You can help your patients by giving them support and a plan to increase the effectiveness of their immune system. And they don’t even have to come into your office to do this.
You can do health and nutrition coaching online or by phone. Your patients will appreciate the communication and support at this difficult time. They need someone they trust to advise them and keep them on track to complement immune system function.
Use your knowledge to help your patients and the people in your community. Give them the benefit of your years of training and experience. Guide them through this crisis and help them emerge stronger and healthier.
10 tips to complement immune system function
- Don’t smoke. If you are a smoker, now’s the time to quit!
- Eat a diet of whole foods, rich in good protein, fruits and vegetables. Avoid fast foods and highly refined foods. Don’t eat sugar.
- Exercise regularly. Find a form of exercise that’s easy and pleasant to do. You can go to a gym or you can go for a walk or put on some upbeat music and dance for 20 minutes. Not only will it boost your immune system, the music will give your mood a lift too!
- Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
- Get plenty of rest – aim for 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Increase personal hygiene – wash your hands especially after each visit to the bathroom, every time you handle food, or when you return home after going out.
- Minimize stress – easier said than done in these challenging times, but there are many ways you can de-stress and relax. Deep breathing is one. Getting organized and planning for the future is another.
- Take vitamin C. It’s long been the number one choice to support immune health. Several media reports have highlighted the fact that some hospitals overseas and in the U,S, are treating the virus with vitamin C. Note that every person has a different tolerance for vitamin C. When you have had too much you will get loose bowel movements. It’s best to take a timed-release version (called liposomal C) that releases the vitamin slowly over time.
- Vitamin A is involved in the development of the immune system and plays a regulatory role in cellular immune responses and processes. It’s demonstrated a therapeutic effect in the treatment of various infectious diseases.
- A vitamin D deficiency can affect the immune system and create an increased susceptibility to infection. Vitamin D was used to treat infections such as tuberculosis before the advent of effective antibiotics. Cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D, has also been employed as a treatment for tuberculosis, as well as for increased protection from infections.
Get this information to your patients and your immediate community. They need support and help right now. You can provide that help.
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