BOOST YOUR IMMUNE  SYSTEM!

 

THE most valuable thing you can do right now is to boost your immune system. Washing your hands is just common sense hygiene, but the reality is thousands of people will be exposed to the coronavirus and some will die.  What is the difference between those people?  THE HEALTH OF THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS. The coronavirus is just that…a virus.  Unlike bacteria, viruses are NOT ALIVE and are NOT affected by antibiotics.  We may be able to wash them off of our hands but we cannot break them down.  They have to catch a ride on a droplet of mucus or saliva to travel.  That happens when someone already infected, coughs or sneezes or laughs or sings or breathes in our general direction.  And yes, kissing and sharing food can also transmit the virus from one person to another. We all know that our gut health is one of the largest contributors to our overall immunity. Keeping the gut healthy means keeping the good guys that live in there happy. 

Minimizing sugar, alcohol, meaty meals, dairy, fried foods, tobacco and for some, gluten, helps to keep our system well.  Adding fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, Kefir, buttermilk and Sugar free Yogurt are things you can add to meals or have as a snack during the day.  I also recommend that you take a probiotic that contains AT LEAST 10 strains.  You can find that information on the side of the container.  You pay for what you get and the best products will be in dark colored glass bottles and refrigerated!

There are plant sources that can help aid our immune systems.  They too fight off invaders and have developed protections that can be effective in our bodies.  The mushroom Reishi promotes cell-mediated immunity.  Astragalus has been used for centuries to support key antibodies that are involved particularly in your mucosal health.  (That is the lining of your mouth and nose).  Andrographis is a plant that has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for millennia.  It has been studied and show to be effective in promoting immune support and respiratory comfort. Zinc and echinacea are also powerful support for your immune system.  A combination of these will support respiratory, GI and immune function.

Getting adequate exercise boosts your immunity, and yes, dancing is exercise!  You should try to get 30 minutes of sweaty, breathing-hard exercise 5 times a week.  It will also help your heart health, increase your metabolism and you might just lose weight too!  Sleep is also an important part of a healthy immune system.  Studies have shown that7-8 hours of sleep a night reduces stress hormone production.  Stress can reduce our body’s ability to fight of bacteria and virus invaders!

I recommend products that are from companies that are considered “Pharmaceutical” as opposed to over the counter or “Retail-grade”.   You can get those through a dispensary that I share with practitioners all over the country, but I must register you, so please contact me if you are interested.

 

I will also have immune support available in my office in the coming weeks.

Sending love and light always and in all ways!

Dr. Jane