There are two parts to this question, one is avoiding contact with the virus, which is best done right now via home quarantine with exception of the essentials. The other is boosting your immune system so that it is prepared to fight COVID-19, or any other viral or bacteria offender.
It is important to know that other various symptoms beyond cough, fever, and shortness of breath have come up. A small percentage of those tested positive for COVID-19 reported symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, as well as loss of smell and taste.
Furthermore, it was prior believed that only the elderly or the immunocompromised were at risk. However, we are now seeing deaths in the US to include all age groups and those who were previously “healthy” and without any pre-existing conditions.
To further help avoid coming in contact with the virus:
- Wash hands for 20 seconds at least, for the length of time, sing “happy birthday” song 2x
- Wash clothes after each wear, the virus can live on fabric for 6-12 hours
- Take off shoes at the door, consider an “inside” pair of shoes to have and “outside”
- If you have access to gloves consider wearing while at grocery store, gas station, office
- Alcohol based hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol can kill the virus
To boost your immune system via lifestyle:
- Less stress - easier said than done, right!
- Laugh by watching a comedy show on Netflix, right now I’ve enjoyed Taylor Tomlinson and Jo Koy
- Breathe - Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing exercise (inhale-hold-exhale via mouth)
- Do something nice for others - I had a stack of “Thank You” cards; I took 20 of them and wrote a message of blessing with good health and peace, signed them love your neighbor, and left them anonymously on door steps on my street and nearby
- Move your body- you must keep strong!
- Walk outside - even 10 min is better than nothing
- Push ups, sit ups, jump rope, squats, there is a lot you can do without “equipment”
- Yoga - my friend Gina is hosting multiple classes, almost every day of the week, check them out https://www.instagram.com/p/B-SbZkmgviV/
- Eat the rainbow
- Various colors provides the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we need for a strong immune system.
- Sweet potato, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, mushrooms
- Limit/eliminate sugar: it decreases your immunity and is very addictive, to decrease craving try Sweet and Spicey Tea by Good Earth, or my other fav is an apple with almond butter
Please discuss with your doctor what is best for you, this is for informational purposes only.
- Vitamin D 5,000-10,000IU per day
- Caution this is fat soluble and therefore does get stored, long term high dose is not recommended, please talk to your doctor and get your blood levels checked
- Food sources: mushrooms, eggs, fish
- Vitamin C 5,000-10,000mg per day
- 5-10 grams per day in divided doses (ex. 2 grams 3x/day is a total of 6 grams)
- Caution! Start with a lower dose, as too much at once can cause diarrhea if your bowels aren't used to it, although great if you're constipated :)
- If you're sick, take 2-3 grams every 2-3 hours is ideal
- Food sources: leafy greens, broccoli, bell pepper
- Vitamin A 10,000-25,000IU per day
- Caution! This is fat soluble and can be toxic if taken at high doses longer than 4 weeks
- Food sources: spinach, dark leafy greens, eggs, cod liver oil
- Zinc 30mg per day
- Food sources: pumpkin seeds, beans, cashews, almonds
- Selenium 100-400mcg per day
- Brazil nuts, brown rice, eggs
- This is an Ayruvedic herb
- 300mg 2x/day with food
- NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine)
- 500-1,000mg 3x/day with food
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