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  • Writer's pictureHilary Martin

Coronavirus - what you can do

Feeling a bit twitchy, apprehensive, and perhaps worried - especially if you or loved ones have health conditions that make you more vulnerable? This may not need saying but am saying it anyway - worry and fear will not help! What you need is a good immune system to deal with any virus or infection and when we are anxious and stressed our immune system becomes less effective. So what steps can you take?

Load your immune system with good nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc. It is also worth considering a broad spectrum probiotic supplement to improve gut function as most of the immune system is in the gut. Eat healthily - what does that mean? Increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and whole foods - they contain wonderful nutrients to sustain life and health. I firmly believe that food is medicine. We were told 'Five a Day' - five portions of fruit and veg a day to maintain health - this is way too low - the latest guidance is seven to nine portions minimum - a portion being about a handful. I would recommend setting yourself a challenge of how many vegetables you can get into your meals and your day - and aim at a rainbow of colours. Smoothies are a great way to get fruit and veg in the morning - and don't forget good fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconut oil and avocados - and good quality protein - organic if eating animal protein. Cut down on processed food and sugar and keep hydrated with water.

Vitamin C - the immune booster and infection fighter. Our bodies don't make this essential vitamin so we have to get it from food or supplementation. There is lots of evidence that high doses of Vitamin C fight viruses and infection - I take 1 gram a day as maintenance, around 4 grams a day if feeling might be catching something. But you can take much more until you reach 'bowel tolerance' and that's what I will do if I get coronavirus. Here is what I received from expert in Vitamin C therapy, Andrew Saul:

"Vitamin C is already being used to prevent and treat COVID-19 in China and in Korea. And it is working. I think you should know about this, and I would prefer that the news media saw to it. But, instead, they are seeing to it that you are kept afraid. That rankles me.  Information about vitamin C as an antiviral could not be more needed than it is now. Research by well-qualified, experienced physicians is not “fake news” and it is not “false information.” I think you must have questions about all this, and I am going to volunteer my time to try to answer a good many of them Wednesday, March 4 at 3 PM eastern time. I hope you can join me. If you can’t, sign up anyway and you’ll get word of the replay."

More information. Here is a really good perspective and overview from a good quality supplement company Nutri Advanced - what we know about the virus to date, and what you can do to protect yourself:

Wishing you all health and wellness.

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