The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways that we could not have foreseen just weeks ago. We are thinking about the health and safety of our families, adjusting to a new type of normal, and are overwhelmed with news that changes by the minute.

People feel helpless to fight against an invisible enemy. But this virus, like all viruses, does not have much of a chance to beat a healthy immune system! This virus and all other viruses can and will be handled by the immune system.

1. Distracted by other diseases

that draw away its resources, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, or have infections in other areas of the body that produce inflammation. A high level of inflammation is a distraction to your body’s immune system. If you are out of balance, the immune system starts to focus on inflamed areas and doesn’t have the resources to heal cells, tissues, and organs the way it should. An inflamed body is also less effective at fighting bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, or fungi.

2. Poorly Oxygenated and Slow-moving

Metabolism should be active, not passive. The cells need oxygen to act quickly. You must move/exercise to increase blood and lymph flow so your immune cells can travel to the line of battle quickly.

3.Malnourished

and Subjected to substances that can harm the body such as sugar, smoking—the body’s cells need to be well supplied through a nutrient-rich diet. Sugar must be avoided because it causes direct immune suppression.

4.Dehydrated

Hydration is vital to normal operation. One of the major reasons people end up in emergency conditions is because they are dehydrated. Drink 32 oz per 50 lbs of body weight per day.

5. Stressed

The mind can be a big source of inflammation. Living in a state of fear, worry, and stress releases cortisol and that can increase inflammation and suppress the immune system.

Though the shelter in place order is in effect, we may be shut in, but this is not the time to stop caring for yourself. The most important steps to prevent a problem with any virus, no matter how strong it is, are to become very healthy.

You can take immediate steps to improve your health and build your immune system if you know what to do, and what to avoid.

The following are Recommended to Strengthen your Immune System- especially for the next four months:

Improve your diet Immediately
Eat a plant-based diet that is high in healthy plant fats (such as avocados, seeds, nuts), high nutritional value and antioxidants such as leafy greens (spinach, kale), cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower), root vegetables (beets).

Eat Garlic daily
Start with at least 1 to 2 cloves per day (fresh, uncooked), and gradually increase to 5 per day. It is an excellent immune stimulant. Research shows that garlic contains compounds with potent medicinal properties. The sulfur-based compounds from garlic are considered anti-inflammatory, anti-high cholesterol, anti-diabetes, anti-bacterial, anti-parasite, anti-cancer, and anti-fungal.  A great way to add it to your day is to combine it with another phenomenal food, Avocado; Mix crushed Garlic with mashed Avocado/ Guacamole. (Avocados are packed with important nutrients; improves healthy gut flora by acting as a prebiotic, is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory).

Avoid Substances that Suppress your Immune System

  1. Alcohol: Reduces the number and function of three important kinds of cells in your immune system–macrophages, T and C cells.
  2. Smoking: Smoke paralyzes the protective tiny hair-like structures in the lungs called cilia, which otherwise sweep dirt and bacteria out of your lungs.

  3. All forms of Sugar: Stay away from anything that tastes sweet or that is processed in any way because it causes immune suppression. The worst foods, besides refined sugars and starches, are also dairy products, which clog up your system and slow down your immune response.

Take Supplements

  1. Probiotics and Prebiotics: Your immune system and gut are intimately connected. It’s estimated that as much as 80% of your immune system resides within your gut. An out-of-balance gut/microbiome can weaken your immune system. To enhance your gut/immune health eat plenty of fermented and cultured foods, and take prebiotic and probiotic capsules which can enhance your immune system strength.
  2. Transfer Factor: Transfer factors are a group of proteins produced by cells of the immune system. Studies have shown that transfer factors can boost the immune system and are effective in preventing and treating bacterial, viral, yeast infections, and shown to have anti-cancer properties.
  3. Double/Triple your Vitamin D3: D3 activates your P53 gene which is responsible for DNA synthesis of your immune system.
    Adults: 10-20,000 IU daily
    Children: 3-5000 IU daily
  4. Double/Triple your Vitamin C: Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells, especially lymphocytes which are antiviral.
    Adults: 2-3,000mg daily
    Children: 500-1,000mg daily

Drink enough Water
Drink 32 oz per 50 lbs of body weight per day.

Go to bed early and get enough Sleep
Your body heals most when you are sleeping. Your immune system regenerates itself with 7-8 hrs. of restful sleep. Go to bed as close to 8 PM as possible. Pre-midnight sleep has a bonus effect on healing.

Maintain Good Oral Health
Research has shown that your oral health is strongly connected to your immune system function. An oral infection such as an abscess, gum disease causes inflammation, which in turn affects the immune system.  If you have better oral health, you can expect to have better overall health and fewer illnesses.

To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily:

  • Floss daily

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush

Exercise daily
Walking is one of the best exercises to boost your immune system. 20 minutes a day gives stress relieving benefits! Remember to not overdo it; under times of stress, too much exercise can deplete your system and make it weaker.

Pray, Meditate and have Gratitude
Scientists discovered that prayers and meditations that focus on thankfulness and gratitude will increase the coherence and communication between your heart’s nervous system and your brain’s nervous system. This improved heart and brain communication allows you to be in a peaceful, healing state. 

Keep a Positive Mental Attitude
Read or listen to uplifting music, jokes, songs, or positive speakers… Do what makes you feel HAPPY!

Continually remember to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use Hand Sanitizer: If you cannot find hand sanitizer: You can make the following at home: Mix 1/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (70% or higher alcohol) with 1 oz of lemon juice, and 15 drops of tea tree oil.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Stay at home when you are sick

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away

  • Practice ‘social distancing’. Keep a distance of 3-6 feet between you and those you encounter

Given the situation with COVID-19, many dental offices have closed and therefore presented problems for patients with dental concerns and even dental emergencies. Further, hospitals and clinics are not able to deal with dental concerns and have shut down completely for such care.

IF YOU HAVE A DENTAL EMERGENCY, WE ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AND ARE OPEN TO PROVIDE CARE FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES DURING THIS TIME

Yours in Health,