Coronavirus and Your Immune System: How to Reduce Your Risk

The CDC has warned Americans to be prepared for outbreaks of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in their community. From what they know of the virus, it spreads easily and sustainably. There are currently no vaccines or medications available to either prevent or treat the virus. You may be asking:

What can I do to keep myself and my family safe and healthy?

There are several ways to reduce your risk. The 3 most important are to strengthen your immune system, wash your hands frequently, and keep a safe distance from sick people.

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Most of you know these measures and are already washing your hands and trying to stay away from people who are ill. Luckily, our resident expert, Dr. Dave, has some important tips for you on how to boost your immunity and exactly which supplements and vitamins to take when you need a strong immune protocol. We know that some people who develop COVID-19, or any other flu or virus, react mildly and experience mild symptoms, while others develop far more severe cases. This disparity is likely a direct indication of the strength of the individual’s immune system.

 4 things to boost your immune system:

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Good sleep is vital to your immune system’s ability to function optimally. Sleep allows your body time to assess any outside threats like viruses or bacteria, improves your T cell functioning and production, and promotes the release of cytokines that help your immune system respond quickly. If you are having a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep, try GABA Boost PM. A lack of sleep can increase inflammation, blood pressure, insulin resistance, cortisol, and decreases your blood sugar regulation, which brings us to our next point…
  2. Don’t let your blood sugar spike. Viruses and bacteria love sugar. In fact, it is their only source of energy. Removing sugar from your diet = starving the bad guys. Sucrose, the main component of cane sugar, also suppresses the immune system for up to 6 hours after consuming it. Limit your consumption as much as possible; it’s a good lifestyle change for many reasons, but especially during cold and flu season or when amid a viral outbreak.
  3. Manage your stress levels. Acute stress lowers your immunity. Over the past 40 years, hundreds of studies have been done showing that psychological stress modifies the human immune response. In fact, there is an entire branch of science dedicated to it, psychoneuroimmunology. Stress can weaken your production of natural killer cells, T cells, and also immunity-boosting gamma interferon. Try breathing techniques, meditation or yoga to help when you feel overwhelmed.
  4. Start an immune support protocol. Dr. Dave travels 20 days a month speaking at conferences all over the world. He firmly believes in the following vitamin and supplement protocol: Immunitone Plus™, Vitamin D Supreme™ and ProbioMed 100™. They should all be taken together for maximum effect and taken in combination with a Vitamin C supplement.

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**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administrations. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education at Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida and the President of Tiberius Enterprises, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia. An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

Coronavirus Outbreak: How to Reduce Your Risk and Start an Immune Support Protocol

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