COVID-19 is a Nutritional Crisis – Part 2 of 3
As a proponent of Preventive & Proactive Medicine, especially as it relates to supplements and lifestyle, I think it would be nice, if in fact, someone was talking about what we can do to protect our immune systems. Well, I am here to help you with that.
- Do you know that more than 50% of Americans have at least one chronic disease?
- Do you know that 80% of chronic illness can be reversed with nutrition, diet, and exercise? I am not the only one saying this, but I have been for over 20 years.
Dr David Katz, another expert that is also talking about these statistics has this to say: “Over 80 percent of chronic disease and premature death could be prevented by following a healthy dietary pattern, getting regular physical activity, and not smoking”. I would also add eliminating the use of alcohol which deadens the brain.
I consider this time of COVID-19 to be an incredible opportunity to improve our health.
I suggest starting off by removing refined carbohydrates, wheat and gluten which can cause depression, abdominal pain, bloating, headaches, fatigue and more.
In addition, the biggest culprit against good health is sugar which suppresses the immune system and can reduce your ability to fight an infection for 24 hours or more.
Dairy is also an issue for many, especially as it is mucus forming, and we want to support our lungs. So for many, if not all, I recommend eliminating or restricting this, especially if you have asthma, sinus infections, COPD or other upper respiratory issues.
In addition, the rise in obesity, diabetes, allergies, asthma, and coronary heart disease is at epidemic proportions in this country. Just look around you. Statistics demonstrate that this can be reversed and at least improved along with a reduction of medication.
However, do the drug companies want you off insulin, statins, blood pressure medications, antidepressants and more?
I do not think so. As a matter of fact, The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.Jun 17, 2019.
What this does is to drive you back to the Doctor to ask for more medications, so the drug companies can make more money. They are not recommending seeing our Doctor to get healthy, are they?
In the last blog post in this series “COVID- 19 is a Nutritional Crisis!”, we are going to talk about target nutrition and what you can begin to do NOW and going forward to support your immune system.
In the meantime please check out my previous posts here about COVID-19.