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Immune Support for COVID-19

Immune Support for COVID-19

During these trying times, it’s hard to stay present in the moment, especially when dealing with things as scary as viruses. Fortunately though, there are many ways in which we can help our body stay healthy during these times. These strategies not only help your body fight off viruses and recover from illness faster, but they can also help your body build up immunity. So to help ease your mind about viral infection, here are some tried and true tips for immune support to help protect against COVID-19.

Prevention Strategies for viruses, COVID-19 and flu:

These techniques are best used before you get sick to help prevent contraction and spread of viruses.

If you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, respiratory symptoms)… All of the above are helpful, along with:

  • Stay home if you are sick with fever, cough or respiratory problems
  • Sleep! (9-10 hours a day if possible)
  • Increase the elderberry up to 4-5 times day
  • Vitamin D (high dose) – contact your Dr. about dosages appropriate for you.
  • Increase Vitamin C to 3-8 times per day, to bowel tolerance
  • Andrographis: (Kold Kare, https://karenherbs.com) (Chuan Xin Lian Pian Chinese Herbs)
  • NAC for drying up mucous, and anti-oxidant effect
  • Probiotic (high dose) – contact your Dr. about dosages appropriate for you.
  • Wise woman CE-II, (cough elixir 2) for cough and respiratory sickness
  • Hydrotherapy: warming socks every night, contrast hot/cold with every shower (see below)

Warming Socks:This treatment increases circulation and decreases upper respiratory congestion. It is also useful for acute infections and to help reduce fever and congestion

Soak a pair of thin cotton socks with cold water and wring socks out thoroughly. Place them in your freezer for 5-10 or until slightly crunchy but not frozen right before you go to bed.  As you get into bed, place the socks on your feet. Cover the cold socks with a second pair of thick, dry wool socks. Go directly to bed to avoid getting chilled. Keep the socks on overnight. Your feet will be initially cold but will warm up fast and the socks should be dry and warm when you wake up in the morning.

Contrast shower: At the end of your shower, do 3 minutes of hot water, 30 seconds of cold water with 3 rotations, ending on cold

Immune Boosting Soup

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-5 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed (to taste)
  • 1 tsp – 3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root (to taste)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Shiitake mushrooms ½ cup cliced
  • 1 quart chicken or mushroom broth
  • 3Tbsp of fresh, minced parsley
  • 1 grated carrot

Directions:

  1. Combine the broth, onion, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and simmer for 15-20 min
  2. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, carrot and parsley. Put cover on pan and steam for 5 minutes.
  3. Eat 1-4x a day.

We have also been answering lots of questions about how COVID-19 and other flu’s might affect those with autoimmune diseases. If you have questions about that, check out our blog post on the flu and autoimmune diseases. If you have specific questions about any of the treatments used above, schedule an appt with one of our physicians! We are currently doing telemedicine and phone consults to help reduce spread but to still be able to get care to people who need it. Stay safe everyone!

Alternative Therapies for Osteoarthritis

Alternative Therapies for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the US. It affects 10-18% of people over the age of 60. While there is some inflammation, this form of arthritis is mostly from degenerative changes over time. This can be from overuse trauma, or even from damage from other inflammatory arthritis conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Many people with inflammatory arthritis also have osteoarthritis. Treatments for osteoarthritis are often different than those for other arthritis conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Things like exercise and strengthening can be extremely helpful. To learn more about ways in which to treat osteoarthritis, click the link below.

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Alcohol and Autoimmune Diseases

Alcohol and Autoimmune Diseases

You can’t talk about health and not talk to people about alcohol consumption. Alcohol is as prevalent in our society as stress, hamburgers and weird looking dogs. There is a lot of controversy around drinking alcohol and whether it benefits or hinders a person’s health. And when people talk to me about their diet, oneContinue Reading

Intermittent Fasting for Autoimmune Diseases

Intermittent Fasting for Autoimmune Diseases

Intermittent Fasting is a hot topic these days. But can it be used for autoimmune diseases? Yes!

Intermittent fasting can be used to help reduce flares, improve pain and help reduce inflammation long term.

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How to Talk to Your Family About Dietary Restrictions

How to Talk to Your Family About Dietary Restrictions

The holidays are coming. For many this means you need to talk to your family about dietary restrictions. Some families and friends can be understanding towards the changes you want to make in your life. But if your family is anything like mine, they look at your choices to better your health as a fadContinue Reading

How to Have a Low-Carb Halloween

How to Have a Low-Carb Halloween

Halloween is coming – the sugariest night of the year! But for those that are trying to stay healthy by keeping things low-carb, it can feel like a time of being left out or a time when cravings hit hard. So how can you help indulge yourself while still maintaining that low-carb diet? Simple! PrepContinue Reading

Should People with Autoimmune Diseases get the Flu Shot?

Should People with Autoimmune Diseases get the Flu Shot?

I get asked this question A LOT. But before I go on to tell you my thoughts about the flu shot, I want to be clear that I am NOT against vaccinations. I support vaccinations when they are necessary, especially when they provide herd immunity that can eradicate or greatly reduce the chances of peopleContinue Reading

Serotonin and Fibromyalgia

Serotonin and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (fibro) is a condition that has become more common in the last 10-20 years. It used to be thought that fibro was a made-up condition.  While we don’t necessarily know exactly what causes fibro, we do know that there are several factors that can play a role in its progression. Diagnosis and symptoms CurrentlyContinue Reading

Alternative Therapies for Gout

Alternative Therapies for Gout

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs from the precipitation of uric acid into the joint space. It affects more than 3% of the population and is more common in men than in women. This is because uric acid levels in the blood are generally higher in men than in women. Other things that increaseContinue Reading

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a very destructive inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately 1-5% of the population in the US.  RA can occur at any age but occurs more common after age 50. Women are also affected 2-3x more than men. It is also a fast acting arthritis, and can cause damage to the joint spaceContinue Reading