Staying Healthy During the Coronavirus Outbreak
As you know, the coronavirus outbreak is at the forefront on the news. While there is plenty of information available on this topic, the sheer volume of it can be overwhelming and tough to navigate. As a health and wellness company, we at BodyManual are dedicated to providing the education and knowledge needed to make the best health decisions possible.
Keep reading as I explain what I wish everyone to know and understand about the coronavirus.
What is the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is an umbrella term for a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases. The coronavirus we are all concerned with today is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. It is known as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and was first identified in an investigation during an outbreak in Wuhan, China in January of this year.
Coronaviruses are transmitted easily from person to person and also between humans and animals. In fact, several coronaviruses have been identified in animals that have not infected humans thus far. The easy expansion of COVID-19 has led to worldwide cases in just a matter of weeks.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory illnesses with symptoms of:
- Shortness of Breath
- Pneumonia (in some patients)
Who’s at Risk for COVID-19
Anyone can become infected with the virus, but the severity of symptoms ranges depending upon the individual’s health. Some people may have very mild symptoms, while other cases could be fatal. Those with pre-existing medical conditions carry the highest risk of severe illness once infected.
Staying healthy helps you recover quicker and most definitely reduces your risk of complications – from any sickness.
5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19
When it comes to your health (and most other things), prevention is always easier than treatment. A perfect example would be preventing diabetes or heart disease, rather than treating it with expensive medication or surgery, in which the side effects of either could be as damaging as the condition itself!
Here’s how to protect yourself from COVID-19, as well as other viruses:
1) Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Being in public and crowded areas increases your likelihood of exposure to a virus.
2) Stay healthy to begin with!
Making proper diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep a part of your everyday lifestyle decreases your chances of succumbing to illness. Not to mention, healthy people who do get sick generally have a much quicker recovery time.
*I consider a “proper” diet to be one that is anti-inflammatory. This means a diet low or free from sugar, processed foods, refined grains and conventional dairy. Crowd out these items that can breed inflammation by eating LOTS of vegetables, healthy fat and moderate amounts of protein.
Check out the components to an anti-inflammatory diet here.
3) Use immune boosting supplements.
Nutritional supplements are absolutely essential for fighting viruses!
When you’re at risk of being exposed to a virus, you’ll want to use every defense possible to help your body take charge. Proper and adequate amounts of certain nutrients play a big role in whether or not you’ll get sick – and just how sick you’ll get.
In addition to antioxidants from a vegetable-rich diet (berries are a great low carbohydrate source too), you can rev up your immune system with:
- Super Immune Boost – Use to help your body stay healthy in times of stress or in preparation of being exposed to harmful germs.This formula has key ingredients that aid immune function, including andrographis, holy basil, echinacea, and spanish black radish.
- Super Flu Bomb – Reach for this secret weapon at the first sign of symptoms. You’ll want to always have it on hand!The nutrients and herbs in this formula work to specifically reduce the cell damage that occurs during illness and enhance your healthy gut flora – a vital component to warding-off harmful viruses and pathogens.
- Magnesium, probiotics, zinc, vitamin D3 with K2– all found in Super Immune Boost!
4) Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth.
We rely on our hands to do everything! They also provide an easy avenue for germs to be transmitted. Keeping your hands clean and away from your face drastically helps to prevent the spread of germs.
5) Wash your hands correctly and frequently.
The way in which you wash your hands can mean the difference between being healthy and sick. Seriously.
The correct way to wash is by using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, then dry with a clean paper towel. Try to avoid touching sink and door knobs once you have washed. Use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the bathroom door.
If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol in it.
Of course, wash and/or sanitize as often as possible – especially when touching heavily used surfaces.
Rules to Follow if You Are Sick
It’s really important to limit contact with other people when you’re sick. Unfortunately, this may mean missing out on work, school, or social events. “Quarantining” yourself is a must when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We already discussed the importance of hand washing to prevent getting sick. But many might not realize how important it is when you are sick as well. Washing your hands and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in your household is vital – for you and your family. Always cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue (yes, even if you’re by yourself), then throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
Final Tips and Reminders
Every day we are exposed to hundreds of different types of viruses, bacteria, yeast, and fungi that influence our health. How our body responds to it all rests heavily on how healthy we are.
Your #1 defense is to avoid having harmful levels of inflammation in your body. Inflammation fuels chronic disease – and puts you at risk for becoming ill quicker and with more complications.
Here’s a quick summary of how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19
- Avoid contact with the virus – keep hands away from face
- Wash and sanitize frequently
- Stay healthy to begin with – proper diet, exercise and sleep
- Use immune boosting supplements
- Quarantine yourself if you’re sick
Seriously consider Super Immune Boost for everyday protection. It’s a one of a kind formula that includes the strongest immune boosting ingredients available in easy to take capsule form, or delicious powder form.
Here’s a sneak peek at the nutritional profile of Super Immune Boost:
- Vitamins A, C, E and B complex
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Beta Sitosterol
- Angustfolia Extract
- Holy Basil Extract
- Astragalus Extract
- Spanish Black Radish Extract
If you haven’t already, give your body a major health boost and check out my immune supporting formulas on BodyManual.com.
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