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Understanding Corona Virus and How To Boost Immunity


WOW defines the month of March. What is going on in the world right now is wild. It is something that I thought was impossible, became possible. Our world has been flipped upside down. We are all adjusting to this transitional phase. Remember that it is just a phase. We don't know how long it will last, but we know that at some point it will come to an end. In the meantime, we need to applaud the medical professionals, send support and love to the people who are chronically ill in the hospital with this virus. We also need to send support and love to the family members of these patients. I could not imagine not being able to go see my family member during a time like now. Please keep all these people in your thoughts, hearts and send a lot of support. They need it!

In a few short days, we've learned a few things.

1. How vulnerable we are.

2. That we are all equal. No matter what race, sex, financial status.

3. Life can (& will) change within a blink of an eye.

4. The IMPORTANCE of your health. This can be taken away from you so quickly. Even

Bill Gates agrees. "It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient-poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contained with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don't look after our health, we will, of course, get sick."

I like to think of myself as a strong, optimistic person. But, I am also a realist. I will not deny that I've had a few bad days trying to wrap my head around what is going on, the effect it's had on my business (and most businesses), where this is going and for how long. The only way I was going to get some peace of mind with this is if I researched this virus to learn as much about it as I possibly could. I have a hard time trusting people, ESPECIALLY the media/press. So, I took this into my own hands and spent a few days completely "geeking" out.

I spent hours looking through research articles, listening to podcasts, and live videos hosted by smart trusted medical professionals. I even tapped into my spiritual side and listened to a well-known Astrologer. I absorbed a lot of educational and valuable information and wanted to share it with my viewers.

(Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more powerful you are.)

Note: I am not a Doctor, Scientist nor Clinical Researcher. I am a nutritionist who has an appetite to learn as much as I can so I can help everyone around me.

IDENTIFYING NAMES OF THE VIRUS:

1. Corona = Family name of the virus

2. SARS-COV-2 = The actual virus

  • SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

  • SARS-COV-1 = The outbreak in 2003.

3. COVID-19 = The Disease (once infected)

What scientists know is that SARS-COV-2 is 1,000x more infectious than SARS-COV-1. We also know that this virus is HEAVILY contagious which is why social distancing and staying home is the KEY to ending this phase.

HOW IT ENTERS YOUR BODY

Once the virus enters your body (through surfaces, touching your face, inhaling molecules from someone infected around you), the virus enters human cells with the help of ACE2 receptors ACE2 receptors are an enzyme that is attached to the outer surface of our cells in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidney, and intestines.

Scientists know that once the virus enters your cells, it replicates rapidly. This can cause tissue damage to the lungs and kick your immunity into overdrive causing what is called a "cytokine storm".

WHAT IS A CYTOKINE STORM

A cytokine storm is an overproduction of immune cells and their activating compounds (cytokines), which, in a flu infection, is often associated with a surge of activated immune cells into the lungs. The resulting lung inflammation and fluid buildup can lead to respiratory distress and can be contaminated by a secondary bacterial pneumonia. To simplify this, it is a dangerous immune response when our bodies overreact to an invasion.

When the virus enters your body, your immune system releases cytokines from white blood cells and T cells. These cells are sent to battle and kill the virus. Too many cytokines (cytokine storm) will overwhelm the body, which can end up in pneumonia (as noted above), and/or organ failure.

Scary stuff!!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Here is where the never-ending lecture, from me, happens. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH. I've observed people throwing their nutrition out the window, drinking lots of alcohol (refresher: What Really Happens to Your Body When You Consume Alcohol), eliminating a structure/routine, and not working out. If you are at home this is THE TIME to be doing the opposite of all the above. You should be utilizing this time to move your body, create healthy meals, and drink a TON of water (you all sitting right next to your bathrooms - no excuses!).

While researching the virus, I was looking for specific nutrients that are essential to building immunity (in addition to washing your hands, staying home, etc.). Here's what I found:

#1. ZINC