• Mollee

Health Tips for Coronavirus / COVID19 & beyond.*

Updated: Apr 9


*We are not doctors, what follows is simply a description of what we are doing to maintain a strong immune system :)

6 Health Tips for Coronavirus / COVID19 That We Employ To Maintain A Robust Immune System.


  1. Work on staying emotionally balanced.

  2. Stay active.

  3. Know your HRV and work on keeping stress low.

  4. Avoid sugar and stay KETO!

  5. Mind those mitochondria! CoQ10 & PQQ are our favorite mitochondrial helpers!

  6. As needed for enhanced immunity, supplement with Zinc, Vitamin A, Cordyceps, Beta Glucans and NAC.


I've spent the majority of my adult life seeking that often evasive state called "health".

At this point I've spent close to 20 years in the supplement & wellness industry and have been the proud (and oft-times annoyed) owner of a human body for 43 years.


Now, as far as capturing that elusive state of "health"? *SIGH* That was a long and messy road that started with an obese childhood, the discovery at age 14 that I could just live at the gym & not eat which led to 10 years of disordered eating, eating fat-free, taking ephedrine, being vegetarian, being vegan, running marathons... Whew! I put myself through some serious Bullsh*t!


Fortunately, my health tanked at 24. Being stubborn and independent at the level of my genes...I did not get help. I gave myself an ultimatum. I could continue on the path I was on and die soon, OR I could STOP. Like, FULL STOP. Do not look back. Move forward at whatever pace you can, but move forward. Move toward stability, health and vitality like your life depends on it. My life DID at that moment depend on it. And the reality is that this is true for ALL of us all of the time. Sometimes though, there are those stark moments where it's painfully clear something MUST change now.


But THIS is not what I'm here to delve further into today. All of the above is to say I have been self-hacking and self-experimenting my way to optimal health for nearly 20 years now. If you've heard of it I've likely tried it. I'm not here to be a guru and I am not here to tell you what to do. I am here only to share with you what I have had success with over the years in my own quest for "health".


I believe the number one thing you can do for your immunity is to pay mind to the state of your nervous system.

We're speaking here about stress of all types: emotional, acute, chronic. Stress and the biochemicals involved in all of our stress responses wreak havoc on our bodies. Stress increases inflammation, increases blood sugar, suppresses immunity and much more we do not want.


Harnessing the dragon which is stress is a life long endeavor and is different for each of us as we all have different "origin stories". We each also have different genetic propensities in both our physical make up and our emotional make up.


Irrespective of our differences, I believe the following are tools we can all employ toward the end of solid immune systems that can help ensure we survive and THRIVE in times such as we are now experiencing.


Emotional Hygiene


This is a BIGGIE. Sorry folks, I do not have one solid answer for you on this one. What emotional hygiene means to me is learning to respond rather than to react to all emotion (essentially uninvited neurochemicals) whether it's coming from the outside or originating internally. It's a very traditionally stoic perspective but it saves me & my nervous system from exhausting emotional excursions on the regular. There's a great book by Gabor Mate called When The Body Says No that takes a deep and heartfelt dive into the connection between emotional hygiene and disease states. I highly recommend it! "Between stimulus and response in a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor Frankl


Physical Activity


This community does not need to be reminded of just how critical to emotional and physical wellness staying active is. Exercise has been shown to cause a change in white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body's immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly when we have been

active, so they can better detect illnesses earlier than they might have in absence of exercise. The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. This is similar to what happens when you have a fever. Exercise also slows down the release of stress hormones. Too much stress increases the chance of illness (some stress though via hormesis is good!).


Knowing your HRV


We are LOVING having knowledge of this metric. Your HRV gives you invaluable insight into the state of your nervous system each day. Your HRV reading essentially tells you just how much stress you (your nervous system) can safely take on any given day. Low HRV likely means your immune system is suppressed, inflammation is increased and your risk of injury heightened. On a low HRV day, you need to take it easy. High HRV? Awesome. Train hard! Your nervous system is ready!


Keto or LCHF diet


Those in this community are crystal clear on the anti-inflammatory, mood regulating and vitality increasing benefits of the Keto lifestyle. Basically, for immunity & optimal health, keto on friends!


Mitochondrial Health


Mind thy mitochondria! has been a silent battle cry for me for many years now. We are composed of 65 to 90 trillion cells and at the heart of each is the mitochondria. We want heathy vigorous mitochondria! I call them my "little molecular geniuses" and I like to do all I can for them. Endurance exercise and a supplement called PQQ (pyroquinolinequinone) both stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis (creation of new mitochondria). I take PQQ and participate in endurance exercise as often as I am able. I've also taken CoQ10 daily for 18 years and do not like to go a day without it. CoQ10's chemical name is ubiquinone coming from the word ubiquitous. CoQ10 is crucial in the production of energy at the level of the mitochondria. Every single one of your cells need CoQ10 and your organs being mitochondrially dense, have even greater need of it. If you like organ meats, eat them! They are the best natural source of CoQ10.


Zinc & Vitamin A


Many years ago when I first started in the wellness industry I learned that an "old school" remedy for colds and flu was a heavy therapeutic dose of Zinc and Vitamin A for just 7-10 days. After those 7-10 days you revert to a low daily dose. This has never failed me. WHAT dose? 50 mg to 100mg Zinc (in divided doses) and 25K to 50KIU Vitamin A taken in two to 4 divided doses through the day. SHORT TERM therapeutic doses of the natural forms of these vitamins folks! And if fear of vitamin A is still instilled deeply in your brain AND you have some time, THIS is a very thorough and perspective shifting read on the topic.


Beta Glucans


Beta Glucans are special polysaccharides found in many medical mushrooms. They increase the number of NK cells (natural killer cells) you have. NK cells are a type of white blood cell. You want many of these buggers on alert when there are nasty viruses going around. I take pop 6 of these a day (two 3X a day) as soon as I feel like I might be coming down with something. I take two a day whenever i'm around folks who appear to already be ill.


Cordyceps


We LOVE this mushroom! In the wild it's this epic little "zombie fungus" that basically hijacks the brain of its unfortunate carrier in order to get as high up into the tree canopy as possible before it releases its spores. Sorry! That has nothing to do with why you want to take it as a supplement... just a geeky fun fact! Cordyceps has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of various respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and phlegm. This is largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties its tendency to relax the bronchial walls and promote enhanced oxygen utilization and efficacy. Studies have shown that the Cordyceps can dilate bronchia, inhibit tracheal contractions and allows for increased airflow to the lungs. There have also been trials in humans that demonstrated Cordyceps to be effective in treatment of various respiratory illness, including asthma, COPD, and bronchitis. This is largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its tendency to relax the bronchial walls and promote enhanced oxygen utilization and efficacy. Additionally, mice fed Cordyceps while subjected to an extremely low oxygen environment were able to utilize oxygen more efficiently (30–50% increase), better tolerate acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and live 2–3 times longer than a control group.


NAC


NAC is fantastic as an inexpensive pre-cursor to one of our bodies most important antioxidants: Glutathione. Additionally, it can relieve symptoms of respiratory conditions by acting as an antioxidant and expectorant, loosening mucus in your air passageways. NAC also helps replenish glutathione levels in your lungs and reduces inflammation in your bronchial tubes and lung tissue. It's a go to for me whenever any bronchial bug is going around


To re-cap:


  1. Work on staying emotionally balanced.

  2. Stay active.

  3. Know your HRV and work on keeping stress low.

  4. Avoid sugar and stay KETO!

  5. Mind those mitochondria! CoQ10 & PQQ are my favorite mitochondrial helpers!

  6. As needed for enhanced immunity, supplement with Zinc, Vitamin A, Cordyceps, Beta Glucans and NAC.


Stay safe out there friends! Wear your masks, wash your paws and maintain some distance. Hugs and handshakes will still exist when we come out of this and after a brief period of awkwardness, we'll all remember how to hug freely. Much LOVE to you friends!


Thank you for being a part of this community of people working hard to build strong personal health foundations. Keto on and keep those brains sharp and those bodies strong!














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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

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