Here we go again Folks!
But Don't Let the Current State of the Pandemic Give you the Blues.
Be proactive and protect yourself and others
by enhancing you Health and Immunity.
Lets take a look at the ways we can prevent ourselves from getting Covid-19 and Strengthen Our Immunity. The recommendations in this section are great to incorporate into your life even if you have had Covid or have had the Vaccine.
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We have the opportunity to contribute to a Balanced Environment in any way that we can. We also have the Opportunity to Strengthen our Health and Immunity so that we are less likely to develop severe disease if we do get infected. Disease is not just caused our bodies being invaded by Bugs …There is also the Terrain and Host that that the organism invades. Is that Terrain/Host strong and able to mange invaders? Or is the Terrain compromised and allowing the Invaders to Run Wild?
For SCIENCE GEEKS
Covid-19 is a Virus that makes its entry through our Noses and Mouths and enters the Lungs. In the Lungs it binds to ACE-2 Receptors. Using the spike-like protein on its surface, the SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to ACE2 – like a key being inserted into a lock – prior to entry and infection of cells. Hence, ACE2 acts as a cellular doorway – a receptor – for the virus that causes COVID-19. ACE2 is present in many cell types and tissues including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal tract. It is present in epithelial cells, which line certain tissues and create protective barriers. ACE2 is a vital element in a biochemical pathway that is critical to regulating processes such as blood pressure, wound healing and inflammation, When the SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to ACE2, it prevents ACE2 from performing its normal function to regulate ANG II signaling. When ACE2 action is “inhibited,” likely contributes to injury, especially to the lungs and heart, in COVID-19 patients.
With Covid 19 Infections, there are certain people that are more vulnerable to having a severe infection and those include: Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Cancer, Lung Disease and more. If you suffer from any of these Imbalances, it is important to work with Your Medical Doctor and Your Naturopathic Doctor/Alternative medicine Practitioner to Integrate a Plan for putting these conditions into remission.
These disease states create a Systemic Inflammation in the Body. Covid-19 can be like adding Gasoline to a Fire for these people. This then sets off the Cytokine Storm, which is an uncontrolled inflammatory state that creates injury to Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, Brain, Vascular system and much more.
PLEASE DO YOUR BEST to PREVENT and
AVOID EXPOSURE to COVID-19!
60+% of people that get Covid-19 (even people with mild infection) will develop
Post Covid-19 Symptoms and Have Damage
to the Lungs, Heart, Nervous system and more.
Be Vigilant in avoiding this Infection.
Be Pro-active in Strengthening Your Health and Immunity.
PREVENTION STRATEGIES for COVID-19 and OTHER INFECTIONS:
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS:
You know what they are…
Please consider that these behaviors have been proven to Reduce the Viral Load, thus preventing more severe infections!
- Wear a Mask
- Wash Your Hands
- Clean Surfaces
- Use Hand Sanitiser
- Keep Distance
- Avoid Touching Your Face
Stress reduction: Chronic stress can negatively alter immune system responses, making you more likely to get sick. Identify your personal stress reduction strategies and practice them regularly.
Sleep: Sleep has a big influence on immune function, so it is essential to get plenty of sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene and maintain consistent sleep hours—turn off screens, ensure the room is cool, quiet, and dark, and set a reminder to help yourself go to bed on time.
Exercise: Moderate, regular physical activity helps to boost immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones. Establish and follow an exercise program to not only help prevent respiratory infections but also to improve cognitive and physical resilience.
Nutritious foods/diet: Research indicates that brightly colored vegetables and fruits boost immunity better than most supplements. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables—aim for 10 servings per day. Include fermented vegetables or other probiotic-containing foods.
NATURAL IMMUNE BOOSTING
Most over-the-counter medications only treat the symptoms of viral infections; most don’t actually help the immune system fight the infection. Although there is no research to determine what is effective specifically for coronavirus, the following are some natural modalities you can utilize to both address symptoms as well as boost your immune system if you do come down with an illness:
Self-care: When battling upper respiratory infections, top priorities are plentiful hydration and rest. Drink plenty of fluids; homemade vegetable or bone broths are also extremely beneficial. Various herbal teas/hot drinks can help with hydration and reducing symptoms; good choices include peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, chamomile, and hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon.
Sore throats: Salt water gargles are excellent for loosening mucus and helping fend off bacterial throat infections. Hot teas and lozenges containing slippery elm are excellent demulcents (to relieve minor pain and inflammation of mucous membranes) for soothing irritated sore throats. Two tablespoons of honey in hot water can also help to soothe and decrease throat inflammation and pain. Chamomile and peppermint teas are also helpful for soothing irritated sore throats, as are teas or infusions made from marshmallow root and licorice root, both of which can act as soothing demulcents.
Respiratory congestion & sinuses: For respiratory congestion, use a humidifier, vaporizers, or steam inhalers, or spend time in steamy baths or showers. Vaporizers and inhalers can also be used with decongestants or essential oils such as eucalyptus, menthol, peppermint, or frankincense. Nasal xylitol sprays are very beneficial, as is nasal irrigation using a neti pot or nasal irrigation bottle. Buffered saline is easy to make or can be purchased in packets and eliminates any irritation to delicate, irritated mucous membranes.
SUPPLEMENTS, NUTRIENTS, AND FOODS TO SUPPORT IMMUNE FUNCTION
There are several nutrients, plant-based botanicals, and supplements that can boost immune function and provide symptom relief during illness and may help to shorten the duration of illness. For preventing and treating viral upper respiratory infections, consider some of the following:
Mucosal Repair: The GALT lining is the lining of the Respiratory tract, the GI tract and the Vagina and Urinary Tract. This is your Border Wall and It makes it difficult for the Virus to gain entry.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C may help to prevent infections, including those caused by bacteria and viruses. Regularly administered vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of colds, and higher doses of vitamin C during an illness can also act as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that it helps reduce the risk of colds and flu. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the population is deficient, so daily supplementation (ideally in the form of vitamin D3) offers the best protection.
Zinc: Zinc plays a significant role in boosting immunity. Often available as lozenges, zinc can help to reduce the frequency of infections as well as the duration and severity of the common cold when taken within 24 hours of onset.
Honey: Honey, preferably raw, is a good demulcent (it relieves minor pain and inflammation of mucous membranes), has antioxidant properties, and has some antimicrobial effects. It is helpful for coughs and sore throats and can be added to hot tea.
Elderberry: Also known as Sambucus, Elderberry is researched to Strengthen Immunity and Prevent Viral Replication. It is very strong but gentle enough for Children
Dr. G’s COVID PREVENTION PROTOCOL:
- CHOOSE a SMOOTHIE:
(to repair GALT Lining and Border Wall, while decreasing Inflammation, and Improving Immunity and Nutrition)
- Vitamin C Supreme: 1 capsule 3x per day
- Zinc Chelate: 1 pill before bed
- Vitamin D3: 1 Pill before Bed
- Strengthen Immunity:
- Anti-Virals: (Take one at a time)