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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What you can do

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  The disease has spread globally since 2019, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.  Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat are less common symptoms.  While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

The infection is spread from one person to others via respiratory droplets, often produced during coughing and sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days, with an average of 5 days.[1]

Calm the Farm!!

While we shouldn’t be complacent, we should also definitelty NOT panic.  Stress affects the immune system, and we want bad boy firing on all cylinders!  And don’t forget, “where the mind goes, energy flows”.  Your mind set can greatly influence you health.  Here’s a bunch of things you can do to prevent infection, and just remain healthy.

Take precautions

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, here are some instructions on how to wash well, but basically you need to take a bit of time (20seconds) and wash all the surfaces well, don’t forget under the fingernails. So wash before eating and touching your face.
  2. You can even think about an alcohol-based hand non-toxic sanitizer to clean your hands if soap and water aren’t available but soap and water are better than a hand sanitizer.
  3. Cleaning and disinfecting any frequently touched objects or surfaces with dish detergent or malt vinegar.[2]
  4. Stay home if you’re sick or feeling under the weather.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Support your immune system

  1. Please SLEEP ! Your immune system depends on adequate sleep to function at it’s best. Aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of quality restful sleep each night. Here’s how.
  2. Stress actually increases inflammation and reduces your immune system, so less ability to fight off any infections including viruses. Meditate, practice yoga or breathwork, walk in nature, enjoy the company of good friends.
  3. Support your gut. 70% of your immune system lives and works right next to your digestive track so it well and happy! Whole nutritious foods are the foundation, regular bowel movements to eliminate toxins and seeing to any gut related health issues all matter.

Added immune system support

After food, supplements can allow as to boost our natural responses and mechanisms.  Here are some important ones;

  1. Vitamin C – Integral for immune function and antioxidant. Doses of 4g per day can support our body’s fight against the coronavirus by stopping excessive inflammatory response in the lungs, suppressing the growth and spread of the virus itself and boosting the immune system.[3]
  2. Zinc – Critical for immune cell activity.
  3. Selenium – Antiviral and anti-retroviral properties
  4. Vitamin D – Modulates the immune function and supports glutathione synthesis.
  5. Probiotics – Maintain a good balance of beneficial bacteria. 
  6. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) or Glutathione – Increases immune function and reduces the damage caused by ‘free radicals’ and therefore reduce ‘oxidative’ damage.[4]
  7. Liqiuid herbs  – Many of these have potent anti-viral and immune modulating properties.  We have formulated a specific combination of herbs for COVID-19 based on information from Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Stephen Buhner, and OptimalRx herbal manufacturer.  It’s also suitable for other flu’s.

What will i be doing??

Well to be honest I wasn’t planning on doing much at all.  I’m quite healthy, and was simply going to prioritise sleep a little more.  But considering I work with people in a clinical setting, i will be playing it a bit more cautiously, you know, for your sake 😁

  • Probiotic
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Vitamin C, Zinc, and vitamin D
  • Herb mix – Only if i suspect the tiniest of symptom.

Do you need extra support?

I am happy to see clients via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype if you choose to maintain social distancing.  Zoom is my platform of choice, and is really easy to use.

Due to my own time limitations, i can’t answer all of your emails about this and offer advice via email.  But you are welcome to book at 15-30 minute appointment using the link below.  Please email me or call reception after you book if you prefer a phone or online appointment – rohan@elementalhealthandnutrition.com.au – (08) 8332 2271

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to deal with this illness, contact an integrative doctor in Adelaide now!

REFERENCES

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019
  2. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987
  3. Patel, V et al (2020). Dietary Antioxidants Significantly Attenuate Hyperoxia-Induced Acute Inflammatory Lung Injury by Enhancing Macrophage Function via Reducing the Accumulation of Airway HMGB1. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Feb 1;21(3) –
  4. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/21/3/977(Dröge & Breitkreutz, 2000).