5 ways to boost your immune system against Corona
Coronavirus is the talk of the day which is not very surprising. It is new, it comes from wild animals (China, can you close those wildlife markets (read: viral melting pots) please?), there’s no official medical solution and too many people are at risk. In the next few weeks, many more cases will be detected. As a result though hopefully, the mortality rate will go down. In times like these, I feel really inspired to boost my and my families immune system (and that of anyone who wants to hear it ;-)). A strong, healthy immune system that can fight infections is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. And when you do get sick, you want to get better as fast as possible with as few symptoms as possible. Since I have a partner without a spleen (which is part of the immune system) and a little baby, keeping our immune system strong is something we do anyway. But there is always room for improvement, especially with the coronavirus outbreak. I just want to share what we do right now, to maybe inspire you too! There are about a million things you can do to help your immune system, this is what we choose. So here we go: 5 ways to boost your immune system against corona.
1. GUT HEALTH
Without a healthy gut, your immune system cannot function properly. Unfortunately, it is already compromised by many factors these days, for example, stress, mold, toxins and chemicals, antibiotics, foods we should or shouldn’t eat. So we’re eating lots of fibre-rich food, bone broth and fermented products like sauerkraut, miso and kombucha. Often we take a probiotic also, I like this one. If your gut isn’t in an optimal state, you are more at risk of getting sick (which are way too many people anyway, but that is for another blog). If you want to boost your gut health, spend (not even) €100 today on our program ‘Reset Your Health’, where we guide you to reset your gut in 3 weeks. More information about the program you can find here.
We always try to monitor our stress levels. Stress and a strong immune system don’t really go together. Get enough sleep, take deep breaths, go outside, exercise, try to do a bit of meditation. If you don’t like to meditate, being really present while cooking a healthy meal, for example, can work as a meditation as well. If you want help, we have some courses in our shop to learn how to meditate. You can also find guided meditations on Youtube or Spotify.
Update Martch 28th: a little bit of stress can be good for you, but keep it brief! After posting this blog, several people contacted me with their favorite tool to boost their immune system: the Wim Hof method. You can try his breathing exercise or take a cold shower every morning (30 seconds, keep on breathing, easier said than done). I’m not doing this; I’m still ‘recovering’ from having a baby and my body is wants to be nourished. It’s not for everyone, do what feels right, listen to your body.
3. HEALTHY FOOD
We always try to eat whole foods with a lot of fruit, veggies, leafy greens, meat from grass-fed animals and whole-grain products. There’s a lot of information about eating healthy on our blog and if you speak Dutch and want to really learn more, educate yourself with this e-course ‘Reset Your Diet’. Try to avoid processed foods and refined sugars. Alcohol doesn’t help, neither does meat from the wrong sources and overly pasteurized milk products. If you know your allergens, definitely stay away from those. I gave you 5 ways to boost your immune system against corona, so you can see what works for you, but eating nourishing food which you prepare yourself is actually non-negotiable.
We do take some supplements. Unfortunately, most of us do need some sort of supplementation for a strong immune system. Our soil has become pretty depleted, so the produce that comes out of that soil won’t contain all vitamins and minerals as it used to. This is another great reason to buy organic and unprocessed foods because then you know for sure that no chemical fertilizers are used and the soil is taken care of instead of being depleted. Also, there is pollution, there are many EMF’s, many people suffer from stress, so extra support won’t hurt.
The supplements we take
Ok, back to us: right now we are diffusing oregano essential oil in our house and we put it diluted under our feet sometimes (2 drops carrier oil, 2 drops oregano oil per foot). I like the oils of Young Living the best, but right now we have this one from Chi, which I also like. We take Omega-3 from Arctic Blue and Vitamin D and Ester-C from Vitals. With vitamin C, usually, we take 1 per day, but if we’re on the road and in public transport, for example, we take 2, 3 or even 4. Better even is liposomal Vitamin C for maximum absorption, you can make this yourself (there are videos on Youtube) or this brand, Altrient, does it for you. You can’t really take enough, so you can also get for example Camu Camu and blend it in your smoothie. Mushrooms are the future and pretty miraculous. I love the powders from Mattisson. Right now we use Reishi but we alternate with for example Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane and Chaga. Another supplement we take is Magnesium, from Vitals. Other important minerals for your immune system are Selenium and Zinc. Right now I’m taking a Shilajit supplement which contains those minerals. Last but not least, for B-vitamins, essential amino acids, vitamin E, antioxidants and more we take Spirulina. If you want to dive deeper into the supplement world, I loved this article. It’s in Dutch, but I’m sure you can Google Translate the article. The most important thing I picked up is AHCC. If the virus is coming really close or if we do get infected, I’m going to get it (probably the one from Vitals). Also, I’m interested in Berberin (I haven’t found the right brand yet) and Curcumin (the active ingredient of Curcuma).
5. FOR THE BABY
Unfortunately, breastfeeding didn’t work out so our baby is not getting antibodies through breast milk. Long story, but after lots of research and testing (what I made myself do to come to terms with the failed breastfeeding), the formula from the Dutch Pure Goat Company is my very favorite (soon I will write a blog about why) and our boy is doing amazing. He’s also on supplements, on a probiotic because there’s no Bifidobacterium in the formula, which I find very important. It doesn’t contain enough vitamin D either, so we supplement him a few drops also. I give him some Omega 3 too, I put the contents of one capsule in his (glass) bottle.
That’s it! I really hope you got something out of it. We do quite a lot, but researching and testing stuff is, after all, a big passion of mine. Sometimes I’m not taking supplements for a while, I do drink coffee and wine when I want to, but I think it’s important to help your body because it is amazing to feel great, and sometimes you don’t realize how great it is until you are not feeling so great. I gave you 5 ways to boost your immune system against corona, but just do what you feels good for you. If you have amazing immune-boosting tips, please let us know. Have a very healthy spring!
Update March 28th: if you do get sick, here’s what I would try. I don’t think this is scientifically proven, so it may trigger irritations to some, but it feels worth a try to me. Karen Hurd is a nutritionist with a Masters degree in Biochemistry and she made a Coronavirus Protocol. She talked about it on this podcast. According to her (and other sources going around), heat plays a big factor in beating the virus. She said: “A fever is where your own innate immune system is going to increase your body temperature in order to kill the virus.” Therefor, try not to suppress the fever, let it do its job. Things like drinking hot water all the time and wearing a scarf 24/7 can beat the virus before it spreads to your longs, apparently.