I start looking at him as the cure. Eighteen months in the gamma lab, I put the brains and the brawn together and now look at me. Best of both worlds."
So how do we optimize and feed our Hulk. Healthy diet, exercise, sleep, hydration, meditation are essential for a healthy immune system. Certain vitamins like vitamin C and D, supplements like zinc, magnesium, N-acetylcysteine, elderberries, melatonin, quercetin, black seed oil, etc all have their part in building the defense wall. Reducing stress and taking care of your mental health is also very important. Remember it is not selfish to want to be at your best. The key is to take time for your own health and take care of yourself, to every day do your part and live your best life. As far as for myself, I am doing the best I can every single day.