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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Boosting your immune system to fight the coronavirus : What you need to know


I am sharing a guide written by Dr. Bret Scher and Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, which can be read in full at Diet Doctor site - see link below

"Can you boost your immune system to fight COVID-19?

This is the question on everyone’s mind as we face a worldwide crisis. We don’t yet know how to fully prevent or manage the damage caused by COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus that is new to us all.

We see online claims that we can “boost” our immune system with just about everything from Vitamin C or Vitamin D to essential oils and silver nanoparticles. But how do we know which of these recommendations, if any, really work?

That’s a tough question to answer, mainly because the immune system is not “one thing” that we can easily measure. It’s an intricate and delicate system with many different components. Helping one section might impair another, or boosting a certain section may have nothing to do with fighting viruses.

That makes knowing what to do challenging. Plus, how do we know if something that helps with another virus will help with this new coronavirus? As you can see, there is much we simply cannot know.

Finally, if you are older or have an underlying health condition (including diabetes and high blood pressure), you have an increased risk of severe symptoms, and potentially, loss of life from COVID-19. We recommend taking every precaution to avoid it.

If you’re young and otherwise healthy, your risk of complications is much lower. If you do contract the virus, you’ll probably have mild symptoms and fully recover within a couple of weeks.

However, it’s possible that you may be infected with the virus without showing any symptoms. So maintaining excellent hygiene and practicing social isolation are crucial to avoid spreading it to high-risk individuals."

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All the best Jan

29 comments:

Tom said...

...it sounds to me that avoiding exposure is your best bet!

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for the good advice. Stay well, Valerie

DUTA said...

Very good stuff! It covers everything we should know about boosting our immunity system. Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing this.

Elephant's Child said...

A healthy immune system is ALWAYS desirable. Mine is compromised so I make a point of trying to eat healthily, take some excercise and avoid stress. And areas of contagion.

Laurie said...

good advice!

Jeff said...

Common sense things seem to be the best--or garlic, lots of garlic, it'll keep most people 6 feet away (said in jest).

www.thepulpitandthepen.com

Angela said...

A friend from around here was disappointed that she tested negative after feeling ill, she wanted it to be positive and then feel immunized. However it might not turn out like this, it in fact can turn out like the case of Nick Cordero (Broadway actor.) He is 41 years old, he's in comma, leg amputated and with lots of other issues...not waking up from a coma...etc, etc.I was surprised when she said that considering too that she's around 60-62 years old. Staying away from people as much as possible sounds good. We will start church this coming Sunday May 10th with the order of our bishop. I am making a scared face now. Thanks for advice and keep well and safe!!

happyone said...

Staying away from others sounds like the best thing to do!!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Well balance meal

dellgirl said...

Thank you for sharing this wise advice on Boosting our immune system to fight the coronavirus. It is good to know.

Wishing you all the best!

Lee said...

I am always a hermit...always "self-isolating"...but the times I do venture out to the supermarket during this period - which is once a week, or ten days, I keep to the distance from others as instructed. It is commonsense to do so...and respect/consideration for and of others. It's to the benefit of all...

Along with my usual daily fresh fruits, vegies etc., I am taking some supplements to boost whatever...This is the first time I've taken vitamin supplements in years...but why not, I say! Years ago, in the early 80s I had a green-grocery/health food shop...and at the moment my kitchen is a little like that...my usual citrus fruits abound...along with a large bag of grapefruit and limes dropped at my back door by my neighbours up the road...and a bag of lemons off my own tree...and the vitamin containers! :)

Keep taking good care! :)

Ella said...

Good advice! I also read that a boost with vitamin D also helps!

Margaret D said...

So many people so many ideas mostly all good advice.
Was just over 19 degC here today so was outside in the lovely sun getting some more vitamin D..
Take care.

Iris Flavia said...

I´m coughing since weeks, but certainly there are no tests available. I wear my masks.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

O isolamento social parece ser o mais adequado.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

RO said...

Minimizing exposure sure helps for sure. Hope you are well! Hugs, RO

Phil Slade said...

At least we have all been getting lots of sunshine. Good thing this didn't hit us in mid-Winter?

Jeanie said...

I think I am turning into a hermit -- voluntarily. While we still have some social distancing, so many aren't sticking to the guidelines with masks and distance. Who knows what they're doing at home. I am modifying my walking times to encounter fewer people (with varying degrees of success). Meanwhile, I'm doing all I can to stay healthy for as long as possible. And it really isn't a hardship for me because I'm retired and not missing job income. But I see others -- so many with so little patience. I wonder how it will all end, but I'm thinking not well.

Thanks so much for coming over to my blog. I always love your visits!

Mia said...

We are have to be very careful. We live is strange times, Jan! Let's hope that the doctors will find a medicine soon. Kisses, my friend.

This N That said...

Not sure you can boost your immune system overnight...doesn't hurt to try though..We are going to need it in the future for sure..

Maria Rodrigues said...

We go through very difficult times all over the world.
Staying at home and taking all the necessary care is very important.
A big hug

carol l mckenna said...

Very timely and informative ~

Be Well,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lorrie said...

Staying healthy and keeping a strong immune system is important always, especially now.

Birgitta said...

Take care!

Teresa said...

Muy buen reportaje. Besitos y salud.

bill burke said...

Good advice.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It always seems to come back to washing your hands thoroughly and regularly. I winder that my skin is still intact!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan! Very interesting!