An Ounce of Prevention
There is now substantial information in the scientific literature addressing nutritional deficiencies that are linked to poor COVID outcomes.
Based on the evidence we have, I have compiled a list of the nutritional supplements the literature suggests are best suited to boost your immune defenses against the virus. It’s important to continue this protocol throughout the winter season when infection rates are likely to increase.
Supplements are not a substitute for good nutrition but farming techniques and have depleted vitamin and mineral stores in the soil and it may be difficult to get enough from food alone:
- increase your intake of organic vegetables and fruits to 9-10 servings per day – 1/2 C. cooked or 1 C. raw = 1 serving;
- restrict animal protein to pastured, grass-fed, and
- if you don’t eat meat, be sure to consume adequate amounts of protein with vegetables, beans, fermented soy (tofu, tempeh), and seitan (wheat gluten); fish, shellfish, eggs, and dairy, if these are part of your diet.
That’s not all. Other lifestyle choices that will help your immune system do its job and handle this virus include:
- not smoking
- getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night
- reducing stress through breathing exercises, meditation, prayer, yoga, qi gong
- exercising 20-30 minutes per day
- maintaining positive, meaningful relationships (and pets count!
So as we navigate these winter months with cold weather and indoor activities, be careful – wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and stay well.
Click on the link to order these essential micronutrient supplements and follow dosing instructions. Supplements purchased through my office can be paid for with your HSA card.
If you do test positive, please schedule a brief consultation so that we can discuss how to adjust dosing to maximize your ability to recover as quickly and completely as possible.
You can also schedule an appointment for a micronutrient evaluation and to learn about supplements that boost immunity, improve gut health, decrease inflammation, and help with sleep, anxiety, and depression.
Have a safe and healthy winter season!