Many of us have given our power over to healthcare professionals instead of taking back our power to affect our own health.
Not eating healthy
Becoming obese and developing Diabetes
Expecting the healthcare system to fix us with more and more meds
And, all of this could have been prevented.
Now who is at risk for the virus the most?
Those with chronic conditions.
As the healthcare system becomes overloaded with patients, our access to providers may become limited if not impossible.
So what is the solution?
We are left to rely on our own self-care practices to do what we can to keep ourselves as healthy as we can be.
That’s where wellness comes in
Because of my career focus on Wellness, I am now fortunate enough to be free from chronic diseases and meds, but of course, it took work on my part to develop healthy lifestyle practices that have served me well. The good news is that it is never too late to tweak your health habits to help your body and mind become more resilient and boost your immunity – especially when we need all the immune support we can get right now! Here are some tried and true wellness strategies that you can start today to boost your immune system.
It’s essential for good health any time, but even more so when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing. Make sure you get 7-9 hours starting at 9-10 pm. An increase in sleep actually increases the number of your white blood cells. Lack of sleep, less than 6 hours, increases inflammation in your body which can lower your immune system.
Eat healthy whole foods like leafy greens that are filled with nutrients. Warm foods will help your digestion too. Stay hydrated as well. Drink only water or herbal TEAS rather than sugary sodas. Remember, for every cup of caffeine, you need 2 cups of water. Coconut water is one of my favorite treats when I need a boost.
Avoid sugar and processed foods
It appears that high blood sugar unleashes destructive molecules that interfere with the body's natural infection-control defenses.
Eat foods that are naturally high in antiviral nutrients
Such as coconut oil, raw garlic, oregano, ginger, kimchi, and other fermented foods, walnut, pomegranate, green tea, apple cider vinegar, and medicinal mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail). The probiotics contained in fermented foods have incredible immune-boosting powers. Fermented kimchi, was found to have significant effects in preventing and fighting the H1N1 influenza. Other examples of fermented foods to try include sauerkraut, pickles, miso, kefir, and kombucha.
Now you probably heard of this one as it’s all the craze at the moment. It’s easy to find in health food stores and it’s pretty easy to make. You just need some bones and parts of meat that you don’t eat and cook it for several hours.
Sauté an onion in olive oil, add some chopped garlic after the onion becomes translucent. Use the whole onion, skin and all.
Put in the turkey carcass and any meat and skin you have.
Now add a bunch of veggies that you’d like. For example, parsley, turnips, carrots, etc.
Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Add 1-2 chopped green apples.
Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 6-8 hours covered. Stir occasionally.
Let cool completely. Strain and use immediately or freeze for later.
Sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
Then wash your hands immediately. Only about 40% of your sneeze makes it into the tissue, the rest ends up on your hands. So wash them whenever using a tissue. If there are no tissues handy, use your elbow to catch your sneeze. If you have a cough or sneeze, then stay home. If you have to go out, wear a mask.
Aerobic exercise pumps up your heart and moves oxygen from your lungs to your blood. This helps increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells and immune response.
A daily practice of meditation or even just thinking happy or calming thoughts can boost your immune system. Try 5 minutes of deep breathing, as this will lower cortisol levels, which increase when you feel stressed. STRESS and FEAR have been proven to lower your immune response.
Do a media fast
Take a break from all the media coverage and do something that brings joy which boosts your immune system. If you want to catch up on the news, my favorite is NPR. It's clear and simple without opinions or hype. It will get you informed without fear.
Take immune boosting supplements
If you aren’t taking supplements, this might be the best time to start to get the extra support you need right now. Make sure you seek out “pharmaceutical-grade” quality.
Vitamins, Antioxidants, Multiminerals
Fish Oil (high quality, potent, pure)
Grape Seed Extract
Beta- Glucan Complex with reishi, shiitake mushrooms, and baker’s yeast extract.
Probiotics. Look for Bifidobacterium BB-12® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG®†. Both strands are clinically shown to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach, providing a full range of benefits such as sustaining healthy immune function.
Hopefully, this information will be useful for you and those around you as we face the challenges ahead.
Here is a helpful survival guide from Dr. Oz that you can post at home or work. Dr Oz Corona Virus Survival Tips (2).pdf