As we continue to hear news about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the U.S. and worldwide, I’d like to share some information relating to the questions I’m being asked about it.
What can someone do if they contract the coronavirus?
There are no over the counter or prescription medications that will help. Because it is viral, antibiotics are ineffective.
Are you helpless against contracting this virus?
No! The most important thing you can do is protect and support your immune system. When you take care if it, it will take care of you.
OK, how do we support our immune systems?
1. Take probiotics.Take them with a meal and take them every day. Even if you eat or drink fermented foods (which is great, by the way), I recommend you take probiotics because they add additional immune system support.
2. Reduce the amount of sugar you are eating. Sugar leads to inflammation and depresses your immune system. Read labels – you’d be surprised how much added sugar there is in packaged or processed food. A single teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to four grams.
4. Drink plenty of water.Even though the heat of an Arizona summer hasn’t arrived yet, we still need to drink at minimum, half our body weight in ounces. If you work out or do physical labor, drink more. It’s important to stay hydrated to help your body get rid of the byproducts your body produces while fighting off the virus.
5. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is critically important for many things, and especially your immune system. Melatonin, the hormone produced by your body to facilitate sleep, is also a great antioxidant.
5. Take your vitamins. Especially Vitamin C, Vitamin D anda good multivitamin.
6. Wash your hands often.Try to reduce contact with people who are already sick as best as possible.
If you are sick, try to stay home from work if you can. You will get better faster by staying home than continuing to go to work. Rest as much as possible so your body can use its energy to fight the virus. Drink plenty of fluids such as water, herbal teas and bone broth (You can find recipes online). Eat lightly. Go outside for short 5-to-15 minutes walks to get some fresh air and movement if you feel up to it. A little physical activity also helps regenerate your immune system.
Remember – following best practices for supporting your immune system will greatly enhance your chances of keeping the coronavirus and other forms of colds and flu at bay.
Yours in optimal health!
Chief Health Officer
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.