Corona Virus…. Certainly on everybody’s mind at the moment.
People are going crazy everywhere because of the coronavirus! But panic does not help at all.
I know that the best protection I can give to my family, surroundings and myself from this virus, is to help prevent transmission. So, when this issue came out, I followed the news and did my own research about the best way to do so without scare.
Yes! This is not a laughing matter that you can talk lightly of. But that does not mean that you need to panic.
What I did?
I asked myself…”what is one thing that is better than cure?”
Yes! Prevention is still the key. And that’s exactly what I did. After learning about this virus I then went into finding out the best way to help prevent it and minimize its transmission and effects.
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness. This ranges from the common cold to more severe diseases.
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) that is scaring everyone right now is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
They said that, Coronaviruses are zoonotic. This basically means they are transmitted between animals and people.
HOW CAN CORONAVIRUS BE TRANSMITTED?
According to the news and health organizations Coronavirus is transmitted via respiratory droplets. This respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Often spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet) or touching surfaces where the droplets have landed.
These respiratory droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and inhaled it into the lungs. It also stays on surfaces for 9 hours, possibly longer, and can be transmitted. A lot is still unknown, so there may be other findings.
What is important is to note how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Hence, the ongoing research about the transmissibility, severity, and other features about Covid-19 are not yet conclusive.
SIGNS OF INFECTION
Common signs of infection include;
- Respiratory symptoms
- Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia. The infection can also cause severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure. In some cases, the infection can even lead to death.
HOW TO HELP PREVENT THE CORONAVIRUS
There is a standard recommendations that was disseminated to prevent infection spread. This includes;
- Regular hand washing and/or disinfection
- Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue and throw away tissues immediately
- Avoid large crowds and travel if possible
- Limit touching surfaces, door knobs etc. that are used by others in public, or wipe them with a disinfectant.
- Avoid hand shaking and kissing when greeting others. Adopt feet bumps 🥾 , elbow bumps💪 or hand waving 👐
- You may also want to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
It is essential to boost your immune system to build a natural shield not only to this new virus.
Please note, a strong immune system may help minimize the effects and transmission of the virus. I do not claim that it will prevent, cure, treat the virus infection!
Therapeutic Diet and Nutrition Considerations
Balanced dietary plan with fiber, protein, healthy fats and whole grains with micronutrients essential to optimal immune system function:
- Vitamin C – oranges, papayas, strawberries, kiwi, organic leafy green vegetables (spinach, bok choy, kale), broccoli, bell peppers
- Zinc – seafood, pumpkin seed, sea vegetables, and beans, lentils and legumes
- Vitamin D – salmon, fatty fish, egg yolks, cheese (if tolerable), mushrooms
- Consumption of fresh garlic – crush garlic and wait up to 60 seconds to enhance formation of allicin
- Vitamin A – liver, cod liver oil, mackerel, salmon; beta-carotene: sweet potato, winter squash, kale, collards, carrots
- During active viral infection maintain adequate hydration
- Reduce dietary sugar, processed “empty” foods & alcohol intake
- Optimize omega-3 fatty acid composition of diet to support anti-inflammatory status
- Support good protein status (RDA: 0.8 grams per kilogram (g/kg) of body weight a day. Higher protein intake may be warranted, and can be achieved by supplementing with high-quality protein powders. Whey protein supplementation has been shown to increase glutathione levels, further supporting immune and antioxidant protection.
Additional supplementation with immune supporting nutrients may be considered. Personally I use lots of Vitamin C, Zinc, Elderberries and Echinacea.
At the moment, I eat lots of Vitamin C enriched food. And to boost this, I add supplements from Designs for Health (DFH). I have tested and proven the products from DFH and this is why I am entrusting my family’s and own health in their hands!
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• Good sleep hygiene to ensure adequate quantity and quality of restorative rest
• Reduce allostatic load via stress management techniques. Consider meditation, breath work, biofeedback.
• Balanced physical activity routine to avoid excess exercise during times of immune challenge
One key to boost your immune system is also to detox while nourishing your body. It has been my long time habit to detox once in a while as this also helps me to become more alert and active. Not only that you feel good after detox, your body is actually resetting and cleansed ready to take in and charge energy. This can also help you while you are boosting your immune system with Vitamin C, as your body can process vitamins and minerals better when detoxified and cleansed.
Finding a cure is surely important! No doubt, that agencies and health organizations are doing their best to find the cure. But we must also take a stand and be responsible for our own health.
Let’s start with eating right and boosting our immune system by choosing the right options. Detox and live healthier not only to prevent Coronavirus but also to have a happier life and well being!
Below is my little contribution to fighting this pandemic. This can also serve as your first step to healthier journey!