t’s Time to go on the Offense
April, 7, 2020Posted By Diann Poole
I’ve been listening to a lot of news about COVID-19 and whether or not the medication Chloroquine is an effective treatment. It troubles me that medical professionals are wavering about the effectiveness of this drug.
My research (Google: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682318.html) describes Chloroquine, as “Immunosuppressive drug and anti-parasite.” Malarial is a parasite. COVID-19 is a virus. I would hazard a guess that this drug would not be effective for a virus (hmm). And, suppressing your immune system is never a good thing. Not to mention waiting for an effective antiviral drug doesn’t provide us with an immediate solution (defense).
As a holistic wellness practitioner, I’m an advocate for using the body’s natural defenses to do what it is designed to do. The immune system is our body’s defense system (offense). The immune system is incredible in its ability to protect us.
Under normal conditions — our immune system works to defend us from pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi). If a pathogen manages to infect us, this system will work — hard to eliminate it — quickly. Pretty cool — right!
There’s one hitch though, we are not in normal conditions. The COVID-19 is virulent. It’s highly contagious. We need to add armor to our defenses. Our armor is a holistic wellness lifestyle.
Our immune system needs critical nutrients so that it can boost its defenses. Our defenses must be at peak performance to meet this highly contagious challenge. To arm our natural defenses, we must adopt healthier lifestyles.
A wellness lifestyle (eating whole foods, exercising, stress management) fortifies our body’s natural defense system. Adding complementary alternative medicine (CAM) supplements also helps boost the immune system’s effectiveness.
Many feel changing their diets, exercising or drinking herbal tea is unsavory, inconvenient, cost too much, blah, blah. Okay, I get it. But, think about it — if ever there is a time to adopt a healthy lifestyle — wouldn’t this be that time?
Adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be distasteful or inconvenient. You can boost your immune system by making even modest changes:
Add a salad to one of your meals — each day. Raw vegetables and fruits fortify your body with phytonutrients that feed our cells so that they can do their bodily functions. Our cells are under attack — ensure that they get what they need to do their job.
Eat organic. Especially during this critical time — it’s vital not to add additional toxins to your system at this time.
Getting moving. Exercise can be as simple as walking, take extra trips up and down the stairs. Even getting up to move every hour or so — helps too!
Lower your stress. Take deep breaths (in through the nose/out through the mouth) — often, especially before bedtime. Don’t do this if you’re in a room full of people (got to follow the medical advise :)
Drink herbal tea. Anti-viral herbs inhibit the development of viruses and many also boost the immune system, which allows the body to attack viral pathogens. Still others offer additional health benefits, such as cardiovascular, digestive, anti-inflammatory and respiratory support. Here are a few herbs to add to your daily regime:
o Astragalus Root
o Garlic (best raw)
See Dr. Josh Axe’s article for additional herbal information: https://draxe.com/nutrition/antiviral-herbs/).
There are no guarantees that you won’t get COVID-19. But, it you do — don’t you want to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to boost your immune system for optimum defense! As the saying goes — "The best defense is a good offense."
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Be Well and Stay Safe.
Holistic Wellness Practitioner, founder/formulator of Balanced natural skincare products