On many products available today, you will see the phrase ‘supports the immune system’.
Let’s get clear what the immune system's role is. It is supposed to:
- · Protect the host against infection from pathological microorganisms.
- · Clear out toxins and pollutants.
- · Provide a surveillance system of potentially malignant cells.
- · Tolerate and differentiate between harmless and harmful foreign substances.
The first line of defence is the skin acid mantle, for it is on the skin that most germs are going to end up. The other danger areas are the eyes and the respiratory tract. This is why - during this present Coronavirus pandemic - the advice given asks you not to touch your face after handwashing, and - when this is not possible or practical - to use an alcohol cleansing product with at least a 60% alcohol content. Many hand wipes or gels fall short of this recommended level. Our Fragrant Earth rubbing Alcohol with Lime is made of 90% alcohol, to really make sure your sanitation game is on point. To get yours today, click the link below:
Protect Your Personal Space
It’s not yet precisely known how coronavirus spreads. If it is the same as most similar viruses it will be by breathing in droplets from an infected person’s breath or sneeze, or by touching another’s skin, clothing or other surface.
Influenza tends to hang around in the air, but no evidence suggests that this virus does the same. So protect yourself, your immune system and keep away from other people! The wisdom is two metres. Not really practical in a crowd, train, bus or aircraft. This is nothing new. Research by Dr Lara Gosce in 2018 showed Underground users as more likely to show flu symptoms than non-users. It’s the proximity and air.
Neither is it possible to stop touching yourself easily. The nose itches, the eyes are dry and you still shake hands. So, all well and good to wash your hands, but when and where? This is where hand sanitizers are really useful, provided they reach the 60% rule. The properties of isopropyl alcohol kill microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, germs) or stops their growth – such as the spread of germs. It kills 99.99% of germs within about 10-30 seconds, making it the perfect sterilisation tool.
So, what is the rest of the percentage? Water. This is added to slow down the rate of evaporation, as the more alcohol, the quicker the evaporation, and so less time to kill the bugs. Nevertheless, when travelling, sprays and gels are the best alternative. Spray that table, chair, seat, rails, door handles, shopping trolleys etc.
Keeping Your Immunity High
If the first line of defence is the skin acid mantle, remember that alkaline soap kills friendly bacteria just like alcohol, and both are very drying and eventually damaging to skin health. The immune system can bite back with inflammation and irritation.
Suppression of the immune system like this can take many forms, opening us to susceptibility to attacks. Psychological stress and trauma can dysregulate the immune system. Humans need about 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Sleep deprivation results in both the pro and anti-inflammatory signalling pathways being inhibited. Now drinking alcohol also has immunosuppressive activity, for it kills good bugs in the digestive system! Smoking is also well documented as the cause of so many chronic illnesses.
We have to remember that the immune system is just that – it is a system, not a single place or organ. This defence system of the human body is made up of entire organs and vessel-systems like the lymph vessels, but also of individual cells and proteins. The inner and outer surfaces of the body are the first barriers against pathogens (germs). These surfaces include the skin and all mucous membranes, which form a kind of mechanical protective wall.
All this should remind us how valuable the interaction between our body and the bacteria we carry is so important. At the end of the day having spent time and money on soaps, rubbing alcohol or Combatier (available above), ensure that you spend more time on using a really good moisturiser and hand or body cream to maintain your healthy skin microbiome.