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Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are.

With the world in a state of an emergency during this pandemic. It is important to properly educate ourselves and find comfort in the proper resources. An epidemic that spreads globally is a pandemic. "The 1918 Spanish influenza, which infected more than one-third of the world’s population and killed approximately 50 million people, is the most famous example. There have been several influenza pandemics since 1918—in 1957 and 1968, as well as H1N1 in 2009." There are many aspects that influence how far a virus can spread but the most important include: how easy the condition is transmitted from one person to the next and the movement of people, particularly via airplane because infections can be brought to new parts of the world within hours. The World Health Organization (WHO) amongst many other contributing health agencies are working overtime to care for individuals affected by COVID-19, researching, conducting autopsies and implementing travel bands/local movement restrictions to provide the quickest containment.

Who Is at Risk?
COVID-19 appears to be spread via respiratory secretions when infected people cough or sneeze, similar to how influenza (flu) spreads. Currently, people at risk for COVID-19 include those who have been in close contact with infected people within 14 days before their symptoms began. The average time from when persons are exposed to signs of illness is about 5 days and can range from 2 to 14 days. People with COVID-19 have a fever, cough, muscle aches, headache, and diarrhea, which are all symptoms similar to other viral infections, such as the flu. People who need hospitalization usually have severe pneumonia. Currently, there are no treatments or vaccines available.

How Do You Prepare?
What Are Some Natural Immune Boosting Tips?

Don't Overstress

Stress causes the release of your stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol decreases lymphocyte production, your first line of defense from bacteria and viruses.

Stress is everywhere, but you can work at controlling it. Exercise is an excellent combatant to stress. When your body is under stress, so is your immune system.

Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods One of the therapeutic modalities mentioned in Stress Management is to adopt a nutritious diet. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Organic produce is higher in nutrients and is lower in toxins so choose that whenever you can. Proper diet can counterbalance the impact of stress by strengthening the immune system, stabilizing moods, and reducing blood pressure.

Add the Herb...

Here are herbs commonly used for a calming effect and reduce stress-related insomnia, anxiety or anger:

Excercise in Quarantine Exercise releases endorphins, our happy chemicals, which lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is your stress hormone and it suppresses your body's ability to protect itself. Lifting weights and strength training has been shown to increase the production of very important immune cells called T-killer cells. These T-killer cells are our first line of defense in warding off cold and flu viruses. Exercise also improves your quality of sleep which will further improve your immune system function. During this time of quarantine, try adding a new physical activity and strength training for the family into your daily routine. Nike is offering free workouts in the comfort of your home on the Nike Training Club App.

Hit the Sheets! While you sleep, your body goes through various healing functions. During sleep, your antigen-presenting cells go to work. So if you are not sleeping well or sleeping the full eight hours, your body isn’t able to do its job. It also increases your stress hormone cortisol which will further suppress your immune system. To ensure a better rest turn, look into your sleep hygiene. Turn off your electronics 30 minutes or more before, read a book, take a walk or do some light exercise after dinner, and avoid snacking and alcohol after dinner.

Ditch Smoking Smoking not only causes cancer, but it depletes your body of adequate oxygen, diminishes your healing functions and subsequently weakens your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. This includes vaping!

Limit the Alcohol

Alcohol converts to sugar which can increase levels of cortisol. When you consume alcohol in the evening it will interfere with your REM sleep cycles affecting the quality of your sleep. If you enjoy wine or a cocktail with dinner, then limit your consumption to one drink which has been shown to have a minimal effect on sleep quality.


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Dr. Wendy Henrichs

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