How To Boost Your Immune System
There is so much changing in the world right now with the widespread pandemic of COVID-19. We want to share some precautionary measures to help keep you and your family safe. In our office, we have implemented increased hygiene routines, monitoring and operations protocols and are following the clinical procedures outlined by high level clinical organizations and our medical directors. Current recommendations for the prevention of all viruses including the Coronavirus are routine, thorough, hygiene measures. We recommend that patients follow the guidelines set by the CDC and if you are feeling unwell, please take steps to safeguard others and remain at home. Social distancing will also play a huge part in eliminating the spread of this virus.
Now more than ever, we need to make sure we are taking proper care of ourselves and educating ourselves on the facts. The last pandemic in the United States was in 2009 with the Influenza virus, so it’s quite concerning for people who have never experienced something like this before. Handling situations like this is never easy and there is not one “straight shot” answer but it’s important to know about the virus and the steps to prevent it. The more you take care of yourself the better it will be for you and for your community. We, as a country, want to get this under control as soon as possible and stop the virus from spreading so we encourage you to listen to the guidelines that the government is enforcing.
The virus spreads airborne from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another, estimated to be about 6 feet in distance. The CDC reports that it is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. These droplets can also land on surfaces which can then be transmitted to the body through direct contact with one’s face after they’ve touched a contaminated surface. The CDC recommends that you be aware of your surroundings and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, stay home if you’re sick, and disinfect surfaces that are touched often and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. There’s no true prediction of the impact of COVID-19 as of now. But there are numerous things you can be doing to help yourself stay healthy and prepared.
Steps to take to stay healthy:
- Gut health. This is something that so many people take for granted. Gut health is so important in fighting common sickness and is considered the home base for all of the bacteria that affects your physical and mental health. In the gut, the “good” bacteria does so much more than keep the “bad” bacteria in check. It also helps with kidney and heart function, as well as brain health. The more good bacteria in your digestive tract the less mucus is created in your body which in turn causes less colds, infections, and in general promotes a healthier day to day life. Your microbiome is the balance of microbes, including gut bacteria, in your body. Everyone’s microbiome is slightly different but equally important when it comes to maintaining optimal health. Factors that contribute to gut health include; your environment, medication such as antibiotics, emotional stress, and most importantly the food you are eating. Sticking to an alkaline, whole food lifestyle will help keep your body and gut in balance. Eating foods that are rich in fiber as well as fermented foods will help achieve a more alkaline status as well. Drinks such as kombucha and kefir are an excellent way to incorporate natural probiotics into your diet in addition to foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and yogurt. Probiotic supplements are also available at your local grocery or health food store.
- Intermittent fasting. Recent studies have actually shown that it boosts your immune system and increases your body’s own stem cell counts by 400%. It’s a legitimate alternative to dieting as long as you are fueling your body with healthy and nutritious foods. Intermittent fasting has been proven to stabilize blood sugar, improve resting heart rate, boost immunity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improve brain health and memory. People who want to try time-restricted eating could limit themselves to a 10-hour eating period five days a week for the first month, then bring the period down to 8 and then 6 hours in subsequent months. The goal would be to achieve a 6-hour eating period seven days a week to see optimal results.
- Sleep. This is something that almost 70% of Americans struggle with. Especially in a global pandemic, like we are currently in, it’s important that we are doing everything we can to keep as healthy as possible and that includes a good night’s sleep. People often leave this as an afterthought but it should be made a priority. Experts are saying that a quality good night’s sleep is essential in keeping you healthy. During a healthy sleep cycle, your body releases immune boosting proteins, so it’s imperative that you allow yourself to get a good seven to eight hour rest per night to fight off infectious diseases. Lack of sleep puts your body in jeopardy of being more susceptible to catching viruses and common illnesses.
Overall, there are so many things that you can do to stay healthy and prevent risky situations that could compromise your health. We strongly encourage everyone to listen to their own body and do what feels the best to them. The most important thing to stay healthy is to get to know your body and recognize what works best for you. For some people it’s fasting, for others, it’s working out daily, or for some, it’s eating a very specific diet. Being healthy comes in all shapes and sizes but what is most important is being able to make the most educated decision regarding your health. Natural, regenerative medicine is one of the best ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy. We provide so much more than stem cell therapy and regenerative IV cellular injections. We promote a natural, holistic lifestyle that is based on healing the body from the inside out. Sometimes it’s with food, or sleep, or physical activity. Other times it’s with immune-boosting supplements you can take daily. We also offer more advanced, natural alternatives such as regenerative or stem cell cellular injections or IV infusions. Whatever direction you choose to go, we provide the most up to date options to help you achieve your optimal health with no drugs and no surgery.