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How to protect yourself from viral outbreaks

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

How to handle Coronavirus? Everyone has to make their own decisions but we wanted to share our recommendations. First let me start by stating that the coronavirus is a common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Learn more about the symptoms, outbreaks, and treatment of the coronavirus on the

We are constantly exposed to bacteria and viruses. Luckily our body has developed a set of mechanisms -- the immune system -- to fend off and fight such attacks. Viruses are small particles that cannot survive outside of a host cell. Upon entering the body they release their genetic material into our cells in order to reproduce. This is one of the points where the body's immune system attacks: enzymes chemically modify the viral genetic information in a manner that renders it useless for the production of new virus particles.

How to best prevent viral outbreaks?

First of all, do not panic. Nature has provided a large variety of potent antivirals that work harmoniously with our bodies, yet first I want to emphasize the importance of keeping your body clean and fueled with what it needs to thrive.

The body needs to be clean for the immune system to be high functioning. It is important to have detox needs to be integrated as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Our guest contributor, MD Elke Cooke shared earlier some tips to keep up your immune system, but find below some deeper recommendations to live detox lifestyle and natural antivirals and immune boosters:

  • Stay hydrated and drink only pure water How much water should you drink? Experts say at least half your weight in ounces but it is not necessary to measure your water intake. The best strategy is to look in the toilet every time you go, and your urine should be clear to straw-colored. For high-level athletes, it might be helpful to weigh before and after workouts, so you know how much fluid must be replaced!

  • Clean Eating ADD: organic fruits and vegetables, omega 3 fats, greens, micro-greens, seaweeds, mushrooms, ferments, and clean proteins. REMOVE: sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol, processed foods Access our detailed what to include and not include as part of our RESET program resources.

  • Plant medicines: antivirals, immune boosters, adaptogens Raw garlic, Astragalus, Reishi, Chaga, Elderberry, Thyme, Oregano oil, Quassia, Amara, Dragons blood, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, Milk thistle, Dandelion root, Goldenseal, Licorice root, Lemon balm.

  • Specific supplements & minerals. High doses of vitamin C as sodium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, or liposomal C. IV infusions of C are another excellent way to ward off illness and heal the body. ionic zinc, nascent iodine, b12, colloidal silver, trace minerals, chlorella, food-grade diatomaceous earth, fulvic & humic minerals, D3 with K2

  • 30 minutes regular exercise and exposure to nature We need to get aerobic activity most days of the week. This means we get exercise that causes us to breathe heavily and, hopefully, sweat. power walking, running, cardio equipment at the gym, swimming, any sport you love. One key benefit is that Aerobic exercise moves our lymphatic fluid that aids in the removal of toxins out of the body. Getting aerobic exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week is our goal.

  • Stop eating at 6:00 p.m. or sunset A recent study published in Cell (Volume 159, Issue 3, p514–529, 23 October 2014) showed that all organisms, ranging from bacteria to humans have circadian clocks to help them synchronize their biological activities to the time of day. The microbes in the human gut – which are critical to the digestion of food and the synthesis of critical nutrients - also have circadian rhythms that are controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they reside. During the day these microbes help us burn food for energy and we grow new cells and repair DNA. At night, with the help of microbes, we detoxify our cells and reset our system.

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night The National Sleep Institute reports that our need for sleep as adults is 7-9 hours on average. Children need even more. Sleep deprivation causes (1) increased levels of cortisol production, (2) decreased human growth hormone (HGH) activity, (3) decreased glycogen synthesis and (4) retention of environmental toxins and physiological waste products.

  • Keep a positive mindset Practice gratitude. Cultivate healthy thoughts and emotions.

  • Follow the prevention guidelines from the center for disease control and prevention :

Updated with a new resource : tips for travelers.

I specifically liked the insight about how to prepare for insurance and potential flight cancellation and quanrantine: "That means packing enough of essential medications for at least two weeks and leaving your home, family and pets prepared for the possibility of a delayed return. (Think of what happened on the home front of the travelers on cruise ships or in stateside quarantines with trips unexpectedly extended by at least two weeks.)"

References: A recent study published in Cell (Volume 159, Issue 3, p514–529, 23 October 2014) showed that all organisms, ranging from bacteria to humans have circadian clocks to help them synchronize their biological activities to the time of day.

Author: Karine Allouche Salanon

This blog, its content and any linked material are presented for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or prescribing. Nothing contained in or accessible from this post should be considered to be medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or prescribing, or a promise of benefits, claim of cure, legal warranty, or guarantee of results to be achieved. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog or in any linked material. Karine Allouche Salanon is not a medical doctor. Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment or care, or starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.

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