Holistic Ways to Modulate Your Immune System
In this time of increased uncertainty, it is imperative to use common sense caution while limiting fear-based thinking and actions. The following steps are intended to equip and prepare our readers in a holistic way. To be clear, there are no scientifically proven treatment remedies or medicines to specifically treat COVID-19 (as of the time of this posting). The recommendations below are simple ways to support a healthy immune system, not to treat any disease. For specific information on treating COVID-19, please click here.
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Lifestyle Factors that suppress the immune system:
1- Chronic sleep deprivation
2- Eating highly processed foods and/or inflammatory foods
3- Eating high amounts of sugar, especially added processed sugars
4- Stressful mindset
5- Lack of movement or exercise
6- Smoking and/or vaping
Foods that support the immune system:
1- Anti-inflammatory foods- ginger, lemon, turmeric
2- Gut microbiome building foods- fermented foods and prebiotic foods
3- Foods high in vitamin C- broccoli, citrus fruits
4- Garlic- fresh raw garlic is best
Supplements that support the immune system:
1- Elderberry syrup
3- Mushrooms, specifically
- Oyster (Pleurotus)
- Reishi (Ganoderma lingzhi)
- Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
4- Vitamin C
5- Colloidal Silver
6- Oil of oregano
Steps to take to modulate immune health:
1- Breathe and Meditate- refer to our blog on handling stress for more.
2- Get high-quality sleep- look for a new blog coming soon from Relyf on this.
3- Stay active- refer to our exercise blog for practical tips.
4- Get in the sun- open windows, take a walk, sit outside at your house
5- Limit time watching the news or being on social media- schedule the time to get your facts in and don’t have it playing in the background
6- Use caution as to where you get your facts- not on Facebook or Instagram.
8- Connect with others in a meaningful and safe way- facetime, play remote games, check on friends through phone calls.
Additional mushrooms that can help modulate your immunity,
- Cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) ...
- Lion's Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) ...
- Maitake (Grifola frondosa) ...
- Turkey Tail (Coriolus Versicolor)
- Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
As always stay tuned to our Education page and social media for more great tips and practices for making these next few weeks as healthy as possible! As always, the recommendations above are not meant to treat or prevent any disease, specifically COVID-19.