In the wake of the global Coronavirus epidemic, which is causing a great deal of fear and concern internationally, I felt it was appropriate to discuss ways to support one’s immune system, and share some tried and true remedies if you should happen to get sick (with any viral infection)

The big distinction that needs to be stressed is that anti-biotics do NOT work for viral infections since viruses are tiny microbes that use the body’s own cells to replicate and create more copies of themselves and so the focus needs to be on both strengthening the immune system and fighting the virus.  

Diet

Diet is the place I always recommend you start since I believe food should be your medicine.  

GREEN TEA (Camellia sinensis) contains a group of flavonoids called catechins, which appear to inhibit viral infections by blocking the enzymes that allow it to reproduce.  All of my Harmony Tea Co teas contain Green tea, and the Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-aging teas are particularly effective for immune support.

GARLIC has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. The compounds allicin and alliion are responsible for this common plant’s reputation as a triple threat. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and it is especially effective against viruses if chewed raw.

LICORICE, a main ingredient in my Adrenal Stress Balance Blend tea contains a substance called glycyrrhizin that reduces the replication of viruses and halts their ability to penetrate replicate inside healthy cells.  Unfortunately, the candy form of licorice is not going to help ☹

REDUCE SUGAR – as I’ve said before, 1 tsp of sugar reduces your immune system for 6 hours, so focusing on sugar reduction is crucial

Lifestyle

SLEEP – Not only does the body heal when we sleep, but sleep also supports a strong immune system.  Think of the last time you were sleep-deprived and then got sick shortly after.  7-8 hours is a must!

INTERMITTENT FASTING – The old saying of “feed a cold and starve a fever” is very true.  Fasting has been shown to improve our immune function and when in a fasted state we are able to fight off viral infections more effectively.  Reduce the number of hours you eat in a day to 6-8 and see the difference.

Supplements

I carry a large number of immune-supporting remedies at my clinics, and at this time of year I stock up on a few I’ve found to be incredibly helpful: IMN-V is a terrific liquid combination of herbs that works wonders on viral infections, and ColdPro capsules are power-packed with herbs known to boost the immune system and reduce viral infections quickly.  The two can be used together with a daily probiotic and Vitamin D to promote a very strong immune system.

I hope that this information is helpful!

Feel free to contact me at 206.224.0012 or drwendy@harmonyhealthsk.ca if you have any questions.

In Heath,
Dr Wendy