Hello and welcome to the summer edition of WTF Is Even Happening: 2020. For those keeping track, this is month 5 of the pandemic…though it’s hard to remember a time when this wasn’t happening at this point. I hope you’re all taking good care of yourselves, spending quality time with your fam, and staying out of the politics of literally everything.
I have multiple immunity posts, but it seems like a good time for a refresher, don’t you think? It’s never too late to start boosting your immunity, and it certainly isn’t going to hurt given…well, everything.
Disclaimer: You already know I’m not a doctor, so don’t even sass me. Do your own research and consult your own doctor like an adult. K, BYEEE!
ALL THE VITAMINS:
Zinc – According to Dr. Axe, zinc has the ability to exert an anti-viral effect by attaching to receptors in nasal epithelial cells, blocking their effects. I won’t pretend like I understand this, but if it can help, why wouldn’t you take it? Some doctors have been using it on COVID patients as well. This is why it’s been sold out pretty much everywhere. Personally, I take it all the time because it helps my skin stay clear, which is a nice perk.
Quercetin – This is another one that’s hot in the streets for rona prevention/treatment apparently. It’s a flavonoid that’s found in onions, green tea, apples, berries, red wine, and more. Early findings are showing that it’s beneficial for airway infections, which is why it’s gained attention right now. However, it’s most commonly used for heart conditions, cancer prevention, bladder infections, and diabetes.
Immune Shroom – This is one of – if not my absolute – favorite vitamins. I hardly get sick anyway other than the occasional sinus headache, but I’ve been taking this consistently for 2 years and have not been sick. I literally haven’t missed a day of work for being sick since 2018. Even my boss has commented on it. Anyway, it’s made by Organic Olivia who is an awesome herbalist out of Brooklyn. She recently did a podcast episode about her parents’ near-death experience with the coronavirus. Highly recommend listening to it!
Elderberry – Elderberry has been a staple in natural medicine for centuries, with roots tracing back to ancient Egyptian medications (always ahead of their time with everything!). Elderberries contain rich flavanoids which are known to stimulate your immune system.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D supports the immune and nervous system, brain, and lungs, which makes it a nice addition to your preventative measures. According to Medical News Today, children given 1,200 international units of vitamin D per day for four months reduced their risk of the flu (type A) by over 40 percent. Who knows about the rona, but it’s definitely not going to hurt. Don’t want to pay for it? Go outside.
Vitamin C – You already know. It’s the OG immunity vitamin! If you don’t want to take a pill, at least have a bunch of oranges on deck.[Read more…]