Even though we are at 4,500ft elevation in Arizona it’s running in the high 90’s during the day. We do not have an air-conditioner, we have a “swamp cooler!” This is our first experience with this, and apparently it’s very common at this elevation, as it does create some humidity in the house. It’s not as efficient as an air-conditioner, so it runs constantly to keep the house at 75 degrees during the day. That means cooking with the oven is limited and salads are on the menu!
As we start to open up our country we will venture out more and more. We will eventually be exposed to COVID-19. How prepared do you think your body is to create antibodies against it?
As we just moved across two state lines we were in many public places. We didn’t worry as we have done our job of supporting our immune systems with good food, sleep, ideal weight, and specific nutritional supports. Stress was probably the biggest concern, as moving is stressful!
I’m seeing some wonderful pictures of food that people are cooking in quarantine. I’m also hearing some of you are getting tired of cooking! It’s wonderful that we are eating in more, but I too am ready to go out and have someone wait on me and have a nice meal…..can’t wait!
I’m sure by this point you have heard MANY “experts” talking about the Coronavirus and all the implications involved with it. I thought I would give you a little different perspective and also link you to a podcast by Dr. Kendal Stewart.
Dr. Kendal Stewart…
Dr. Stewart is Board Certified in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery and has subspecialty training in Otology/Neurotology – Skull Base Surgery. Along with that he is a remarkable biochemist and started Neurobiologix formulations to go with genetic testing form GX Sciences, all in Austin Texas. I’ve had the privilege of being trained by Dr. Stewart in genetic testing over the last five years. When you listen to the podcast you get a great “picture” of how viruses work in the body but I’ll also give you an overview here.
If you would like to go directly to the podcast click HERE
The Bug Doesn’t Make You Sick…it’s your body’s response to the bug.
Most of us think of a virus as attacking the body, replicating and eventually taking over and overwhelming the immune system and that is what eventually can cause death. Part of this is true, but what most of us don’t realize is the immune system’s response to a virus is inflammation.
You’ve experienced this….every cut yourself pretty good? What does that cut look like 24 hours later? Hot, inflamed and swollen, the immune system is working on healing that cut with an “inflammatory” response. So, all inflammation is not bad, in fact, we want that response when a virus or bacteria enters the body. The problem is when it’s “on” all the time.
For some of you reading this, you have had your genetics tested and you know your inflammation genes and how they are operating. For most of you, this is an “unknown”, what’s going on inside your body all the time in regards to inflammation? Is your immune system “on” too much? Do you have chronic inflammation? Auto-immune disorder or inflammation that shows up as severe allergies, asthma, skin inflammation like eczema, IBS or allergic rhinitis all indicate an immune system stuck in the “on” position constantly cranking out inflammation.
What does this have to do with the Coronavirus?
Those that are at high risk are those that have immune systems that have been “on” for decades and the immune system is tired. When it’s hit with an aggressive virus such as the Coronavirus, it ‘s been “on” for so long its troops are not shooting with AK47’s (like they did when you were younger), they are shooting with bow and arrows! There may be a lot of troops but their weapons are ineffective.
The flip side to that is an immune system that is too weak to put up a fight, low troop numbers. Are you one of those who “never get sick, never get a fever?” That actually is worrisome…..that means you’re getting exposed to a virus but not mounting an immune response. An immune response would actually be a fever, chills, brain fog, lethargic, that’s the body fighting for you. Now, I haven’t been sick with the flu in years, does that mean I have a low immune system? No…I sometimes get a “touch” of something, my body mounting an immune response, then I increase my immune support supplements, get my sleep and make sure my diet is super clean and within 24-48 hours I’m back to normal.
Set Up Some Buffers for Your Immune System
Why is the aging population at higher risk? Because their production of hormones such as testosterone in men and progesterone in women is lower. They also have lower Cortisol (a steroidal hormone that lowers inflammation) and Vitamin D (yes, it’s a hormone too.) These “buffer” the immune system to keep it from over-working itself. As we age we lose many of these buffers, therefore the inflammation goes up (this causes accelerated aging.)
Additionally, your Omega 3’s, antioxidants, CBD oil, Turmeric, etc. all can help “buffer” the immune system and lower inflammation. Just as important is to eat a low inflammatory diet, get sleep, lose weight and lower stress to give your body a chance to rest the immune system so it can fight when called upon.
The Coronavirus is a very aggressive initiator of the immune system (inflammation) and that’s what leads to a person getting very sick. What are people dying of? Pneumonia? No, Pneumonitis. Pneumonitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the lung tissues without the presence of an infection, whereas pneumonia is inflammation caused by an infection. Anytime you see “itis” on the end of a word it means inflammation!
The Bottom Line…
Bottom line…..lower inflammation, not only for this current virus but for long-term health and slowing down aging!
I know this was another deep dive but my goal is to educate and empower you. This is why I love to take folks through my 10 Day Detox, so I get to have ten days educating and empowering you! Our next class starts on April 13th, let’s do a spring cleaning together! Learn more HERE…..
To your health,
It got me thinking………You know when little ones just start thinking about walking, they hold onto the edge of the table and eye-ball the couch thinking, “can I make it over there?” Then they make a decision and give it a go. The first eight to ten times they end up plopping right down on that cute little bottom.
Have you ever taken a memorable trip and when you get home and back in your routine you wonder to yourself “was I really there and did that really happen?” We have been home one week today and I’m feeling that way. So I’m going to share some memories and that will help me to relive our time in Maui!