To continue from my last blog, I must first say that this Sabbath rest has been such a great gift to our multi-generational home. I have come home to protect my husband’s health and am blessed to supervise our granddaughter’s schooling only working in my office one day a week when patients are not there. We have sadly not been able to see our loved ones outside of our home and are looking at how to transition into our new normal. We have sick and vulnerable family members that we need to consider so, for our own health and theirs, we have been proactive in building our immune systems.
Below is an article I researched, with the support of my boss, Dr. Jeffrey Pease, and wrote for our patients regarding immune support. I want to share it with my friends and family as we step into a “transitioning new normal”. (I am not a practitioner. Please check with your practitioner before making changes in your health care plan.)
The Best Personal Defense Against Covid-19
As we step into the new phases of re-opening our state during the Covid-19 crisis, many are asking, “What do I do? How do I proceed?”, I am reminded of a recent preschool response to a Covid-19 discussion. When the teacher asked, “What can we do now to help our bodies not get sick?”, a little girl replied, “We wash our hands!” A little boy then piped up, “We are always supposed to do that!”
I would have to agree with him, we need to do what we already know is wise to protect our health. Building our immune system is the action we can take to protect us against this new viral enemy.
Research Linked Items
Below you will see the three areas to target and support your immune system with links for further information.
While there are many research sources out there preaching “Build the Immune System”, you will notice I’ve used one trusted resource more than once below. It is the NCBI group, a non-biased research center that carries no ties with allopathic, functional or natural medicine organizations. This National Center for Biotechnology Information group advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.
Spirit, Mind, and Body
This current crisis has challenged us so much in our lives with fear and confusion as we listened to opposing opinions and faced making difficult decisions. The disease, and the sudden change it brought, challenged the most grounded people in their spirit, mind, and body.
Looking at the full picture of spirit, mind, and body in this crisis, Dr. Caroline Leaf, one of my favorite resources for mental & physical health, addresses our response to stress in a pandemic.
Spirit and Mind Support
Let’s begin with the spirit and the mind. Here are some ways we can support our spirits and our minds, plus those around us. Stress out of control affects our whole being. Finding tools to balance our brain with a calm spirit and mindful thinking, can greatly reduce our stress levels and thus increase our immune power.
Some of those tools are:
Gratitude – No matter your faith, being thankful is a no-brainer. Gratitude can push fear aside and remind us of what we do have. So many good things have come from this crazy time. Make gratitude lists and share your stories with others. Re-frame your discouragement with a grateful vision to change and calm your brain. In my home we are grateful for rest, meals together and better communication. Our renewed teamwork spirit got our whole acre cleaned up and giant garden planted!
Generosity – When we see how much we have, we also see how much we can share. Getting our eyes off our own troubles and looking to lift others up always changes our hearts.
Prayer and Meditation – Tell God your fears and ask Him for answers, meditate on His promises, and surrender things you don’t need to carry. Psalm 91 gives us a great picture of His care for us in the worst of times. My new common mantra is from 2 Timothy 2:17 (ESV) God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. If we truly understand God’s love for us, we will know He has our best interest in mind. For research on prayer, here are two sources: Dr. Leaf and this article from Huff Post.
Some other ideas to support your spirit and mind:
- Limit how much news you watch.
- Make lists to get your to-do lists off your brain and organized visually.
- Establish one or two friends you can hash out life with – video chats add honey to the conversation.
- Sit in silence for 15 minutes without screen time. (Try it – it’s hard!!)
- Garden and leave your phone in the house. God teaches me most in my yard.
- Don’t make decisions to please people, make decisions based on your responsibilities including family, friends and work, and yes, trust your gut feelings (Holy Spirit).
- Remember we do our best and God does the rest.
Consistent Chiropractic Care – Keeping your spine in alignment sends the proper messages to your body systems. US News and World Report – Surprise: Chiropractors Can Treat These 5 Conditions and more!
Rest/Sleep – No screen time 2 hours before bed. Meditate, pray, take slow deep belly breaths.
Relax – Really learn to relax, read a book or watch a movie that makes you laugh.
Exercise – Walk or the equivalent of at least 30 minutes a day.
Healthy Eating – Eat well, including fresh organic fruits, vegetables and protein. The WD or Western Diet is not the brainiest choice for preventing Covid-19.
Supplemental Immune Support
Because our food sources are so depleted, we all need vitamin and mineral supplements, especially in seasons of viral/bacterial risks. Researchers reviewed Covid-12 and stated in light of our current Covid-19, “Considering current pandemic of COVID-12 where no effective preventive and curative medicine available. A healthy immune system is the most important weapon against the viral infections.”
(Before starting any new supplement protocol, it is advised you check with your provider. Regarding these supplements – * Not all these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)
VITAMIN D – This is an extremely important supplement, especially for us in the Northern Hemispheres who do not get enough sun. In our office we use Standard Process’ Cataplex D. If you need a Vitamin D that does not contain milk, I use one from the Karlfeldt Center (currently out of stock) or Thorne Vitamin D (currently in stock).
VITAMIN A –In light of the respiratory problems associated with Covid-19 this interesting quote stood out in this recent article, “VitA is an integral part of the mucus layer of both the respiratory tract and the intestine.” Our office uses Cataplex A as one source.
ZINC – Zinc is an essential micro-nutrient that helps regulate the body’s immune system to adapt to new challenges. Our office option is Zinc Liver Chelate.
Comprehensive Option – Immuplex, which, except for Vitamin D, includes these items listed above, plus more, all in one daily option. Our household has been taking this and Vitamin D drops since Christmas and we have not had any viral illness. That is with a young elementary student living in our home!
I hope this helps encourage you as you move through this new and strange time in history. With prayers for a fearless, healthy, and peaceful time of transition for all.