Worried About the Coronavirus? Here are 10 Things We Are Doing to Protect Our Family
Last week, I was driving my nine-year-old son home from school when he started asking me questions about the coronavirus. There’s been so much hype about it at his school and let’s be honest almost everywhere we look we see another fear-instilling message about this novel virus.
I calmly told him that the main thing that he needs to be concerned about is keeping his immune system strong. Instilling fear into our children and getting them stressed-out is not going to help the problem, it is only going to make the problem worse as I discuss below.
The research shows that the virus is affecting the elderly and immuno-compromised primarily. All others should be safe and cautious and follow general immune-strengthening practices. The reasearch has shown that the elderly have lower antioxidant status which is why they may be more susceptible to viruses and other pathogens.
Irrelevant to what’s going on in the media, there are so many things that I enjoy doing on a regular basis to keep my immune system strong. Having a strong immune system year-round helps with reducing the common cold, keeping parasites, bacteria, and other viral infections at bay.
Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong
A good night’s sleep is probably the best medicine for the immune system! Sleep deprivation actually depresses our immune systems, which is why it’s so important to get at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night.
It’s best to fall asleep by 10 pm since your body makes the most melatonin from 10 pm to 2 am. Ensuring you avoid blue light from your screens will also optimize melatonin production which is required for healthy immune function. I also recommend wearing blue light blocking glasses when the sun goes down.
Getting out in nature and in the sun is required for proper immune function. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D which helps to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin D is vital to proper immune function. Getting out in nature has profound immune-boosting benefits. So leave your phone behind and try to get out for a walk in nature every day!
3. Anti-inflammatory, Whole Food Diet
An anti-inflammatory diet helps to strengthen the immune system in several different ways. One of the most important ways is that it helps to balance the gut microbiome. When we consume a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, we ensure that our gut bacteria are well balanced. When our gut bacteria is balanced then our immune system is balanced. Eighty percent of our immune system actually lies in our digestive tract so it’s super important to eat a healthy diet to maintain healthy levels of good gut bacteria that promote proper immune function.
An anti-inflammatory, whole food diet is also high in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals to support the proper functioning of a healthy immune system. A diet high in sugar, gluten, and dairy can deplete important immune-supportive nutrients such as Vitamin C and zinc. Alcohol consumption can also suppress the immune system. Fermented foods are a great natural source of probiotics and they help to diversify the gut bacteria which helps to strengthen the gut.
Meditation and mindfulness help reduce cortisol levels and make us more resilient to stress. When we lower cortisol in the body, our immune system functions better. Increased stress has been shown to decrease immune function so it’s crucial for our health to become more resilient to stress.
Fasting helps to induce a process in the body called autophagy. Autophagy is the process whereby the body eliminates dead and damaged cells. Fasting induced autophagy also helps get rid of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
One effective and sustainable way to fast is by following the 16/8 regimen. During this type of intermittent fasting, you can eat during an 8 hour period of time every day and fast for the following 16. It’s actually easier than you might think and the health benefits are profound!
6. Cold Showers
Cold showers put us in a state of hormesis. Hormesis is when we expose our bodies to low doses of something that might be harmful to the body, but that low dose actually produces a benefit to the body instead of harm.
Cold showers help to increase natural killer cells and help to strengthen the immune system. We usually try to shower in cold water a few times a week for up to 2 minutes at a time. You can start slow and work your way up to 2 minutes!
7. Medicinal Mushrooms
Chaga and Reishi are two medicinal mushrooms that are scientifically proven to keep the immune system strong. Both of these mushrooms are immunomodulators so they “boost” the immune system when needed and they also slow it down when it is overactive.
Chaga helps with the formation of beneficial cytokines that help to regulate the immune system. It also helps to stimulate white blood cells to fight off bacteria and viruses. Reishi helps to increase the activity of natural killer cells which helps to fight infections in the body. We consume healthy medicinal mushrooms daily through a 5 mushroom blend powder that we put into a morning cocoa elixir. It tastes delicious! The Immunitone Plus supplement below that we recommend has many medicinal mushrooms that are great for the immune system.
8. Vitamin C, Zinc and Liposomal Glutathione
These supplements all help to support the immune system. Vitamin C helps to improve immune health and it’s also a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, lemons, limes, spinach, and strawberries.
Zinc is a required mineral for the proper functioning of the immune system. It helps in the formation and development of immune cells such as natural killer cells and neutrophils. Studies have shown that zinc shortens the duration of the common cold and flu. Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, legumes, nuts, and animal proteins.
Liposomal glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants produced by the body. It helps protect the body from oxidative stress from dietary and environmental free radicals.
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9. Infrared Sauna
Infrared sauna use raises the core body temperature which then helps with fighting off pathogens such as viruses. Infrared sauna use also helps to increase the production of white blood cells which help to fight off pathogens.
Also, there’s nothing like a sweat session in a sauna to get you feeling more peaceful and relaxed!
Washing hands thoroughly (back, front, in between fingers and nails) with soap for the duration of 20 seconds (singing the happy birthday song twice) is the best way to keep pathogens from entering your body!
Implementing these practices on a daily basis will not only help to keep your immune system strong but will also help to increase energy, decrease inflammation, and reduce unnecessary weight!
Minimize EMF exposure! A lot of research is showing that EMF exposure is actually causing viruses to replicate. Easy ways to minimize EMF exposure are to turn off your wifi router before you go to bed and to minimize cell phone use as much as possible.
Even though the media likes to try to hype us up and scare us, we can all choose to stay calmly informed while using the tools we have right at our fingertips to strengthen our immune system.
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*** The products, supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc mentioned in these videos and article are not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-191 in people. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) The information in these videos, and article is provided for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice.
Author: Dipa Chauhan
Dipa Chauhan is a certified R Ph, CFMP, FLT Therapist, Functional and Lifestyle Medicine Provider.
Dipa’s love for cooking and helping people led to the creation of the website www.drpatelsdiet.com. Here you can find over 250 healthy and easy recipes, weekly shopping lists and menus. Through this website Dipa has benefited thousands of people all around the world.
Dipa enjoys spending time with her family, especially her son Devin. Dipa also enjoys exercising, walking and other outdoor activities.
Dipa Chauhan is a board certified registered pharmacist and a certified functional medicine provider.
She has over 6 years of pharmacy experience ranging from retail pharmacy, mail order pharmacy and clinical hospital pharmacy.
She completed a hospital pharmacy residency with rotations in ICU, nephrology, general medicine, pediatrics, drug distribution, cardiology and drug information.