Currently there is a lot of uncertainty and fear around the world regarding COVID-19 so here is what to do in order to avoid exposure and promote your health and safety.
Firstly, what does COVID-19 stand for and how does it compare to Seasonal Influenza?
COVID-19 is a portmanteau, when broken down, CO=Corona, VI=Virus D=Disease and 19 is the year this mutation was identified. The statistics identifies that 80% of the individuals that are infected will exhibit mild symptoms: sore throat, cough, lethargy and/or fever and recover without complications. It is possible to be a carrier without realising and spread the virus quickly onto other individuals in your environment. The concern is over the immuno-suppressed and elderly, as they have been the major demographic in the international fatalities thus far. In response, world governments and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have enforced measures to both mitigate and suppress the spread of the virus, including, social distancing restrictions to protect the at-risk individuals. As we have seen internationally, there simply are not enough Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and ventilator machines to support all the immuno-compromised individuals, if infected at the same time.
I think it is also important to highlight that the media tactics are filling the community with unnecessary fear.
Every year over 650,000 people die from Influenza internationally.
In the USA so far, at the time of writing, 12,857 deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been recorded. The CDC estimates that up to 62,000 people have died from influenza in the current flu season, which began on October 1, 2019. Yet no emergency measures were declared as a result, no schools or businesses were closed, and no jurisdiction issued orders to shelter in place. The WHO acknowledges that influenza is clinically indistinguishable from SARS-CoV-2 infection, COVID-19: “They both cause respiratory disease, which presents as a wide range of illness from asymptomatic or mild through to severe disease and death”. Likewise, the statistics from Italy show that immuno-compromised individuals are at a higher risk. There are the obvious individuals that have depressed immune systems, either from birth, surgery or a diagnosis like cancer, diabetes or an autoimmune condition. The big question to ask is, what causes a depressed immune system? Our daily actions and lifestyles contribute to our immune system and can grossly compromise your long-term health. I will discuss some of the main contributing factors and strategies that you can action immediately to improve your health and reduce your chances of becoming unwell.
Even with the restrictions in place, it is still possible to prioritise your health. My mantra is “progress over perfection”. Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. It is therefore important to maintain a positive mindset and get plenty of sleep. Becoming stressed, anxious and fearful, depress your immune system. Focus on positive thoughts, stay connected with friends and family via phone, face time and Skype/Zoom. Laugh as much as possible, watch comedies, spend time doing activities that bring you joy and seek support when needed. The social isolation, change of circumstances and finical stress are impacting so many people at the moment, please remember to reach out to the services that can support you, Centerlink, life-line and beyond blue are great places to start.
There is a lot of truth to the statement “you are what you eat”.
Make the best choices with what you are choosing to eat during the restrictions. Highly processed food is devoid of nutrition and very inflammatory to the body, which weakens your immune system. What do I mean by highly processed, I hear you ask? Anything that has an ingredient list essentially. The worst offenders are white breads, low fibre pasta, cookies, crackers, long life products, high sugar/fat/salt foods, fried foods, lollies, foods containing artificial colours and preservatives. These foods are not promoting your health. These foods are low in fibre and inflammatory. Dairy and meat are also low in fibre, filled with preservatives, hormones and antibiotics and I personally choose not to eat them. The old rule is “if you can’t guess the ingredients in an item of food or meal, then don’t eat it”. If you would like more information and inspiration on this topic I would recommend watching “The Game Changers” on Netflix.
We need fibre to feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut in order to stay healthy. 97% of American’s do not eat enough fibre daily, I believe Australia would be very similar. The recommended daily fibre intake is 30-38g for men and 25g for women. Where do you get fibre from? Plant-based foods, this means more fruits and vegetable, nuts, seeds and whole grains. An apple or banana are not processed foods and are high in fibre. Not eating enough fruit is the second highest preventable cause of early mortality, after smoking. There is a reason why we have the saying “An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away”. Eat more foods from natures garden. The Plant-based diet is the only diet that has been proven to successfully reverse heart disease. Imagine what else it can reverse. As the great Hippocrates stated, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be thy food”.
Maintaining exercise is essential to promote good health. Movement helps increase blood flow, keeps the lymphatic system following and assists the colon with moving waste. This may be more challenging if you are restricted within your home environment. Put on your favourite music and dance around the house, do body weight strengthening exercising at home, get inspiration from Youtube for workouts, try some new like yoga or Pilates. Any movement is fantastic, do what brings you joy, do as much as you can, if you are not restricted inside go for a walk, get fresh air and sunshine. You can still practice social distancing going for a walk or run in your local neighbourhoods.
In terms of personal hygiene, maintain good personal hygiene wash your hands regularly with soap for 20-40 seconds then dry, only use a tissue once and then throw it out, don’t use handkerchiefs, they are very unhygienic. If you cough or sneeze, do so in your elbow and face away from others. Don’t get caught up in using anti-bacterial (alcohol based) handwash, most of them don’t work as well as using traditional soap as we are dealing with a virus, not bacteria.
I am very passionate about reducing the toxic burden on our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ and anything we put on it, is absorbed into our system as well as anything we breath in. The EWG stated that the average female is exposed 168 chemical or toxins before breakfast and the average man is exposed to 85. That are a lot of chemicals, toxin, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens that are contributing to health issues, that could be avoided with we made informed decisions about the ingredients in what we purchase and use on our bodies and use within the home. I would recommend doing the 3-cabinet test. Pull everything out of your kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets and read the ingredients. Anything you don’t recognise or can’t pronounce, google “what are the side effects of…..” or use the app. Chemical maze or think dirty. I am sure you will be as surprised and shocked, as I was when I first began my health journey. Many store-bought products are filled with petrochemicals, solvents, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, heavy metals and synthetic carcinogens. Studies show environmental toxins result in epigenetic illnesses, alterations to DNA leading to many chronic health issues and disorders. Toxins can affect the functioning of the brain, heart, lungs, nervous system, and can also alter the bacteria that compose an individual’s microbiome. It is vital that you take this seriously, you can’t expect to thrive if you are filling your body with toxins and potential cancer-causing ingredients multiple times every day.
I personally love, use and recommend the Young Living products as a safe alternative. They make Pure grade Essential oils, makeup, cleaning products, personal care, kid’s products, baby care products, pet care, supplements and nutritional products. There are over 600 products, it is literally a one stop shop for everyone. I personally do not go anywhere without my Thieves Essential oil, Thieves spray and Thieves hand purifier. Around the house I use the Thieves household cleaner and the Thieves hand soap. These products are all you need to maintain amazing personal hygiene and avoid contamination. They are made for a mix of 5 Essential oils. The recipe was created by the grave robbers during the Black plague. The authorities couldn’t work out how the grave robbers weren’t getting infected. The grave robbers were finally caught and given the option of “your life or your secret to surviving”. They disclosed their secret recipe and how they applied the Essential oil blend to a scarf around their face and breathed it in while around infected individuals– the secret recipe is now known as Thieves. I feel like the Thieves range has assisted in reducing the toxic burden on my body and allowed me to stay healthy and vibrant. If it helped the grave Robbers survive the Black Plague, imagine what it could do to support you with the current outbreak?
Please reach out if you would like more support to improve your health, I can do Zoom/online sessions.
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