Facts over Fear

Listen to the podcast on Total Wellness Empowerment discussing Coronavirus, Cold, Flu, Allergy Season. ‘m sharing the latest health & wellness research and findings on the differences between allergy season, cold, flu and coronavirus. Learn about supplements to protect yourself as well as the foods to boost your immunes system. Functional medicine lab testing to figure out what’s going on with your immune system and dealing with anxiety.

There’s been a lot of fear around Coronavirus, and rightfully so because it is worldwide. There’s a lot of uncertainty. Between lockdown mode, businesses are economically feeling the pain of this virus, our lives disrupted, and the virus itself. I just want to provide you with as much insight and facts so we could quench the fear. When you know, you are empowered. So if you’re anxious, you’re not alone. I can’t tell you the number of calls and support that I’m providing with anxiety concerning the uncertainty of the Coronavirus.

So fear right now is an all-time high these days because of the uncertainty. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health going on in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. 18% of the population every year, so could you imagine how people are freaking out because they’re anxious, they could be out of work or quarantined, worried if they’re going to be next to get this. They don’t understand perhaps all the symptoms involved. And they’re looking at the numbers and what the media is saying. But maybe we’re not getting the full picture.

I just want to provide you with some more information. So especially now that we go into allergy season, here are the symptoms for allergies, sneezing, runny nose, red, swollen eyes, itchy eyes, itchy nose, tickle in the throat, but rarely do you have a fever from the allergy season. In contrast, a symptom of a cold is sneezing, runny nose, sore throat mild to moderate aches and pains, mild dry cough, but rarely here do we have a fever. The symptoms of the flu, not Coronavirus but the flu are the following symptoms: fever is prevalent, a dry cough, you may have a headache, sore throat, fatigue, sometimes runny nose, occasional loose stools, and these symptoms have a quick onset. Now we talk about the symptoms of the Coronavirus, and that’s a dry cough fever over 100 degrees, usually shortness of breath, mild sneezing, sometimes a headache, sometimes aches and pains, fatigue, but a little bit different than our flu symptoms. And usually, GI issues are very rare. These symptoms take a gradual onset. The average is about two to five days, but it can range from two to 14 days to emerge from the start of when you were exposed to it. And with Coronavirus, it primarily affects the respiratory system. When you’re going out in public, wear gloves and wear a mask. If you are coughing or sneezing, do that in your elbow crease. And remember that surfaces doorknobs, paper, plastics, and metal can be contaminated. So, you must wash your hands.

If you are getting anything delivered to your house, you must open the boxes outside, leave it outside, and then wash your hands. You could open up those boxes with your gloves as well. And try to refrain from rubbing your skin your face. Be very diligent with this the gloves the mask and washing your hands thoroughly.

Your body encounters three phases of the Coronavirus; first is the replication. And then, your immune system goes into the hyperactive mode, and eventually, it targets your lungs. So you want to stay very hydrated to flush all of this out to the best of your ability. We see that once you have a dry cough and dry throat, you must start drinking enough water, and drinking hot tea is very important to help eradicate this and even shorten the time of your symptoms. Because the virus wants to infect the cells and the respiratory, it tries to take over the functions of the cells, allowing the virus to replicate and spread from cell to cell. We want your immune system, to fight this off, and during this time, you can experience fever as your body’s immune system is fighting it off. In severe cases, the virus could spread more quickly and lead to this cytokine storm inside your immune system where it gets highly stimulated, and that’s where we see breathing difficulties from the bronchial constricting and limiting airflow. So that’s where you may cough or have shortness of breath, and as it worsens, it can lead to pneumonia, so we don’t want it to worsen.

Living a healthy lifestyle could help as well. So let’s go over following a healthy lifestyle. The guidelines are to eat nutritious and delicious to keep your gut healthy because your immune system is located there. So is your serotonin. So consume nutrient-dense foods as opposed to foods highly processed, simple carbohydrates, sugars, and empty calories. If you need to find healthy, delicious meals, just go over to my Instagram feed because I take pictures of everything I eat. And at least that can help you think out of the box, no pun intended!

The next step is taking quality supplements. So you know, people could take supplements, but there’s good supplements and bad supplements as far as the quality, but people are having a hard time finding supplements these days because they’re back-ordered. So I’m going to go over foods that could provide you with the nutrients to help boost your immune system. I would always check with your medical practitioner to get their approval to take any supplements, especially if you’re taking medications or if you have a health condition.

I highly recommend functional medicine testing to figure out what your body needs. It was the test that was so insightful for saving my son’s health over 20 something years ago. It’s non-invasive first-morning urine showing you over 75 markers of how your body is functioning. And if you had that test and you have your results, you then know how your immune system functions and where the imbalances are the depletions and what foods and supplements you should be taking. So you don’t find yourself behind the eight ball when the next virus comes out. Okay, so look into getting a functional medicine test done, as well as an inflammatory marker test, because inflammation is involved with your protection against viruses.

Looking at taking basic supplements for foundational health and focusing on your immune support, we all heard of vitamin C that helps with this virus since it assists in creating glutathione, which is the major antioxidant to protect your body. Probiotics are one of my favorite supplementation because it does promote natural antibodies and keeps the harmful bacteria in check. So, again, you want to take supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps from your food, as well as how your body’s functioning to support robust immune system functionality. And everybody’s different. So you want to customize it to you.

Stay active! Staying active, even if it’s just walking, is good for you. If you have a fever and if you’re achy, you need to rest, and you need to get quality sleep because that’s therapeutic to your body and your mind as well, you don’t want to push yourself. Keeping active will help with the anxiety because it reduces stress hormones and stimulates the endorphins to help one’s mood, and getting natural sunlight to regulate your rhythm of sleep will help promote a quality restful sleep.

For quality sleep, you want to make sure you turn off all your devices at least an hour or two before bed. Don’t eat a heavy meal two hours before bed because that could interrupt your sleep. The blue light suppresses melatonin and interferes with your sleep. Listen to relaxing music or meditation taking a warm bath Epson salts is great to help the body not only put magnesium into your muscles, but it can help detoxify and relax. If you need some help to promote sleep, lots of people like to read a book.

I would recommend Healthy Living Everyday which is available on Amazon and read one page a day because you’ll learn how to live a healthy lifestyle in a manageable amount of time. You must manage your stress and anxiety. Again I cannot emphasize enough how people are getting so anxious, and anxiety will suppress and weaken your immune system as well as your digestive system so you will not be absorbing all the nutrients from your food.

So whatever it is for you to relax be it meditation or gentle yoga poses are talking to positive-minded people, not watching negative news. Joining a Facebook group with other wellness-minded individuals, I invite you to become a member of the Total Wellness Empowerment Facebook group. Go to people that can support you and make you feel good, read positive, inspiring quotes and stay away from the negativity.

I think we’ve all heard it enough to wash our hands for 20 seconds. I can’t tell you how important that is. I flew from California last week, and everybody took out their wipes started wiping down their trays using sanitizers for the hands. I was like, wow, that’s fantastic. We should be doing this all the time, not just when there’s a pandemic going on.

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. Water is so important; that’s how you flush this out, so it doesn’t get lodged in you, having hot tea Yogi tea is one of my favorite teas. They have medicinal herbs in them, so there’s throat comfort; there’s breathe ease. You can look for those in your supermarket or online. Chicken broth is another good choice. These are the type of fluids we should be having, restrain from alcohol because that can suppress your immune system and interfere with your detoxification.

If you need to leave home, make sure you are prepared with a face mask or putting a scarf around you. Keep six feet away from other people, wear your gloves, and this is how you could stay safe and be well, so don’t leave yourself vulnerable again. Discover how your body is functioning with functional medicine lab testing. Learn what to do going forward to reach optimal health and what to take if and when the next virus attacks because there will be another one.
Preparation and knowledge are your greatest armor.

Let’s now talk about the foods that you can consume.
Foods that can give you beneficial bacteria like a probiotic would be organic yogurt, and it comes in almond or coconut, or if you do have dairy, make sure everything is organic. Then we have anything fermented, pickles, sauerkraut, these have beneficial bacteria.

Foods with vitamin C: broccoli, cantaloupe cauliflower, kale, Kiwi orange juice purple. Red, green or yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin D is also going to boost your immune system. If you get it from sunlight, that’s great. Otherwise, take supplementation, and the other is that you can get it from egg yolks, fatty fish like salmon, beef liver.

B vitamins are essential for your anxiety levels. Food sources are eggs, poultry, fish, red meat; obviously, everything should be organic. Wherever grass-fed grass-finished, that would be great. Brown rice, millet, beans, lentils, sunflower seeds and almonds, dark leafy vegetables, broccoli, or spinach, as well as citrus fruits and avocados, will provide you with B vitamins.

Some other foods that are on the top nine immune-boosting foods would be organic beets, medicinal mushrooms, organic avocado, kale, blueberry, Brazil nuts, onions, green tea, and garlic.

There was some information that said, in Italy, there were more males that were chronically ill over this, and they just assumed it’s because they smoke cigarettes more. But what I’ve seen in the past 18 plus years of doing functional medicine testing is that males are lower in glutahtione, the shield around you, this major antioxidant that protects you from disease and degenerative health issues as well as viruses. Go get tested to learn your levels.

How do you produce glutathione? Well, vitamin C is a precursor with acetylcysteine. Also look to these foods which are rich in glutathione: veal, lamb, beef liver, eggs, asparagus, avocado, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, spinach, broccoli, garlic, chives, tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds, and walnuts. So there’s a huge variety of foods for you. Other ways to increase your glutathione levels naturally are consuming these sulfur-rich foods, increasing your vitamin C intake. Make sure your vitamin C is not derived from corn; call the company up and find out what it’s derived from because it can say it does not contain any corn, and that just means they took the corn protein out, but it was derived from corn. And also look at Selenium rich foods. Selenium is very helpful at this time. Consider supporting your liver to help detoxify, and you could do that with the NAC, which is acetylcysteine. Tumeric is another great one along with ginger, get enough sleep, and do exercise or even walk out in fresh air. Why do we want to boost glutathione, because it is essential for the immune system. It protects your immune cells through the antioxidant mechanism and provides optimal functioning for your cells that boost the immune system. And we want to boost our T cells. We want to protect our lungs.

There has been researching that shows elderberry and other herbs like mullein will protect your mucous membranes, including your lungs. Again, always check with your medical practitioner. Go get tested and learn to live a healthy lifestyle, not just when you’re faced with this huge panic and huge health crisis. You should be living a healthy lifestyle daily. Because you have a purpose in life and if you feel healthy, you’re going to feel amazing, and you’re going to be able to do and strive for everything you dream of, and you want to achieve. And I always tell people your health is worth it because you are worth it.

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