the 411 on the

coronavirus

so you've heard...

The Coronavirus is actually a group of viruses. The scientific name for the one that has affected many people is SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). When the virus enters into a cell in your body, you have the disease which is called COVID-19. While the majority of the nation is calm and handling the news of the Coronavirus rationally, we still have the media's minute by minute reporting of it, which has caused some to overreact. If you have gone to the store lately, you have seen some overreaction. Our government rightly doesn't want this thing to spread, so they have put in place some restrictions on our lives. Many voices that seem knowledgeable are telling us things that are confusing us on the facts. Should we be worried? How worried? How should we prepare? Do we need to stock up on food or paper products? What are my chances of catching it, and how do I avoid catching it? Well, I am here to spread a bit of information to cover most of your wonderings, hopefully, and to give some hope! 

give me the facts 

(facts>fear)

As of the most recent numbers, 0.001997% of the world is infected by the Coronavirus. Of that one one-thousandth of a percent, there is a 7% fatality rate worldwide in the closed cases and a success rate of 93% percent. This rate is the rate that is represented by the reporting. If the reporting is incorrect on how many people are infected, which it surely is, because of a lack of accurate testing, then the numbers are off as well. If more people are infected and surviving, then the fatality rate would be reduced. Of the ongoing reported cases, 92% are mild, leaving only 8% to be serious. We know that the most vulnerable to this virus are the elderly (death rate of 80+ is well over the total death rate for years 0-79 years of age), and the unhealthy who would have a compromised immune system. (Only 0.9% of all deaths occur in people with no previous health conditions). While this virus can become severe with no prevention or intervention, its common symptoms are shortness of breath, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, and fever that is usually brief. While we have compassion for the suffering of the people who have it and the families that have lost loved ones, it is statistically evident that the Coronavirus is not the catastrophic killer that it seems like we are being told it is

simple ways to avoid corona virus 

  • Avoid getting the virus by avoiding close proximity with people who have the virus. 

         - Sneezing, coughing, and talking can propel saliva, so keep your             distance from those who are sick and avoid touching them

  • Get rid of the virus before it infects your body

         - Washing your hands

         - Stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist

  • Sanitize surfaces touched by others frequently 

  • While the officials from many different pillars of society have advised us on how to stay away from the virus, little has been done to educate the public on the number one thing that will protect you from the Coronavirus. Your immune system!

How to build your immune system 

Common sense (or it used to be)

  • Eat real food – plenty of veggies with dense nutrition

    • Avoid packaged foods that have tried to "put in" nutrition

Your body needs nutrients. That is why you eat.

Avoid sugar – Blood sugar spikes compromise the immune system and sugar feeds harmful bacteria in your gut

  • Reduce stress 

    • High-stress levels inhibit proper immune function

The statistics are clear; at least 70% and up to 90% of all hospitalizations are caused by stress. 

  • Get a lot of Sleep 

    • Lack of sleep disrupts immune function

  • Drink lots of Water

    • Proper hydration allows your body to flush toxins and increase lymphatic flow.

 

  • Exercise

    • Exercise reduces stress hormone levels and releases endorphins, which stimulate immune cells and increase your white blood cell count. 

Pro Tips (Things that medical professional tell you

  • Increase your Vitamin D levels

    • Sunshine is your best source of vitamin D

If you can't get sun, eat food rich in vitamin D (salmon, egg yolks), and/or take a whole food vitamin D3 supplement.

  • Increase your vitamin C intake

    • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant and protects most cells in your body

  • Zinc 

    • Zinc activates your immune system response 

  • Elderberry Extract

    • Elderberry is an immune booster and is known to shorten the life on influenza duration by two to four days as well as reduce the severity of the flu. 

  • Lipoic acid — Helps boost type 1 interferon response

  • Spirulina — Reduces the severity of influenza infection and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies. 

  • Garlic – Kills virus, bacteria, yeast, fungus, mold

  • Colloidal Silver – anti-viral

  • Olive leaf – anti-viral

 

  • Oregano Oil – Anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial

 

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – antimicrobial

How to build your gut microbiome

The gut holds most of your 3-4 pounds of bacteria that you need for living a healthy life. It also resides in your mouth and on your skin. It is said that 80% of your immune system is in your gut. There are good bacteria, bad bacteria, and other bacteria that are neutral. Our Standard American Diet (SAD) builds the bad bacteria and kills the good bacteria. So many illnesses are born out of a bad gut. If you want your immune system to function efficiently, then you have to heal and build up your gut. 

How to build your gut microbiome

  • Take a probiotic

    • These are found in many healthier food stores and should be taken on an empty stomach when first arising or when you go to bed.

  • Eat probiotic food

    • Packaged foods have replaced fermented foods. Make a regular habit of eating foods like Kefir, Kombucha, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, or any fermented food. 

  • Eat prebiotic foods

    • Prebiotics are what good bacteria eat for food. You need them strong! Some prebiotic foods are onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, barley, and jicama. 

  • Eat high fiber foods

    • Fiber also feeds the good bacteria. This is one of the reasons your mom said to eat your vegetables. At least my mom did. Veggies have fiber as do seeds and fruits. Grains do have fiber as well, but I would caution you to not look to fruits and grains as your primary sources of fiber

  • Avoid sugar

    • As far as gut bacteria, sugar feeds the bad bacteria. Cut your sugar intake to help your good bacteria win the war of supremacy. 

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