In light of all that is happening around the globe with the coronavirus, we wanted to share our top 5 tips for giving your immune system a boost. These are general guidelines and should not take the place of medical advice.
Avoid inflammatory foods that weaken the immune system or produce mucus, e.g. Alcohol, Dairy, Gluten and Sugar.
Include lots of water, vegetable juices, and foods that are rich in Vitamin A, C, Vitamin D, Prebiotics and Probiotics, Selenium and Zinc. Low sugar fruit like brightly coloured berries, vegetables, eggs, unsweetened coconut milk yogurt and shellfish are good sources of these immune-boosting nutrients. Vitamin D can also be sourced from the sun, so get outside to get your daily dose.
Ensure you’re getting plenty of rest, and not pushing yourself too hard. Remember to focus on quality over quantity.
While it’s important for us to move, we don’t want to be working out at full capacity right now. You want moderate movement. Little and often. There are now many online classes streaming into your living room via Zoom. So find one that resonates and remember you won’t need more than about 30 minutes a day at 60% your capacity.
Find moments of calm throughout your day, so that you’re not expending a lot of physical energy without periods of recovery. Psychological stress weakens the immune system and it also disrupts our bodies’ innate healing abilities so we become more susceptible to infection. Make time to meditate, to practice gratitude, to connect with loved ones through Facetime, Skype or Zoom.
I have a few go-tos for keeping well.
Vitamin Infusions or IVs is the high-end option, but it does involve leaving your home and getting on the tube to see Dr Nathan. He’ll whip up a Myers Cocktail for you with some extra Vitamin C and NAC, which is a potent natural antioxidant and bronchodilator – that’s a fancy term for decongestant. It’s also the precursor to Glutathione, the body’s MASTER antioxidant. Avoid taking glutathione in its natural state as there are certain genetic mutations which don’t handle it well. So unless you’re aware of your genetic variations, stick with NAC as it is safer.
Altrient UK’s Liposomal Vitamin C, was my first choice but it is sold out across the UK. I’ve swapped to MyZooki which you can order directly from the manufacturer. I specifically choose Liposomal Vitamin C because it is easily absorbed by the body, unlike some other forms, which have to go through the gut and can cause gastric disturbance, when taken in the quantities needed for fighting off infection.
Potent anti-viral herbs like Biocidin and Oil of Oregano (in capsule form), as well as supplements like NAC, Probiotics, Vitamin D and Zinc, all which you can order from shop.well-works.co/uk-supplements. You’d want to take herbs away from the probiotics, so if you take the oregano after breakfast, take the probiotics after lunch, giving a minimum of two hours between doses.
For a natural hand sanitiser, I create a blend of Doterra’s tea tree, oregano, and lavender or lemon essential oils, diluted in purified water and a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, which I carry around with me. This way I can spritz my hands (and sometimes public surfaces) knowing I’m using therapeutic-grade oils that I have used on patients to heal infections like MRSA!
If you want to know more, I go into greater detail in my Supercharge Your Immunity Toolkit.
Plus here are the guidelines for best practice from the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. I can’t stress this enough. If you have a fever, a runny nose, or feel unwell, stay at home!
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If you have questions, click on the link below to get some time with me, and we can work out how to personalise your Immune-Boosting regime.