Preparing for the CORONAVIRUS
With the coronavirus (Covid19) being declared a world wide pandemic, many of us have a questions. What is it? Is it deadly? What can I do to get ready? Even though the media has created a huge hype about this virus, that does not mean that it is something to be ignored as it can definitely affect your health and is currently affecting the economy.
What is the coronavirus (Covid 19)?
Before we get into how we can help prevent the virus it is good to understand what it is. The Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like SARS and MERS. When infected with a coronavirus, the most common signs are respiratory problems, fever, cough, dry throat, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, this virus can cause issues like Pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure and death.
The COVID 19 is the infectious disease caused by the newly discovered coronavirus and it began in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
The most common symptoms are flu like symptoms including fatigue, fever, dry cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, aches and pains, sore throat.
Other symptoms include shortness of breath, breathing difficulty and diarrhea.
Patients infected with the COVID 19 have reported more fever, cough and shortness of breath symptoms.
How can it spread?
The coronavirus can be spread by coughing and sneezing, touching an infected surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. It can also be spread by shacking hands or coming in contact with an infected person. In rare cases it can be spread by contact with feces that contain the virus.
How does it affect the human body?
The COVID 19 virus starts like a common cold, affecting nose and throat. As it progresses, it can turn into coughing and breathing difficulties. When coughing and breathing difficulties start now the lungs get involved. The back up organs that support the lungs are the kidneys. As the lungs get under stress with the coughing, the kidneys have to work extra hard to keep the lungs functioning. The now stressed kidneys can become weakened. Weak kidneys can cause water retention, as their main job is to filter out the urine. If water gets retained in the body it can cause fluid buildup and this buildup can get into the weak lungs causing severe and in some cases fatal problems.
What can you do about it?
The key is in PREVENTION. In the United States we lack in preventative care education. Many of us are reactive when it comes to health instead of proactive. The first advice I can give is be Proactive with your health. The following are things that you can do:
1- Boost your immune system with good food and supplements. The healthier your immune system, the better your chances of fighting disease. There are many supplements out there that help with immune system support. The ones that I recommend the most are from a company called Standard Process. The products are Immuplex (immune support) and Renafood (for kidney support) since we established that the coronavirus can cause weak kidneys. For general health I recommend a product called Shakeology from Beachbody. It is the most complete powder form shake that I have seen on the market and is the one me and my family take. There are many other companies and supplements/herbs that serve as immune support. Consult with your health care provider.
2- Get regular chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. Chiropractic helps by improving the communication of your brain and your body. A bad spine and misaligned spine creates bad communication between brain and organs therefore delaying your recovery from disease. A perfectly aligned spine helps the body fight disease. In addition to chiropractic, acupuncture helps strengthening the weak organs and making sure your circulation is on point to fight disease.
3- Increase intake for Vitamin A, C and D. Vitamin A helps with the production of a healthy mucous membrane, which is the first line of defense against any disease. Vitamin C helps support and boost your immune system. Vitamin D has been shown to be helpful with fighting upper respiratory infections.
4- Exercise regularly. Exercise has many benefits, one of them being that contraction of muscles helps with having a healthy lymphatic system. A healthy lymphatic system helps move white blood cells throughout your body to fight disease. The lymphatic system also helps get rid of toxins in your body.
5- Avoid eating too much salt. Salt in your body can cause water retention and make the virus worse.
6- Avoid cold food and cold drinks. The coronavirus works better under cold temperatures by weakening the lungs. Drinking hot tea (like green tea or white tea) as well as eating hot/steamed/boiled meals can help your body keep a better temperature to fight the virus. Include more soups, stews, and sauteed foods.
7- Avoid eating spicy and dry foods because these can weaken the lungs. Cooking by methods of baking, roasting, grilling, broiling and microwaving usually dry your food and this can affect the lungs negatively.
1- Wash your hands.
2- Maintain at least 5 feet distance from someone coughing/sneezing.
3- Wear a face mask if you are sick.
4- Cover your mouth with your elbow when you are coughing/sneezing.
5- Avoid touching eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
6- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Please contact our office if you have any questions.
Dr. Juan Caceres