Simple Inexpensive Ways You Can Boost Your Immunity in Preparation for the Coronavirus

Daily take an immune booster

Incorporate immune boosters into your daily food routine. Breakfast is an easy way to do this. Grapefruit, orange, cherry and lemon juice are a great place to start. Daily eating citrus works just as well.

Another way to incorporate immune boosters into your daily diet is to increase your use of herbs and spices. Thyme is a great example. I have eggs several times a week, I usually add some fresh thyme. Thyme is very appropriately named. It is great for the thymus gland which shrinks almost down to nothing by age 40, and is responsible for producing our T-cells. T-cells are key to our immune system and our body’s aggressive first line of defense. Modern medical doctrine believes that no T-cells are produced by the thymus after puberty. I don’t believe it. We were also told it’s impossible to regenerate brain cells. We now know that isn’t true. In any case, children who are still actively producing T-cells should benefit from adding it to their diet.   If you use this herb liberally in your meals several times a week, then you’ve added immune boosters to your routine.

Take a medicinal, aggressive approach to immunity boosting.  I practice the above as a lifestyle approach. I’ve decided due to the threat of a pandemic, to also aggressively strengthen my immune system by daily taking a dropper full of Reishi mushroom tincture. There are a variety of mushrooms noted for their immune strengthening properties. This article breaks down other options you may consider.

Daily sun gaze.

Vitamin D deficiency plays an outsized role in our susceptibility to infection throughout the winter months. Simply standing outside (or even inside by a window) and gazing at the sun for a couple of minutes a day greatly increases the Vitamin D.

Proper sun gazing is a must.  Under no circumstance should you look directly at the sun. Sun gazing without damaging your eyes can be accomplished in several ways:

Sun gaze at dawn when the sun is on the horizon and just creeping up. Or at dusk when it is setting.

View the sun through the leaves of a tree, through cloud cover or through a tiny gap between your fingers.

Incorporate nature’s antivirals into your daily routine

Garlic is one of the most powerful food medicines available to humans. It is practically impossible to consume too much garlic so that it is harmful. When cooking savory meals, sauté some garlic and add your veggies and meat.

Onions are another powerful food medicine. Some chefs claim that every meal should start with onions. Now is a good time to take this adage to heart.

Honey has been used medicinally for eons.  Almost all ancient cultures were known to use it in such a manner. Even the mainstream medical community acknowledges its antibacterial and wound healing properties. But recent studies have confirmed the old wives’ tale that it is an antiviral. A recent (2012) study supported by the National Institutes of Health concluded that both manuka and red clover honey have significant antiviral effects. If you are using honey for more than sweetening your tea: I recommend purchasing raw honey, manuka honey, red clover honey, or some combination of. Another recent (2014) study of the flu virus concluded that honey in general and manuka honey in particular effectively inhibit viruses from replicating, and concluded it was potent and promising medicinally. The viruses studied both the H1N1 Influenza virus and the varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). These viruses are enveloped viruses, they have a layer of protein encasing them, making them difficult to kill. Coronavirus is also an enveloped virus. Honey showing effect on enveloped viruses is very promising. Add it to your diet. Have it on hand in the event of an outbreak.

Ginger is my favorite antiviral and I consume it in some capacity every day. I add raw fresh ginger root to smoothies, juices, my water, and if I break down and have a Vernors, Pepsi, or other type of ginger ale, I add it to them as well.

Fear of a pandemic can be paralyzing and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be, taking one or two steps to prepare ourselves and our family for an outbreak can helps us feel and be prepared.


Mushrooms…medicinals of the future?

The Beautiful Reishi Mushroom

Did you have your ‘shrooms this week? No? Well perhaps you should. Not the psychoactive kind! Though those show many promising benefits, that is a different topic for a different day.

In recent years, there have been many great research projects showcasing the healing and regenerative properties of mushrooms. They’ve been proven especially beneficial to the human immune and nervous systems and have been used for centuries in Asia to fight cancer. They are also tremendous at healing the environment. Did you know that they can  clean up toxic waste sites?

Yep, it can be argued that mushrooms, like most natural remedies, are multi-faceted superstars. Though used for a variety of health concerns, they show wondrous results in three key areas:

  1. Cancer Fighting
  2. Immune Health
  3. Brain/Nervous System/Mental Health

Let’s Start with Kicking Cancer’s Butt!

A few varieties of mushrooms have shown great promise but the Reishi and Turkey Tail varieties standout.

A joint recent research study, conducted by the New York University (NYU) Cancer Institute and the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, Bayamo ́n, Puerto Rico, showed Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum*) to be very effective at stopping breast cancer tumor growth. Additionally, even more exciting, the research shows that it shrinks cancerous tumors.

The researchers studied Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), a rare aggressive and lethal type of breast cancer that has a 5 year 50% survival rate compared to non-Inflammatory Breast Cancer that has a 5 year survival rate closer to 80%.  Standard IBC treatment involves non-targeted chemo-therapy or a combination of radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and surgery. This standard treatment has generalized destructive effects meaning, it kills both cancerous and non-cancerous cells. Naturally, researchers were interested in finding therapeutic options that are more targeted. To be blunt, radiation kills cancer cells but it also kills healthy cells that a cancer patient desperately needs. Not ideal.

Reishi, is full of polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system. Of course, an active immune system is better equipped to find and fight cancer cells than a sluggish one. However, that is just the tip of what Reishi accomplishes. It also has triterpenes that are poison to the cancer cells but NOT to the healthy cells. The result is that it suppresses the growth of the cancer and inhibits it from spreading.

So should you add Reishi to your regimen if you have breast cancer? Yes. Definitely. Many studies that test the healing properties of herbs test a highly concentrated extract. For example, in Germany Gingko Bilboa is commonly prescribed by doctors for treatment of Alzheimer and Dementia because it has been widely tested and scientifically proven. However, if you purchase it in the States you are most likely not getting the concentrated version. Meaning it may take longer and higher dosages to show affect.

Fortunately, this study used a commercially available Reishi called ReishiMax GLpTM, produced by Pharmanex Inc., an American company located in Utah.

Part two of this blog post will cover mushrooms and general immune health.

Stay tuned…

Additional reading if you are interested:

* In scientific fields its important to use the Latin name of botanicals since common names are sometimes country specific. In addition, there are often large differences in medical constituents depending on the plant variety used.