Many of us have seen dozens of headlines on the new coronavirus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus. Even though there is much unknown about the new coronavirus, there is plenty of data out there. As you may have seen on our IGTV, we’re here to cut through the noise and help you support your immune system with some useful lifestyle modifications!
At The Morrison Center, we have five recommendations for minimizing your risk and improving your immune response. These simple tips can be overlooked, leading to increased susceptibility for infection.
1. Wash your hands – thoroughly.
It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day – here’s how: first, wet your hands. Then, apply soap and lather your hands with soap. Don’t miss a spot – make sure to lather the palms, back, space between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds for effective cleaning. Then, rinse and dry them. You should do all of these things to kill all of the bacteria and germs that have built up on your hands.
Pro tip: Not sure if it’s been 20 seconds? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice as you wash your hands. You’ll time your hand washing perfectly!
2. Cut out sugar and avoid dairy.
Sugar has been found to weaken the immune system, which can make you more susceptible to nasal congestion and upper respiratory infections. Dairy creates mucus, and can make symptoms worse if you do get a cold.
3. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. The body rejuvenates and strengthens during this time, and lack of sleep is known to increase risks of illness. Quality sleep is critical for a strong immune system.
4. Eat a balanced diet, rich in whole foods.
You need a wide variety of nutrients, as well as minerals and Omega-3s, to support your immune system. Focus on eating whole foods such as quality animal protein, plenty of seasonal vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, ancient grains and legumes. Avoid refined vegetable oils, fried foods, soda, processed baked goods, and refined sugars. Eating too much of these foods can suppress the immune system.
5. Take an immune-boosting supplement.
Certain supplements and natural remedies are best to take preventatively all year round, and others are best to take at onset and during sickness in order to shorten the duration and minimize symptoms. With that in mind, here are some of our top immune-boosting supplements and natural remedies to include in your arsenal!
NO. 1 BUFFERED VITAMIN C
Our body’s first line of antioxidant defense. We take 1,000 mg daily to stave off viruses, and 1,000 mg every two hours if we feel something coming on.
NO. 2 DAILY FLORA IMMUNE
This probiotic has been shown to reduce the risk for upper respiratory infections caused by viruses. One capsule daily.
NO. 3 ARGENTYN 23 SPRAY
This special preparation of colloidal silver kills microbes on contact to prevent viral infections. One spray in each nostril for prevention, two sprays per nostril two or more times per day if you’re feeling stuffy and congested.
NO.4 ECHINACEA PREMIUM
Echinacea has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It can shorten the duration and severity of colds and upper respiratory infections when taken at onset. A study even shows that echinacea helps to protect against getting a cold on long flights.
Get your daily dose of vitamin D3 and K2 in an easy-to-use liquid form. A growing body of research shows that the combination of these two vitamins provides powerful support to the body, including optimal bone health, arterial health and immune system balance.