Protect Your Body And Prevent The Development Of The Corona Virus
Lately, our patients are asking more questions about how they can protect themselves from this Corona virus; and having more anxiety when those in their work areas come in coughing, sneezing or congested.
Our patients are not the only one freaking out about the coronavirus. On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the virus a public health emergency in the United States.
So what should you do?
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses that can cause an infection in the nose, sinuses, or throat. Some coronaviruses are mild and simply produce symptoms often seen in the common cold, such as a runny nose, sore throat, and fever. Other types are far more severe and can lead to pneumonia and early death. You may remember the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses that killed hundreds of people.
In early 2020, the World Health Organization identified a deadly new strain of the virus, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), also referred to as the Wuhan coronavirus. To date, over 560 people have perished and over 28,000 have contracted the disease, mainly in China where the government has ordered a lockdown on about 60 million people. The illness has already spread to 25 countries, including the U.S. where at least a dozen cases have been confirmed so far.
The new coronavirus is transmitted from human to human and symptoms can appear within a couple of days or up to 14 days from the time of exposure. The symptoms of this coronavirus include the typical cold-like symptoms, and can also include shortness of breath, cough, and fever. Most people experience mild symptoms and recover, but others develop fatal complications.
How to Help Prevent Contracting the coronavirus
As I alluded to in my recent youtube video, whenever there’s a potential pandemic, it’s a good idea to know the basic preventive measures you can and should be taking anyway. Here are 3 strategies that can strengthen your immune system to help you fight off the virus in case you are exposed to it.
1. Lower your stress.
Freaking out about a potential pandemic raises stress levels, which actually hurts your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to infections. Techniques to soothe stress include laughter, diaphragmatic breathing, prayer or meditation, listening to calming music, warming your heart with your mind, hypnosis and guided imagery, SELF LOVE and flooding your five senses with positivity.
2. Eat foods that boost the immune system.
Foods that are natural immunity boosters include onions, mushrooms (shiitake, white button, portabella), garlic, vitamin C-rich foods (oranges, berries, peppers, dark leafy green vegetables), vitamin D-rich foods or excellent supplementation – sunshine is not typically enough, zinc-rich foods ( spinach, asparagus, sesame and pumpkin seeds), and selenium-rich foods (Brazil nuts, seeds)
3. Consult your naturopathic doctor for recommendations that boost immunity and stave off infections.
In general, everyone should start taking a multivitamin, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D whether you are healthy or not. Only about 25% of the U.S. population has healthy levels of vitamin D. Get yours checked and optimize your levels if necessary. There are many good anti-viral herbs and nutrients in supplement form, however it can be a guessing game to attempt to figure out which herbs will do best with your body.
What if you or a loved one develop symptoms?
See your naturopathic doctor immediately if you develop symptoms and suspect you may have been exposed to the virus. Experts are currently working on a vaccine, but as of yet, there is no known treatment for coronaviruses. Most people recover on their own. To treat symptoms, drink lots of water, rest, and take pain or fever reducers if absolutely necessary.
At the Center for Natural Healing, Dr. Osroff will treat complex conditions and make recommendations for pro-active therapies to enhance the immune system. If you are having physical, mental or emotional symptoms that aren’t improving with conventional treatment, it’s important to get a comprehensive evaluation that includes diagnostic testing through sophisticated labs to identify any underlying infections, imbalances or weaknesses. To speak with Dr. Ostroff or one of her medical assistants today.