Are you worried about catching a virus? Well, you’re not alone. Ever since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11th, people have been living in fear.
It’s unfortunate that the only defense suggested for battling this problem is to self-isolate, wash your hands (thoroughly), cough or sneeze into your elbow and wear a mask. Don’t get me wrong, I believe some of these things are very important. It’s just that I believe there is more that can be done.
As a Natural health care practitioner, I am well aware of the parameters in which I am permitted to work. I can visualize a baby gate surrounding my premises with signs reminding me not to say anything that can be incriminating. As long as I follow the rules, I am aloud to work. As long as I don’t upset anyone. After all, Natural Health Care is a speculative subject. You either believe in it, or you don’t.
I do not want to convince you that I can be helpful. I just want to help those who want my help. That’s all. Okay
Maybe I am biased considering the nature of my work (pun intended) but I thought that Mother Nature provides us with many of the things we need to stay healthy. There is no known cure for CoVid-19. We can sit around and wait for someone to tell us it’s okay to go back to work. We can wait for the medical profession to come up with a vaccine or we can take a holistic approach to strengthening our immune systems, right now. I don’t see how it can hurt, do you?
So, while you are in isolation it is important that you look after yourself and your family. Herbs, foods, supplements, and natural remedies can help you build your immune system.
One simple thing yet often overlooked is your daily diet. Foods are used as fuel for your body. Selecting to eat foods rich in nutrients is important. You need to have a balance between protein, fats and carbohydrates. You should try to eat some raw foods and foods with color in order to feed all areas of your body. If your diet is rich in processed foods, sugars, caffeine, or alcohol, you are doing a disservice to your health. You are weakening your body and are more likely to get sick.
Here are some suggestions to help you strengthen your immune system naturally.
- Eat your vegetables!
- Supplement with Vitamin C (with bioflavanoids)
- Garlic is a good choice when fighting viral and bacterial based infections.
- Bee propolis, sometimes called “Russian penicillin” has been found to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. You do want to be careful with bee propolis if you are allergic to bees or bee products.
- Herbs like Lomatium, Ground ivy, Rosehips, Olive leaf, Brazilian Peppertree, Echinacea, Usnea, Camu camu are all helpful with your typical cold or flu symptoms
- homeopathic remedies: Muco coccinum is an “Unda” product that is known to help prevent you from getting the flu but also can be used to fight the flu. If it is a chest cold with a bad cough then I’ll use Jut-U-Sin, a homeopathic cough syrup made by Dr. Reckeweg.
- Probiotics are a must. These are used to help your gut health. If you are not eliminating waste well, then you are intoxicating your body. Also, anyone who has had to take antibiotics should follow up with a good Human Micro Flora.
Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune system strong. If you can’t get outdoors for a brisk walk, try rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline), It is helpful even if it’s just 2-5 minutes, several times a day.
You should try to get 4 or 5 servings of vegetables each day. When you select vegetables of all colors you are getting a variety of nutrients along with a good source of dietary fiber. One or two servings of fruit is ideal, my favorites are the berries! Berries provide you with a good source of vitamin C and are high in antioxidants. Did you know it’s best to freeze berries? Freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more color pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids. It also makes it easy for you to have on hand and they are great in your morning smoothie!
To sum it up, eat well, reduce stress, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and use your natural supplements to help build your immune system. Remember, keeping yourself healthy can protect you from more than just the flu.