I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to know what is best for anyone other than myself, however, I am perpetually healthy and I can testify that my health and wellness practices have done the trick to help me rise above some of the nastiest sicknesses that seem to get the best of those around me. I have two businesses, several side projects that are quite time-consuming, Oh, and of course, I have a 6-month-old baby boy. Those that know me best would call me busy. I like to call it prioritized. All this to say, I can count, on one hand, how many times in the last 10 years I have had some sort of cold or cough.
I exercise a series of rituals daily to achieve my overall health and wellness. Admittedly my exercise and daily yoga have dwindled to a bi-weekly occasion at best. I still at least find time for sun, fresh air and at least 30 min of getting the blood flowing. All this to say, that if I can find the time to practice this to help me stay healthy, maybe some of it could help you as well. I have stayed on top of the news surrounding the pandemic because I, like many of you, am a mother of a small child and the daughter of parents in the most ill-affected age group, and, of course, a friend to countless others that I want to see protected. So, in combining all of that, this is what I know…
Supplement with Zinc & Apple Cider Vinegar & GSE.
Destress with Natural CBD.
Consume Fresh Food. Clean with GSE.
Drink Plenty of Water.
Limit your alcohol and sugar intake.
Good Time to Catch Up on Sleep.
Get Some Sun.
Exercise your Mind, your Body + your Spirit.
Cleanse — Everything.
*bolded items as those I just can’t live without
Start supplementing daily with Zinc Lozenges. Dr. James Robb — a pathologist recommended
“These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.”
Dr. Robb is a molecular virologist. He has worked on coronavirus and he shared this info to his immediate network on Facebook. More on his letter here.
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to help support healthy bacteria and help eliminate bad bacteria in our systems. Consuming 1 Tbs a day in water as a tonic is a great way to get it into your system. I tend to take this at times when everyone is sick around me, or when I am starting to feel a little off. Some people love it every day. More power to them. I just don’t love the taste.
GSE the wonder extract is literally just the extract from a grapefruit seed. You can find that here, and it’s a must for every natural medicine cabinet. It’s akin to a natural antibiotic because it’s reported to kill and ward off all sorts of bacteria, fungus & parasites. I was first introduced when traveling abroad — where all it requires is a couple of drops in a glass of any old unfamiliar tap water, to keep your gut safe from ‘I can’t imagine what.’ As a supplement to stay ahead of the curve and general immunity start with 3 drops per glass of water or juice 2–3 times a day immediately before meals and work your way up to 15 drops 3 times a day.
Destress with natural CBD supplements. There are products specifically for that, again, referring back to the sleep details above, I can offer specific guidance, but the point is that CBD has been shown to help reduce anxiety. The formal studies because cannabis is only just starting to be researched, currently lie in animal studies which I discuss in greater depth in my book (here). In short, CBD activates cannabinoid and other receptors that give you feelings of pleasure and encourage the production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters. It interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain. You will see countless personal anecdotes touting the stress and anxiety-reducing effects of CBD as well. We also make products for that here.
Consume Fresh Food. It seems like now is the time to stock up on non-perishables, but believe me when I tell you that health is supported by living (formerly, but recently living) food. The active enzymes and antioxidants interact with our systems in a crucial way for max functionality. When you go to the store — buy produce! Then CLEAN YOUR PRODUCE prior to consuming with GSE. In fact, clean everything you bring into your home right now (see wipes and sanitizer below)
Drinking water is essential right now. Staying hydrated is part of having a strong immune system. The Myth that coronavirus can’t survive your ‘hostile’ stomach acid, is suggested by doctors to be just that, a myth. The idea was that swallowing whatever may have come into contact with your mouth will keep it (the virus) from getting into your lungs, where it proliferates. It is true that it is a bronchial infection, what isn’t true is that the water would be flushing the correct area of your system. You should still drink water though — to keep your mucus membrane moist, as that is an essential part of making you feel better if you are ill. I love Rising Springs water — it’s actually considered a natural mineral supplument because it has never been pasteurized. Did you know, the FDA requires water to be heated and treated to be called water when sold. that means removing all the natural vital minerals.
Alcohol and sugar intake — should be eliminated or limited It weakens your immune system. If you are like me, it’s not getting eliminated. Not 100% at least. So you can make a fabulous Mocktail — here is my favorite recipe that’s also mood-enhancing even without the booze. And if you must imbibe — try something just as tasty with lower alcohol content. Have you heard of Haus? They will deliver to your doorstep. All about a house party bevy with less damage to your system.
Good time to catch up on sleep. If that is a challenge for you — Start with a calming camomile tea, if you need more than that try melatonin supplements, and if you are really needing a hand falling or staying asleep, there are some great cannabis products out there that can offer you a hand. If you live in an adult-use state grab some low THC high CBD products (ping me directly for a more specific recommendation if you’d like.) And, my company Verté makes a sleep oil just for you. Its called Restore, and you can buy it in varying strengths here.
When the sun comes out — go outside, even just to get a few rays on your face. The sun manufactures joy (Vitamin D). I know you have heard this before, but have you heard,
during the greatest pandemic in recorded history…medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff. There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.
Hobday writes in his research on a Lesson from the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Cleanse — everything, and this means — everything. Here is a link to how long the virus can live on various surfaces. It suggests that people are getting the virus from touching contaminated surfaces and then transferring it to their eyes nose or mouth.
“The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” (more here)
Use alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer. If you don’t have something already with a 62% alcohol content (as recommended by the CDC) you can make one: here. Or we will — give me a couple of weeks (wink wink). This looks to be the only one I could find on a few big sources that is shipping soon (March 31st). Clorox wipes are the only wipe that I can see still selling on amazon at their regular (non-inflated) prices: here
Meditation + Yoga are another great way to keep your immune system strong. Proven to clear the mind of anxiety and increase blood flow to the brain (one of our most vital organs), this is a great way to stay ahead of the curve. MNDFL is doing a wonderful remote series of meditation classes, and there are countless yoga apps for daily practice available on your devices.
Social distancing is a thing. Really. I get it, that some of you are part of the demographic that isn't convinced it is more than the flu. Fine. Don’t do it for you. Do it for your kids, your friend's kids, your parents, and grandparents. Because the truth is you or someone you love might be a carrier with no symptoms, which means said carrier could easily pass it on to someone else without knowing, and then what? Worst case scenario, if it’s “just the flu”, is you get really healthy, boost your immune system with some good wellness practices and you spend a bit of time catching up on sleep and books and much needed alone time. Worst case scenario, it’s what “They,” say it is, and you neglect the recommendations, you could lose your loved ones. I choose books and supplements any day.
Love in a time of Coronavirus. Most of all, don’t lose sight of your spirit. Stress, worry, negativity and the like weaken your immune system Now, more than ever is a time to keep your spirit strong and your system healthy. Do something that brings you joy. Pick up that novel you might not have had time to read in the past, find your paintbrushes, remember your inner baker, and for those of you close to nature — GET OUTSIDE!
Order in the few things you need to tide you over, even if that means stretching the meaning of essentials. Don’t order more than you need. While some business are stoked on this, remember there has to be someone working, away from their family, risking infection, so that you can get WAAAAAY more toilet paper than you need. Remind me again why anyone needs a year's supply of TP right now? And the hand sanitizers and wipes, masks and gloves, again, don’t buy more than you need because I can 100% guarantee you that the health care workers and postal workers need them more than you do.
WHO + CDC
A few other things:
Avoid another trip to the store. Here’s how to cook with only a few ingredients. + How to read without going to buy a book: audiobooks or digital downloads. + How to get into nature for city dwellers: Night on Earth + Our Planet