Combatting COVID-19 – Health Tips to Support Your Immune System

by Khyati Kapur

Combatting COVID-19 – Health Tips to Support Your Immune System

We are in uncharted waters as the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting virtually every aspect of our lives. There is an uneasy feeling pervading the people of the United States and the world. Our Federal, State, and Local Governments and representatives of both political parties are cooperating to a degree that seemed unimaginable just a few short weeks, perhaps only days ago. Their earlier recommendations have now morphed into declarations closing restaurants, bars, gyms, and all non-essential businesses. Our borders, both North and South, are currently closed except for essential commerce. California and New York residents, as well as those in nineteen other states, have been advised to shelter in place in their homes and to only venture out for crucial goods and services.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become one of the most recognizable faces during this pandemic. In a recent YouTube interview with Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, he provided a very pertinent message, “we need not fear this virus or be intimidated by it, nor should we be cavalier and assume we are exempt from it.”

In this article, we’ll reiterate advice on how to prevent or reduce your exposure to COVID-19. We’ll also address another critical aspect of prevention and mitigation, how to enhance your immune system. A healthy immune system can help combat the virus if you are exposed, and reduce your chances of getting sick, and mitigate the intensity of the disease should you contract COVID-19.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

 

The White House published guidelines for all Americans to follow to help us flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak. These guidelines have been repeated often by the media in the past weeks:

  • If you feel sick, stay home, and contact your medical provider via phone for instructions.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire family at home.
  • If you are an older person or have underlying health conditions, stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home, if possible.
  • Avoid social gatherings
  • Avoid restaurants, bars, and food courts. Use drive-thru, pick-up, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently – avoid touching your face – sneeze or cough into a tissue – disinfect often.

The need to adhere to these guidelines has intensified in the past few days as the pandemic spreads. As of today, the U.S. leads the world in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The Other Half of the Equation – Enhancing Your Immune System 

The primary function of the immune system is to prevent or limit infection. The system is incredibly complex as there are numerous types of cells throughout the body that play a role in recognizing problems, communicating with other cells, and performing their functions. On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms.

Enhancing your immune systems starts with lifestyle decisions such as avoiding tobacco products of all types, drinking in moderation, frequent exercise, a healthy diet, adequate rest and recovery, and minimizing stress. When highly stressed, your immune system becomes stressed as well. There will be stress related to this pandemic, so how you respond to that stress is crucial.

Social distancing and sheltering at home create stressful situations. Think of this as quality time with the loved ones you live with and virtually spend time with friends and extended family through phone calls, social media, and video. So, stay connected and stay positive.

I see many people using this hunker-down period for exercise. People are outdoors, walking, jogging, riding their bikes, typically in ones and twos, adhering to social distancing guidelines. One of my favorite mantras is, “take this issue, this setback, this problem, and turn it into something good.” What a great opportunity to take time for yourself to get in the best shape of your life.

Another area of focus that can benefit your immune system is nutrition. Try incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet; they’re loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants. Some foods believed to be good for your immune system are things such as:

  • Citrus fruit, loaded with Vitamin C
  • Blueberries with their powerful antioxidants
  • Spinach, fortified with iron, and Vitamins A and C
  • For a special treat, try dark chocolate, another source of antioxidants.

You can also augment your nutrition plan with supplements. Vitamins and minerals are excellent choices to boost your immune system. Turmeric/curcumin with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Zinc is also recommended to help your immune system and metabolism function. And, if you want to support your immune system, be sure to protect your digestive tract with probiotics.

Increasing your protein intake is another beneficial strategy for improving strength and supporting your immune system. One example of a superior hydrolyzed protein formulation is Seva Soul Collagen Peptides. The Seva Soul Collagen powder contains both Type I and Type III collagen, from grass fed, pasture raised cattle. The product which is Non-GMO also supports:

  • Youthful Skin
  • Boosts Your Immunity
  • Healthy Hair & Nails
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Aids in Digestive Enhancement
  • Enhances Bone & Joint Health

Another amino acid known for its immune-boosting properties is L-Theanine, from green tea. L-Theanine is also beneficial for mental focus, improved sleep, relaxation, and may even help with weight loss and reducing blood pressure.

Our favorite way to get L-Theanine is in our daily cup of coffee, Neurovana Nootropic Coffee, from Seva Soul. Coffee is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on earth, and Seva Soul employs a proprietary Indian spray drying method to preserve the fresh aroma and wonderful flavor of their organic fair-trade coffee beans. Neurovana is a two-in-one healthy alternative that provides a brain boost, with all the taste of black coffee.

To further upgrade your morning cup, Seva Soul adds unique ingredients like MCT oil and additional antioxidants such as and Rhodiola root extract and immune-supporting L-Theanine. 

In Summary

The American people are responding to this pandemic as we always do in times of crisis, we pull together, buckle down, and persevere. We will come back stronger and more resolved than ever. And, things will return to normal, although it’s uncertain when. Eventually, you’ll be able to work out in your gym, dine at your favorite restaurant, and imbibe at your local pub. Things will return to pre B.C. (before coronavirus) levels.

In the interim, be safe, follow the guidelines above, and be sure to address that other part of the equation, supporting your immune system so that it will support you.

 



Khyati Kapur
Khyati Kapur

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