As a functional medicine practitioner, I feel very responsible to make some statements. First, the information about Covid-19 keeps on changing even as I write this.
Also, many recommendations and sales pitches for certain supplements are not based on anything.
Functional medicine is mostly about getting the chronic patient out of the state of chronic illness and/or chronic inflammation. It is also about prevention. So, you can understand that acute, severe, life-threatening cases are not candidates for the functional medicine approach. That would be a straight forward ER situation that needs to be dealt with by emergency medical staff.
But most of us are still in a safe zone while some dealt with the virus and now recuperating or those who do not even know if had the virus or not. But the antibody testing is here, for those that want to know.
So many of us with autoimmune conditions are simply scared that this virus can affect them more than the general population and this keeps me on my toes as well. Although we are not conducting great studies, we are not yet seeing that IBD, IBS, and other chronic gut sufferers are in the worse ranking for disease prevalence. I have a bunch of theories why it could be, but I am still conducting research and will share with you when it becomes more clear cut.
ONE thing is for sure, those that follow great nutritional protocols, fill in the missing nutritional gaps with nutraceuticals, exercise, sleep, and do stress reduction exercises tend to fare well during these times. How can you move forward with this idea that it is possible for you to get there too?
Can you imagine that it is possible to be RESILIENT and not let the immune system fail when you really need it? If you are one of my clients already, you may feel comfortable about your wellness plan. But if you have not been given direction or really do not have the best approach for your case, these are some basic things that you can do in the meantime:
- Sleep – Go to bed by 11 pm at the latest. I know there are professions that cannot do that. And for those, consider adding adaptogenic herbs to your wellness plan.
- Eat your veggies – To support the liver detox process, eat veggies such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc.
- Clear your space – Clear your workspace and clear your mind, especially if you are a healthcare professional that is in the front lines right now. Find your mind clearing technique that works, like EFTs, breathing methods, etc.
I was recently interviewed about killing germs and boosting immunity by Brentwood Home. Here are some of the main points I shared in that publication: Being inside for extended periods does not mean it is a good idea to stock up on unhealthy snacks. Stress eating is not wise when you want to develop a healthy resilience. Stick to a modest number of raw nuts, seeds, and small amounts of dry fruits. As for comfort foods, think lentil stews, chilies, and warming spiced soups with ginger and garlic. I advise saying no to junk food because it can only worsen the immune system. Eating garlic and lemons can only be good for your immune system, so load up on them. For more information, you can read the full article HERE.
Integrate superfoods into your diet. If you can get your hands on black or red currants, those are loaded with vitamin C, or at least grab some grapefruits. Additionally, reach for dark-colored berries that are antioxidant-rich, and the occasional bittersweet chocolate (If you know me, I have a thing with chocolate). While dark chocolate is healthy, it also contains large amounts of saturated fat, so limit your intake. And instead of packaged hot chocolate mixes, combine unsweetened raw cacao powder, stevia or honey, and nut milk of your choice, in a saucepan. And always keep your produce clean. You can clean with diluted vinegar, but do not expect vinegar to have anti-viral properties against COVID-19, it does not seem to have those.
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