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Supplements are one of the most potent ways to give your body a boost and drastically improve its ability to fight off infection. Here are some of the most powerful immune-boosting supplements that I recommend taking and why:
ACE-2 – How the virus enters your cells:
The Coronavirus attaches to a cell surface protein called ACE-2 which is an enzyme. When the Coronavirus binds to ACE-2, it becomes inactive which produces “ACE-2 exhaustion.” This exhaustion may be responsible for pneumonia that is associated with COVID-19. Supplements that enhance ACE-2 include Resveratrol, Curcumin, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
mTOR – Replication and Proliferation of Coronavirus:
Once the virus has entered a human cell, it begins replication by hijacking a ubiquitous protein called mTOR. The body then uses special proteins called Sirtuins to control mTOR activation. Therefore nutritional activation of Sirtuins can inhibit mTOR and inhibit viral replication. Nutrtional modulators of mTOR include Resveratrol, Quercitin, Curcumin, apples, and onions.
Following is a list of foods that are high in Sirtuins that you might want to increase in your diet at this time: arugala, buckwheat, capers, celery, chilies, cocoa, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, green tea, kale, Medjool dates, parsley, red endives, red onion, red wine, strawberries, turmeric and walnuts.
Proteases: Coronavirus mechanism of spread:
Once the virus particles have multiplied, Coronavirus causes human cellular damage by producing an enzyme called 3CL protease. Some dietary flavanoids like Quercitin can inhibit 3CL protease that helps minimize the infection. Elderberry and Houtynnia are both herbs that have been shown to inhibit the viral 3CL protease and viral activity in the cell.
Inflammasome: Activation of Proinflammatory Cytokines:
Inflammasomes are an elegant feature of our immune system because they “sense” pathogen danger. Activation of the inflammasome causes the release of a variety of proinflammatory cytokines, which stress the alveolar cells in the lung, and this results in respiratory distress. A weakened immune system therefore, is likely to precede severe illness. The Coronavirus may have intrinsic mechanisms to evade the human immune system, just as we see in bacterial stealth infections like Lyme disease.
Resveratrol is a bioflavanoid found in grapes and red wine that enhances ACE-2 activity and has been shown to suppress the replication of Coronavirus.
Quercitin is a bioflavanoid and polyphenol found in many fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains. It has been shown to suppresses the replication of Coronavirus and minimizes the spread. (BioTech, Item # B09404)
Melatonin produced in the pineal gland is a potent antioxidants, inhibits inflammasomes and scavenge free radicals produced by inflammation. Highly recommended during this Coronavirus outbreak.
N-Acetyl Cysteine is needed to make antioxidants (namely glutathione) and has been shown to yield a significant increase in immune function.5
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage.
Vitamin D3 plays a crucial role in modulating immune system function and a deficiency can put a damper on your ability to fight off infection.6
Immunitone Plus is a powerful immune support containing herbs with antiviral and antibacterial properties, safe for high dosing for acute needs but suitable for long term use in chronic conditions.
Buffered Vitamin C is a key antioxidant that plays an integral role in proper immune function. Has been used for a long time to support immune function during the winter months. It has antiviral properties and is a very strong antioxidant.
Probiotics maintain the right balance of beneficial gut flora is critical considering many of your immune cells reside in your gut.
Currently, there is no one standard treatment for coronavirus. As of now, those infected with coronavirus are being quarantined to prevent further spread while being provided with supportive measures. There is a lot of talk regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine (Plaqgenil) and azithromycin (Z-Pak). Although there are no actual scientific studies, actual clinical usage of these medications is very promising. When hydroxychloroquine was used alone it helped to reduce the viral load but when azithromycin was added the two produced a much greater decrease in viral load and good recovery.
The focus of nutraceutical treatment is to flood the body with compounds that support and enhance the body’s natural immune response. Studies are also finding that high doses of antioxidants – in particular, vitamin C – can help not only prevent, but also treat coronavirus by:
Stopping the excessive inflammatory response in the lungs
Suppressing the reproduction and spread of the virus within the body
Boosting the function of the immune system
Coronavirus is a virus that primarily affects the respiratory system. While there are around a dozen different types of coronaviruses, only three are able to infect humans. Our current health threat is a strain of coronavirus officially known as SARS-COV-2 and causes a disease which has been dubbed Covid-19.1
It’s thought to be an airborne virus – meaning it’s spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. These droplets can end up on a surface (like your hands or a doorknob) and then be spread if you come into contact with the contaminated surface.
Once the coronavirus is contracted, symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.
What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
The coronavirus can remain latent for anywhere from two to 14 days – meaning people can be infected without showing any symptoms. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:2
Shortness of breath
But those infected may experience additional symptoms including:
Muscular stiffness and pain
Loss of appetite
Malaise, extreme generalised fatigue
Stomach upset, such as nausea or diarrhea
How Exactly Does the Coronavirus Affect the Body?
The “SARS” in the coronaviruses’ official name “SARS-COV-2” stands for “Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome” because it can cause a sudden onset of respiratory failure. Coronavirus can lead to respiratory failure by causing:4
Damage to the membrane where gas is exchanged in your lungs (the alveolar-capillary barrier)
An uncontrolled inflammation from excessive production of cytokines
If your body becomes infected, the virus attaches to the surface of epithelial cells in the lungs, spleen, and lymphatic system. Once your body is alerted to the invaders, your immune system goes to work and deploys immune cells and sets off a cascade of chemical messengers, causing what is known as a “cytokine storm.” Cytokines are a type of chemical messenger the immune system uses to communicate with the rest of the body.
This flooding of cytokines and immune cells into the tissues of the respiratory tract is what causes damage to the alveolar-capillary barrier, oxidative injury, and uncontrolled inflammation.
This combination essentially halts the lung cell’s ability to move mucus out of the lungs and triggers the immune system to begin attacking your own lung cells. In susceptible individuals whose immune or respiratory systems are compromised, this can result in a severe lack of oxygen in the body, which eventually leads to death.
How Can You Protect Yourself From Coronavirus?
When it comes to defending yourself against coronavirus, it’s best to take a two-pronged approach: avoiding potential contact with the virus and bolstering your natural ability to fight infection. Here’s what I recommend:
The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is pretty straightforward. Simply taking some basic precautions to keep viruses and bacteria from entering your body can go a long way in keeping you safe.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water – scrubbing all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds. And don’t forget under the fingernails!
Use an alcohol-based hand non-toxic sanitizer to clean your hands if soap and water aren’t available. And only if your hands aren’t visibly soiled.
Always choose soap and water if available over hand sanitizer.
Always wash your hands before eating or touching your face.
Regularly clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects or surfaces with cleaning sprays or wipes.
Stay home if you’re sick or feeling under the weather.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
These tips may sound simple, but they’re powerful, and just doing these things will go a long way. I suggest incorporating these healthy habits into your daily routines – coronavirus or not.
Keep Your Immune System in Top Shape
Coming into contact with some germs is unavoidable. But keeping your immune system in tip-top shape is your best defense against any microorganisms that might make their way to your body.
To keep your immune system running at full force, here’s what I recommend:
Get plenty of restful sleep. Your immune system requires large amounts of energy, so it depends on adequate sleep to function at full capacity. Aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of quality restful sleep each night, preferably at least 90 minutes of both deep sleep and REM.
Emotional stress not only increases inflammation, but it also puts a damper on your immune system – meaning double trouble when it comes to your body’s ability to fight off invaders. Taking steps to minimize stress and finding healthy ways to process the unavoidable stress can go a long way in keeping your immune system healthy.
Your gut health and your immune system are intricately linked, so keeping your digestive tract happy will, in turn, keep your immune system up and running. Make sure you’re eating a healthy well-rounded diet based on real foods, going to the bathroom regularly to eliminate toxins, and healing any issues you may have like leaky gut syndrome. Sugars and processed white foods increase your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation in your body and can lower your immune system.
A holistic approach to health, wellness, and disease prevention is the most effective. So be sure to address all these aspects of your health.
What Do I Do If I Am Sick or I Think I May Have The Coronavirus?
Current CDC Guidelines
Stay home except to get medical care:
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
Avoid public areas:
Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
Avoid public transportation:
Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Stay away from others:
As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets & animals:
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor:
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask if you are sick:
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean hands often:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday:
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces routinely.
Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
Discontinuing home isolation:
Stay at home until instructed to leave. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Dr. Jill Carnahan, Worried About Coronavirus?