I know some of you may be sheltered in your home as you read this, dealing with the emotional/logistic/financial fallout from a situation ripe with unknowns. Regardless of where you are, I wanted to share with some of the best tips I’ve compiled.
There’s obviously a lot we don’t know about the virus. Uncertainty often triggers fear (which can cause stress, thus weakening the immune system.) But by focusing on what we do know, we can help calm our nervous systems, take action, and ameliorate at least some of the fear.
What we DO know is that protecting and boosting your immune systems and practicing good hygiene may be the best ways to protect yourself and your community, no matter what age you are. Having a good reserve of white blood cells, high nutrient levels, low inflammation, and a healthy microbiome are all essential for the immune system.
Things to Add:
~As much nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, colorful food that you can. This may be a good time to enroll in a CSA box in your area, or start a garden, to minimize trips to the grocery store :-) Frozen fruits and veggies, and nutrient-rich greens & berry powders can be good options too. (see below for suggestions for greens powders) Don't stress it, but do your best!
~Organic Iodine in the nose with a Q-tip before going out or any chance of exposure. This article explains how important iodine was in combating the influenza of the early 1900's and how putting it on the snouts of mice prevented them from getting the disease. Here's an organic source of it.
~High Vitamin C—Liposomal Vitamin C is the best way to supplement it, but most sources are sold out. Did you know that the peels of organic citrus have super high amounts? Grate these over your salad or in your porridge!
~Immune boosting supplements like Quercetin, Elderberry, Vitamin D (plus K), zinc, probiotics, astragalus, and medicinal mushrooms. Host Defense is the best brand of immune-boosting mushrooms.
~Other immune-boosting supplements which you get $50 off or 25% off your first order if you type in “siriscull” as a reference code at ishoppurium.com:
-Vir-U-Sure—a blend of herbs to support the body’s immune and viral response
-Bee Energetic—Ginsing, bee pollen, and spirulina to strengthen & energize the body
-Apothe-Cherry—the BEST source of tart cherry juice that I’ve found—-it has the highest levels of antioxidants and promotes the production of melatonin which is great for sleep.
-More Greens---Organic sourcing & good tasting (not always easy to find in greens powders!)
~Stress-relieving practices like meditation, yoga, spending time in the sun, and exercise. (remember, motion moves emotion, and as long as you don’t over-do it, it’s good for your immune system too.) Here are a few at-home workouts you can do:
-Download "Insight Timer" on your phone with tons of fantastic meditations and courses
~Get solid sleep—-sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to the immune system. One poor night doesn’t make a difference, but chronic depletion takes its toll. (Did you know that inadequate sleep can increase inflammatory markers by 40%?!)
~Get sunshine!---The sun is another good source of Vit D and it's been shown that elderly who have adequate Vit D levels have a 40% reduction in respiratory & lung illnesses. There are other benefits too---even if it's sticking your head out the window to soak in some rays---both emotional & physical!
~Drink lots of hot/warm water! Hydration is key for maintaining a healthy immune system & flushing out toxins or bugs. Here’s an article from Chinese medicine about the importance of staying super warm and drinking warm/hot fluids every 15 min to flush the virus out.
~In addition to hand washing, this article explains how toclean your iphone (which is basically your 3rd hand)
~Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen—If you feel the onset of fever or suspect you may have the coronavirus AVOID these drugs because they have been shown to lower the immune response. Here’s an article that goes into more detail.
-Getting COLD for lengthened periods of time. Apparently, the virus thrives in cold temperatures and dies with heat. Another reason to drink lots of hot teas and beverages!
~Stress— As stated earlier, chronic stress depletes the immune system like none other. It becomes a Catch-22 when there are plenty of things to potentially worry about right now, but the more you can practice breathing techniques and remind yourself of whatever you need to hear to feel more calm. (For me, it’s hearing Bob Marley’s “Every little thing’s, gonna be alright,” played over & over in my head.)
~Sugar--Science shows that sugar (especially in excess) depletes the immune system. Here's a good read about the effects of sugar on the immune system.
~Dairy—tends to be phlegm producing and compromising to the respiratory system and digestive tract. A healthy respiratory tract is especially important as protection against getting a bad case of the coronavirus
~Anything compromising to your digestive tract since it’s been shown that up to 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Wheat has been shown to be one of the most difficult proteins to digest and causes inflammation in the gut, even when someone’s not “allergic” to it. Studies have shown that people with a weakened digestive system don't fare as well if they get the virus.
~Too many stimulants (caffeine, soda, etc), sugar, or processed carbs, which throws off your blood sugar nad puts you into a high cortisol state. Science shows that we are much better adapted to handle stress when our blood sugar is balanced. Here's a good read on the topic.
To get more support around the nitty-gritty, whether it’s to gain more specific tools to strengthen your immunity, improve your sleep, decrease stress (as the market plunges), improve discipline with implementing healthy practices, lose excess weight (which takes it’s toll on the body), or whatever else, please reach out to me here at either SiriWellness or Nutritional Wisdom, where I am now working full-time. The business has been voted best as the best in Nutrition for the last 6 years in Austin!
I see clients remotely too, so if you are holed up in your apartment, I’m here for you ;) Please help spread the word of health and share this with loved ones!! The take-away here is that there’s no better time to take your health seriously and be the most vital version of yourself!
I hope you can make the most of your extra quiet time at home :-) Isn’t it ironic that we have to be relegated to isolation to realize how inextricably connected we all are?