20 Mar 2020

In these crazy times, it is easy to get caught up in the panic. However, supporting your immunity may go a long way in preventing or helping the body cope with viral infections. It’s not all about the disinfecting hand gel! Afraid that there isn’t much to be done about the shortage of loo roll, but do make sure you get some of these in your shopping trolleys:

• Coconut Oil- the caprylic acid in coconut oil has natural anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures, so it is ideal for cooking. Yes, it is a saturated fat-however the medium chain composition means that this fat is not stored like other saturated fats; instead it is utilised by the body as an immediate fuel source. • Olive Oil- the natural fatty acid compounds found in olive oil have been shown to disrupt the replication of some viruses. Drizzle on fresh bread, sweet potato, salads and just about every savoury dish! • Blueberries (fresh or frozen) are high in antioxidants and have some antibacterial and antiviral properties. Plus, they are just delicious with yoghurt or on their own! • Pomegranate juice and fruit contain several polyphenols (plant pigments) that have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Clinical trials have shown effectiveness against several viruses. Moreover, pomegranates are just beautiful, decorative and look very attractive in a fruit bowl. • Natural unsweetened Greek yoghurt- 75-80% of the immune system is actually in the gut. Providing probiotic (friendly bacteria) food sources helps keep the gut flora balanced and the immune system supported. • Shitake Mushrooms contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucan that can help boost the production of white blood cells (immune system soldiers, if you will). Other mushrooms varieties such as Maitake and Oyster also help support immune function.

As a general rule, remember to stay hydrated which is very important whether you are preventing or managing an active infection. 6-8 glasses of water preferably. Add a few drops of lemon or lime to help jazz it up and provide a bit of Vitamin C. If you haven’t been doing if before, now would be a REALLY good time to get 6-7 portions of fruit and vegetables. They are loaded not only with vitamins and minerals, but also unique plant compunds that can help the immune system do what it needs to do to fight harmful germs. Especially the green ones (kale, broccoli, watercress, etc).

Take your multi supplement. Ensure it contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Magnesium, B-Complex and Selenium.

Relax! Stress creates the production of chemicals that can interfere with the body’s ability to defend itself from harmful micro-organisms. Take a break from the news from time to time and engage in a relaxing hobby. Or simply take a few calming breaths. Helping others is a good way to switch gears and shift focus. If you know an elderly or vulnerable person, give