So we have been bombarded with news about Covid-19 for quite some time now and we are all doing our part with the basic recommendations (constant and proper hand washing; self isolating, keeping a distance of 6 feet between you and the next person, being conscious of not touching our eyes, nose, or mouth or our face in general, avoiding crowds, using hand sanitizers, being mindful of the symptoms of COVID-19 so we are tested if at high risk of contracting (fever, dry cough, trouble breathing being the initial typically). For more info regarding COVID-19, go to Canada.ca or the WHO web sites.
In the meantime, we must strengthen our host (our bodies). This virus has an infectivity rate of 83% which is high. The recommendations to support one’s body immunity include Vitamin C in the ascorbate form 3000 mg in divided doses. As Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant, decrease that dose if you get loose stools (back the dose off until you don’t get loose stools). Zinc is an antiviral mineral. I use Gammadyn Zinc but over the counter brands of zinc like zinc acetate are well absorbed as well. You can also get zinc through food sources like pumpkin seeds, oysters, oats,poultry, or herring. A basic multivitamin/mineral which contains zinc would also be adequate to support your needs.
Spices that are antiviral include fresh peeled ginger root, sliced thin and simmered on medium heat for ten minutes in water or you could even juice ginger too (combine a small amount with fresh lemon, hot water, raw honey). Raw garlic should be used liberally as it is an antiviral herb too (1-2 cloves daily). Other herbs that have antiviral activity include licorice. Traditional Medicinals makes a great Organic Licorice Root tea that you can drink during the day if you get sick of drinking ginger tea.
Echinacea is also an antiviral herb and could be drank as a tea. The Medical Medium has a recipe for Thyme tea that you can look up online that is also antiviral.
Other foods that could help your body be stronger include mushrooms with their polysaccharides which are immune boosting (especially Shitake and Oyster). Gregg Braden has videos on YouTube that I have posted on Facebook about using mushrooms to strengthen the host or go to GreggBraden. com for references and more information on staying strong and healthy at this time.
Stay away from sugar in any form which suppresses white blood cell function. Choose good fats like avocado, olive oil, flax seed oil over hydrogenated or trans fats in any form.
Exercise at least 30 minutes daily to move white blood cells through your body. Make sure you get a good sleep every night. Practice stress reduction using yoga or use whatever works for you- I love music to help me feel better.
Do things to reduce anxiety over this global crisis like Emotional Freedom Technique to calm your nervous system. Set up a phone consultation with our clinic with me at this time if you are interested in reducing anxiety utilizing E.F.T. Practice good self care in general right now. Love is very good for the immune system so keep your family close or your pets right now. If they are safe and free of the virus, cuddle them. Until next time, stay well! To book a phone consult at this time, please call Parallel Wellness Robin Vinge, Naturopathic Doctor 4032321283