My thoughts are going out to all of you during this unprecedented and unsettling time. I hope you, your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are not impacted by COVID-19 and that you are safe, healthy and taking the necessary precautions to keep it that way. I wanted to let you know that I am here to support you if you need help.
If you would like to consult with me or you get sick, you are welcome to call the office to schedule with me or use the online scheduler. We are exercising precautions, so all consults will be through phone or video. We can help you get nutrients, supplements and herbal medicine.
Let’s go over the basic immune support that I highly recommend:
Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep.
Hydrate by adding a pinch of sea salt to your water and drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces.
Try intermittent fasting.
Eat the rainbow – aim to eat all the colors of vegetables and fruits every day.
Use herbs and spices. They are infused with potent antimicrobials that will ward off germs and fight infections.
Make soup to further hydrate! And add a range of vegetables as well as garlic and onions.
Balance your blood sugar by avoiding refined carbs and sugar.
Eat 3 meals daily, but have protein snacks in between so that your blood sugar doesn’t dip too low.
Get fresh air daily! Take gentle walks in nature and be among the trees.
Try to sweat every day through exercise or infrared sauna.
Practice loving kindness.
Manage stress by devoting time daily for deep breathing, mindful moments, gratitude and meditation.
Slow down your eating by chewing each bite to assimilate nutrients and improve digestion.
Don’t use harsh chemicals on your hands, instead, use soap and warm water.
Avoid sick people and continue to socially isolate, but hug your family. 🙂
Stay informed enough that you are aware, but don’t follow the news to the point it is giving you anxiety.
Take up old hobbies: dust off your guitar, pull out the sewing machine, knit, paint and play Legos with your kids.
Have Skype parties with your friends!
Try to enjoy the slow time…
Here are the recommendations I suggest to keep you healthy or have a stronger immune system in case you get COVID-19:
Vitamin C – a potent antioxidant and immune supportive vitamin to reduce oxidative stress caused by viruses
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) – for COVID-19 we can benefit from NAC because it protects the lungs and is a mucolytic (dissolves phlegm). It can be taken during active infection but is also for prevention.
Zinc – best taken with meals to avoid nausea
Selenium – a micronutrient and antioxidant that recycles glutathione
Vitamin A – to be avoided in pregnancy or if a person could become pregnant – a fat soluble, anti-viral vitamin and antioxidant that aids by protecting the lungs. Vitamin is highly beneficial in COVID-19, but should be prescribed by a qualified physician because of the potentially toxic effects (that are reversible upon discontinuation).
Vitamin D – this important vitamin gets low in the winter because we stay inside – it’s important to increase vitamin D so that any virus landing on the skin or mouth is killed on contact. It’s best to monitor levels through blood work in order to not get too high in vitamin D. It’s an important immune supportive vitamin for viruses like COVID-19.
Quercetin – pigmented foods contain flavonoids like quercetin that protect your cells and organs against viruses
Western herbal anti-virals – Elderberry has been found to block the flu and acts as an anti-viral, some other favorites are Oregon grape, Goldenseal, Melissa officinalis and Astragalus to name a few
Chinese herbal formulas – various formulas were used in China with success during all stages of COVID-19 and I can prescribe these to you if you get COVID-19. If you get symptoms of a scratchy throat, swollen glands around your neck or a cough, we can start you on Yin qiao san.
Colostrum – is a natural, food-like substance that has been found to be three times more effective than vaccination to prevent flu and is very cost-effective
Although you may be feeling anxiety now, remember that it is because there is real risk right now. So use your resources, stay calm and take basic these steps to stay healthy. And if you need more, I am here for you.
Sending you all warm hugs and and love,
Heather Zwickey, PhD. How integrative practitioners can help reduce disease spread and improve outcomes. Natural Medicine Journal. February 2020 Vol. 12 Issue 2. Coronavirus, Cold, and Flu. Available online: https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2020-02/coronavirus-cold-and-flu
Cesarone MR et al. Prevention of influenza episodes with colostrum compared with vaccination in healthy and high-risk cardiovascular subjects: the epidemiologic study in San Valentino. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2007 Apr;13(2):130-6.