Immune Boosters: Simple Ways to Stay Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
By Dr. Casey Tramp
This week I have been pondering how quickly we as a people can go from “everything is great” to “the sky is falling”.
Yet, when I look around and take a deep breath I am OK and I think most everybody is OK right this minute! However, we must really work right now to choose to be in “the parasympathetic” side of our nervous system. This is where we stay healthy!
The human brain is wired to be in fear—especially in times of uncertainty — to keep us safe. But, in order, to be healthy we have to feel safe so that our body will not be in stress!
So —I want to let you know what I know about COVID-19.
The Need for Immune Boosters
Our immune system has never seen this virus so most of us will get it when we are exposed.
Most of us will be exposed some time in the next 12-18 months. Right now the “quarantines” are trying to slow down how many people get sick all at once. We will not have enough ICU beds or ventilators if everybody gets sick at once.
We know that the older and sicker you are the more likely you are to have a rough time with COVID-19.
The virus causes a flu-like illness. So you will get a fever, sore throat, headache, achy muscles, and a cough.
Then you (~80%) will just get better.
I also wonder if the virus isn’t mutating to something less scary as I continue to hear reports about asymptomatic spread —
However, you might get sicker— usually about 7-9 days after you first start feeling ill— You might begin having shortness of breath — which could indicate pneumonia is forming. This is when you would need further medical care.
So it has never been so important for us to get our bodies and immune system as healthy as can be!
Because if you don’t have your health what do you have?
So what can we do to boost your immune system?
10 Quick and Easy Immune Boosters to Stay Healthy
#1) Reduce Stress
- This can be hard to do with the TV, internet, phone and news on! So turn them off for the most part. It really is not going to change anything to watch it all day long. Check in for updates once a day.
- Start building stress resilience ( teach your brain to relax)
- I like brain tap 20 minutes twice a day
- Or meditation
- Or 4-7-8 breathing
- Write in a gratitude journal — we have so much to be grateful for!
#2) Get enough sleep
- Aim for 7-9 hours daily, Don’t skimp!
#3) Drink Plenty of Water
- 64-100 oz of water daily.
- At least 30 minutes a day moderate exercise, preferably outside
- Stretching -daily ( try Yoga or Tai-Chi)
#5) Eat Healthy
- Avoid sugar, processed foods and preservatives
- Eat organic/GMO free
- Eat a lot of veggies
#6) Supplements that help boost immune system
- Vitamin D 5000 IU a day
- Vitamin C 1000mg a day
- Zinc 30mg a day
- Immunitone plus (Designs for health) 4 per day
- Reishi Mushrooms
#7) Supplements that I have found helpful in the past to take when I have a cold or flu.
- Monolaurin 2 caps three times a day
- Allicillin ( strong garlic) 2 caps twice a day
- Viracid 2 caps every 2 hours while awake x 2-3 days, and then 2 caps three times per day until you feel well
#8) Social distancing
- In other words, just stay at home.
- This is really the best chance not to get the virus right now — don’t be exposed!
#9) Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time
#10) Don’t touch your Face
Sastun Direct Is Here to Provide Lifestyle Counseling, Treatment Programs, and Share Valuable Information on These and Other Immune Boosters
If you are a patient at Sastun Direct we are honored to continue to take care of you! This week we are going to implement well- visit telemedicine visits so that we will not be exposing you to anything in our clinic.
We are working hard to implement the CDC and health department guidelines for testing as well..
If you are having a fever, cough, and achiness —
We will implement the “drive-up” screen and test method. So if you are having symptoms you will send us a message — we will send you a link to our private app so you can answer some screening questions to help us triage you to determine the best place for you to get care.
If you need to be seen we will come out to your car to do an exam and to get a sample from your nose to test. We will likely want to also test you for influenza ( and strep throat if appropriate). We are not currently testing everybody who is sick for COVID-19 ( and actually have to at this time call health dept for people who need to be tested). This may change tomorrow.
Please see this document for frequently asked questions. http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/download/Novel_coronavirus_FAQ.pdf
Thank you for letting me take care of you and your family during these trying times. I will send updates as I get them.
Sincerely, Casey Tramp MD