Covid Prevention

NATURAL IMMUNE SUPPORT FOR COVID-19

1.  A balanced diet is important to keep our immune system healthy.

2.  It is important to eat a wide range of foods as you will have a better chance of getting all the nutrients you need.

3. When we restrict our diet, we can also restrict our nutrient intake.

4.  Limit or eliminate sugar.  White flour, candy, pastries, cookies, etc.  Sugar decreases the immune response and contributes to inflammation. 

Foods high in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Zinc are good for the Immune System.

Boosts Immune System:

Green Tea        Hemp Seeds    Bee Pollen       Goji Berries

Carrots              Tangerines      Pears

Foods that Clear Damp Phlegm Congestion:

Asparagus       Celery               Mung Beans                  Alfalfa Sprouts

Parsnips           Rosemary        Mustard Greens,          Job’s Tears

Garlic                Onions              Cloves                            Horseradish

Daikon              Radishes          Leeks

Herbs for Immunity:

*Reishi Mushrooms             

Utilize the consumption of mushrooms.  Every grocery store should carry these immune boosting foods.  We have Mushroom Immune Formula on hand from Plnt.  There are many companies you can order from such as Vitaworld, Amazon, etc that can offer mushroom blends for your needs.  Some sources to consider are White caps, Shiitake, Maitake, Zhu Ling, Ling Zhi, just some to name a few.  Mushrooms  have been shown to boost our immune system’s NK cells (natural killer cells) and IgA antibodies for greater than 24 hours after consumption. 

*Elderberry

*Berberine

*Propolis 70%

*Saint John’s Wort (Hypericum perf)-interacts with many different medications.  Please check with your doctor first. 

*Huang Qi (Astragalus Tea):

              Supports the immune system.  It increases production of interferon which is an essential chemical that induces the proper functioning of the immune system.

*Ren Shen (Ginseng) good for the immune system.

*Dang Shen: Similar to Ginseng

Vitamin C:

*Vitamin C is in the news for the treatment of COVID 19

*It is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and supports the Immune System

*Helps the body fight infections, especially respiratory

*Is water soluble, non-toxic and needed daily

*Foods high in Vitamin C:

Guava                              Strawberries                Blueberries                   Raspberries

Cantaloupe                    Papaya                            Bell Peppers                 Oranges

Tangerines                    Kiwi                                  Kale                                  Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts         Cauliflower                   Mango                             Lemons

Limes                               Sweet Potatoes            Chilies                            Artichokes

Grapefruit (careful: may affect other medications.  Consult with your doctor)

Zinc:

*Required for the function of over 300 enzymes, involved in many important processes in your body.

*Helps you metabolize nutrients.

*Maintains your immune system – Shortens the common cold.

*Helps the body grow and repair body tissue.

*Helps faster wound healing.

*Foods rich in Zinc:

Oysters                            Crab                   Shrimp                            Mussels               Lobster

Red meat                        Hemp                Sesame Seeds               Squash               Pumpkin Cacao powder         Mushrooms    Spinach                           Broccoli           Kale

Garlic                               Beans                Cheddar Cheese

Vitamin D3:

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to becoming susceptible to increased infections.  Aim for 20 minutes of mid-day sun exposure without sunscreen 3 to 4 times per week.   This should be sufficient to make enough Vitamin D.  Supplementation is also useful.  Ask your doctor to test your Vitamin D levels.  Aim for optimal levels around 60-65 ng/mL.

*Foods that contain Vitamin D include:

Cod Liver Oil                 Salmon             Tuna                  Herring               Mackerel

Beef Liver                      Egg Yolks         Mushrooms

Vitamin A:

*Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin involved in proper vision, growth & development,  skin health and enhancing immune function. 

*It is an integral part of the function of the mucus layer in both the respiratory system and the gut and protects these areas from external pathogens like viruses. 

*Deficiency of Vitamin A results in a weak immune response and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections.

*Foods that contain Vitamin A include:

Carrots                 Beef                Broccoli      Kale and other leafy greens    Tuna

Sweet potato      Chicken         Spinach       Bell peppers                                Tomato

Egg yolk               Liver              Apricots      Cod liver oil                                 Pumpkin

Lifestyle:

*Anxiety and stress can weaken our immune system response.  Identify your stressors, have routines and rituals, breathe deeply and relax, meditate, avoid negative information and negative people.

*Sleep influences our immune system – go to bed before midnight and get up at regular times to set your internal clock.   Most of our body’s regeneration happens during sleep.  Aim for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.  Turn off screens, keep the bedroom well-ventilated, cool and dark.

*Exercise and regular movement help boost the immune system by increasing circulation.  It also helps to boost infection fighting white blood cells and antibodies.

Essential Oils

*Anti-viral Oils

Cajeput             Niaouli              Ravinstara       Saro     Eucalyptus Radiata (Narrow Leaf)

*Other Anti-microbial and immune modulating essential oils:

Oregano           Clove                 Thyme               Cinnamon Bark

Applications for essential oils:

Apply to Acupuncture/Acu-Pressure points

Inhale from a few drops on the fingers or a tissue

Inhale from a nebulizer

Inhale from steam (pot with hot water and towel over your head and pot).

Make cotton nasal plugs, insert into nose and remove before putting on mask.

Mix with hand sanitizer

Mix into a liniment and apply to the arch of the foot