Supporting Our Immune Systems During COVID-19. Most people have mild symptoms
Much of the world is frantically overwhelmed by COVID-19. Many of us are staying home and doing our part in this global effort to slow down the spread of this virus. Every day I get a dozen calls or more looking for ways to prevent getting it or how to treat it. So, like everyone else, I thought I would add my two cents into the mix.
Most People Who Get COVID-19 Have a Mild Flu Like Illness
Do not go to the hospital or urgent care if you have mild symptoms. As of now, there is no where you can just go and get tested. It is best to stay home, rest and recover. It also appears that you should avoid ibuprofen and NSAIDS if you suspect you may have it. Acetaminophen is fine.
I also recommend chicken soup with lots of garlic and onion and vegetables. Elderberry extract is a wonderful antiviral, Oregon grape root, vitamin C, A and D.
People with underlying immune disorders, heart and lung disease and the elderly are more vulnerable to get pneumonia or serious infection. If you fall into this category then take extra precautions.
While we don’t have a known cure for this corona virus, we do know something about it: how it spreads, who gets it, and that it can cause severe inflammation leading to organ failure.
We want to:
- Reduce spreading the virus (limit public encounters, wash your hands, etc)
- Support our immune systems
- Reduce inflammation
- Fight infection
- Keeping our immune system in good working order requires adequate sleep, nutritionally dense foods, fresh air, community (even by phone) and stress reduction.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea is a wonderful sleep aid and is antiviral. You can make a tea with fresh leaves steeped for ten minutes in boiled water. (1TBSP/cup) Melatonin can also be helpful and is anti inflammatory
Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Carotenoids are most abundant in richly colored vegetables and fruits (and salmon and shrimp). They function as powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation and enhance the immune system. Most vegetables and fruit also contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important part of connective tissue in our body. It is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Take vitamin D3.
We are all prone to vitamin D deficiency and it is immune supportive. Probiotics and fermented foods enhance your natural immunity as well.
Herbs that have antiviral and immune boosting activity: echinecea , Oregon grape root, elderberry, garlic, ginger. Medicinal mushrooms.
Take a Walk
Finally, keep in mind that anxiety and fear can trigger inflammatory signals in your body. So don’t get caught up in the endless loop of fear. Turn off your devices and go plant some peas. Take a walk. Enjoy the quiet. It’s Spring. The cherry trees are blooming.
For more information, Natural Medical Journal has an excellent COVID update by immunologist, Heather Zwickey.
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