Last time we talked about what’s overwhelmingly been missing from the measures that have been implemented in the last 6 months: guidelines for enhancing health. For creating deep health. See here if you missed that.
So here are some measures (and resources) which will help elevate our baseline health and nourish the deep health that we all need to, well, stay healthy:
Or more precisely, high dosage Vitamin C.
High dosage VC is currently being used, effectively, in clinical trials in China for people with the virus.
High dosage Vitamin C is effective as an anti-viral, anti-pyretic (combats fever), anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It’s powerful stuff in high dosage. But not only that, it’s also safe (of paramount importance, of course) – meaning that it has no detrimental side-effects. (It may make your poos squiffy when your body has reached saturation point. That’s it.)
It also works fast, and is inexpensive.
You won’t hear about it in the mainstream for precisely these reasons: it’s cheap, and effective, quickly. The pharmaceutical companies don’t want you well, without the need for their very expensive drugs (with their long-term ramifications…which just might need you going back for more from them).
I’ll share some links in a moment so that you can read further, but essentially the reason why Vitamin C works to restore health is because we’re fundamentally walking around Vitamin C deficient.
When we get ill, we’re seriously deleted and a high dosage is required, yes, to heal us, but more specifically, to bring us back to balance.
Its effects are well understood – see here (ref page 26 )– but essentially, keeping our system well supplied with VC will keep us in healthy by neutralising a toxic internal environment through its ‘anti-oxidant’ properties.
We take Vitamin C orally – either in a powder form or tablets; powder is easier to increase the dosage, but apparently not good in the long term for the enamel on our teeth, so tablets are the alternative. We take between 2500 – 4000 mg on a daily basis prophylactically.
You can, however, take a very very mild form (yet still beneficial) of hydrogen peroxide by dissolving a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water. Remarkably as the honey dissolves, one of the by-products is H2O2.
It’s probably why honey, lemon and ginger is a illness essential – the H2O2 that is produced, and the antioxidant effects of the ginger and the alkaline effect that lemon has internally. These things that we know to reach for (but don’t necessarily know why…) actually have more rationale that we register.
Of course this can be taken on a prophylactic basis too.
Of course, the best way to support the system is to receive optimal quantities of micronutrients through our diet, where they can work synergistically (just as nature is designed to optimally do).
There are numerous reasons why we’re not receiving the optimal balancing amounts of micronutrients which we’ll touch on as we go along.
Here are food-based ways in which to support our immune system:
- Include a lot of Vitamin C-rich foods into your diet
Leafy green veg (here, spinach and swiss chard are more easily available although enhanced ground-to-plate time unfortunately renders them impaired in vitamin quality).
Cruciferous plants – eg. broccoli, cauliflower.
Citrus fruits and berries contain Vitamin C. (They are not the highest plant-based source though and again, tree-to-plate time is a consideration here too.)
‘Superfoods’ – eg. gogi berries, moringa powder – known as such because of their antioxidant effects.
- Generally consume more vegetables than other foods
Speaks for itself. Eat more plants – including herbs and salads than anything else. Spices have extremely powerful antioxidant effects as well.
- The ‘Staples’
The staples will have a positive impact on your system generally – enhancing detoxification and optimising cell regeneration.
- Drink a plentiful amount of water
- Consume plenty of good fats
Such as from olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds and coconut.
- The ‘adding in’ concept
Add in…chopped coriander, parsley or chives to your dish, sprinkle with sesame seeds, or toast a handful of walnuts. Splash your salad with a slug of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon or lime (rather than ‘salad dressing’…). Sprinkle cracked black pepper over supper; use sea salt…
Add in more of the good whole stuff, and the cumulative effect will just well, positively accumulate!
- Conscious Consumption
Check out this article here for more about the benefits of taking your time and connecting to your food!
The following foods substances will impair the immune system:
All processed sugar
Meat and dairy products
Sugary / carbonated drinks
Avoid intake of the above to reduce the acidic environment conducive to cellular inflammation (which will reduce the resources of the immune system).
Additional Essential Essentials
Other essential, and free ways to positively support the immune system include:
- Good quality and sufficient sleep
Reducing screen time (a challenge in these days of remote-everything) but switch off well before going to sleep and turning off wifi at night will support essential, restorative ‘deep’ sleep.
- And while your screen is off, have some quiet time
You could call this meditation, you could simply call it allowing your brain to settle, to reduce its frequency of activity. You could call it ‘just being’; purposefully opting for no stimulation, no to do list, no ‘doing’ for a spell – it’s incredibly beneficial for resetting the system, and clearly different to being asleep… (There is a middle ground between being ‘on it’ all day then comatose at night; this is it…)
- Regular exercise
At least 30 minutes daily of (at least) purposeful walking in the fresh air. Do not wear a face mask during this activity.
Make sure that you’re getting outside for this exercise; exposure to daylight is one of the essentials for health, and one which is devastatingly missing from our daily lives.
- Vitamin D
And while you’re outside, you’ll be topping up your Vitamin D levels – not only essential for all round health, but also a big boost for the feel-good…
By the way an ample sufficiency of all vitamins, minerals and micronutrients is essential for health (not just the ones which have been highlighted here, but these especially!).
- And while you’re there – take off your shoes and sock and get in contact with the earth
The way in which society has largely unfolded means that we’re tremendously (and detrimentally) disconnected from nature – and its very powerful balancing effect on our system.
Just being in nature – in among the flora and fauna enhances our health – and we all know this…even though the effect might seem infinitesimally small. Do it daily and it will add up and up.
However the most powerful activity you can do is to get barefoot and on the earth…
Our major disconnection from the earth is a result of being insulated from the ground via our footwear for the lion’s share of the time (if not all the time). And we hadn’t used to wear synthetic, insulating soles on our shoes until recently – the last 50 years or so. This insulating effect has had an enormous impact on our health.
Direct connect with the ground enables the free electrons in the earth’s electromagnetic field naturally be transferred into our system (with its own electromagnetic field) and with it, neutralise the effect of the free radicals of cellular respiration and cellular inflammation. (Acting in much the same way as Vitamin C.)
There are studies supporting this – see more here.
Your best bet is to take off your shoes and walk around on the ground – the grass, the sand or the bare earth, however gardening, and getting your hands in soil is also a big plus for the earth’s anti-oxidant effect supporting your system.
- Increase the quality of the air that you’re breathing
Especially important when air-conditioning is in regular use.
Open windows; use a fan instead of air-conditioning as much as possible, especially at night.
Have indoor plants.
Do not wear a mask outside in the fresh air – inhaling your own, waste materials is expressly counter to the delicate balance within the respiratory and therefore cardio systems and it induces the stress response – see below and also here for a solid review of the literature behind the (in)efficacy of wearing of masks.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
AKA introduce yoga and breathwork into your daily routine.
‘Stress’ is implicit in all dis-ease. Stress – the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the ‘fight or flight’ response) and the associated ‘hormones of stress’ (cortisol and adrenaline), reduces the available energy for the immune system (among many other negative implications on internal health).
Disturbing the levels of CO2 in the bloodstream will induce the SNS. Wearing of a mask creates an environment where one is repeatedly breathing-in CO2 for reabsorption. Watch here.
Anxiety – a response to fear and projecting this onto the future – is correlated to breath patterns which also activate the sympathetic nervous system (shallow, upper chest breathing), and inhibit the parasympathetic nervous system (for the imperative ‘rest and digest’ phase to be instated).
Learning how to regulate your breathing patterns is both easy and highly effective at inducing the parasympathetic nervous system, and reversing the damaging effects of prolonged periods of being in the ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Yoga supports this regulation of the breath very effectively as well.
Other, well-studied indicators of optimal health include:
- Being in community.
- Touch and contact with others.
Isolating and social distancing measures do not support to these essential aspects of health (and induce the counter aspects to health: stress and fear-based anxiety, loneliness, the feeling of isolation and depression).
The corollary ‘distancing will keep you safe’ fundamentally by-passes the essential edicts for health. A more-accurate story is ‘optimally supporting your immune system will keep you healthy’, not only against this virus but other potential pathogens and internally derived agents of dis-ease.
I hope that this collection of measures will offer you both some insightful means to positively supporting you and your family, now and for the long-term, as well as offering peace of mind. None of them is rocket science or reinventing the wheel – they’re all incredibly simple, but we’ve lost touch with how to create deep, lasting, reliable health. These steps, together, will boost your immunity as well as boost your feel-good and all of that will boost your confidence in your own system. Share as widely as you care.