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The coronavirus, the CDC states is similar to a cold or Flu. The difference here is that it attacks the respiratory system. A kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat.
Imagine this truth for a moment, that this deadly Coronavirus is a protein molecule covered by a protective layer of fat, which when absorbed into your nasal passage mutates and convert into an aggressor and multiplier cells. It is not a living organism, so it cannot be killed, but it does decay on its own due to the type of material it resides on.
This simple request of wearing a mask is strongly resisted here in the United States.
And even though we have all seen this virus's impact globally, the idea of vaccinations is not easily accepted but are being administered.
Doctors are now beginning to understand why high blood pressure increases our susceptibility to coronavirus or otherwise known as COVID-19. With this understanding I want to assure you that you’ll make it through this outbreak, and other viral outbreaks, that inevitably make their way around the globe.
Further, the CDC is ensuring that the vaccines when they become available will be safe for administration to individuals.
For me, I had to overcome my initial anxiety and fears that this infectious disease impact instilled within me. I had to work on my mind to calm my fears.
It's natural to have fears, but it is detrimental to our physical and spiritual health to live in a state of constant fear.
"Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee."
There’s a multitude of immune-boosting and respiratory remedies you can use right now to keep your body healthy, happy, strong and protected from coronavirus.
We all know that it’s natural with aging our immune function decreases, chronic low-grade inflammation tends to also rise with age, all this means our immune system is constantly working hard to protect us.
Then the fuel of the body which is called metabolism also slows with age. The body’s ability to fight off this virus is reduced even more leaving us with almost no resistance if we get infected.
You can see how the likelihood of contracting coronavirus increases among the elderly and individuals with pre-existing conditions (like high blood pressure, weak immunity, autoimmune conditions, respiratory ailments, and asthma).
How the body will respond if infected, is at an all-time low, putting us at an even greater risk of death. These risk factors are high in communities of color.
Also the new fears, the after effects on the body, especially your brain, is now being studied by scientists.
COVID-19 can produce extreme inflammatory response that damages the tissues. With a preexisting inflammatory condition, this increases the risk factor even more.
This is the time for you to start your self care. One of the many ways to reduce your risk from this virus, is to wash your hands often and avoid people that are sick.
If you’re taking medications to control your blood pressure, you may have heard that some common blood pressure medications may make you more susceptible to COVID-19. Have a talk with your cardiologist on what you should do.
I am also here to help you be a bit more proactive. Here are some things you can do right now to boost your immune system and support your respiratory system.
The immune system and the lymphatic system are intricately entwined; they are the body’s protector; they create:
It is essential then that we nourish the body with plenty of water to ensure that everything flows smoothly, so to speak.
Include these three simple things you can do right now to nourish your body and support both your
lymphatic and immune systems.
It is only after an individual is sick that they start to take measures to boost their immune system. To most people their immune system is an afterthought. No, no!! Supporting your immune system is an ongoing action for good health.
I first learned of this immune boosting food, vegetable congee, from the instructor, Andrea, of my nutrition school, and can state I enjoy this delicious soup. So I am encouraging you to include it into your body’s nutrition treatment today.
Support your lungs and respiratory system by sipping on these amazing herbs. If you are prone to contracting the flu then these herbs will work wonders for your body and immune system.
It is another great way in lowering your risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Increase your intake of these everyday kitchen remedies, that I’ll bet you have in your cupboards right now, for respiratory support at the first sign of a little tickle in the throat. They will ward off viruses and potentially bigger threats.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is both antimicrobial and antiviral. At the onset of respiratory invaders, it can work like magic to keep them at bay!
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) contains thymol and carvacrol, that have powerful antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) contains volatile oils that are strongly antiseptic and promote expectoration (help you cough out mucus and unsavory invaders). Thyme is an excellent remedy for respiratory. Do not drink if pregnant.
When your immune system is slow to respond, catching the bugs just as soon as your nasal passage starts to run or you are building mucus in the throat, before it moves into your chest, is a great way to put a break on the infection getting worse.
I usually take three to six sprigs of thyme and put into a big cup and cover with boiling water. Steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Add 1 tsp. honey and 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.
Drink 3-4x per day.
If you don’t have fresh thyme, you can use 2 tsp. dried thyme. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) contains volatile oils that are strongly antiseptic and promote expectoration. It is an excellent remedy for respiratory infections and coughs.
There’s a lot you can do to support your respiratory system when you know what to do and how to do it.
Also, I am encouraging you to take the current situation seriously. Listen and put into action the ongoing advice of the medical professionals in order to keep yourself and others healthy.