You’ve heard the scary figures, even more frightening than some of the costumes we see on Halloween (which may not be allowed to come out this year). The numbers of Covid-19 are rising all over Europe and many countries have been listed for lockdown. This is the long-expected second wave that politicians have been warning us about.
Though the exact percentages are constantly being questioned, doctors everywhere are coming up with protocols that have saved lives. The most vulnerable sector remains the same: those who have some pre-existing conditions (such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders) and the elderly. Obviously we cannot change the fact of life that we get older. However, most of the other pre-existing conditions mentioned are highly preventable with adequate measures to look after our health over time. Even among the elderly population, some are more vulnerable than others: with those who are more healthy surviving even when those less healthy around them don’t.
This should give us all hope that we can arm out immunity to help our body fight whatever virus 🦠 is there potentially around us attacking others. Of course, developing one’s immunity does not happen in a day, no matter how much vitamin boosts you take, but there are certain things you can do.
So here are a few basic tips that we can all do already today:
1. Gingerand lemon tea in the morning to clean your system helps with detox, which helps our liver work better thereby helping our immune system work better because toxins stuck in our system impede our immunity. When fe
eling sick or if we have a sore throat, add manuka honey (100+). The lemon has vitamin C and the ginger is anti-inflammatory to fight inflammation from a virus. Manuka honey (or local raw honey) has an ingredient that helps to fight virus and bacteria and other microbes (you can put it on athlete’s foot or fungus for instance to fight the infection).
2. Nature has already created an ideal way of balancing us out with foods being seasonal to the seasons when we need them most. For example: butternut squash and pumpkins are in season now when we all carve and display pumpkins for Halloween. Apart from being super delicious and low in calories, both have many nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium and are high in antioxidants. They help towards both eye and skin health and magnesium is key for optimum energy and relaxation. The antioxidants also mean that they help us fight disease and boost our natural immunity. For extra immunity and inflammation fighting benefits, add a bit of ginger, garlic and turmeric.
3. If this seeming pandemic has not scared you into getting more healthy, considering that most of those dying are those who have certain preventable underlying conditions (outside of the elderly of course) then definitely pay attention now! Drop drop drop those refined sugars and processed foods like chips, crisps, colored sweets, soft drinks etc as they weaken your body and your immunity long-term. I know that now when we kind of locked down at home and have time to watch netflix all we want to do is eat “CRAP” (to see what it is visit my previous newsletter here), but unfortunately indulging in highly processed foods and drinks long term does damage that then takes years to undo (if it’s not too late). So better switch to fresh mostly plant-based natural foods and drinks. Imagine that what you put into your body is your fuel.
What do you think would happen if your put Coca Cola into a car that runs on petrol? You may think that’s a ridiculous comparison, but our bodies aren’t made to run on crisps and Coca Cola either. Our fuel has always been whole natural unprocessed mostly plant based foods. But we’ve been trying to live on junk food because it’s manufactured well into something highly palpable.