Article written by: Dr. Hanisha Patel, ND | Naturopathic Doctor
COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is currently the main topic of conversation right now.
In this article, I won’t get into the details of how the virus works, how it’s spread, and the basic conventional things we should all be doing to protect ourselves and others because the CDC and WHO already provide legitimate reliable information on all of those details.
This article is about what you can do to strengthen your own immune system.
Overview of the Immune system
Before we get into that, let’s simplify how the immune system works.
The immune system is a host defense system that consists of an interactive network of organs, white blood cells, and proteins that protect our body from foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Our immune systems are exposed to these foreign invaders daily but we don’t notice them if we have a relatively healthy immune function.
If we have a low functioning immune system this can lead to severe infections like HIV and COVID-19 and tumor overgrowth. If our immune system is overactive, it can lead to allergies or autoimmune diseases like asthma.
Being in either of these categories indicates you are immunocompromised because your immune system is not functioning optimally.
About 60% of Americans are immunocompromised right now because this is the percentage of Americans that have at least one chronic disease.
This is just one more reason why it is crucial to address our chronic health concerns right now because if this is you, you are unfortunately at a higher risk of getting COVID-19.
The information I have listed below can indeed be supportive for your immune system and reduce your risk but if you have an underlying chronic disease like high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, hypothyroidism, etc. please be sure to reach out to a Naturopathic Doctor so you can get that addressed.
7 ways to boost your immune system
How can you strengthen your immune system or as one of my mentors, Dr. Tyna Moore, says how can you make yourself harder to kill?
Limit alcohol intake
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
Sambucus nigra (Elderberry)
NOW is the best time to start taking charge of your health.
I hope this was helpful and if you have additional questions, feel free to reach out (info below). If you’d like to take a more active role in your health, I would love to support you. I am offering a FREE 30 minute virtual consultation in regards to the COVID-19 crisis through my practice, Mahan Health, until April 30th. This could be getting immune support, mental health support, recipe ideas, or whatever else you may need right now.
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*This post is not meant to serve as medical advice. Please speak to your healthcare provider before making any changes to your own personal health. And please continue to follow CDC guidelines on preventative measures such as washing your hands and physical distancing.
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