Maybe it sound weird but the best way to protect yourself from any virus is to learn how they operate inside you. You should learn for their survival mechanisms and vulnerabilities. There are more than 4000 known viruses. Scientists have argued whether viruses are even living beings.
From the birth to death, proteins (amino acids) play a huge role in cellular health. Every living being have external and innate protective mechanisms. they have the most important function in our body. They ward off bacteria, viruses, fungi, and intruders. You should pay attention to the protective protein coat which surrounds individual cells. Also you should pay special attention to the enzymes that break down and repair amino acids. This is the key to all disease and a vibrant life.
Viruses have a complex way to invade a cell. They attack cell by changing their structure and permeability of the cell wall. Interesting fact is that viruses can’t survive on their own. So, they must hijack a host cell, inject their own nucleic acid, and replicate themselves like an out of control copy machine. Viruses use a type of agglutinin (big word meaning a substance that glues things to itself) called hemagglutinin to bind themselves to sialic acid links on the surface of epithelial host cells. When the viruses once attached,they begin to alter the permeability of the host cell wall. They make the cell wall soft, cause it to bend apart, and create holes (pores) in the sialic acid links on the surface. When, they come inside through these pores,they hide and evade the immune system. They do this by using an enzyme called neuraminidase. Neuraminidase can break apart sialic acid links on the host cell surface.
These two important molecules classify viruses:
1. Hemagglutinin (H)
2. Neuraminidase (N).
Each virus has one type of H and one type of N. For example, H1N1, is the virus which was responsible for the pandemic of 1918 while the swine flu pandemic was H2N2. As a virus mutates or jumps species, the H and N numbers change to reflect the shift. As newer, more virulent strains of viruses are formed, human antibodies against the older ones no longer recognize them and reinfection can occur.
Neuraminidase is a main player in the ability of the virus to enter and exit the host cell. Its function is to breaks apart chains of sugars and other glycoproteins. Mucin is a protective glycoprotein secreted in the mucus of the respiratory and digestive tract. The sugar molecules attached to mucins give them increased water holding capacity and make them resistant to digestive enzymes. The disruption or pore created in the chain allows the virus to escape the protective mucus fluid in the respiratory tract and travel via the spleen to the brain and other tissues. Viruses have evolved to use this enzyme to their advantage—neuraminidase prevents them from aggregating (sticking) to each other and being trapped in protective mucous.
On the other side, a key player in virus prevention is the “Aquaporin.” Aquaporins also called water channels, are integral membrane proteins from a larger family of major intrinsic proteins that form pores in the membrane of biological cells, mainly facilitating transport of water between cells.
They are essential for cellular hydration and oxygenation. Hydrated cells is important because they protect against and remove toxins. If your cells are dehydrated, the viruses have more time to multiply. And so it is with cancer. An external acidic pH, along with cellular dehydration, increased metabolism of sugar, and poor water perfusion—allow cancer cell invasion, replication, and metastasis.
Neuraminidase inhibitors are effective treatments. They reduce the fluidity of both the host and virus cell membrane; making it rigid and inhibiting the ability of the virus to enter the host cell. There are several herbal antivirals that are known to do this. Ginger, Rhodiola, Elder, Chinese Skullcap, and Licorice are neuraminidase inhibitors effective against both influenza A and B strains.
Do you know that your gut are the main location of your immune system—so proper digestion is critical. Digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, probiotics, and fermented foods are so important for gut health. Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are all made of protein. Protease enzymes digest protein membranes surrounding viruses, leaving them unprotected and vulnerable to destruction.
You should know that stomach acid kills pretty much every pathogen known to man. Proton pump inhibitors like “the purple pill” inhibit the production of stomach acid. This is counterproductive. Hydrochloric acid supplementation is necessary. Probiotics and fermented foods such as kefir, Kombucha, and fermented vegetables contain live cultures that repopulate your gut with beneficial bacteria that restore a healthy microbial balance. Healthy digestion means your immune system can spend less time breaking down food for energy, and more time identifying and destroying pathogens.
To the end, word – two for the one absolute superstar—Colloidal Silver. This mineral was considered an essential part of the human immune system until the late 1930’s. It has a lot of benefits. In the past, Ancient Greeks lined water and wine urns with silver. The Romans made poultices for burns. Americans was put silver coins in milk and water to keep it fresh and kill germs. The expression “born with a silver spoon in their mouth” came from the time when wealthy people put silver spoons and silver pacifiers in their children’s mouth to protect them from the germs of commoners.
Good old Louie Pasteur turned humans against the essential protective innate mechanisms, and critically essential microbes that will soon be our only hope against mutant resistant pathogens.