With COVID-19, or the Corona Virus, spreading so quickly across the globe, it’s an unnerving time. I’ve received calls and texts from concerned clients and I want to pass along some of this information.
On Jan 24th, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine has classified COVID-19 as “relatively mild” and “less pathogenic”, which means less deadly, compared to other known viruses, like SARS. The article goes on to say that the majority of those affected won’t even end up in health care centers because it’s so mild. This means to the average healthy person, that if you contract it, you’ll be a little under the weather for a few days. Death is extremely unlikely!!!! Yes, it’s highly contagious but doesn’t cause severe symptoms or death IF you are relatively healthy. As with any virus or infection, the immunocompromised are impacted far worse because of their underlying illness(es), not necessarily because of that particular virus.
Since COVID-19 affects the upper respiratory system, immunocompromised individuals are more prone to succumb to pneumonia after the virus runs its course and depletes the natural glutathione levels in the lungs. The virus isn’t necessarily causing deaths, it’s the secondary infection of pneumonia that is the problem. The real concern should be how do we protect the elderly and immunocompromised population from getting this or ANY virus that may push their body too far to recover.
The key to fighting any virus is your immune system and how do you boost that quickly to prevent it altogether or at least lessen the duration and severity? Here are some ways!
1) Stay calm. Stress weakens your immune system! Turn off the news, go for a walk in nature and use this unexpected extra time with your family to make some great memories!
2) Avoid sugar and alcohol! 1 teaspoon of sugar weakens your immune system by 80% for the next 6+ hours and alcohol turns to sugar in the body.
3) Eat whole foods and foods that build up your antioxidant levels. Processed foods contain chemicals that produce inflammation and oxidative stress (the real bad guy). Foods that are high in antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress. These foods include: blueberries, purple, red and blue grapes, dark (high quality) chocolate ( not made with sugar), pecans, organic strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, kale, red cabbage, beans, beets, spinach, broccoli and collard greens, sweet potatoes and orange vegetables, tea (without sugar), to name a few.
4) Get enough sleep. Turn off the TV and shut down the screens earlier so you are ready to fall asleep at a reasonable hour and get better quality sleep.
5) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, sneeze into the crook of your arm rather than your hands, avoid shaking hands and close contact right now. Wipe down doorknobs, light switches and railings frequently.
6) Take a good probiotic. The more good bacteria in your gut, the stronger your immune system is and the more protected you are from all illnesses.
It would be great if we could all avoid getting the virus altogether but odds are many people will still get the virus because it is spreading so quickly and there is an incubation period where infected people don’t yet have any symptoms. This is why it’s so important to know how to effectively care for yourself and your loved ones when you are sick to prevent a secondary infection, pneumonia in this case, which is the cause of deaths associated with this virus.
1) Listen to your body. If you start feeling exhausted, your mitochondria are telling you that your body is fighting something and it’s time to go to sleep, not push through the rest of the day or you will have it for a longer duration and have more opportunity to spread it to others. Give your