Dental Asia Sep/Oct 2020

Dental Management SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2020 DENTAL ASIA 17 biochemicals in the body. Any shortage is bad for health. Many herbs and medicinal plants as well as medical mushrooms work like antioxidants. They have fibre and stimulate immunity. THINGS TO AVOID: Excessive stress of any kind (physical or emotional) seems to be connected to illnesses and should always be taken seriously. The high level of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin burden the body as it brings immunity down through biomechanisms. Industrial chemicals and pollution surround us, but with our own choices, we can avoid most of them. Clean and preferably organic food, natural clothes, cosmetics, house materials and filtered air help. Many of them also react with one another, which makes the comprehension of their effect very complex. Hence, it is recommended to avoid all unnatural substances. This means to live an “organic and natural” life as much as possible. Quiet inflammation in the body drops immunity. It is commonly seen in gums, intestine, genitals, liver, large joints, and excessive fat tissue. Using antioxidants and finding the root cause of the inflammation is the best health care. Any chosen and activated routine measures and habits to decrease the number and power of quiet inflammation also empowers the immunity. Low lymphocyte (white, active cells in the immune system) count is strongly connected with increased risks of cancer, respiratory diseases, infections, heart diseases etc. This condition together with quiet inflammation is common with older people, but is not a “must”. High sugar level in the blood is caused by poor food with fast carbohydrates, hot processed cheap omega-6-based seed oils, frequent snacking and abundant eating. This weakens the immune system, especially together with other factors like stress, lack of sleep and exhaustion, not to mention other chronic degenerative illnesses. High blood pressure is a very big risk when one is infected by COVID-19. Bring it down with these methods. • Lose weight, lift the vitamin D-level in the blood to 150nmol/l, take omega 3 supplements (E-EPA) 3-4g/day as well as magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium (lots in vegetables and fruits), K2 supplements. Reduce stress, have a sauna session four to six times a week with a cold dip or shower, and exercise or walk actively several times a day. It is also helpful to lower blood pressure by quitting smoking, not eating salty, red or processed meat products and processed foods (salt and sodium-based chemicals) as well as oriental fast foods with MSG. The fastest way to lower blood pressure is medication. DA FURTHER READINGS: 1. Kuo, T. H., & Williams, J. A. (2014). Increased sleep promotes survival during a bacterial infection in Drosophila. Sleep, 37(6), 1077– 1086D. 2. Weyh, C., Krüger, K., & Strasser, B. (2020). Physical Activity and Diet Shape the Immune System during Aging. Nutrients, 12(3), 622. 3. Buijze, G. A., Sierevelt, I. N., van der Heijden, B. C., Dijkgraaf, M. G., & Frings-Dresen, M. H. (2016). The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PloS one, 11(9), e0161749. https:// 4. Kaczmarczyk, M. M., Miller, M. J., & Freund, G. G. (2012). The health benefits of dietary fiber: beyond the usual suspects of type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and colon cancer. Metabolism: clinical and experimental, 61(8), 1058–1066. https:// 5. Charoenngam, N., & Holick, M. F. (2020). Immunologic Effects of Vitamin D on Human Health and Disease. Nutrients, 12(7), 2097. 6. Ilie, P. C., Stefanescu, S., & Smith, L. (2020). The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality. Aging clinical and experimental research, 32(7), 1195–1198. https://doi. org/10.1007/s40520-020-01570-8 7. Bae Y-S, Shin E-C, Bae Y-S and Van Eden W (2019) Editorial: Stress and Immunity. Front. Immunol. 10:245. doi: 10.3389/ fimmu.2019.00245 8. Yu S, Zhang G, Jin LH. A high-sugar diet affects cellular and humoral immune responses in Drosophila. Exp Cell Res. 2018;368(2):215-224. doi:10.1016/j. yexcr.2018.04.032 Mr Veli-Jussi Jalkanen is chairman of the board of Salli Finland and CEO of Salli China. He is an advocate of preventive health specialising in sitting health concepts. He believes in a holistic approach to well- being and sustainable balance of the environment. About the Author Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organisation, employer, committee or group or individual