What do your fork and your immune system have to do with the Coronavirus?
First, how you react to a virus (or bacteria) depends in great part on the status of your immune system. Secondly, your immune system in great part depends on your eating habits – hence the fork. Thirdly, daily habits can play a role in protecting you from getting the virus.
Please note this is not a scientific treatise but an effort to offer some practical recommendations and to encourage you to be proactive.
The Coronavirus. This particular virus was first detected in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It has infected an estimated 80303 people and caused at least 2,944 deaths. The death rate from these numbers is approximately 3.6%. Many others suffered mild symptoms to more severe symptoms and recovered.
It has spread to other countries, including the United States, Germany, Australia, Japan, Thailand, France, South Korea, Vietnam, and Canada. There have been five reported cases in America with all of the infected patients having recently traveled to Wuhan, China, which is the epicenter of the outbreak and there may be more as of this email.
This virus seems to affect the respiratory system and can lead to pneumonia in certain cases. While Coronaviruses are not new, this strain seems to act differently from other respiratory viruses in that it is accompanied by a fever, cough, and shortness of breath but not sneezing or a runny nose or other such symptoms.
Comparison/Perspective: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been at least 15 million cases of the flu and 8,200 deaths in the United States this season. The death rate is much lower but so far infection rate much higher.
So how do we help protect ourselves from this virus?
Practical Tips that are applicable to most viruses and when traveling.
- Wash your hands properly and frequently, preferably with soap and water, particularly when traveling, in a public place, or when caring or exposed to anyone who is sick. Scrub for at least 20 seconds and dry with a clean towel. Do this for your kids or at least encourage them to do the same.
- Avoid close contact with sick people (this assumes you know they are sick).
- Avoid eating undercooked meat and touching foods in your supermarket that may have been handled by many others. Much of our food supply has been touched by many hands before it reached your table. Too much meat generally has too many antibiotics added to it so this can weaken your immune system. See “How Not to Die” by William Greger, MD.
- Avoid touching anywhere on your face, including your nose, eyes, and mouth, as any bacteria or virus can survive on your hands and enter your body through these vulnerable locations. This is the main benefit of a face mask. Most provide little protection against contracting the virus. Hard to do so must practice MINDFULNESS.
- Sneeze into your elbow to protect others and to avoid spraying bacteria all over nearby surfaces that you may touch again, or your family or others will touch.
Avoid crowded places and events and travel when feasible. We might be going to extremes here but that is a personal decision. I recently traveled to Salt Lake City and few seem to be following this advice. They are talking about having the NCAA Basketball Tournament play to empty stands??
Your fork and your immune system.
Eat daily portions of organic vegetables and fruits to strengthen your immune system. See the list of foods below. We know we should eat leafy green vegetables, berries, and other fruits, but now may be the time to be more compliant. The SAD diet (Standard American Diet of fast foods, fried foods, few vegetables, lots of processed meats and food), weakens our immune system and makes us more susceptible to serious consequences when exposed to an insult like a virus (and aging).
Also, get plenty of sleep to strengthen your immune system. Regular exercise and fresh air help. Note: If you go to the gym, make sure you use wipes. If not feeling well, stay home.
Hopefully, we understand the benefit of maximizing our body’s anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimize symptoms when a virus attacks the human body.
Our immune system (which resides mostly in the gut), is crucial to prevention.
We all should understand that it is easier to prevent diseases than treating it after it occurs.
Don’t wait to get healthy or develop good health habits until after you are sick.
Best advice: Eat healthily and fortify your immune system with the following:
Vitamin C: Some say that the coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. We do know that Vitamin C has a powerful antiviral effect. Of course, this is not newsworthy so not much is said. Red peppers have even more vitamin C than oranges although both are good.
Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.
Vitamin D3: 2,000 to 10,00 International Units daily. Personally, I prefer 10,00 IU daily (check blood levels to see if you are getting enough). Younger people, of course, can take less.
Magnesium: 400 mg to 600 mg daily (prefer chelated form as it is the most easily absorbed). The most depleted mineral we have magnesium (zinc is second) so you can go higher but check with your doctor first.
Zinc: 20 mg daily (can go to 40 mg to 50 mg). Take with food and 20 mg doses. Can upset stomach.
Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily, Brazil nuts can help but not more than two or three a day.
Note: With selenium, you can take too much so sunflower seeds are also a good choice and very effective.
Note: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and selenium have been shown to strengthen the immune system against viruses.
Glutathione. A good source of glutathione helps strengthen your immune system.
Recommended for all: Methyl B-Complex.
Some Organic Foods:
Spinach, Celery, Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Asparagus, Cauliflower,
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini, Green Cabbage, Bell Peppers, Berries, Oranges, Apples, ….
Stay strong and feel free to share with friends and family.
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