While the world waits to see if the dreaded killer bird flu mutates to a virus that can travel from person-to-person, there?s something you can do. Strengthen your immune system. This can mean more than taking immune-boosting supplements, eating a good diet, and getting plenty of rest.
Researchers at Penn State University found that many homebound older women with immune suppression are deficient in iron. My question is: Why were these women iron-deficient?
The answer could be as simple as poor digestion.
As we grow older, our stomachs produce less hydrochloric acid (HCl). This acid not only helps us digest food, it helps us break down and use calcium, magnesium ... and iron. Tums, Prilosec, or other acid-suppressants neutralize your stomach acid. This greatly reduces your body?s ability to absorb calcium, magnesium, and iron!
The Penn State study is misleading. It suggests that by giving these women more iron they could better fight off infections and other immune-deficiency symptoms.
Excuse me, but isn?t iron an oxidant that contributes to cancer and other health problems? Perhaps the iron deficiency they found is simply a symptom of poor digestion. Maybe we all need to chew our food better and possibly take supplemental HCl. If poor digestion is one reason for low immunity, these women may also be lacking in protein. HCl helps us use the protein in our diets.
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I?ve written an article on using HCl as a remedy for heartburn, as well as several articles on improving your digestion. They?re available to all subscribers on my website. This information could lead to improved digestion, mineral assimilation, and immunity!
The problem with many studies today is that they don?t look to the cause of a problem. This is dangerous at a time when we want to do something to protect ourselves from bird flu and other viruses. Poor digestion is not only a common deficiency in many seniors, it affects people of all ages.
Make an improved digestion part of your immune-strengthening program today.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Ahluwalia, N., et al. "Immune function is impaired in iron-deficient, homebound, older women," Am J Clin Nutr, March 2004.