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My Immunity Boost Routine

It’s lunar new year’s eve. Whilst everyone is rushing around trying to run last minute errands in time for the holidays, I do not feel there is a massive festive mood. Besides the recent political events masking over Hong Kong, there is also the recent coronavirus that seems to be spreading quickly and getting everyone worried. My cousin just told me that he does not want to join our new year lunch, as he is avoiding all restaurants (public places). At a mall at Causeway Bay today, about 80% of people are wearing masks.

Whilst it is important to be vigilant, we also should not panic. As long as we practise good personal hygiene and stay healthy, we can continue to live our regular lives. 

I want to share with you my routine for keeping my immune system strong. I don’t say this lightly, as I was once at a point when I basically had no ability to fight any disease, and so keeping my immune system strong has somewhat become a mission of mine ever since. I have been practicing this routine daily for about 5 years now, and I do find that I don’t really get sick much. It will take time, but I promise you it works, as long as you stick with it.

These are the daily supplements that I take for general health. Dosages can be varied based on person and symptoms, condition etc. Do consult your doctor/nutritionist before you start. 

Morning routine (after meal):

  • 1000mg MSM
  • 130mg Magnesium glycinate
  • 1000mg ester C / buffered C
  • 1 probiotic

Please note that the vitamin C should be taken about 2 hours apart from the MSM and not together, as the C turns the MSM rancid. However, it is a good “combo” for absorption purposes. 

Evening routine (after meal):

  • 1000mg MSM
  • 130mg Magnesium glycinate
  • 30-50mg zinc

If you feel that you are coming down with flu, you can increase the dosage of MSM, magnesium and zinc. You can double the MSM and magnesium, and increase zinc up to 150mg a day till you are better. 

Besides oral supplements, I also apply magnesium (chloride) and MSM onto my skin after shower. Direct absorption is a very effective way to take your supplements. 

Let me briefly elaborate on why (I plan to write a much more detailed account of these minerals as I love them so much). 

MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural substance present in food and the human body. There are many uses of MSM, but it’s most well known for treating pain and inflammation conditions, at muscles, joints, allergies, chronic headaches etc. It also plays a role in providing the needed sulfur to produce antibodies to combat germs and allergens, and enzymes that counteract inflammation and promote reparation of damaged cells. 

Magnesium is a vital mineral in our body that has many roles, including catalyzing most chemical reactions in the body, produce and transport energy, synthesizes protein, transmit nerve signals and relaxes muscles. Between MSM and magnesium, these 2 minerals govern over 80% of our bodily functions. It’s interesting to note that nearly 90% of the population is magnesium deficient. There can be many reasons that can cause this, including food, the right diet, lifestyle etc. 

Zinc also belong to the same mineral family. Zinc helps the body absorbs magnesium.

If you plan to take other vitamins, the B and D groups also work well with this bunch. Other vitamins, if taken, should be taken at a different time.

Evidently, the supplements alone are not enough. It is paramount that you pair this with a balanced lifestyle: eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, get good quality sleep, and stay happy and positive. 

We want our readers to be healthy and live a good life. If you have any further questions on the above, or would like to set up a consultation the above supplements, please contact us by WhatsApp 9280 2006 or via email (enquiry@glohs.hk).

Have a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rat!

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