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Keeping it Real Post: Corona-Virus = Be Proactive, not Reactive

I’ve had a few clients present and past reach out to me on this subject.

I’ve been watching the news about the new virus as I’m sure you have as well! No, I’m not a doctor, I am however, a Nutritional Health Coach and this is MY take on how to stay healthy and be prepared if/when the virus should affect your community.  What I’m sharing is from doctors and other credible health care professionals that I use as resources for my blogs.

First, DON’T Panic! I know there’s been a lot of fear-mongering and miss information these past few days. Don’t. Now is the time to gear up your body’s immune system to fight the virus or the flu for that matter, yes, it is still making its way through communities.

Note: The coronavirus acts, for all intents and purposes, like a common cold or flu virus. It’s not a hemorrhagic fever or ebola, there’s not a high mortality rate like with SARS or MERS.

The majority of fatalities from this virus appears to be among the elderly or those with pre-existing lung conditions or pre-existing conditions that lower immunity.  This is why I stress that NOW is the time or build your immune system.

HOW? One way is to avoid or limit the CATS in your life, (no, I’m not talking about the Meow type). I’m talking about Caffeine, Alcohol, Tabaco, and Sugar.  These 4 are the biggest offenders of disrupting our immune system and set us up to be vulnerable to bugs and viruses.

Diet is so important in maintaining a healthy immune system. Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, citrus fruit, and berries protect the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies. Vitamin A found in fortified dairy products, eggs and a variety of dark green and orange fruits and vegetables may help fight infection by keeping the lining of the mouth, respiratory and gastrointestinal system intact. High-quality protein sources such as lean meat, fish, pork, poultry, beans, and nuts are also important to aid in antibody production. Finally, fermented foods including kefir, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, and yogurt contain probiotics to help keep gut bacteria thriving.

(Note, I’m not advocating any one particular way of eating, merely getting information out about what foods can play a role in maintaining health)

Like any other contagious disease, your best bet to staying healthy is to avoid being around sick people and wash your hands frequently. Don’t forget to lather your hands with soap for 20 seconds, rinse, and dry your hands. In addition, don’t underestimate the power of sleep, and exercise to keep your immune system strong.

The CDC lists these 4 steps to lower the likelihood of getting sick:

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, (20+ seconds)



What to do if you get sick

First off, don’t panic.

The Coronavirus is similar to the flu and is contagious.

Stay home except for medical care. Call your doctor if you suspect being sick from COVID-19 or experience a high fever or shortness of breath. Alert your doctor before your appointment if you suspect the coronavirus.

Quarantine yourself from others (including animals) and wear a mask if/when you go out to prevent the spread of illness.

Wash your hands often to kill germs.

Try not to touch your mouth, eyes, and nose.

Cough into a tissue if needed and throw it out.

Don’t share personal household items such as towels, hairbrushes, dishes, cups, cutlery, etc.

Keep track of your symptoms. Stay home until the risk of spreading your illness to others is low.

Use a household cleaner to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Drink plenty of fluids (water, 100% fruit juice, broth in soup) to stay hydrated as having a fever increases fluid loss in your body.

Get enough sleep. Adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours per night or more each night. More is always okay if you feel sick or exhausted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

The above is adapted from the following: COVID-19 article by Food and Health Communications; Coronavirus, Herbalism, and Pandemic Preparedness by Agatha Noveille; CDC, What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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