Your First Defense

With the looming and overwhelming fact that there is a virus spreading throughout the world, we want to provide our members and community with useful information on how to stay healthy. While cleanliness and utilizing distance between us and strangers are very useful in reducing the transmission of any virus or bacteria, there are things we can do to help boost our immune systems, which is through NUTRITION. Food is a healing mechanism; it is the number one way besides sleep that helps us heal, when it is quality. Our bodies use vitamins and minerals in order to support our organs and systems which control our immune system (liver, spleen, Lymphatic system, etc.) and when we are deficient in these vitamins and minerals, is where we see dysfunction and weakness. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our immune system functionality but when we are taking in real, unprocessed, foods that are not filled with sugar and trans-fats (or toxic preservatives), we can remain healthy. Even when there are bacteria and viruses around us. Most people have no idea how much we actually come into contact with, that is foreign to us. But through proper nutrition, rest, hydration, exercise, hand washing, staying away from condensed crowded areas, we can get through life unscathed. It is not best practice to live on boxed junk food. Sure, it provides us with calories, but those calories from fake foods, are not conducive to a health-state. If you are concerned about produce, wash it and cook it. This virus flourishes at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees fahrenheit) And can live for 14 days. Cooking your foods will kill it as it cannot withstand that temperature increase. As always, be smart but practice some sort of stress relief. Anxiety and stress increases Cortisol levels in your blood which kills your immune system and damages organs. One final note is this: if you become ill, I urge you NOT to rush to an Emergency Room. Emergency Rooms are for life-threatening emergencies. A cough, fever, chills or mild nausea is not an emergency. Please use courtesy to those who are in more distress than you are, and call your primary care doctor or triage nurse for assistance and recommendation. This will directly help protect those in your community and healthcare workers.

Yours in health,

Sarah Dallos, BSN, RN

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