During the COVID-19 global pandemic, researchers and medical professionals across the globe have searched for options to treat the virus. Countless tests and studies have been conducted to see what medication, therapy, vaccine, or treatment regimen will be most effective at combatting COVID-19.
In August 2020, new findings were presented by a team of researchers led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine. Their research indicates that patients become so ill when infected with COVID-19 because their immune systems do not provide the level of protection necessary to prevent serious symptoms. These medical experts suggest boosting your immune system could be an effective treatment for COVID-19. This is not the first time boosting immunity has been suggested as a potential treatment. Two recently published medical papers from JAMA Network Open and JCI Insight support immunity as a COVID-19 treatment.
Senior researcher and Washington University School of Medicine professor, Richard S. Hotchkiss, MD, stated that “People around the world have been treating patients seriously ill with COVID-19 using drugs that do very different things. Some drugs tamp down the immune response, while others enhance it. Everybody seems to be throwing the kitchen sink at the illness. It may be true that some people die from a hyperinflammatory response, but it appears more likely to us that if you block the immune system too much, you’re not going to be able to control the virus.”
Hotchkiss and his fellow researchers also found that COVID-19 patients frequently have fewer immune cells in their bloodstream than is typical. These immune cells are also weaker than they should be and may be less effective at combatting the virus. Hotchkiss said that finding ways to improve immune response could help not only in COVID-19 patients but when a new pandemic inevitably arises.
Effectively Boosting Your Immune System
It’s clear that maintaining a strong immune system is not only important for overall wellness, but for maintaining your health and safety during a pandemic. Some of the best ways to boost your immunity include:
- Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get plenty of sleep
- Reduce stress
- Supplement your vitamin and mineral intake
Out of all these options, nutritional supplements are typically the most straightforward way to quickly boost your immune system. However, when most people think of supplementing vitamins and minerals, they often think of taking these them orally. Unfortunately, taking these supplements orally can have a very low absorption rate due to digestive system inefficiencies. Luckily, there are new and improved ways to take supplements—through an IV.
Prime IV offers numerous IV drips specifically formulated to boost your immune system—including an immunity booster with a powerful dose of vitamin C. Taking vitamins and nutrients intravenously puts them directly into your bloodstream and provides the maximum benefit by bypassing the less efficient absorption of the stomach. Also, our IV drips act fast—no more waiting for digestion! Our IVs take 30-60 minutes and have you back on the road to peak health. Find your nearest Prime IV location to book an appointment today!