Panic is sweeping across the nation in midst of the updates with the COVID-19 virus.
People all over are being hospitalized, and unfortunately some of them are not making it. Here are some tips for how to stay safe during this time but most importantly how to also get on top of your body to hack for optimal health keeping your immune system as high as possible, all the time.
What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes?
The virus can cause pneumonia-like symptoms. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.
In comparison its mortality rate compared to the flu is 3% to .1% from the normal flu.
Here are some common symptoms of the flu:
Corona is very prevalent in the lungs. A great test is holding your breath for 10 seconds first thing in the morning. if you have additional phlegm from corona, this would prove more difficult than normal and can be an early indicator.
What can I do to prevent spreading or contracting the virus?
We all have seen the suggestions to come back corona, washer hands, stay 6 feet away from people, don’t touch your face, Practice social this insane, no groups of more than five getting together, definitely don’t double dip the chip, work from home, and greet people with elbows instead of shaking hands.Be sure to check the CDC site for more updates.
While this is all good, it definitely can’t help prevent you still coming in contact with the virus, or with any viruses for that matter. What you can control is how healthy you are and how your body will respond to infection and how quickly you can combat it and recover. These are things we do every day to make sure we are living as healthy as we can.
Breathing and mindfulness
Health is an every day choice. It starts with a positive mindset and waking up with gratitude. An amazing meditation and breathing exercise that also raises the immune system is the Wim Hof breathing method. It is three sets of 30 deep breath’s followed by a long breath home in which some people can reach over three minutes! By over oxygenating your body, your pituitary gland, and your hypothalamus, you are hacking your bodies response to stress and increasing your immune responses. Studies have shown that this breathing method in fact does fight off viruses better than without it .
Here is a link to the guided 15 min breathing exercise! Find a comfortable place to lay down and get to breathing!
Organic foods are great place to start! Yes, everyone is rushing for the canned food section now but to stay healthy, proper nutrition is what you need. Organic foods contain almost twice as much of the nutritional values as non-organic foods meeting that with everybody that you take your getting much-needed vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy. Inntermittent fasting has also been shown to help manage energy maintain peak performance while Regulating your bodies system in requiring less food intake while also wasting loss. This makes your body more efficient in breaking down food and nutrients uses more of the intakes. For a full write up on nutrition and living a balanced lifestyle or what foods to eat to reduce inflammation check back to our past articles.
Even walking in 15 minutes today can drastically improve your health while boosting your mood and reducing stress. Aerobic exercise is not only great to promote positive circulation and stamina but is an easy way to stay on top of fitness just by walking around! Have you ever been traveling and didn’t gain any weight but you ate all day? That’s because you probably were walking more than you usually do. Your iPhone has a health app which actually monitors your steps and this is a great way to stay on top of tracking your movement!
During this time of quareantine and isolation a few home workouts you can do are:
Squats / Lunges
If you have a pull up bar an ideal workout is 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, and 30 body weight squats. Now do 10 sets of this. It should take 30-45 minutes to complete but you’ll feel great after!!
For a full list of exercises you can do from home, this article is great!
Altogether, while eating the best food possible for you, staying on top of your mindset, and getting proper exercise, you can reduce your chances of staying sick should you contract the coronavirus.
In addition, CBD can play a role in your overall health and well being helping you rest fully, it helps manage stress and anxiety, boost your immune response, and help remain pain free and minimize soreness after your work out!
Keeping busy during this maintains a sense of accomplishment and also progress in this tough time which will keep us all sane. We will see to it that we come out ahead on the other side!
Stay safe and stay home for now. The crazy part about this virus is 80% of people that have it don’t show symptoms. So even if you feel fine you could potentially pass it to someone that can’t handle it like you are and it could be bad for them or others. Do your part to be a good person and help those that need it while taking this time to hit reset button and focus on your goals.