• Nisha Jackson, PhD

Protection Against COVID-19

As the news of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) makes headlines and spreads throughout the world, I am reminded of how vitally important it is to PREVENT and PROTECT yourself.

While it is a great idea to wash your hands and avoid large, crowded areas, there are many other things you can do to boost your immune system to help your body fight back. The immune system is designed to fight off infection and disease. There are numerous ways it detects and destroys anything it recognizes as a foreign body, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and even cancer cells. Since viruses can only live and replicate inside of a cell, the most effective way to kill them is with the activation of natural killer cells.

So, how do you activate killer cells? That's where protection and prevention come into play!

Below you will find a few easy ways to boost your immune system today:

Reduce Stress

With all the daily headlines showing doom and gloom about the coronavirus, it’s easy to stress about it. Of course, my first suggestion is just to turn off the news and be done with it… but, the main thing you can start doing to protect your body is to find the optimal balance of work, play, self-care, and family. Just remember (if you haven’t read my book, Brilliant Burnout yet…), the stress hormone, cortisol, can boost immunity by limiting inflammation. If cortisol crosses a certain threshold, too much or too little cortisol in the blood opens the door for more inflammation, and eventually, the burnout of your adrenals, compromising the immune system.

Stress also negatively impacts the production of lymphocytes — the white blood cells that are the body’s first line of defense against infection — making you a fast target for illness.

So…. keep things in perspective and don’t take life or every situation so seriously. Learn to move through your life without constantly saying, “I am so STRESSED.” Lighten up, do what you need to do, and start introducing more fun, laughter, gratitude, and lightness into your daily routine.

Exercise Every Day

Regular, daily exercise improves blood circulation, allows the immune system cells to move through your body and perform their most important job; to protect you. Heart pumping exercise is so vital to not only preventing sickness, but also boosting your mood, reducing body weight, and calming the mind. It is also one of the most effective ways to control stress and keep things in perspective. Take your walking shoes to work and take a brisk walk outdoors on your break to get your heart rate up, even if you only have 10 or 30 minutes! Every minute moving your body helps your immune system fight harder!

Eat a Colorful Diet

The immune system is like an army, and you need to feed your army the right foods to be strong in fighting the war against illness, disease, and viruses. There is now evidence that micronutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin B12, B6, C and E, selenium, zinc, copper, folic acid, and iron have a direct impact on the immune response and lower amounts in the body leave you an easy target for sickness. These essential vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and nutrients help prepare your body for battle and will keep it well equipped to win. Strive to make 40%-50% of your total daily intake from veggies. ­­Pack some color on your plate and go for veggies as often as you can at each meal, along with extra dosings of vitamins, all found at OnePeak!

Get Enough Sleep

There are literally thousands of studies that show the direct correlation between lack of sleep hours, quality of sleep, and how easy you get sick. Sleeping allows us to release cytokines, which are the natural killers of infection, viruses, and inflammation. Immune cells, hormones, and antibodies are all made while we sleep and are significantly reduced during periods of wakefulness and lack of sleep. I recommend adults get at least seven or more hours of sleep, and children/teens get 9+ hours each day and strive for limited sleep interruptions/periods of wakefulness at night. If you are not sleeping this well or this much, make an appointment at OnePeak and get it fixed! We specialize in good sleep!

Don’t Smoke

Smoking tobacco has a detrimental effect on the immune system, increasing your susceptibility to colds, flu, pneumonia, and bacteria. If you do get sick, infections will be more severe and last longer. Smoking inhibits the protective nutrients in your body like B-vitamins, Vitamin C, and magnesium. If you smoke, stop! You need to protect your life, and this is one of the most powerful ways to do it.

Vitamin C

I have forever touted that VITAMIN C will kill just about anything at a certain dose. I have had a long-standing obsession with Linus Pauling’s work, and it never ceases to amaze me what IV and oral Vitamin C can do for you and how every cell in your body can benefit from it.

Also of interest, China just released an announcement that high dose Vitamin C is protective against the Coronavirus and, potentially, an essential ingredient in curing it!

SO let’s all get serious about protecting ourselves and our families by dosing up with Vitamin C. I would suggest that for the next month, adults consider taking at least 4,000mg a day (with food) to prevent the flu and other bugs that are floating around out there. Studies show that you need higher dosages at the first sign/onset of sickness, but for protection, intermittent use of higher dose Vitamin C can be the answer!

Because I believe that Vitamin C is one of the key factors to protection, I urge you to pick up a container of Vitamin C at your local OnePeak Medical. The recommended dose is at least 1 tsp per day, divided into 4 - 1/4 tsp doses. This dose will begin the process of boosting your natural killer cells and keep you protected! www.onepeakmedical.com


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© 2018 by Nisha Jackson

*this degree is from an unaccredited college and is not approved for use in Oregon