Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to Stay Healthy

[Choosing Longevity] I understand that the Coronavirus threat is real, and many people have become sick, but panic is not a good idea right now.
Fear impacts your immune system - it stimulates the release of cortisol, a corticosteroid.
Cortisol is immunosuppressive and down regulates key inflammatory transcription factors, like NF-kB and AP-1. Plus it increases chemicals that suppress cytokines, which are chemicals involved in inflammation.
The decreased cytokine production inhibits pro-inflammatory gene transcription, essentially weakening your immune response, and leaving your system more vulnerable to infection.
I hear over and over again to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer, and stay away from places where you'll be in close proximity to people. While these are great suggestions, they're just a start.
What no one in the mainstream media is telling you is that your food may be depleting your immune system, and what foods you need to stop eating and which ones to increase, so if you do get exposed, your immune system has a fighting chance.
Here are some of my suggestions - and what I'm doing to protect myself and my family.
Avoid sugar and flour. Flour gets turned into sugar very quickly. Sugar paralyzes macrophages, types of white blood cells responsible for engulfing microbial invaders and keeping them from causing you harm. Studies show that eating or drinking 100 grams of sugar can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent and the immune-suppressing effect of sugar can last up to 5 hours.
In the 1970’s Dr. Linus Pauling discovered that vitamin C helps the body to combat the common cold. As part of the same research, Dr. Pauling found that sugar severely slows down this process. Glucose and Vitamin C have a similar chemical structure...so similar that when a white blood cell tries to pull in more Vitamin C from the blood around it, glucose can get substituted by mistake.
If the concentration of glucose in the blood gets too high, the white blood cell’s concentration of Vitamin C will drop below the level needed for optimal infection fighting.
Pauling found that at a blood sugar level of 120, the white blood cell’s ability to absorb and destroy viruses and bacteria is reduced by 75%. Many people are running around with sugar greater than this all day long. It can take four to six hours for the Vitamin C concentration in the white blood cells to reach the optimum concentration again.
In addition to avoiding sugar, it’s a good idea to increase Vitamin C intake - both food form and supplementation. Colorful vegetables and fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, along with beta carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A, which is important for mucous membrane's ability to fight infection
In addition to Vitamin C and Vitamin A, other nutrients that can be important for strong immune function are Vitamin D, zinc, iodine and magnesium.
My daily immune protecting elixir during this pandemic contains:
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder if fresh not available)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 inch piece fresh turmeric (or 1 teaspoon powdered if fresh not available)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (more if tolerable)
  • 1-3 grams of Vitamin C - liposomal if available, or buffered powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid zinc
  • 1 teaspoon powdered Quercetin
  • 1 dropperful of Lugol’s solution iodine
  • 1-2 drops (5000 - 10,000 iu) Vitamin A
  • 2000 - 5000 iu liquid Vitamin D
  • 1 tablespoon of 7 mushroom powder from Z Natural foods (or other medicinal mushrooms)
  • 1 teaspoon astragalus
Add ¼ cup water or more as desired and blend well.
You don't have to make it exactly like I do - improvise if you're missing anything, or add things you know you need.
In addition, I’ve taken a few extra doses of Vitamin C throughout the day, along with tincture of Oregon grape, Biocidin and Herb Pharm throat sprays, and echinacea.
Bottom line for protecting yourself and your family from coronavirus, the common cold, the flu and other infectious diseases is a healthy immune system.
  1. Avoid sugar and things that can be converted to sugar rapidly, like alcohol and flour products.
  2. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that support your immune system.
  3. Eat sea vegetables for their mineral rich content.
  4. Eat lots of garlic and Italian herbs like oregano, thyme and rosemary, which have potent antiviral effects (essential oils can be used here).
  5. Consume anti-inflammatory foods and spices like turmeric, ginger and cayenne.
  6. Balance your intake of omega 3 fats, from nuts and seeds like chia, flax, hemp and walnuts. Algae is a great source of omega 3 fats as well. Deep ocean fish (not farmed) is a good source of omega 3 fats, but be careful of mercury and PCB contamination. Avoid heated, processed and hydrogenated fats.
  7. Support your immune system with herbs like echinacea and astragalus unless you’re actually sick, in which case you’ll need stronger antiviral and immune stimulating herbs.
  8. If you show signs of infection, add herbs and nutrients like Oregon grape, colloidal silver and elderberry. Check out Stephen Buhner’s book Herbal Anti-Virals for ideas.
  9. Sleep 8 hours a night.
  10. Meditate or engage in Heart Math or other mindfulness practices to reduce stress.
Turn off the news, stop worrying, and be proactive. Listen to music, sing, dance and add some daily fun! Get out in the sun, and surround yourself with things you love. - Dr. Ritamarie