There is a lot of news and stats out there about the Coronavirus. Some of it bears paying attention to and the rest is sensationalized for attention. I am not going to talk about what the media is already covering, but rather focus on what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Being careful with your environment is important, but it’s equally important to support your body.
Here are some of the basics to make sure we’re all on the same page. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause a broad range of symptoms, ranging from the common cold to more severe infections. The most recent mutation, Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is responsible for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—similar to how HIV is responsible for AIDS.
How SARS-CoV-2 began and spread is not well understood yet. Ground zero appears to be Wuhan, China which has been quarantined since the outbreak - no civilians go in or out. Additionally, the US and other countries have placed travel restrictions to minimize the risk of transmission.
According to the WHO and CDC, here’s what you can do to minimize your risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, or any virus really.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain a social distance of at least 3 feet. This means no hugs and hand-shakes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Tables, countertops, doorknobs, and phones.
Those are some of the basics to minimize your risk of exposure in your environment. Even if you’re doing all of the above, viruses are going to find their way into your body - as they do all the time. However, the reason you don’t get sick all the time is because your immune system is quietly working in the background to protect you. Most of the people who have died from COVID-19 had compromised or underdeveloped immune function. So it’s imperative to provide your immune system with all the support it needs to do what it does best - protect you.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from the inside out.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep recharges your body and your immune system.
- Drink plenty of water. Your body uses water both for healthy function and elimination.
- Manage stress. Stress distracts your body from supporting vital functions.
- Eat clean. Focus on minimally processed foods and get some greens into your diet.
- Exercise. Gets your blood flowing and more oxygen into your bloodstream.
Now, if you want extra credit and want to go above and beyond, here’s what to supplement your diet with to supercharge your immune health.
- Elderberry. A potent anti-viral that blocks the receptor sites viruses use to attach to cells.
- Astragalus. An immuno-modulator, which strengthens a rundown immune system.
- Reishi Mushroom. A rich source of beta-glucan, which activates the immune system.
- Probiotics. - Healthy bacteria that lives in the gut and support the immune system.
- Prebiotics. The fibers that allow probiotics to thrive.
- Collagen. Contains amino acids that improve the health of the gut.
The key thing to keep in mind is this—your body is equipped to protect you from the bad stuff in your environment. Unless you have a preexisting condition, your body has been doing just that all your life without you even realizing it. So don’t let the media stress you out, focus on what you can control and remember to wash your hands.🌺