Vitamin P - Your Best Defense Against Viruses

Vitamin P - Prevention, Your Best Defense Against Viruses 
 

Woman wearing surgical mask that says Vitamin P -  your best defense against viruses
 
I am not in the medical profession and this is not based on medical research.  I am only sharing with you what I have found to be helpful for myself and my family to stay healthy.  Three weeks ago my husband, Uri, fell ill with a flu virus.  Although I took care of him (and he recovered quite  quickly) , I did not catch the flu.  Perhaps luck or perhaps it was prevention - I did everything I could to keep my immune system strong. 
 
Our immune system protects us from invading bacteria, viruses and even malignant cells.  If our immune system works well - it should keep us pretty healthy, so even if we do get sick, we should be able to recover quickly.  The main fear is complications from viruses, so our goal should be to keep our immune system as healthy as possible so that if we do catch a ;virus, we will get over it quickly without complications.  Of course, we should also do  all we can to prevent catching a virus in the first place. 
 
 
 
The Do’s and Don’ts of Hand Washing 
As a practitioner I am very concerned about hygiene in my clinic, but recently with the fear of viruses,  I have become obsessive with keeping my clinic clean.  This includes heavy duty hand washing very often with soap and warm water.  It seems I overdid it,  The skin on my hands started drying out from overwashing and became chapped!  This is dangerous because  chapped and cracked skin  becomes a door for bacteria and other pathogens to enter the body. I started using a moisturizer (I use jojoba oil) on my hands and also stopped drying my hands on a towel.  I let them air dry instead. The dryng out and cracking ceaseed.  When I increased my leavy green intake (see below) the cracks/sores healed immediately!

Sleep 
We spend a third of our lives sleeping!  There must be a good reason for this and there is.  It is at night that our body heals itself.  If we don’t sleep we don’t allow our immune system to do its job. Now is the time to catch up on sleep.  Skip those late night parties and events and get that important sleep.  I always recommend to my clients to get 7 ½ - 8 hours of sleep a night! If you are able to take a nap during the day, that is great too, but sorry, it does not mean you can subtract the time you nap from those hours you need to sleep at night.  BTW, Uri became ill with the flu after staying out late at a wedding and then getting upthe next day  at 5:00 AM to go to  work. In my opinion, he should have skipped the event and taken care of  himself instead. He may have not gotten sick at all. 

I set a timer on my computer at 10:00 PM to make sure i turn it off and go to bed.  Please remember, if you feel you can't go to sleep because there is work you have to complete - think about how much work you will lose if you are out sick with a virus for 2 weeks!
 
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep you might want to check out this link to help you sleep better: Tips for a Good Night's Sleep
Eat Real Food and Skip the Three Whites
Real food is probably the best medicine we have to stay healthy, but many of us are too rushed to eat real food and rely on packaged, processed food.  Reach for the fresh fruit and vegetables and grains to keep yourself healthy.   I am a strong believer in the power of green leafy vegetables.  On many occasions they have helped me overcome getting sick when I felt I was coming down with something.  Smoothies  are a great way to eat/drink your greens.  I find that I can make a smoothie, store it in the fridge for 3 days and it's magical properties still work. Sometimes it's hard to find the time to make one every morning. 
 
Did you know that Sugar compromises our immune system?  Sugar stops the neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) from engulfing and destroying bacteria.  Research shows this weakening of the immune system begins 30 minutes after ingesting glucose, fructose, sucrose, processed honey and even processed orange ice and can continue for up to 5 hours!1  Now is the time to avoid all sweets. 
 
Although you will not find research on the subject, most people who sing know that drinking or eating milk products causes phlegm and should be avoided before singing.  For the same reason, avoid milk products especially when ill.  I have also found that products made from white flour do the same.    In my family, my kids  learned that in the winter or if they are not feeling well, to cut out the three whites: Sugar, Milk Products and White Flour.  
 
Exercise 
Our most amazing pump, our heart moves our blood around our body, but how do we move our lymph around our body, an important part of our immune system? There is no pump to move the lymph around..  It flows throught the lymph ducts when we move our bodies.  You don't’ have to suddenly start a vigorous exercise routine (although that is healthy for preventing dementia and other illnesses - but we will save that for another article :-) )
 
Get out and walk, do some stretching or yoga.  You must move so your lymph system will remove toxins and bring white blood cells to where they need to go to protect you.  
 
Reduce Stress 
This is easier said than done if you are worried about contracting the Corona Virus! ;-) 
Stress compromises our immune system. When we are in danger, our body responds to the stress with the Fight or Flight Response.  It helps us survive the danger we are in by shutting down many systems in our body.  If we are in danger of being attacked, our body will give us strength to defend ourselves or run away at that moment.  Our body is less concerned about a  germ or virus that may attack us in another week.   So if we are stressed, our immune system simply does not work at full force. 
 
There are many ways to help reduce stress.  I of course can recommend reflexology.  Research even shows that during  a reflexology session,  EEG measurements show that brain waves are in a more relaxed state.  If you don’t have a personal reflexologist, there are reflexologists all over the world.  You can contact the Reflexology Organization in your country or state to find a certified reflexologist  near you: How to Find a Reflexologist Near You
 
Meditation is also a great way to reduce stress.  I highly recommend the Insight Timer App   It has many guided meditations.  I have found this to be very helpful for those just learning how to meditate:  Insight Timer - Free Meditation App
 
Also one of the easiest ways to de-stress quickly is to escape into a good book.  When a book takes us to another place and time we leave our own stress behind.  
 
Here are more ways to reduce stress including using  hand reflexology: Yes I'm Stressed Out - What Can I Do?
 
Soak up the Sun 
Some have written that the Corona Virus has not really spread in the Southern Hemisphere because it is still summer there.  Everyone is hoping that if the temperatures start rising we might be able to put a stop to the spread of this virus near us.  It seems the best way to soak up that important Vitamin D is during the midday sun.  I discovered this fact a  few years ago when  a blood test showed I had low vitamin D.  This  surprised, because I run outside in the morning during the summer. I learned that  the early morning sun is just not strong enough to give you the vitamin D we require.   If  there is sun shining where you live around noon - try to go outside, roll up your sleeves and soak up a few minutes of the wonderful healing sun.  I wear a hat and try to stay out for 10 - 15 minutes.  I was also told that soaking up sun on your tummy produces more Vitamin D.  Again, I don’t know if there is research to back this, but you can lift up your shirt to expose your belly to receive move sunshine.  
 
It can feel like a time bomb -  not knowing where the next virus outbreak may happen and that can make us feel helpless.  Besides taking precautions to stay out of the virus’ path, the only thing we can really control is to keep ourselves in the most healthy state we can. This can be done by changing our lifestyles for the next few weeks by sleeping and resting  more, eating better, exercising and trying to reduce stress.  Wishing all of you the best of health!  
 
Oran Aviv  has been a  Holistic Practitioner for  25 years.  She is a Reflexologist and also helps people with sports injuries using also Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and Tui Na. 

Oran has  also worked with people with dementia/ Alzheimer’s  for 14 years. . She is a certified Validation Teacher. (Validation is a way of communicating with people with dementia/ Alzheimer’s) .  Oran developed and teaches Hand -on-Dementia, a workshop based on the principles of hand reflexology and Validation, to medical staff and caregivers. Oran has been invited to give workshops in the US, New Zealand and Cyprus. Her work has  been published in Israel, England, Australia and the United States.

Oran is also the recipient of the Geller Prize for her work teaching caregivers hand reflexology to help people with dementia/Alzheimer’s. 
To contact, to arrange a workshop or to make an appointment,  contact Oran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Tel: 053-5533856  
 
 1 Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/26/11/1180.abstract
   
 
 

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