How to protect against Coronavirus COVID-19 with Supplements, Vitamins, Herbs, and Lifestyle
Good hygiene and social distancing are simple, commonsense approaches to protect from COVID-19 coronavirus, but it’s not enough. There’s a lot more we can do by strengthening our immune system to protect against COVID-19 and other pathogens.
There are seven known strains of coronaviruses. COVID-19 is the newest one that mysteriously appeared in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. These coronaviruses can cause conditions as common as the common cold and dangerous as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The immune system is complex and beautiful biological shield we all have. Just like any part of the body, our immune system can be strengthened or weakened, based on our overall diet, lifestyle, age, and our general state of health.
A healthy and resilient immune system relies heavily on the presence of necessary nutrients that must come from a healthy diet and quality supplements. It also relies on lifestyle factors such as how we react to stress and worry, how and if we exercise, how much sleep we get, and how much time we spend outdoors.
When our diet is insufficient at providing optimal levels of nutrition (and more often than not it’s not sufficient) we have the option of getting necessary immune boosting vitamins and minerals from supplements.
Certain natural vitamins, minerals, and supplements are known to make our immune system stronger. Our immune system is designed to protect us from pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and other types of pathogenic infections.
However, daily stress, poor diet, bad lifestyle habits, chronic health conditions, and aging will deplete our immune system over time, making us more susceptible to infection.
This is why it’s crucial to boost immune function, especially during viral outbreaks, which often happen during the colder months i.e. flu season. But it’s also wise to boost immune function regardless of pandemics since there’s always something going around.
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Best Natural Supplements, Vitamins, and Minerals to boost the immune system and help protect against COVID-19 coronavirus
Vitamins and Minerals
- 1000 mg of vitamin C
- 2000-5000 IU of vitamin D
- 15 mg of Zinc
- 1 teaspoon of Elderberry syrup
- 500 mg of Resveratrol
- Medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Coriolus, Shitake, Chaga, and Lion’s Mane
As Dr. Kristen Coles, ND suggested, people (especially the elderly and those with weak immune systems) should take 1000mg Vitamin C per day to build up their immune system and protect from COVID-19 coronavirus.
I personally prefer taking Vitamin C by mouth at at least 1000 mg per day in divided doses or a single dose of liposomal Vitamin C. Ideally, Vitamin C should be non-GMO, since GMO derived vitamin C does exist.
Food sources highest in vitamin C include acerola cherries, guavas, amla, and yellow peppers. Kiwi, strawberries, oranges, and papayas provide a good amount too.
For Vitamin D I prefer to get it from the good old Hawaiian sun, since our body produces this miracle vitamin after sun exposure. But when that’s not enough it can be found in wild salmon, which is one of the highest food sources of vitamin D. When that’s not available, I take good quality vitamin D supplements.
Zinc is super important in this age when vegetarian and vegan diets are promoted by the mainstream culture because Zinc is mostly found in animal foods. Highest sources of zinc in food are (from high to low): oysters, beef, chicken leg, firm tofu, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds. For supplements I prefer raw zinc.
I personally love mushrooms and regularly take medicinal mushrooms to strengthen my immune system. I really like Paul Stamets’s line of medicinal mushrooms. Reishi, Coriolus (Turkey Tail), Chaga, and Lion’s Mane are almost always stocked in our health shelf at home.
Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine, dark chocolate, and berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and bilberries. It’s also available as a quality supplement if berries, dark chocolate or wine is not an option.
Elderberry syrup is also known as sambacus. It’s available as an organic extract and we often give it to our 1 year-old if there are signs of sickness and take it ourselves to boost our own immune defenses.
High Dose Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential. Human body cannot produce Vitamin C, therefore we must get if from food and/or supplements. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and immune-building vitamin. It can be taken orally or intravenously.
High dose intravenous vitamin C is a therapy that’s also available in the United States, including Hawaii. However, probably and unfortunately not from a regular hospital.
Intravenous Vitamin C is administered through a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor (ND) at their clinic in doses ranging from 12g-24g per session. The benefit is direct and immediate absorption of this crucial vitamin.
All viruses and pathogens have a weak spot.
Viruses require a biological host to live and reproduce. They do this by attaching to a living cell such as that of a human and inject their viral DNA or RNA into it.
This ultimately damages a healthy cell and allows allows the virus to spread and infect further.
As Dr. Gordon Pedersen explains, colloidal silver effectively blocks the ability of a virus to attach to a living cell and reproduce. Ultimately, the inactive virus is naturally removed by our own immune system.
My family and I have been taking colloidal silver for many years to protect and boost our immune systems. We rarely get sick. Recently our one-year-old had a thrush, which is a type of candida albicans yeast infection common in babies’ mouths, lips, and tongues. To our relief, the thrush was completely gone within 48 hours of application of colloidal silver.
In fact, the anti-pathogenic properties of silver have been known to humanity for a very long time. This is why water and wine was often stored and silver containers – to prevent it from pathogens. Copper was used for the same purpose.
Colloidal silver can be made at home, but we personally trust professional companies who create this wonderful and natural antibiotic.
Licorice Root Extract
According to this study, which assessed Glycyrrhizin, an active component of licorice roots, and replication of SARS-associated coronavirus. “..Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus. Our findings suggest that glycyrrhizin should be assessed for treatment of SARS.” (Source)
Aged Garlic Extract (AGE)
The following study concluded that Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) modifies human immunity: “Garlic contains numerous compounds that have the potential to influence immunity. Immune cells, especially innate immune cells, are responsible for the inflammation necessary to kill pathogens.”
“The AGE group showed reduced cold and flu severity, with a reduction in the number of symptoms, the number of days participants functioned sub-optimally, and the number of work/school days missed.”
“These results suggest that AGE supplementation may enhance immune cell function and may be partly responsible for the reduced severity of colds and flu reported. The results also suggest that the immune system functions well with AGE supplementation.” (Source)
Reducing Stress and Anxiety
Stress, fear, and anxiety damage our immune system. Clearly, we live in a high stress world already. Add to that the sensationalist, fear-mongering mainstream news media, that exploits people’s psychology creating a world of endless anxiety.
Plus the extreme financial hardships created by government-mandated orders to stay and work from home in light of COVID-19 and you have a perfect recipe for stress-created immune system disaster.
Andrew Goliszek Ph.D. of Psychology Today confirms: “Ongoing stress makes us susceptible to illness and disease because the brain sends defense signals to the endocrine system, which then releases an array of hormones that not only gets us ready for emergency situations but severely depresses our immunity at the same time.” (emphasis added).
Methods to reduce stress and anxiety include:
- Reducing time spent watching TV especially news, violence/horror/drama shows, and social media
- Reducing negative thinking and negative outlook. Thinking more positive and optimistic instead, even under extreme stress situations.
- Taking at least 5 deep, long breaths to instantly activate parasympathetic nervous system and relax. Shallow breathing promotes stress and vice-versa.
- Meditation, prayer, and mindfulness techniques.
- Light to moderate exercise. Walking or light running is great. High intensity exercise promotes too much physical stress and depletes the adrenal glands.
- Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Spending time in nature as much as possible.
- Spending quality time with family and embracing (off-line) social connections.
- Having fun and learning new things.
- Greatly reducing sugar, stimulants i.e. caffeine and junk food.
- Eating more fresh, wholesome, nutritions, and organic meals.
- Not skipping meals.
- Reducing EMFs and screen time (including cell phone, computer, TV, iPad, etc.)
- Adaptogens: natural nutritional supplements and herbs to strengthen the adrenal glands and calm the nerves.
Reducing Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs)
EMFs are invisible, but harmful frequencies produced by modern electronic devices. Biggest offenders include: cellphone towers, cell phones, WI-FI routers, microwave ovens, dirty electricity, ungrounded electrical wires, wireless tech, electrical substations, and 5G.
As a matter of fact, COVID-19 origin in Wuhan coincided with the completion of Wuhan’s 5G grid comprised of thousands of 5G towers. 5G is a very intense and dangerous microwave EMF.
Bottom line: EMFs destroy our immune system which protects us from pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, and reduce our overall health in multiple other ways. Therefore, EMFs need to be reduced. In this article we explain how to do it.
Heat, Sauna, Humidity, and UV
Coronaviruses prefer cold, dry weather and become inactive when ambient temperatures reach 56°C after 25-30 minutes of exposure.
High temperatures and high humidity reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Source)
Airborne coronaviruses can travel further in dry, less humid environments. Humidity is not their friend, as tiny water droplets of humid air reduce their travel distance and ultimately make them drop to the ground.
Having that said, the first thing that comes to mind is going to the sauna, where ambient temperatures easily reach 80°C (176 Fahrenheit).
To be clear, sauna use alone will not “cure” an infected person from COVID-19. However, regular sauna use has been shown to improve immune system function as well as increase the human growth hormone in healthy individuals.
Sauna is not for everyone, so check with your doctor before using it, especially people with blood pressure or any other chronic health conditions.
But even healthy people have to follow established sauna safety rules such as timing intervals, cooling off periods, and not being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while using the sauna.
If sauna is not right for you, then drinking hot liquids like soups, tea, or coffee could prove beneficial and a pleasant experience. Just be careful and don’t burn yourself please.
This is also consistent with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach of balancing ying and yang forces. Winter and Spring seasons are on the colder/cooler side so we should be enjoying warming food and drinks to balance.
Ultraviolet Light (UV)
Ultraviolet rays are produced by the Sun as well as devices that are intended to kill viruses such as water purification systems and UV surface cleaners. Coronavirus is deactivated by ultraviolet (UV) light. (Source)
Therefore, it may be prudent to get out into the Sun to get some good old sunshine therapy. This will also stimulate your body’s natural vitamin D production, which is crucial for a healthy immune system. Just be careful not to sunburn yourself.
The greatest viral pandemic known, which took the lives of 50-100 million people was the H1N1 Spanish Flu of 1918. Patients who were exposed to fresh air and sunlight had higher survival rates than those who stayed indoors the whole time. (Source)
A combination of fresh air, sunlight, scrupulous standards of hygiene, and reusable face masks appears to have substantially reduced deaths (…) and infections among medical staff. (Source)