Disease Prevention, always the best medicine

Damage from the corona virus comes in two forms: damage from the virus itself and damage from an overactive immune response to it (a cytokine storm – which causes people to be really sick). Symptoms of the corona virus develop within 2-14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.


To help prevent succumbing to the virus, follow all hygiene suggestions regarding hand washing, not touching your face, coughing into a tissue, avoiding crowds or unventilated spaces, staying home when sick, etc. In addition, optimize response to exposure by taking a day off and resting when feeling run down. The following lifestyle corrections will promote massively improved immune function and make you less susceptible to the virus by decreasing inflammation in your body. Your immune system can function better as it is not putting out the fire of inflammation in your body due to poor lifestyle practices:

  • Avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods. Eat fresh organic vegetables, fruit, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. Cultured foods (yogurt, kefir, buttermilk) can maintain your microbiome, thus supporting your immune system.

  • Exercise enhances immune function.

  • Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours) also enhances immune function.

  • Decrease stress and worry (that downgrades immune function) by meditation, exercise, affirmations, etc.

  • Stop smoking for yourself and those living with you, especially in terms of a virus that trashes your lungs.

  • Treat chronic diseases as they predispose you to becoming ill with Covid-19.

Additional suggestions for general support and comfort include:

 

  • Use a humidifier to decrease viral survival (potentially for coronavirus, as well).

  • Soak to relax muscles and reduce inflammation with epsom salt baths.
    (1-2 cups epsom sale in a tub of warm water).

  • Use a hot water bottle for chills.

  • Replace electrolytes with vegetable or chicken broth.

  • If the symptoms of Covid-19 develop – call your medical practitioner and self quarantine.

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© 2016 Ellen Potthoff, DC, ND

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