When a virus enters the body through nose, mouth or eyes, the immune system releases immune-signaling molecules called cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF). These attract immune cells like macrophages, neutrophils and killer T cells whose job is to destroy infected cells. Cytokines may also increase heart rate, stimulate fever, & trigger blood clots. When the production of these cytokines is very high, it’s called a Cytokine Storm, and extensive tissue damage results, including possible damage to blood vessel walls, the lungs and other organs, even the brain. Extreme fatigue usually marks the aftermath of this experience. Steroids are sometimes prescribed after the acute viral phase to minimize these damaging effects.
Mopping up after the storm
Antioxidants are the body's internal protection mechanism against cellular damage. Cells even produce their own powerful antioxidant called Glutathione. We can provide additional raw materials to support Glutathione production like N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Together with Vitamin C, this may help lower remaining inflammation in the lungs and other body organs and tissues after an acute viral infection. Other natural anti-inflammatories and immune modulating nutrients may also be useful in helping your body to mop up and re-establish internal equilibrium after the storm. N-acetylcysteine may interact with some medications so always check with your healthcare professional before using.
If you need assistance with re-establishing vitality and equilibrium in your body after a viral infection,
call Sunshine coast Nutritionist and Kinesiologist Karen Emans on 0408 748 532