Nutrition, sleep and stress tips to help make your immune system stronger during Coronavirus

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Blackswan phenomenons are defined by their obscure pathology and the latest is no exception.

In reaction to the rapidly developing Covid-19 crisis schools, retail establishments, and high profile social events have suspended operations around the globe.

In addition to the large percentage of vulnerable individuals living with chronic conditions in underdeveloped countries, the pathogen’s arrival insists on serious course corrections in the midst of a uniquely fraught era.

Consumer confidence is dropping exponentially while voter apathy and establishment antipathy continue to rise. Presidential hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard has motioned a universal income stimulus to accommodate the hundreds of Americans who face termination during the health emergency window.

This past Wednesday, The House deliberated on a proposed Payroll tax that would limit the percentage value taken from salaries in order to free up funds in the wake of a prolonged economic downturn.

In the meantime, the US has joined nations around the world in the largest remote work movement ever recorded.

By and large, the relief proposals submitted thus far have not successfully tempered civilian panic.

We cannot solely rely on the managerial skills of our elected officials to keep us safe until the global threat passes and vaccinations won’t be available to the public for at least another year and a half. Medical austerity is the only way to remain safe and informed at the present.

Last week, Dr. Eudene Harry, provided Ladders with a helpful eight-point checklist to reduce our chances of contracting Covid-19 while on the go:

  • Wipe down surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with a sanitizing wipe
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 secs
  • Use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 to 90% alcohol when soap and water is not readily available
  • Consider a high-grade HEPA filter for your office. These can remove small particles from the air and, some filters are treated to kill viruses that are filtered through
  • It may be challenging to wipe down the keyboard, for example, but perhaps UV light designed to inactivate viruses or bacteria can be useful. These can be lightweight and portable
  • If your commute involves close contact in a crowded environment like a subway, avoiding close contact with others who may appear sick can be difficult. Ideally, keeping at least a 6 feet radius from someone who appears to have respiratory symptoms would decrease the risk of infection.
  • Encouraging others to use a tissue to cough or sneeze then dispose of the tissue immediately (more challenging one).
  • Giving workers the go-ahead to stay at home if they are not feeling well, could also decrease the risk of infection.

And now, Dr. Gerry Curatola, DDS, has imparted some helpful ways to fortify our immune system while laying low indoors.

Dr. Curatola is a biological healthcare professional with more than 30 years of clinical practice experience. Below you’ll find the methods behind his singular approach to preventing the communal spread of the Coronavirus.

Nutrition

For your body’s immune system to function properly, Dr. Curatola recommends loading up on triple-A nutrition: alkalizing, antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory agents. “Go for the Super Greens. Broccoli, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Kelp, Alfalfa, Spirulina, and Chlorella are all alkaline promoting, antioxidant-rich, and help to reduce inflammation.”

Food regimes like the Dash Diet call for a wealth of organic disease-fighting materials while detailing a regimen of regular physical activity. Eating the right foods isn’t of much utility if you’re body isn’t geared toward processing and distributing them correctly.

Exercise

“There are multiple reasons why regular daily exercise is essential to a healthy immune system, besides overall physical and mental health. It’s important to focus on healthy exercises, such as the simple HIIT (high-intensity interval training ) which can be done with inexpensive resistance bands in a 15-minute session twice per week,” Dr. Curatola explained. “HIIT has also been shown to promote healthy hormone levels and increases the production of natural human growth hormone (HGH) which is essential for your body’s cell to regenerate.”

“Physical exercise decreases stress hormones which weaken the body’s ability to fight infection and exercise boosts the immune system by increasing insulin sensitivity in the cells and lowering blood sugar while getting blood moving and flushing toxins and waste from the body.”

Despite the mounting comber of armageddon rhetoric, it’s important to remain calm. Stress itself is extremely corrosive to our bodies’ natural defenses.

“The term “stress is a killer” is clearly evident by its ability to wreak havoc in the entire body while chronically diminishing the immune response. In turn, this lowers the body’s ability to defend itself from all pathogens including viruses, bacteria, mold, parasites, and candida,” Dr. Curatola added.

“When under stress your body is in an exhaustive state that handicaps its ability to defend itself. Restoring the autonomic nervous system to a parasympathetic state and breaking the destructive cycle of stress is also outlined in my book and can be accomplished through a simple mindfulness meditation practice.”

Sleep

Immunization is all about attending every element of nutrition, including mental health, diet and proper sleep.

Up until recently the exact mechanisms that enriched our defenses during sleep weren’t known. But academicians like Dr. Curatola have been at the forefront of sleep science for the last three decades.

“During sleep, your immune system releases protective proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep,” Dr. Curatola continued. “These increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Research has found that sound sleep improves the production of immune cells, which fight against pathogens including viruses and bacteria.”

Even if the novel Coronavirus reveals itself to be a seasonal infection, it’s important to remain cautious in the summer months, as many zoonotic infections evidence a two-wave transmission cycle. As it stands, Covid-19 evidences a national mortality rate of 3.4%. Five thousand people have died of the disease, and the number of global cases has surpassed 132,000. Roughly 68,000 victims have recovered.

If you experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath consult a medical professional intimately. If the virus goes untreated it can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and in some instances, even death.

Try to limit social interaction by requesting extending supplies of prescriptions and stocking up on essentials like water and food.

Additionally collect all of the clinical, technical and dietary objects geared to protect you from foreign bodies: a full first-aid kit, face masks, fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen as well as any other tools and supplements that will keep you protected during high-risk situations.

Be sure to stay updated via The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.