It’s hard to go anywhere these days without hearing talk of the coronavirus, or more correctly CoVID-19, especially around the Seattle area. But when it comes to the prevention of coronavirus, there seems to be a lot of misinformation making the rounds. This is the key information you need to know about CoVID-19.
DON’T PANIC! It’s a virus. Granted, it’s a new virus, but it’s still a virus. Our bodies, when healthy, know how to respond to viruses. Viruses have been around longer than we have.
So, we need to know how to stay healthy through this season!
Here’s what you can do:
- Wash your hands frequently. Use warm water and regular ol’ soap. Wash for 20-30 seconds; that’s the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday” twice or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” once. Options!
- Feed yourself lots of different colors of vegetables and fruits (unless, of course, you happen to be fruit intolerant, then eat extra veggies). Get in all the colors of the rainbow daily: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, blue-purple/indigo, purple. Can’t think of what those might be? Here’s help:
Reds: cherries, strawberries, watermelon, pomegranate, cranberries, raspberries, apples, nectarines, pink grapefruit, blood oranges; radishes, bell peppers, tomatoes, beets, onions, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, cabbage, grapes, onions, carrots
Oranges: oranges, tangerines, cantaloupe, kumquats, apricots, nectarines, papaya; carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin, squash, bell peppers, cauliflower
Yellows: lemons, pineapple, bananas, apples, pears, grapes; squash, bell peppers, squash, corn, carrots, onions, cabbage
Greens: grapes, apples, avocado, limes; dandelion greens, beet greens, collard greens, kale, spinach, cucumbers/pickles, peas, asparagus, broccoli, raab, rapini, celery, cabbage, green beans, lettuce, watercress, nettles
Blue: blueberries, plums, grapes; carrots, cabbage
Indigo: eggplant, huckleberries, bilberries, plums, raisins; cabbage, carrots
Purple: blackberries, elderberries, plums, black currents, figs, prunes, dates; asparagus, carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, kohlrabi
- Wipe your devices down with alcohol swabs every few days (cell phones, tablets, gaming devices, keyboards)
- Drink 1/3-1/2 your body weight in water daily
- Get adequate rest, sleep and play. If you’re feeling tired, please allow your body to rest.
- Move your body daily! Exercise helps us breathe more deeply (exhaling waste), sweat (removing waste and stress hormones), pumps blood and lymph faster (removing waste), and keeps bowels moving consistently (removing waste). In short, those who routinely move their bodies in fun activities to the point of sweat, have healthier immune systems and more positive thought processes—both of which lead to less chance of developing an infection of any kind.
Susceptibility is key. Yes, people have become infected with CoVID-19. Some have died. Most are doing just fine and are without symptoms!
STOP. READ THAT AGAIN: Most of the people who have been exposed to CoVID-19 are alive and well.
You can only become infected if you are susceptible to this virus.
Doing the above recommendations makes you far less susceptible.
If you feel like you must take something to be “safe,” here are my favorite anti-viral options:
· Vitamins A, C, E, D
· Minerals Selenium and Zinc (take with food!)
· Elderberry syrup (tastes really good)
· Hydrastis/goldenseal tincture (tastes really bad)
· Garlic, onions
There are MANY other herbal remedies, most of which would require a bit more oversight than the ones I’ve listed. The ridiculously inexpensive and very effective homeopathic Ocsillococcinum, available at most grocery stores and pharmacies, covers a variety of viral symptoms: headache, stomach upset, chills, fever, etc. Use as directed on the label.
If you’re in the greater Seattle area and you want to know more about viral epidemics generally and CoVID-19 (coronavirus) particularly, I highly recommend the upcoming free talk Dr. Paul Herscu will be giving at Bastyr University next Saturday, March 7th, from 3:30-5pm. Herscu is a world-renowned naturopath/homeopath/public health teacher, author and pattern-recognizer. Here’s a link to his predictions about this new viral outbreak and its ramifications around the globe:
· CoVID-19 writings:
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
Wishing you WELLness,
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI