A Nutritional and Lifestyle Approach to Fighting COVID-19
In light of the lack of vaccine or cure for COVID-19, there has been a lot of focus on preventing the virus from getting a foot-hold, and on supporting your immune system to fight the virus.
The Post-Modern [ Diet ] • The foods habitually consumed by a person, community or other group. • A specific food regimen such as a weight-loss diet or a vegetarian diet. See Dieting. More is a [ Nutrient ] A substance that provides nourishment essential to life. Nutrients may either be organic, as in carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins, or inorganic, as in minerals, oxygen and water. They are derived from the environment, typically food, and More and lifestyle approach to good health. So it is gratifying to me that there is ample research exploring several non-drug approaches to fighting COVID-19. What I’m sharing here are those things you can do to defend yourself right now.
I won’t be offering any whys for what’s on this list. But I will say there is some evidence supporting their effectiveness against COVID-19. I will talk about the whys in upcoming posts.
I see two complimentary non-drug approaches to fighting the virus:
- Interfering with (slowing down) the rate of infection, to give the immune system a chance to kick butt before the virus can get a foot-hold.
- Strengthening the immune system so it can do a more effective job of fighting the virus.
Indeed, the more ways we can slow down the infection rate and the more ways we can strengthen the immune system, the better that chances of avoiding a trip to the hospital. So I say let’s combine them all into a supplemental virus bomb or “cocktail”.
The COVID-19 Cocktail
What follows is perhaps the five most important supplements, based some good evidence. I present them to you here with their suggested dosages in a COVID-19 context.
- [ Vitamin ] Any a class of organic nutrients or other compounds that are essential for normal metabolic function. Vitamins are broadly categorised as water-soluble (such as vitamins B and C) and fat-soluble (A, D, E and K). More C – 500-1000 mg/day
- Vitamin D3 – 4000 IU/day
- Melatonin – 3 mg at bedtime (increase as tolerated to up to 10 mg)
- Quercetin – 250-500 mg/day
- Zinc – 30 mg/day (maximum 40 mg!)
Interestingly, zinc become as scarce as N95 masks and toilet paper, due to popular media coverage of it. Others are likely to follow.
Some More Ingredient Suggestions
The following items aren’t coronavirus headliners but are nonetheless known to have antiviral properties, support immune function or otherwise promote good health:
- Calcium – 1000 mg/day
- Vitamin E – 800 IU/day
- Fish [ Oil ] Any of a group of fatty acids and fatty acid esters of glycerol which are liquid at room temperature, compared to fat, which is a solid at room temperature. More – 4000 mg/day
- Probiotics & Prebiotics
You may have noticed that, with the exception of quercetin, all of the supplements mentioned here are in the photo above. What you are seeing is my own daily regimen. Zinc was added recently but quercetin is certainly on my shopping list.
This post would not be complete without mentioning other important immune system support:
- daily exercise
- regularly spending time in a forest or wooded area
- getting enough sleep
That about wraps it up for now, but do keep in mind that this post is little more than a “cheat sheet”. The rationale behind them will have to wait. I do plan to write about all of these in more detail.
- keep your hands clean/sanitised
- don't touch your face
- practise social distancing
- cough or sneeze into your elbow
- and finally, wear a mask!!!