The world is being brought to its knees in the face of a deadly supervirus that threatens billions around the globe. America’s stress levels are at an all-time high. Our already overwhelmed healthcare system is being tested beyond its limits.
News media is being consumed around the clock. We are on our devices now more than ever. We want to know what is going on and to be prepared for the worst. In doing so, we forsake the innate mechanisms of our body’s immune system that daily defends us from pathogenic invaders. We become distracted by the news, worry and panic sets in, and our immune systems take the hit.
As tension mounts, people are enervated with trying to stockpile supplies such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
Our collective behavior around this pandemic is demoralizing and dispiriting. Now is the time to empower ourselves to take responsibility for the state of our individual immune systems.
But what are the things we can do right now that will prevent the spread and severity of this viral illness?
We know that we can wash our hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, self-quarantine, stay 6-feet away from people and cough into our elbows.
What would it look like if we had an expanded set of tools at our disposal to defend ourselves against the gambit of illnesses from the common cold to Covid-19? What if we could spend our precious time, money and resources on bolstering the health of our immune system and that made all the difference?
We have more power than we think. We can take immediate action against deadly viruses by paying attention to how we are treating our bodies. What we eat, drink and think has a profound impact on our ability to fight off pathogenic viruses.
In a world rife with superbugs, immunity is king.
Our immune system is designed to help us fight pathogenic viruses, bacteria and fungi, is it not?
Until the world’s most brilliant scientists and researchers produce a vaccine or develop a treatment, we need to turn our attention inward. We need to dedicate the time, the money and the effort to build up our immune systems.
America is intelligent enough to take the individual initiative to make wise lifestyle choices in support of our immune systems. The time is now to step up our self-care game and start winning.
Here are 6 things you can do RIGHT NOW that will empower you to prepare your body to fight off pathogenic invaders.
- Take the time to really explore the produce section of the grocery store. Load up on colors and shapes that make you question what you will do with it. Be bold with your vegetable choices. Get as many colors as possible. Purple, yellow, green, red, orange, think outside the box, literally. Start shopping by color and uniqueness rather than by what you are familiar with. Bring your family together to try a new recipe and try to have fun in the kitchen. Eat a variety of mushrooms such as maitake, reishi, oyster and shiitake.
- Do not eat food that impairs immune function such as processed foods high in sugar, salt and trans- fat. Replace gas station snacks with dried fruit, root vegetable chips, nuts, banana or other fruit. If you have a coffee addiction, consider integrating green tea into your morning caffeine regimen. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee and is less acidic. So, you can drink more of it, helping you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Psychological stress raises the risk of coming down with the common cold and other viruses. Dedicate 20 solid minutes per day to spending time in silence without distractions. Use these 20 minutes to take slow, deep breaths outside, meditate for a few minutes, stretch, sight-see, people watch or anything that brings you closer to the present moment.
- Try your best to only follow the CDC or the WHO for the latest developments on Covid-19. Do not get too caught up in the endless panic-chatter of news media outlets. We spend too much time on our devices already. Try to dedicate your device time to the basics–answering calls, texts, listening to music, podcasts and playing your favorite games. Resist the urge to read the latest articles about how fearful we should be about Coronavirus.
- Take care of your outer immune system. According to the Microbiome Institute, “The human skin is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens that your body comes in contact with.” Avoid using lotions with perfumes, additives and other chemicals as it dramatically alters the diversity and health of the skin bacteria. Moisturize your skin with pure coconut oil and mist your body generously with an essential oil-based spray. The fact that “The skin microbiome and the immune system have a strong relationship” is not to be underestimated.
- I recommend Dr. Geo, Raphael Kellman, M.D, and Sheila Patel, M.D., for cutting edge practices on how to boost your immune system with holistic lifestyle hacks.
The most important thing amidst this pandemic is to stay calm and focus on the basics–eat real food, sleep soundly, enjoy intimacy with our partner, spend time with our kids, practice gratitude and maintain a sense of inner peace and tranquility.