Protecting yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
~ by Karen Lily (June 2020)
The ongoing crisis of corona virus reminds me just a little of what it was like to be diagnosed with cancer of unknown origin many years ago. It is similar because the medical profession have few definitive answers to it. At that time, I did my own research on nutrients that prevent or heal cancer and on nutrients to overcome the side effects of chemotherapy.
While there is no cure yet for COVID-19, I think that it is important to take charge of one’s own health.
Of course the best thing to do is avoid coming into contact with it, but because this cannot be guaranteed our next option is to reduce our risk of it being serious or fatal.
So how can we protect ourselves from corona? Firstly by avoiding contracting it and secondly it makes sense to maximise our health.
Avoid contracting it
To most readers this will be common knowledge, but avoidance is number ONE.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, often throughout the day and always after touching anything that an unknown person may have touched.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
- Get serious about physical/social distancing.
Call your doctor if you think you may be infected.
Maximising your health
Some people get very sick with corona while others do not. We have been told that those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, smokers, people with heart disease and diabetes are most at risk of getting extremely sick and/or dying. This means that following these guidelines are very important right now:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Exercising regularly
Maximising one’s health is very important now because despite our best efforts, it is hard to self-isolate completely with shopping errands and exercising – so some of us are going to come in contact with it.
Those people that work in the health care industry in particular, but everyone else that cannot work from home such as supermarket employees are at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.
Can we reduce our risk of severe sickness by what we consume?
While there is no proven evidence yet that anything will help, if we consider that it is a virus that attacks the lungs and effects those with heart problems then it makes sense to consume the following:
- Nutrients that promote lung health.
- Nutrients that promote heart health.
- Anti-inflammatory substances to reduce the chances of air pathways swelling and to boost general well-being.
- Antioxidants to boost immunity and promote heart health.
- Substances with antiviral properties.
Each of the above points require research to address effectively. Therefore, I will start on the subject of lung health and add a new part to the series as my research continues.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS CALL YOUR DOCTOR