Prevent the Spread of Viral Infections
Let’s talk about prevention when it comes to viral infection. So we know there is a lot of chatter out there, people are panicking, stocking up on toilet paper and getting a little bit worried about the COVID-19 virus and so I want to share some things that you can do so that you can feel in control of the situation.
There is so much you can do to make sure that you are preventing the spread of viral infections and also keeping your body strong so that if you were to get the flu you’d be okay.
I’m going to share some quick tips on keeping you and your family healthy over the next few months.
Let’s start with clothing. So one of the things that you can do is take your clothes off at the end of the day and change into a new set of clothing and wash those clothes that you’ve been out and about in. This ensures that if you did pick up a virus you’re cleaning it off right away and not carrying it through your home.
Another thing you can do is make sure that you take your shoes off at the door or leave them outside and clean them instead of walking through the house carrying germs into your house.
Be aware of how you sneeze so we were taught to sneeze in our elbows but know that the virus can stay alive on your clothing for up to a week and so instead of sneezing into your elbow try to carry some tissues around and sneeze into that and throw it out right away.
Pay attention to some of the objects that might be dirty.
Yes, we know that our cellphones and keyboards are dirty and so give those a spray with an antibacterial that’s got at least 60% alcohol or I love On Guard hand sanitizer which kills everything. Some other things that you might not think about cleaning are your keys! Give your keys a little bath in an antibacterial wash. Also your wallet, make sure you give your wallet a clean or give it a spray. I like to keep an On Guard Antibacterial Spray in my car so that anytime I get back into my car I give my steering wheel and my hands and anyone who’s in my car gets to spray their hands with this spray as well.
Think about how dirty the gas pump is and we grab that handle with our bare hands! Make sure that you keep a pair of gloves in your car so that you can pump your gas using the gloves.
No need to shake hands, fist pump will do when you’re out and about.
Light Switch or Elevator Button
If you have to turn a light switch off or on use your knuckles, and the same thing with pressing elevator buttons.
Opening doors I think we’ve seen people use your hips or use a closed fist and pull the door open so that the fabric is touching the door when possible.
When eating in restaurants – choose cooked foods over raw foods, just to be cautious. Pathogens may be present on lettuce or other raw veggies.
When you’re home, peel the skins off veggies that may have been touched in the grocery store by everyone who decides to pick something up and put it back down. Or wash them really well in soap and water before you have that food. I also do a soak of lemon essential oil and apple cider vinegar for some of my veggies. (1 drop of oil per veggie/fruit)
Keep Yourself Healthy
There is so much power in just being healthy. Keep yourself and your immune system strong. One thing you can do is make sure that you keep your sugar consumption down because white sugar lowers your immune system for more than 48 hours.
Try to keep some vitamin C in your home. Vitamin C is excellent for the immune system. You can take it in a vitmain form or through your diet.
Vitamin D is a supplement you can take daily. It’s super supportive for your immune system. We love the liquid form because your body absorbs it more easily.
Zinc lozenges are excellent if you’re not feeling well or if you have a sore throat. We have a lot of bacteria in our mouth, so make sure that you have Zinc lozenges around to suck on. Try to get the ones that are sweetened with xylitol instead of sugar.
I also love elderberry. Elderberry is excellent for upper respiratory tract infections. It stops the replication of the virus and it prevents that virus from getting inside the cell so it’s fantastic to have in your home.
Herbs or Essential Oils
There are also some things that you can do using herbs or essential oils. Try cooking with oregano, clove, thyme, cinnamon and turmeric. Those are some fantastic essential oils or herbs to add to your recipes. Or, take them in essential oil form in a veggie cap to support your immune system.
Focus on what you can Control
Overall, try to focus on things you CAN control which will keep stress levels down.
Keeping your stress levels down will, in turn, contribute to your health. If you are stressed out, your body will become stressed and compromise your immune system and increase your chances of getting sick.
Lastly, get your rest. We know how important sleep is to our overall health.
Linda Ljucovic, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health Educator