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Your health and COVID-19: 4 simple ways to protect your immune system

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are facing higher stress levels which can impact the body’s immune system.
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We are experiencing a shift in health and fitness trends.  

Now, more than ever, people are working to improve their strength and overall health by addressing not only the physical, but also the important mental and emotional components of our incredibly complex human framework where all systems are intricately interconnected. 

Protecting your health and wellness

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are facing higher stress levels which can negatively impact the body's immune system.

Herc’s Nutrition owner, Garnet Devries believes that preventative measures to keep our internal and external immune system strong (hand washing, face masks, and gloves) and the addition of prebiotics and supplements is the best plan we can follow to stay healthy and combat the adverse effects that stress can produce. 

“I break things down for my clients and explain ingredients so that they understand why a product may be superior for them versus simply being the popular choice,” said Devries, who takes pride in helping his customers find what they need to achieve their personal best.


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What are some ways you can safeguard your immune system?

Vitamin Boost

Vitamin D deficiency in the body can leave us susceptible to infection. It’s an important weapon that performs a number of roles, protecting us from pathogens and enhancing immune cell function.  It has anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties that activate our immune system defences. Studies also show that Vitamin D can help to decrease the risk of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), which is particularly relevant with the current threat of Covid-19.

Get your glutamine

Crucial to the organs, L-glutamine is an amino acid (molecule) that’s used in the biosynthesis of proteins. These proteins transport substances in our blood and fuel immune cells, including intestinal and white blood cells. Glutamine is produced naturally in the body, and can also be found in a number of foods. The highest amount of glutamine is found in meat and animal products. However, if you aren’t able to produce enough your body may break down protein stores like muscle to release more.  During injury and illness, your immune system function may be compromised if insufficient amounts of glutamine are available.


A necessary component in DNA and collagen synthesis and immune system metabolism, zinc also plays a vital role in the healing process. It’s relieves the oxidative stress that leads to inflammation, which remains a contributing factor in a number of chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer.  It also boosts the activity of natural killer cells, NK, which are a type of white blood cell that protect against infection. 

Medicinal Mushrooms

Rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and protein, and used by many different cultures for thousands of years to prevent disease, relieve symptoms, and treat illness, medicinal mushrooms have substantial antioxidant and immune-boosting properties. Lion’s mane, cordyceps, shitake, reishi, and turkey tail are all fungi with exceptionally high levels of immune enhancing capabilities. 

Lion’s mane aids in the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein crucial to neuron growth and development, and myelin, a protective insulation around the nerve fibers. An imbalance in either can contribute to certain neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Turkey tail contains polysaccharide-K (PSK) and polysaccharopeptide (PSP), compounds known for their prebiotic and immune-stimulating properties. 

Passionate about the products

Devries acknowledges his clients have varying needs, and the recent shift to a greater number of home deliveries has given him the opportunity to have some new conversations. 

“I’m interested in giving my customers personalized information about our brands. Products change, names change, what I’m interested in is the quality. Exceptional brands often make a name for themselves through education and exposure, but everyone is individual, and certain products work better for some than for others. Everyone has a story.”
Visit Garnet Devries at Herc’s on toonie Tuesdays to try their famous regular or vegan protein shake, always made with real ingredients to help fuel the mind and body.

For more information, visit Herc’s Nutrition online or call 519-208-4372.

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