Have you turned on the TV lately, read a newspaper, listened to a YouTube video, or scrolled through your Facebook posts. There only seems to be one piece of news these last two weeks, Coronavirus! You just can’t get away from it.
I can’t seem to decide whether it’s the virus, hysterics, or both that is infecting our world.
Whether or not you believe this event has disastrous consequences for the human race or not, it’s best to give your body the best fighting chance it has against any bacterial or viral disease. Taking a few more hygienic precautions and building up your natural immune system.
Let’s remember that there are already 7 different types of Coronavirus that are known, and 4 of them cause very mild-to-moderate symptoms of upper respiratory disease. I.e., common cold-like symptoms. The other 2 are similar, just somewhat more severe.
The current Coronavirus isn’t really anything new or different. This strain simply hasn’t yet infected humans- until now. The fear is that being new, we, as humans, have little resistance against it, and this means it could spread quickly through the population.
Does this mean that it’s more dangerous than the other Coronaviruses? No, not necessarily!
Despite the build-up of fear in the media of mass mortalities, the reality may just be that most humans will suffer a mild-to-moderate form of a flu-like, upper respiratory infection for a week, recover, and then return to work. No long-term, residual complications.
On the other hand, as with most infectious diseases, there will be those who are at higher risk. The ‘usual suspects’ are the elderly and immune-compromised.
So, if you’re taking care of elderly family members, help them out by doing the shopping for them or encouraging them to stay home and not go into populated, crowded areas like big shopping plazas. It’s just common sense.
For the rest of us, let’s explore some things we either can or already do to build up our immunity and/or speed up recovery time. I, myself, believe wholeheartedly that our bodies, when in full alignment with our inner energies, are perfectly biocompatible to our environment. That within reasonable limits, a healthy immune system can tolerate, adapt, defeat, and recover from numerous external pathogens that may be presented to us. Coronavirus!
With that said, we do need to give ourselves the TLC required to neutralize the stressors.
TLC (Tender, Loving, Care!)
Proper diet, nutrition, exercise, stress management, good sleep, and taking a few precautions like regular hand washing may all seem very standard. Still, I believe these are your best chances against contracting any bacterial or viral infection, but also getting on the path of a speedy, healthy recovery.
Here are 5 Top Tips you can start doing right now to help build your body’s defenses and reduce the chance of infection.
It’s no secret that the best way to prevent/fight infection is to maintain a well-balanced diet. Foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and others strengthen the immune system, prevent disease, and assist in a speedy recovery.
They work by neutralizing dangerous free radicals that cause harm in the body.
Your best bets are increasing the daily consumption of citrus and other fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean sources of protein such as beans, lean beef, chicken, salmon, and turkey.
If you want some extra boosters, look into a good multivitamin supplement. Nowadays, we can’t only rely on our food supply as much of the farming soils have been partially/totally depleted of essentials nutrients.
With vitamins, you also want to make sure you are consuming the bioactive forms or forms that are absorbed easily from the gut.
See below ‘Must-Haves To Boost Natural Immunity’
The second best thing you can do to keep your body and immune system strong is exercise regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to overdo it and run the marathon. In fact, extreme, sudden exercise may literally cause the opposite effect and weaken your body as it has to deal with the high stresses associated with exercise overload. Regular exercise integrated into your daily routine guarantees to not only strengthen your immunity against infection, shorten recovery times, but also it will also improve your mood and make you feel great.
By exercising daily, you increase the rate at which your heart pumps and blood flows through your body. Many of the immune cells we have that fight bacterial and viral infections need to travel via the blood to get to far-reaching areas of the body. Better blood flow means cells and substances can get to where they need to be faster to do their job-fight infection.
Start by going for a 30-minute walk, either first thing in the morning or after lunch or dinner. You’ll notice the benefits immediately!
Lack of sleep can make us more prone to catching a cold, flu, and other viral or bacterial infection. Because sleep is one of our basic life needs, it’s essential that we not neglect it. The reality is that many people suffer from a sleep disorder and aren’t aware of how harmful it is to the immune system.
Although it’s not completely understood exactly how sleep interacts with immunity, studies have shown that immune cells such as T-cells and inflammatory cytokines which help to keep foreign invaders out are affected by sleep.
The second part of sleep that affects our immunity has to do with fever. Fever is the body’s mechanism for fighting infection. Since the fever response works best when you sleep, the better you sleep, the better the system works. Conversely, if you don’t sleep well, your immunity to disease weakens.
Generally speaking, you’ll feel best and build a healthy immune system by sleeping 7-9 hours nightly.
Understanding and managing stressful situations in life is more of an art than a science. First of all, it’s difficult to define what stress actually is and, second, it’s impossible to say that a particular stressor produced in one person causes an equal amount of stress in another. With that said, I think we can all agree (in general) that relationships with friends, family, and co-workers are high on the probable causes of stress list.
In prehistoric times, stress was, in fact, part of and integrated into our daily survival routine. The ‘fight or flight response.’ If a tiger was chasing you down, you better have your stress-systems working or succumb to becoming a quick lunch. This is the acute stress response produced mainly by the stress hormone, cortisol, secreted from the adrenal glands.
With chronic stress, the same body mechanisms get activated but don’t subside because the stressor remains constant. Over time, cortisol secretion leads to a chronic inflammatory state, and suppression of the B and T immune cells. It’s the decrease in these immune cells(lymphocytes) that can cause you to get sick with longer recovery times.
Start your day early in the morning with 15-20 minutes of quiet meditation. It’s like re-booting your computer. You’ll feel much more balanced and relaxed during the day.
This may seem quite obvious to most people because we all heard it at home from our mothers – ‘wash your hands, or you’ll bring in all those germs from outside’.
What you may not have known is that a virus can live for a while outside the body. How long it lives depends on many things like the surface it lands upon. The point is that if you touch a surface with virus particles with your hands, you’re gonna bring it home with you. This increases the chances of getting infected.
Coronavirus has an outer lipid-layered wall, which makes it very susceptible to destruction by common home detergents and plain soap. It’s destroyed instantly.
So, don’t forget to wash your hands regularly.
At the time of this writing, the media and governments are bombarding us about the potential dangers and threats of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is something we shouldn’t take lightly. Many lives may be at stake. I encourage everyone to get the latest updates about the progression of the disease from their local authorities and take all appropriate recommended measures.
Zinc is a natural virus killer, infection preventer, and immune system builder. If not consumed in adequate amounts, deficiency can occur, and this can lead to a weakened immunity against viruses like the common cold and the flu. Zinc can come in different molecular states, but not all of these are good for humans. Even with many common vitamin brands, zinc in the form of zinc oxide is what you’re getting, not to mention all the unhealthy fillers. Zinc oxide may be suitable for plants, but not for humans. We humans need zinc sulfate because it’s readily absorbed(especially in liquid form) by the gut, and thus its bioavailability is much higher.
So, for instance, if you’re traveling by airplane in a closed-cabin space with others who are potentially coughing and sneezing up dangerous pathogens, you can now boost up your immunity with liquid zinc sulfate.
Many already know the benefits of Vitamin C in strengthening immunity. By affecting the number of white blood cells in our body, Vitamin C plays a direct role in defending us against harmful bacterial and viral pathogens. Moreover, Vitamin C plays a significant role in decreasing inflammation and assisting in the healing process. This ensures that even if you do catch a cold or the flu, the recovery time will be quick.
Like any other vitamin supplement, you want to buy Vitamin C in a form that’s not so acidic, easy on the digestive system, GMO-free, no preservatives, and readily absorbable in the gut. One with high bioavailability.
Both Ester Vitamin C and Liquid liposomal Vitamin C can provide you with a powerful way to boost your immune system and protect yourself against infection and prolonged illness.
The Chaga mushroom is a potent immunity booster that you should consider adding to your daily recipe. This potent mushroom grows in the Northern, colder climates on the bark of birch trees.
Used long ago by traditional healers, it was referred to as the ‘black gold’ of medicine for many lingering ailments such as stomach pain, heart disease, liver problems, and parasites.
Chaga has one of the highest ORAC(Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) scores, which means it has the highest ability to protect the body against disease-causing free-radicals.
Specifically, Chaga mushrooms boost the immune system by increasing the number of immune cells, Il-6, and T-lymphocytes. These cells regulate our immunity and help fight off invading viruses and bacteria.
Scientific studies in 2015 have already conclusively demonstrated the anti-infective properties of Chaga mushrooms on Hepatitis and HIV infectivity.
Chaga mushrooms come in powder form and are quite commonly used as a substitute for coffee and tea.
Instead of a ‘cup of java,’ start your day with a ‘cup of Chaga.’
Bye for now!
Dr. Randy Simor