The virus is everywhere. Naturally, you are concerned for yourself and for your loved ones. Here are some tips on getting through the next year with your well-being intact.
Prevention – The basics
Wash your hands! Everyone should wash their hands after using the bathroom, blowing their nose, or coughing, especially during COVID. It is also important to be mindful and wash our hands before we fix a meal or sit down to eat and after we’ve been in contact with others, out shopping, or in public places.
If folks are sick, steer clear. If they aren’t sick, act as if they are and keep a safe distance. The Corona Virus is a very tricky disease because it affects everyone differently. In many cases, people can be infected with the virus but not appear to be sick or have any symptoms.
Clean hard surfaces
Clean hard surfaces in your home and workspace frequently. There are many different and effective ways to disinfect surfaces.
- Use 10% bleach water
- Spray your favorite disinfectant
- Use a combination of chemicals.
- Keep two spray bottles. Put hydrogen peroxide in one and white vinegar in the other. Spray them both on the surface you want to clean. DO NOT MIX these two chemicals together in the same bottle! Just spray each one and wipe clean.
- Natural homemade cleanser
- Use 2 tablespoons of Borax dissolved in 2 cups warm water, once fully dissolved, I add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
Notice and reflect on all the good
Notice the silver-lining of COVID-19. There was a policy change in regards to minimum wage. We are experiencing cleaner air, more time with family, slowing down, more time in nature, awareness of human rights, and how we can all help one another…and so much more. During this time we are seeing people experience higher rates of depression. We know that our thoughts affect our moods and feeling which in-turn can affect our health and physical bodies. Take time to boost your mood by thinking positive thoughts, your body will thank you.
Get More Sleep
Sleep helps restore the body and mind. Get at least 7 hours a night, it’s also okay to nap during the day. People who get less than 5 hours of sleep a night have increased risk for illness of any kind. They also have a 350% increased risk for colds.
Psychological stress disrupts immune regulation, stimulates the release of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine which increases body inflammation. This increases your risk for disease/illness. Follow these practices for stress relief:
- Take deep belly breaths
- Take a long walk.
There are lots of things you can do to alter your mind and STOP your worry stream. These things also happen to raise your vibration, relax you and support your overall health. Who knows you might lose some weight, lower your blood pressure, eat less, and sleep better!
Eat Your Vegetables & Fruits
Yeah, I know you’ve heard it for years, but it is true, the flavonoids and phytonutrients from these amazing plants and their fruits do indeed support your overall health. So, eat them with every meal. A serving is 1/2 for vegetables and a small to medium size piece of fruit.It is also important to note: there are no clinically evidence-based integrative prevention or treatment strategies for COVID-19 infection.
How COVID-19 is spread
COVID-19 spreads by droplets. People come in contact with these virus filled droplets through person to person contact. For example, if you shake an infected persons hand and then tough your face or nose, you have exposed yourself to the virus. People also expose themselves to the virus though hard surfaces. According to WebMD, catching the virus through hard surfaces is less likely than catching it from person to person transmission. WebMD also tells us how long COVID-19 germs can stay on our hard surfaces.
- Metal: 5 days
- Wood: 4 days
- Plastic: 2-3 days
- Stainless steal: 2-3 days
- Cardboard: 1 day
- Copper: 4 hours
Airborne droplets last for up to three hours. Airborne droplets result from coughing, sneezing, etc.
Well-researched approaches to colds and other viruses.
Zinc Coronavirus appears to be susceptible to the inhibitory actions of zinc. Zinc may prevent it from getting into the cells as well as reducing its overall virulence. Take 15mg-30mg via lozenges. (Ionic zinc (good), glutamate (ok), gluconate/glycine ok)Vitamin C Clinical trials have found that vitamin C shortens the frequency, duration, and severity of the common cold and the incidence of pneumonia. The typical daily dosing of vitamin C ranges from 500mg to 3000mg daily with even higher doses utilized during times of acute infection. Taking vitamin C to tolerance means taking 500mg doses every 2 hours until you have diarrhea or really loose stool. Add up the number of pills you took, take one away and that is your dose for the duration of the illness. (ascorbate based 2000mg-3000mg during the day)Melatonin Studies have shown it decreases the inflammatory response. In fact, the age-related decline in melatonin production is one proposed mechanism to explain why children do not appear to have severe symptoms and older adults do. Melatonin also reduces oxidative lung injury and inflammatory cell recruitment during viral infections. Typical dosing of melatonin varies widely from 0.3mg to 20mg per night. It’s used for the short duration of the illness.
To help you restore your immune system: These are likely safe to use both prior to, and during, COVID-19 infection. Whether these agents mitigate the symptoms or virulence of COVID-19 is unknown and therefore the benefit of these agents during COVID-19 infection is unknown. Please note: there are no clinically evidence-based integrative prevention or treatment strategies for COVID-19 infection.
- There are some excellent Chinese herbal blends. contact your favorite acupuncturist for the one that is best for you.
- Allium sativum (garlic) Quercetin Astragalus membranaceus Full mycelium mushroom extracts
- Mentha piperita (peppermint)
- Andrographis paniculata
- Zinc Vitamin C Vitamin A—Because Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, you can get too much. A short duration of its use, 1 week, at 25,000IU daily is usually ok. Taking it for 3-5 days when you notice the very first symptom, is the ideal time and duration. Having a liver test before starting it, especially if you take Vitamin A regularly is recommended.
Typical things we use for immune stimulation that should not be used if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of infection.
You can use them to support your health, but if you get symptoms stop…These include, but are not limited to:Vitamin D Elderberry extract (Sambucus Nigra) Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea Larch arabinogalactan Polysaccharide extracts from medicinal mushroomsMost of this information comes from the University of Arizona, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Health. If you would like references for this information please contact HouseCalls.Please act responsibly. Consult a health care professional to find out what is best for you. Each person is different and depending on your health, different choices may be made.
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BS in Nursing | MS in Nursing | Functional Medicine Certified Health and Wellness Coach