By Ginny Dent Brant
My heart goes out to the parents raising young children today who have an added responsibility of protecting their children from Covid-19. The good news is God created our bodies with an innate ability to heal! Here are six prevention tips that unleash our God-given healing against diseases including Covid-19:
Practice CDC guidelines and consider getting the vaccine.
Continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, wash hands constantly, isolate the sick, and avoid touching what others touch. Don’t send your children to school if they feel sick, have a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19. This lessens everyone’s exposure to COVID-19. Getting the vaccine helps us reach our goal of herd immunity. Check with your doctor to see if the vaccine is advisable for your individual family members.
Teach your children to hydrate properly.
Give your children an immune boost by teaching them to drink two glasses of water after rising. Why? Because our immune function and every cell and system in our bodies require adequate water to function properly. The mucus in our respiratory system provides a crucial barrier against infections and viruses and is empowered by water.
Half your body weight in fluid ounces daily is your minimal goal. Avoid caffeinated drinks. Unfortunately, most Americans including children are living their lives dehydrated. Dehydration makes it difficult for your children to pay attention and think in school. Our bodies need for water is almost as critical as our need for food and oxygen. This life giving elixir is free, so drink up.
Our bodies work best when we move during the day. Movement increases the production of our immune killer B and T cells. It also helps our lymphatic system take out the trash from our bodies. The sedentary lifestyle contributes to many diseases. Throughout our recent quarantine, my husband and I walked several miles per day in addition to our exercise routines. Following the quarantine, movement should continue to be a daily habit because it enhances every system in our bodies. It also decreases stress in our body and reduces our risk for many diseases. A walk in the afternoon is a great way to spend time together as a family.
Allow your body to heal and repair with restorative sleep.
While you are reading this article, your body is performing miracles to protect you from disease. When you are in deep sleep, the miracles of healing increase exponentially. Our bodies heal, repair and detox when we sleep. Melatonin, a hormone created in deep sleep, is a free immune builder. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and you engage in deep sleep on a regular basis, it will be less likely to activate in your body. Deep sleep also enables your children to pay attention and convert their learning to long-term storage.
Use nutrient-dense food to nourish your gut and body.
If you binged on comfort foods during quarantine, stop now. We are what we eat. Our bodies can be strengthened through eating a nutrient-rich, more plant-based diet. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and phytochemicals which also boost our immune systems and prevent cancer. Each child needs a minimum of five servings daily. Highly processed foods, excessive sugar, and fried foods suppress our immune systems. Gluten, dairy and food allergies can suppress the immune system in some children. Avoid foods that cause blood sugar spikes. Use nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables as snacks.
Our gut lining is where 70 percent of our immune system is located. When this lining is properly nourished with probiotics such as yogurt and fermented foods along with prebiotic fiber from fruits and vegetables, it allows the good nutrients to flow throughout our body and keeps the bad stuff out. Research shows that a healthy gut can take care of many germs and viruses that enter our bodies. Our gut is an important part of our God-designed, protective armor that also protects us from cancer and many chronic diseases.
Keep communication lines and gratitude flowing.
Before bedtime or at dinner, allow your children to express their feelings and concerns. Teach them the practice of gratitude daily—to look for all the things they have to be thankful for even in the midst of a pandemic. Fear and worry can increase the burden on our immune system, but expression of feelings and gratitude promotes healing in our bodies including boosting the immune system.
As parents, your children’s health is largely influenced by the habits we teach them. These tips allow your immune system to work and heal as God intended. While your children are young, teach them healthy habits that can benefit them for life. By following CDC guidelines, we lessen our exposure. Vaccines enable our body to recognize a fight certain flus and viruses. But when we make sure they are properly hydrated, get adequate deep sleep, move daily, eat a nutritious diet, and express their feelings while practicing gratitude, we give them an added hedge of protection without spending a dime. Inexpensive, practical and doable.
What are you doing to keep your family healthy during these trying times?
Next week, we’ll look at a great idea for helping your kids and grandkids to focus on “the good things” we have to be thankful for even during this time of unrest and pandemic.
For Your Health,
Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs and was written with commentary from an oncologist. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog at www.ginnybrant.com.