Choosing foods that boost your immune system are the best choices to combat the coronavirus.
- and other common foods with immune-boosting benefits.
The World Health Organization has labeled COVID-19 a pandemic. That has a lot of people worried about getting sick, but do you really need to be concerned? The virus that causes COVID-19 is like the flu or common cold and, because of that, can’t be treated with antibiotics.
Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, but not viruses. The key is in prevention, because once you get a viral infection, it has to run its course. Luckily, there are many ways you can reduce your chances of falling ill—and strengthen your body for quicker recovery—including eating the right foods.BY JAYA JAYA MYR8A
As the numbers show more people die every year from the common flu, I am not worried about the coronavirus to the extent that others are. See numbers here. That said, if it’s not the coronavirus, then it’s a different cold or flu that our bodies become exposed to each year.
One thing I’ve noticed with this pandemic is we’re told to do things that should be implemented anyways. I.e. exercise, eat healthily to boost our immune and gut system and keep our homes clean. Health is the issue here and how you treat your body.
In short, you should always care about your health and not just when a crisis hits. By paying attention to what foods can fight off the coronavirus, we are paying attention to what foods will fight off every other virus.
That is the reason for this post to make people aware of what they can do to prevent viruses, cures if they get one and, in general, what is best for every day living.
Foods That Boost the Immune System and Help Combat the Coronavirus
Experiments have shown that garlic and specifically the chemical compound Allicin is highly effective as an antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial. That’s what makes it so effective at preventing colds, the flu, infections, and even many rare diseases.
Garlic can be very effective in the fight against the coronavirus. When garlic is ingested and the allicin is absorbed into the bloodstream, it eventually is going into the lungs. This is why when someone eats garlic it stays on their breath for such a long time; it’s being oxidized out of the bloodstream.
We know that Allicin is released when the garlic clove is chopped, crushed, or chewed. A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of garlic contains:
Manganese: 23% of the RDA
Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA
Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA
Selenium: 6% of the RDA
Fiber: .06% of the RDA
Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients such as copper, potassium, phosphorus, calcium iron and vitamin B1. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need. This, at 42 calories, with 1.8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs.
“In 460 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions. Fast forward to 2020 and modern science confirms garlic can treat everything from the common cold, flu, cardiovascular disease, and even helps in the prevention of cancer.”
Garlic also helps keep people 6ft away :).
For more than 4,000 years, the Asian spice turmeric has been used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has been shown to have antiviral properties by inhibiting cell binding.
All of this helps in preventing cancer cells from forming and aids in detoxifying your liver, clearing acne and other skin problems, creating healthy organs, boosting your immune system, combating viruses, and purifies the blood.
It’s recommended that an adult take 1 tsp of Ground Turmeric per day with a dash of pepper. The pepper opens up your capillaries as your body will absorb it at a much faster and more effective rate.
If you would prefer to take turmeric with black pepper in capsule form then follow this link. This product has ginger included. However, the same company has straight turmeric with just black pepper. All are made in the USA.
For more information on turmeric, please CLICK HERE.
“Ginger is known to have antiviral properties, contains more than 50 antioxidant compounds and has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that have been shown to aid breathing and respiration. It’s also great at relieving nausea, treating aches and pains in the body, and reducing indigestion. Basically, ginger can both help combat viral infection and alleviate its symptoms.” -BY Jaya Jaya Myra
Influenza and the common cold are acute infectious diseases of the respiratory tract. Influenza is a severe disease that is highly infectious and can progress to life-threating diseases such as pneumonia or encephalitis when aggravated. Due to the fact that influenza infections and common colds spread easily via droplets and contact, public prevention measures, such as hand washing and facial masks, are recommended for influenza prophylaxis.
Experimental studies have reported that tea catechins inhibited influenza viral adsorption and suppressed replication and neuraminidase activity. They were also effective against some cold viruses. In addition, tea catechins enhance immunity against viral infection.US National Library of Medicine
In short, green tea among others has catechins and antiviral properties which inhibit and fight influenza and other respiratory viral infections.
A person should drink 3 cups of tea daily for optimal health results.
Green tea is one of the best according to experts. However, to help prevent the coronavirus here is a tea recipe to help boost your immune system quickly.
Ginger-Turmeric Herbal Tea
Recipe by: nascarrunner71
This is a very tasteful tea but remember turmeric stains so be careful.
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1 lemon wedge
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan; add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain tea into a large glass; add honey and lemon wedge.
Per Serving: 37 calories; 0.1 g fat; 10.3 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 mg sodium.
Due to the high levels of carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil, it offers incredible benefits when used as an aromatherapy routine, or diffused in your home. For instance, it can help loosen mucus buildup in your sinuses. “The process aids in alleviating respiratory problems. It can prevent viral infections and even lessen your body’s sensitivity to allergens.”
You can also take oregano oil through a droplet for immune-boosting properties.
See full article about Oregano HERE.
#6 Omega 3
“Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids are 2 different classes of polyunsaturated fats. They are both important because they are made into powerful regulatory hormones. Omega 6 fats are primarily converted into a range of pro-inflammatory hormones and omega 3 into anti-inflammatory hormones.
Perhaps it would help to think of the analogy of hot and cold taps. Hot being omega 6 and cold being omega 3. We need a balance of hot and cold to get the right temperature.
Due to the abundance of omega 6 in our diets from chemically extracted vegetable oils and a lack of food sources of omega 3 like cold-water fish and grass-fed/wild meat we have an imbalance. An ideal ratio is 4:1 up to 1:1 of omega 6 to omega 3. This is a long way from the standard American diet which averages 20:1. Imagine the hot tap (inflammation) on full and the cold tap (anti-inflammation) on a dribble. Inflammation is rampant.”
“Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and also directly boost immunity by enhancing the function of B cells, a type of white blood cell.”
You can find omega-3s in foods like chia seeds, salmon, flax, seaweed, and walnuts. However, something people don’t realize is the amount and purity of omega 3 in olive oil. I take 2 Tbls of olive oil per day and can tell the difference it makes.
A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way, and its antioxidant abilities are what make it especially beneficial. As little as 1/2 a teaspoon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more.
One tablespoon of ground cinnamon contains:
- 19 calories
- 0 grams of fat, sugar, or protein
- 4 grams of fiber
- 68% manganese
- 8% calcium
- 4% iron
- 3% Vitamin K
Cinnamon bark is used for gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea, and gas. It’s also used for stimulating appetite; for infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; and for menstrual cramps, the common cold, and the flu (influenza).
Cinnamon Sticks – 1 three-inch Stick Per Day (6g/0.2 oz) – The best way is to boil it into a cinnamon stick tea. That method will ensure good levels of cinnamon as the brewing process with extract all that is good in Cinnamon, especially the essential oils. You can incorporate Cinnamon in other recipes too. Keep it to one stick per day. Each Cinnamon stick weighs about 5g, which is within the daily limit.
Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea
- 1 cup (240 ml) milk of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) powdered ginger
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey
Heat milk on low until hot but not boiling. Stir in the cinnamon and ginger. Add honey to sweeten it.
Recipe from Lavender, Parsley, Peppermint and Sage by Shea Zukowski.
Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea is particularly soothing right before you go to bed at night when your throat hurts so much that you wonder how you’ll sleep through the night.
For more on cinnamon, please CLICK HERE.
WebMD gives this explanation:
“Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.”
These different foods help combat the coronavirus and are easy to include in your daily diet. Regardless of the coronavirus, powerhouse combatting foods are recommended by every health professional to help support overall health.
What Should You Do if You Get the Coronavirus?
We have discussed how foods can help with prevention, but do not mistake how they will also help to cure someone who has a virus.
Let’s get specific and discuss multiple ways to help heal a patient who has the coronavirus.
These recommendations come from doctors in India and the United States.
“This virus obstructs respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. Doctors have discovered in order to apply medicine; you have to open and unblock these airways so treatments can be used and take effect.
However, this takes a number of days. Doctors’ recommendation for what you can do to safeguard yourself is:
#1 Drink Lots of Hot Liquids
- Coffees, soups, teas, warm water. In addition, take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes. This keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that’s entered down into your stomach, where the gastric juices will neutralize it before it gets to the lungs.
#2 Gargle With an Antiseptic
- Gargle with an antiseptic in warm water like vinegar, salt, or lemon every day if possible.
#3 The Virus attaches Itself to Hair and Clothes
- The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes; any detergent or soap kills it, but you must take a bath or a shower when you get in from the street. Avoid sitting down anywhere and go straight to the bathroom or shower. If you can not wash your clothes daily, hang them in direct sunlight, which also neutralized the virus.
#4 Wash Metallic Surfaces
- Wash metallic surfaces very carefully as the virus can remain viable on these up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about touching handrails, door handles, etc. Within your own house as well, you can make sure you are keeping those clean and wiping them down regularly.
#5 Do Not Smoke
- Don’t smoke!
#6 Wash Your Hands
- Wash your hands every 20 minutes using any soap that foams. Do this for 20 seconds while washing your hands thoroughly.
#7 Eat Fruits and Vegetables
- Eat fruits and vegetables. You want to elevate your zinc levels, not just your vitamin C levels.
#8 Animals Do Not Spread the Virus
- Animals do not spread the virus to people. It’s a person to person transmission.
#9 Avoid Getting the Common Flu
- Try to avoid getting the common flu because this weakens your system. Try to avoid eating and drinking cold things.
# 10 If you Have a Sore Throat…
- If you feel any discomfort in your throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods. The virus uses the system this way and remains for three or four days within the throat before it passes into the lungs.
DO NOT TAKE MOTRIN WHEN YOU HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS! For whatever reason, the doctors have been finding out the virus reacts to it.
Use commonsense. The same as you would do in a normal situation.
- Don’t put your hands in your mouth.
- Don’t go to an event if you’re sick.
- Keep your kids home from school if they have a fever or flu-type symptoms.
What Is Ipecac and How Can You Use it to Help Treat the Coronavirus?
In SEVERE cases where your loved one is choking and can not breathe from mucus that is blocking the airways, you can use ipecac if you are unable to get to a hospital.
“Ipecac is a plant. It is used to make medicine. Ipecac syrup is available both as a nonprescription product and as an FDA-approved prescription product.
Ipecac is taken by mouth to cause vomiting after suspected poisoning. It is also used to treat bronchitis associated with croup in children, a severe kind of diarrhea(amoebic dysentery), and cancer. Ipecac is also used as an expectorant to thin mucous and make coughing easier. Small doses are used to improve appetite.
Health professionals sometimes give ipecac by IV (intravenously) for hepatitis and pockets of infection (abscesses).”-Web MD
Before using ipecac you should consult with your Herbalist, Naturalist, or regular Doctor as they know you, your family and any conditions you have.
Good luck to everyone, take care of yourself, and please pass this information along as a way to keep yourselves healthy and to combat the coronavirus.