This is a very unsettling time for us all at the moment. Continuous news reports of coronavirus are overwhelming, and fear is almost as great a threat as the virus itself.
This month, I thought it would be helpful to give some general guidance on keeping your immune system strong. It’s really important to take care of yourself, and below is my toolkit for year-round good health. Please bear in mind this is just a guide and may not be relevant for everyone.
Zinc is vital for the immune system, and most of us could benefit from taking a supplement. It’s one of the body’s first lines of defence, and with so many invaders that come with modern life, it has a big job to do.
For general health, take one pipette of liquid zinc with breakfast, daily. Squeeze directly into your mouth, or add to a small glass of juice. If you start to feel cold or flu-like symptoms, squirt directly into the back of your throat, and wait for a minute before swallowing. Do this every 3 hours for 2 days. If you can’t stomach the taste, which you may find awful, try taking just 3 times a day.
This powerful antioxidant feeds the immune system. It’s anti-inflammatory, essential for battling infection and also supports the lungs. The body can’t produce it, so incorporating vitamin C into your diet is vital. Citrus fruits and berries are great sources. For general health, I would advise supplementing with 1,000mg twice a day. If you’re unwell, you can take 6,000mg – 8,000mg a day (taken at intervals), and your bowels will tell you when you’ve reached your tolerance.
Vitamin D also plays a key role in supporting the immune system. With the sun being its main source, I would advise supplementing during winter months. Take 15mcg (micrograms) of Vitamin D3 for general health and around 25mcg when unwell.
I’ve been using colloidal silver for years. At the first sign of a sore throat, I spray into my mouth directly to the pain, and repeat after half an hour. This usually nips it in the bud, but you can continue to repeat as necessary. It’s always in my handbag and is a complete miracle worker for me.
I know it’s not easy to stay calm at the moment, but stress puts immense pressure on the immune system. Try doing more of what makes you happy; a walk in the fresh air or reading a good book help with positive thinking. If you’re trying to stay at home a little more, pick up the phone to a friend or relative, and have a good chat. Think about what you can do, instead of what you can’t.
Lemon balm tea and thyme tea
These are great little immune boosters and very comforting at this time of year. You can make your own thyme tea by putting 2 or more bunches of fresh thyme sprigs into a teapot with a strainer. Add boiling water, lemon juice, raw honey and/or mint to taste.
Packed with antioxidants, elderberry syrup has been used for centuries to help strengthen the immune system. You should find it in most supermarkets, pharmacies and health stores.
Ginger is well known for its health benefits. If you have a juicer or blender, combine fresh ginger with a little water, lemon juice and turmeric. As you drink the potent mixture, you can feel it doing wonders.
If you do become unwell, drinking plenty of water is an absolute must. Try to feed your body with fresh and wholesome produce, and avoid processed foods.
I’m sure you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy. I don’t know about you, but my hands are so dry from the frequent washing! The clinic remains open, unless otherwise advised, and I’m doing all I can to keep things safe for my clients.
Keep well and please let me know if you would like more information on any of the supplements mentioned, which I can help you source. Please do get in touch if you would like any further support.