We’ve all heard the news and it’s spreading globally. So what can we do to protect ourselves? Of course, the less contact we have with other people, the better. Hand washing constantly and covering our mouths when we cough and sneeze are crucial. But what other common sense things can we do to build our immune system to combat the Coronavirus if it comes our way?
I just finished writing “Unleash Your God-Given Healing” which will be out in May and while preparing for a women’s retreat this weekend, I gave much thought to how what the book says relates to this Coronavirus situation. Not catching a virus or flu largely has to do with keeping your immune system strong. There are simple, common sense things we can do to make sure our immune system is working as God intended.
- Hydrate properly – When your body has enough water, it performs many miraculous functions behind the scenes. Simple hydration can keep you from getting the flu or coronavirus, and if you do get it, it helps you fight it.
- Get adequate sleep – Your body steps up its miraculous self-healing activities of repairing, detoxing, and rebuilding your immune system when you get deep sleep for seven to nine hours. Sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system. So don’t let it!
- Keep moving – Our bodies were made to move during the day. This movement keeps our immune system strong and increases the production of B and T cells. If you catch flu or the coronavirus, you will need more sleep especially if you have a high fever. But when you can, keep moving inside your home. It enables your lymphatic system to move the trash out of your system. Do what you can when you can when ill.
- Eat immune building foods – Fresh juices such as orange, lemon, lime and other citrus juices all contain vitamin C. Eating blueberries and other berries stimulates your immune system. Add more garlic, onions, ginger and herbs to your food as they all enhance your ability to fight disease. Use apple cider vinegar which contains antibacterial properties. Overall, eat a whole foods, more plant-based diet with healthy fish, nuts and seeds, and organic meat and chicken. Any foods that help the liver to do its job will also help you to build your immune system.
- Increase vitamins and use essential oils -You can step up your vitamin C (3000 mg per day) and D (3 – 5000 iu per day) since both are major immune builders. You even add essential oils that also build the immune system such as cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, wild orange, and rosemary (Onguard by Doterra has these five in a blend), and add a drop of lemon or lime, too. I do this daily in my morning detox drink. Click here for recipe.
- Don’t touch what other people touch – I just came through Dulles airport twice in the last week where 63,000 people from all over the world touch things daily. I wore long sleeves and used my elbow or covered part of my arms to open doors, hold railings, etc. Fortunately, commodes, towel dispensers and sinks are automatic, but I avoided touching anyone or anything that others touched. The professional basketball player next to me on the plane wore a mask. According to officials, what you touch is where you pick it up the most, but the mask gives added protection.
Since my chemotherapy and treatments ended four years ago, I’ve not been sick one day. Praise God. That’s a miracle for a cancer patient because the chemo destroys your immune system while killing the cancer. It usually takes two to five years for cancer patients to get their blood cells back to normal. Not so with me. Our bodies are made with many self-healing mechanisms, which work best when we do the right, common sense things. So keep hydrating, keep sleeping, keep moving, keep eating healthy foods, and add a few immune builders and avoid touching what others have touched to protect yourself from this Coronavirus mayhem.
Common sense and building your immune system is your best protection to combat the Coronavirus or any virus or flu. Don‘t panic. Instead, take action.
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