You've followed all the precautionary measures - you washed your hands regularly, obeyed the recommended quarantine, avoided touching your face, and took steps to boost your immune system. Despite all this, you've fallen ill, possibly with the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Or you didn't do those things and now wish you had. What should you do? If your condition is getting to be life-threatening, I would obviously urge you to seek professional medical assistance immediately. However, let's say that it's not at that point. Many people who contract this virus will not experience any serious complications. The determining factor is whether the virus settles into the lungs and causes pneumonia. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help avoid this outcome and I will outline them below. This is not an exhaustive list, but it's a good place to start if you find yourself in this situation.
Some things you can do to avoid complications from the Coronavirus:
-Sleep. I always start with this tip because it's so stinking important. Giving your body the rest it needs can be the difference between kicking a virus without complications and needing medical intervention. 7-8 hours are recommended when you're healthy and even more is necessary when you're fighting off a serious virus.
-Limit cough suppressants. While having a cough can be anywhere from uncomfortable to downright miserable, there is an important purpose to this bodily function. It helps the body to expel mucous and prevents it from settling into your lungs - exactly the outcome that you don't want! If your cough is so bad that it's keeping you up at night, I think it's okay to use suppressants sparingly, but try to limit them as much as possible. Allow your body to do its job and try not to interfere.
-Try a cough expectorant instead or natural alternatives. A cough expectorant will help break up mucous and assist your body in expelling it, which is what you want in the long-run. Some natural alternatives to a cough expectorant include gargling with salt water, breathing in steam, and peppermint, ginger, and turmeric teas.
-Limit use of Tylenol. Once again, fevers have a critical purpose - they fight infection. While taking Tylenol may relieve your symptoms in the short-term, not allowing a fever to kill off the virus could increase the odds of complications. Of course, if your fever reaches 104 degrees or above, measures need to be taken quickly to reduce the fever and avoid brain damage. However, otherwise, it really is best to let it run its course and do its job. Plus, acetaminophen greatly reduces glutathione, which a MTHFR tends to be short on. Glutathione is our body's master antioxidant and is critical to fight off infection. Avoiding things that deplete this substance is in our best interest when fighting infection.
-Limit use of ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories. If you've been around the health community for any amount of time, you probably hear a lot about decreasing inflammation in the body and how that's such a good thing. That is referring to chronic inflammation, which, indeed, is very damaging. In the case of fighting off a virus, inflammation is one of your body's best defenses from experiencing complications. While ibuprofen may take the edge off those aches and pains, it gets in the way of fighting off infection effectively and increases the odds of complication.
-Take the right supplements. Some important to supplements to take when you're fighting a viral infection include zinc, L-lysine, vitamin C, and a methylated B complex.
-Eat nutrient-dense foods. You may not feel up to eating much, so when you do, make it count! Opt for things like bone broth and green smoothies over junk food.
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