COVID-19: Healthy Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Infection

How to Reduce Your Odds of Infection

An Overview

When considering your anti-viral and immune-boosting regiment, choose multifaceted agents that work synergistically to strengthen the various components of the immune system in preparedness for a response to the virus.

Should the immune response be triggered the body will then be more capable to launch the required response to eliminate the pathogen; ideally leaving the body with less collateral damage resulting in quicker recovery time. In addition to a daily regiment of pro-active immune-modulating herbs and nutrients, the foundations of health are imperative, especially considering the enormous toll this pandemic is taking on our body’s biochemical stress responders. Adequate hydration, nutrient-dense foods, proper rest, and daily movement are all crucial components to maintaining health and keeping our body in an ideal state to combat any infectious agent should the need arise.

Wherever you chose to purchase your immune support, be sure to do so from reputable sources with vigorous quality testing and control methods that exceed industry standards. Big box stores are notorious for subpar standards and fillers, and thus I suggest avoiding generic brands whenever possible.

Lastly, be mindful of the suggested serving size listed on the bottle, in comparison to therapeutics dosage. Many suggested serving sizes do not coincide with the research-backed recommendations for therapeutic dosages. Also, be cognizant of formulas that may include additional nutrients or vitamins. Exceeding dosages may have undesirable consequences; some more significant than others.

COVID-19

As the world is steadily attempting to cope with the growing global pandemic, our daily lives are shifting into a new rhythm. For many of us, the effects of this epidemiological whirlwind have just begun, while in other corners of the world the devastation and severity of this viral storm are sadly the new norm. Wherever you find yourself in this moment of uncertainty, now is the time to refocus on the foundations of health, and to increase daily immune boosting measures. As the viral spread continues, our epidemiological understanding of this pathogen evolves. Currently, clinical trials are attempting to expedite treatment strategies in an effort to combat the growing number of infectious cases.

Not surprisingly, holistic anti-viral agents appear to be the front runners. These naturally occurring immune modulators serve two-fold. Initially, these multifaceted agents work to strengthen the various components of the immune system in preparedness for a response to a virus, bacteria, or other invading pathogens. Should the immune response be triggered, the body will be more capable to launch the required response to eliminate the pathogen, ideally leaving the body with less collateral damage resulting in quicker recovery time.

In addition to on-boarding a daily regimen of pro-active immune-modulating herbs and nutrients, the foundations of health are imperative, especially considering the enormous toll this pandemic is taking on our body’s biochemical stress responders. Adequate hydration, nutrient-dense foods, proper rest, and daily movement are all crucial components to maintaining health, as keeping our body in an ideal state to combat any infectious agent should the need arise.

Optimizing Immune Response: While there is no absolute protection against any viral infection, each of these components continuously boosts the immune system and overall wellness. Prevention against viral infection begins with supporting your immune system daily. Optimizing your immune response may take time. Preparing for the viral season may reduce or prevent illness during peak infectious periods. These supplements support immune function by priming innate immunity so it’s ready when needed, supporting barrier integrity to help repel viral attacks, and by supporting overall cell health and redox balance.

Don’t forget, the most powerful defence against any disease or illness is a consistent nutrient-dense diet, with adequate sleep, hydration and daily exercise. Now is the time to skip the boredom snacking, reduce sugar and alcohol intake, and focus on supporting your health and wellness.

Anti-Viral Agents

Resveratrol

This natural phenol, found in grapes, raspberries, and peanuts, has demonstrated the ability to significantly inhibit a coronavirus related respiratory infections, as well as prolonging cellular survival after viral infection. Resveratrol is showing promising anti-coronavirus activity in in-vitro cell culture systems, by blocking viral replication.
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Turmeric

This should be coupled with black pepper or a similar compound like Bioperine to increase absorption. Look for quality products that pair turmeric root formulations with curcuminoids (typically shown in a percentage on the supplement label), as well as an accompanying absorption agent. Click here for Okuma’s Platinum Blend

Zinc

This essential trace element is an integral component in the maintenance of immune function and is required to mount an effective antiviral response. The biochemical influence of zinc is vast and complex and has been shown to mediate antiviral effects against some more established viruses. Zinc deficiencies commonly occur in elderly, vegan/vegetarians, and individuals with chronic diseases. Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Probiotics

The digestive and immune systems are tightly intertwined, so proper precautions should be taken to nourish gut health with a daily dose of healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, this is not readily accomplished through sweetened yoghurt-based snacks. Microbial diversity is ideal for a healthy microbiome so consider onboarding a formula with multiple strains. Additionally, a delayed-release capsule to ensure effective transport into the gut. Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Elderberry

Sambucus nigra or Elderberry is a powerful antioxidant, rich in flavonoids, phenolic acids, and anthocyanins. These compounds can reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body, with significant anti-inflammatory effects. This is a gentle yet effective addition to a daily health regiment. This herb comes in the form of capsules, lozenges, gummies or syrups. Formulas are often paired with zinc or additional Vit C, so take these dosages taken into consideration to avoid gastrointestinal upset. Click here for Okuma’s Elderberry:

Vitamin A

This fat-soluble retinoid is a crucial anti-inflammatory vitamin, critical in enhancing immune function and cellular communication. Due to toxicity potential during pregnancy, dosages awareness is imperative when choosing products which do not exceed recommended amounts over extended periods. Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Vitamin C

This potent antioxidant is an impressive immune modulator, boosting the body’s ability to fight infections. Initial studies are recommending high doses of intravenous Vitamin C for established viral cases, due to its antiviral activity and ability to prevent and treat acute lung injury and respiratory distress. Oral administration is helpful for prevention due to its ability to reduce inflammation and improve endothelial function. Due to possible gastrointestinal upset (diarrhea and nausea), we avoid exceeding 2,000 mg per dose. Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Vitamin D

While this vitamin is typically touted for its association with the sun, clinical trials demonstrate that powerful vitamin reduces the odds of developing a respiratory infection, sometimes as high as 42%. This vitamin is so closely related immune function, that there are actual Vit D receptors and activating enzymes on the surface of all white blood cells (the cells of our immune system that are involved in protecting the body from infectious virus, bacterial or fungus). Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms are potent anti-inflammatory adaptogens, known to boost immune system performance by promoting immediate and long-term immune responses. Mushrooms have justly earned their notoriety in historical contributions to wellness as they pack an effective punch in antiviral support. Minimally, include Chaga, Reishi, Shiitake, and Lion’s Mane. Although each mushroom has it’s own specific immune-boosting benefits, a combination is best to maximize efficacy.
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Echinacea based immune formulas

Formulas are typically found as gummies, tinctures, or sprays, all of which can be taken throughout the day, particularly useful as the route of transmission for this virus is through the mouth and nose. Sprays and lozenges may be particularly useful when in close proximity to others. Most immune formulas may be taken 3x/day, but always consult the labeled directions for specified use guidelines. Click here for a complete list of medical-grade anti-viral supplements

Teas & foods

Antioxidants are readily available in many foods and teas, so we make a conscious effort to increase our consumption of herbal teas and nutrient-dense foods throughout this viral season. We have replaced our coffee intake (coffee beans are notoriously pesticide-ridden and its acidity may disrupt the gut lining and consequently immune function) with oolong tea 3x/day, and have recommitted to eating fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and lean protein sources (choosing organic sources whenever possible). In addition to flooding the body with valuable nutrients, minerals, and immune-modulating compounds, fiber and valuable anti-inflammatory constituents are imperative for optimal systemic operations throughout the body. While it’s tempting to focus solely on immune support, we always strive to support cardiac, respiratory, and digestive systems as the body is intricately interconnected. Click here for Okuma’s Antioxidant Rich Teas

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

In a closed container, combine the following:

4 oz of 70% of 99% isopropyl alcohol
1 oz of colloidal silver (250ppm-1000 ppm)
10-15 drops of each essential oil (cinnamon, lavender, and Tea Tree).
Shake well to combine and pour into smaller 1 or 2 oz spray bottles. Shake well before each use.

*Optional: In a 4 oz squeeze bottle mix 3 oz of the above mixture with 1 oz of aloe vera gel to achieve a thicker consistency.

Physical Barriers

Masks

Protective face masks and respirators are crucial for effective protection of respiratory health When properly fitted, minimal leakage occurs around edges, reducing exposure to small particle and large respiratory droplets, such as viruses. If available, opt for appropriately sized masks with elastic ear loops, which will allow for a more comfortable and effective experience.

KN95 Masks

Per CDC guidelines, KN95 are suitable alternatives to N95 masks.

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