While reading the news about the coronavirus, I wondered why no one is talking about a way that may help prevent any virus: boosting the immune system.
The truth is, those who die from the coronavirus or the flu do not actually die from the viruses but rather a compromised immune system.
And you get this from a lack of basics needed for good health: sunlight (Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and I measure this blood test often), exercise, nutrient-dense food, clean water, overexposure to toxins via diet, lifestyle and environment.
While everyone is well aware of the effect coronavirus is having in some parts of the world (ie. Hazmat suits in every media photo) the most important thing to realize is that this is a “strain” similar to the common cold. As a matter of fact, most of us have had a variation of the coronavirus at some point in our lives. And if this coronavirus is an entirely new strain, ever wonder what happened to the new strains of the Zika virus? the swine flu? H1N1? SARS? Ebola virus?
According to statistics put out by WHO, the risk of dying from coronavirus is actually relatively low. It is estimated that about 2% of people who have caught the coronavirus have died from it, and that they generally come from already-vulnerable groups such as older people or people with other severe illnesses. See below infographic for a comparison of coronavirus cases and fatalities against other viruses.
So.. my thoughts.. instead of recommending ineffective medical procedures to those who are unlikely to tolerate these unproven chemical cocktails which probably won’t combat infections like these, what we should be mandating is more fresh air, clean water, vigorous exercise, restful sleep, a diet full of nutrients, sunlight on our skin, and health promoting foods free of man made ingredients.
Yes we have a new STRAIN of coronavirus out there, but it kills just like any other with severe lack of immune system function.
So here are my top 10 ways to boost your immune system:
- WASH YOUR HANDS frequently, especially when in public. Simple soap and water for 20 seconds and always keep your hands away from your face. Using data from a 1978 study on the hygiene of health professionals, below is a picture of the most missed areas often missed during hand washing. Make sure to not miss the thumb and fingertips. Do not use toxic antibacterial soaps which have triclosan and triclocarban, two ingredients recently exposed by the U.S. FDA as being neither safe or effective infection preventers. Use simple soaps with tea tree oil, neem, oregano oil. Natural anti bacterials also do not contribute to antibiotic resistance.
- AVOID CROWDS when possible
- EXERCISE. If you can’t, move your body as best you can.
- ADEQUATE sleep in a dark room. Boost melatonin production and glymphatic activity.
- Sun gazing and exposing your skin to the sun.
- Eat FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Green leafy ones. Those that are high in vitamin C are also bell peppers and brussel sprouts. Also eat garlic, ginger, turmeric. The more color the better, fruits richest in vitamin C are berries, pomegranates, and citrus.
- Eat RAW NUTS and SEEDS (zinc rich). Sprouted pumpkin and sunflower seeds are best.
- AVOID REFINED SUGARS as they can shut down your immune system for hours after ingestion.
- SUPPLEMENT the above with: elderberry, colostrum, liquorice, selenium (3 brazil nuts per day), colloidal silver, Vitamin A, C, E, high Vitamin D+K2 and medicinal grade mushrooms.
- Reduce STRESS LEVELS. Identify what upsets you and create solutions to resolve it.
So as the world grows more concerned about the coronavirus, defend yourself as you would any type of virus: adhere to a healthy lifestyle and build up our immune system.
This article is for educational purposes only and does not advocate self-diagnosis. Due to individual variability, consultation with a licensed health professional, such as a naturopathic physician is highly recommended prior to starting a natural treatment plan.
-Dr Diana Semjonov, ND