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:
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.
*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 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)
*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 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 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
*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.
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