Tips for Supporting Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With the recent rapid spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the just as rapid spreading of fear due to the unknown nature of this virus, the recent events that many across the world have faced can be stressful to say the least causing some to have heightened levels of anxiety which on its own can have negative effects on our immune system.
But I believe that an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure in these circumstances so I wanted to share some tips and lists of some things that you can use to help improve immune system function, manage anxiety in stressful times, and help to prevent the further spread of this illness.
Much of preventing the spread of any illness comes with good hygienic practices. Regular health habits such as washing hands for 30 seconds with soap and warm water after being in public places, before eating or handling food, and after using the bathroom can help keep you safe from viruses, harmful bacteria, and pathogens alike. Limiting your exposure to bacteria and viruses by keeping your hands away from your face, eyes, mouth, and nose, and by staying away from people that are ill is also helpful when trying to stay healthy. Keeping your home, especially the door knobs, light switches, faucet handles, and any other frequently used areas clean, and wearing clean clothes daily can also improve the chances of staying healthy. Germs and viruses can survive on these surfaces and clothing for days making them another way to easily spread illness around.
The best ways to support your immune system are regular self-care with healthy daily nutrition including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, regular physical exercise, staying hydrated with fresh, clean water, stress management, and taking a good quality multivitamin with no artificial ingredients or fillers.
Staying in if you are feeling ill or are showing any signs or symptoms of a viral infection (fever, sore throat, body aches, chills, cough, congestion, or nausea) is also a good health practice not only to stop the spread of the illness, but also to give yourself time to rest and recuperate in order to feel better sooner. If you are already feeling ill or displaying symptoms of being ill, you should contact your physician prior to implementing any new health practices. It is also worth mentioning that it is never too late to start improving your immune health, even small, simple adjustments or changes can show beneficial results.
Many foods and herbs that are readily available can help support our bodies while fighting off viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. This works in a couple different ways, first getting proper nutrition and supplementing vitamins and minerals with a good quality multivitamin and herbs makes our immune systems stronger, which in turn makes it easier for our bodies to defeat these intruders naturally. Second, the antiviral foods and herbs that are listed below make it difficult for viruses to survive by creating an environment in our body that viruses simply cannot survive in or by directly killing the virus all together.
Foods to Support the Immune System
o Rose Hips
o Raw Honey
o Chaga Mushroom
o Citrus Fruits such as Lemons, Limes, Tangerines, and Oranges
o Vegetable Broths
Essential oils can also be a powerful ally in the battle against viral disease. The reason for their effectiveness can be attributed to the many different (sometimes hundreds!) of chemical compounds that make up each type of oil. Please Note: Essential oils should only be ingested if they are of the purest quality from a brand that you trust. I personally prefer DoTerra, just because I’ve always had good results with them and feel comfortable suggesting their usage to others. And always consult your physician before taking any new supplement, herb, or oil for medicinal use. I am not a professional physician and offer these tips as suggestion from my personal experience and research.
Essential Oils that Support the Immune System:
o Green Mandarin
o Pink Peppercorn
o Roman Chamomile
o Wild Orange
o DoTerra’s OnGuard
I have also composed a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite guided healing meditations and music. You can find that playlist here:
Antiviral/ Virus Inhibiting Foods & Herbs:
o Red Apples
o Lemon Balm
o Licorice Root
o Aloe Vera
o Raw Honey
Essential Oils with Antiviral Properties:
o Tea Tree
o DoTerra’s OnGuard
If you are already symptomatic or showing signs of being ill, you can help to support your body with the following essential oils to help feel better faster and ease troubling symptoms.
Essential Oils to Support You If You Do Get Sick:
o Myrrh – Cleansing to the mouth and throat. Make a warm water and Myrrh mouth rinse and gargle in the throat for 30-45 seconds.
o Black Spruce – Brings feelings of clear and easy breathing
o Eucalyptus – Helps to open air passages when inhaled
o Cardamom – Clears air passages when ingested
o Lemon – Promotes healthy respiratory function when ingested
o Peppermint – Promotes clear breathing and respiratory function when ingested
In the second section of this post, I will discuss ways to manage stress and anxiety during times of high tension. Did you know that stress and anxiety directly impact our immune system function so maintaining a healthy stress coping practice is important to staying well!
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