Harnessing the Power of the Immune System

In order to become ill, 2 things need to happen. You need to be exposed and you need to be vulnerable or susceptible. Avoiding exposure has gotten the lion’s share of attention, and I trust that you are following the public health directives. We’ve already learned a lot about how to slow the spread and what to do if we become ill.

Today, I’m focusing on how to increase our resiliency so that even if we are exposed to Covid-19, the CoronaVirus is destroyed, just as the many bacteria and viruses we come into contact with daily are disposed of. Our immune system is finely tuned and our miraculous bodies are designed to ward off insults. Yes, this is a new virus, so we need time to build resistance. But right now, there's a lot we can do to limit our risk of contracting illness and decrease the severity if we do.

These fall into 2 categories.

So what are the things that might decrease our immune response? Some are actually the product of the “treatment”, so it takes intention and focus to minimize their impact and in many cases, turn them into benefits.

Stress, anxiety, worry and fear can lead to two serious changes that impact our immune systems’ health. Chronic stress actually lowers our immune function. It also causes changes in our brain that change our perspective and limit our judgement. It becomes a vicious cycle, where poor choices make us even more vulnerable.

Social isolation may have benefits for pandemic response, but being lonely can be a source of pain and stress. It can be especially difficult if you’re recently lost someone close and dear. Know that there are people who care and are there for you.

If you have heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or any chronic health condition, take extra precautions to avoid exposure and keep yourself healthy. Get extra medications and supplies to weather any interruption or unexpected change in our circumstances.

Here are our recommendations for the many ways you can strengthen your immune system and increase your resiliency.

Return to the basics.
Eat well. You’ve worked hard to get where you are. Use this time to strengthen your commitment and your skills.

Hydrate - this is the vehicle for all body functions. The virus does not like heat. Drink tea, bone broth - also good for it’s immune boosting powers.

Practice Sleep Hygiene and get a good night's rest.

Take time to meditate, do a bit of yoga, take a few deep breaths throughout the day. We love the app Calm for short meditations that you can access any time.

Catch up on projects. Start a journal. Practice gratitude. Slow down, read a good book, watch a funny movie, catch up with a friend, write in your journal, start a project or craft, learn something new, clean out your pantry or your office. Listen to the birds. This can be a time of deep healing and growth.

Go outside for a walk, work in the garden. Fresh air and sun kills germs and upregulates our immune system, too. Avoid excess exercise during times of immune challenge

Prioritize self care. Optimism is good for your health. I know there will be some loss. It will take time to recover from this. But mostly, we’ll be ok. And in some ways, even better. There’s always an opportunity to look for the bright side and to bring out our best.

And take time to care for others too. Whether it’s friends and family, a neighbor who just can’t get to the store or someone who really is alone, caring for others goes a long way towards feeling good ourselves.

Connect with friends and family. Consider scheduling with FaceTime or similar programs, seeing is more powerful for most of us. Maybe have a cup of tea together or “Share” a meal.

Now is a good time to build some social networking skills. You can video call for free using FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or What’s App. Ask me if you need help getting started. I’ve been enjoying video calls with a couple of friends every day and reconnecting with some I haven’t spoken to in a while.

Offer and/or ask for support as needed.

Here’s a list of foods that will contribute to a healthy, flourishing immune system. Eat well. Just as important is to minimize sugar, alcohol, processed foods, all of which can deplete you.

A diet rich in a wide variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legumes, lean protein, herbs and spices supplies the micronutrients that build a strong foundation for health and optimal immune function, too.

Therapeutic Diet and Nutrition Considerations

Keep your immune system as strong as possible with the following nutritional supplements to give your body even more antiviral defense. This is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and care. If you develop fever, cough, difficulty breathing or if you believe you have been exposed to Corvid-19 call your doctor or the emergency room for instructions on testing and care.

* Fish oil & the probiotic are available at our Center, you can order these from our online store www.marinweightloss.com - go to shop online & place your order. We are including free shipping at this time.

* All the other supplements are available from Designs for Health. Ordering instructions:

We are here to provide guidance and support, to help you stay on track, even under these exceptional circumstances. Let’s work together to build the skills and practice the tools that allow us to weigh what we want, regardless of the outside circumstances.

We are scheduling a Zoom live call to answer your questions and share some tips. Details to follow.

How else can we support you? Suggestions welcome.

Our best regards,
Dr Gail, Cassale, Eris, Sormeh, Nicole, Cari & Heather

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