We know what steps to take to reduce our likelihood of catching the virus, but how should we be building our inner defenses in case we do? Some doctors were asked what they do.
Swap out sweets.
Elevated blood-sugar levels may be related to the severity of COVID-19 infections, and there is some evidence that sugar may impair the function of immune cells. Many doctors say that they have been reducing their sugar intake to be safe.
Take vitamin C and D.
Studies have shown that vitamin C can help prevent and fight off infections. I personally take 1,000 mg every morning.
Fred Pescatore, MD., author of the A-List Diet, recommends 50,000 IU of vitamin D for 2 days, then 15,000 IU per day until one is cured. He also suggests 40,000 IU of vitamin A for 2 days, then 10,000 IU thereafter. He also takes 50 mg of zinc and 3,000 mg of vitamin C a day.
Try getting your nutrients from the food you eat.
I usually eat zinc-rich foods like seafood, animal protein, nuts, seeds, and getting vitamin C from citrus, kiwi, and leafy greens.
Drink green tea.
I drink at least one cup of green tea every morning. Doctors tell us that green tea has strong in anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
Sip and bask.
Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of Brain Body Diet, says she drinks nettle tea because research shows stinging nettle reduces cytokines, which have been connected to severe CIVID-19 symptoms. She also says, she gardens in the sun for 30-minutes each day to get her vitamin D. Also, she “grounds” herself in soil-which is good for gut and microbiome, where 70 percent of our immune system resides.
I also ground myself (on a grounding pad) twice a day for 20 minutes. Of course, grass, sand and soil are much better.
This is very important.
I drink a mixture of ½ tsp. of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in warm water twice a day; with lemon juice mixed in in the morning, and organic apple cider vinegar in the evening.
Erika Schwartz, M.D., founder of the Evolved Science wellness practice, drinks ½ tsp. mixed in warm water 3 times a day.
Baking soda is alkaline, and when we create a higher pH level in the body, it helps fight viruses and decreases inflammation.
Enjoying fresh air.
I go for a 40-minute walk, sometimes once and sometimes twice a day. Research shows that exercising helps protect against COVID-19 complications.
Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., National Institute of Health Clinical Center, says “Stress and anxiety compromise immunity and inhibit recovery. That’s why I check in every day with friends and family. I find sending pretty pictures of nature, pets, and selfies is my favorite way to bring a smile.”
Relax before bed.
Turn off the TV and your iPad or computer at least half an hour before you go to bed. Read a relaxing novel.
Dr. Gottfried says “Meditating before bed helps my sleep and reduces my teeth-grounding!! Sleep improves immune intelligence – I’m focused on improving deep sleep, which naturally reduces anxiety.”
I meditate twice a day, and even it’s not right before bedtime, I’m sure it reduces stress and anxiety.
Well, that’s it for now, see you all the next time.