By Dr. Karla Mitchell - ND of 3RY Magazine
If you are a person who has spent a considerable amount of time pondering over the origin of the coronavirus, you have missed an incredible opportunity to be enlightened about our reality and about what our future holds. While the internet is full of theories and notions about the origin of the coronavirus; our focus must be on its impact and its end. #stopthespread. In this article, I share insight to help redirect your focus and put you on a path out of this pandemonium.
The Reality of COVID-19 & Black Deaths
It is a fact, a harsh reality, that COVID-19 is killing more blacks than other races. Another harsh reality is that blacks are also an overfed, undernourished, highly-diagnosed and overmedicated population. Based on this, our black bodies are easy targets for bacterial, viral and fungal infections to take up long-term residence. Beyond that, we are severely impacted by trauma and stress; and many of us often expose our bodies to too little sleep, excessive levels of illicit substances, alcohol and/or tobacco. All of these things combined destroy our immune function and lead to comorbidities – the presence of two chronic diseases at the same time. It is comorbidity, poor immune function and the presence of coronavirus together that ensures the death rate for blacks remain at an all-time high. Beyond our habits, are our efforts that lead to increased stress and greater risk of exposure. We still have to go to work, we still get less sleep and we still worry about economic and financial security in ways that our white counterparts don’t. We are on the frontline, we access public transportation the most and we are less likely to work from home – our risk of exposure to coronavirus is simply greater. Therefore, we are the most likely to become infected and die from COVID-19. Can you see an ongoing pattern? Now pause…...ask yourself if you have done all that you can or should to support your body’s normal function; or have you simply thrown caution to the wind, given someone else responsibility for your wellbeing and said to hell with supporting your own body?
When you know better… you do better.
Life as we have known it, is forever changed. We must turn our focus and intent towards how we thrive and remain resilient in the face of a new normal. YOU ALONE are responsible for your health. No healthcare professional can tell you more about the space you occupy 24 hours of the day. Hold your healthcare professional accountable for ensuring that get to know your body better. Below are a few tips to help you fortify your body for longevity and boost your immunity during peak times and greater risk of coronavirus exposure:
Mineralize – most often we talk about vitamins, but rarely do people include taking a mineral supplement as part of a daily intake. Our bodies don’t manufacture minerals and our food sources don’t contain as much mineral content as they should. Minerals are most important factors in maintaining all the body’s processes.
Hydrate – water is of vital importance for our health, there is no disputing that. Drinking alkaline water is disputable, and the subject of another article. However, the point is make sure you are drinking water daily – the more you drink the more your body will ask for, so just drink as much as you can until you build yourself up to recommended amounts. Celebrate small wins, going from no water a day to one bottle of water a day is huge!
Fortify – during covid-19, there are a few items that will help to ward off illness and ensure you put your body in the best position to win:
Ginger - Ginger has been shown to have impressive antiviral activity thanks to its high concentration of potent plant compounds. Additionally, specific compounds in ginger, such as
gingerols and zingerone, have been found to inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells, namely your respiratory tissues
Black pepper - Black pepper also offers antiviral properties that will fortify the immune system, strengthening your body's natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are itching to wreak havoc on your health.
Ginger and Black Pepper can be combined into a tea or lemonade, sweetened with honey, and drank daily to fortify your immune system against viral infection.
Vitamin D – Early studies show vitamin D supports production of antimicrobial peptides in the respiratory epithelium, thus making infection with the virus and development of COVID-19 symptoms less likely. Second, vitamin D might help to reduce the inflammatory response to infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Zinc – Zinc is known to control and regulate the body’s immune response and it is also know to attack infected cells. It has been consistently found to shorten the duration of infection of the common cold, many of which are caused by coronaviruses.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses. Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. When free radicals accumulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress, which has been linked to many chronic disease. Studies show that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%. This helps the body’s natural defenses fight inflammation.
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Dr. Karla Mitchell - ND
Clinical Traditional Naturopath