Please do not panic about Coronavirus. Every year in the U.S. anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 people die from the common flu. People who have a compromised immune system or underlying health issues are more vulnerable. Very few people talk about this or even think about it.
During the annual cold & flu season, we ramp up the frequency in washing hands (soap & water or hand sanitizer) and stay away from people showing signs of sickness. Right?
So what makes Coronavirus scarier to some people? The constant fearful news stories are creating mass panic and an unknown virus. So let’s be proactive rather than panic.
Tips for a strong immune system
I travel a lot and have done so for the past 17 years. It is easy to catch germs on an airplane, in a hotel and in restaurants/stores frequented during travel. Our immune system is challenged while on travel, when our sleep patterns are changed, and when we’re stressed. Germs have a bigger impact on us if our immune system is struggling. But our immune system is also challenged when it spends valuable energy fighting toxins invading our bodies. So if our cells fight daily toxins (like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate found in most personal care products), there is little left to fight germs.
Here is what I do to maintain a strong immune system and stay well. I am ramping up these efforts even more at this time to be prepared.
- Do NOT stress or worry. Stay informed from credible sources (like the CDC) and avoid fear-based news and social media. Worry and fear can stress your immune system. Watch more Harry Potter and Hallmark movies! 🙂
- Wash hands frequently. I use Thieves Hand Soap because it contains NO toxic ingredients and commercial antibacterial soaps have no impact on a virus.
- Use hand sanitizer. I use Thieves Hand Sanitizer which contains NO toxic ingredients, cleans my hands and moisturizes them rather than dries them out. Most commercial hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol which is very drying to skin, and over time with frequent use can be harmful.
- Clean surfaces. When I am home I use Thieves Household Cleaner on everything, including my smartphone, computer keyboard, and my steering wheel. When I am away from home, I use Thieves Spray for door handles, light switches, airline tables and arm rests, and often want to spray it on germ-ridden people. 🙂
- Eat healthy whole foods and drink water. When you can nourish your body with real whole foods and drink half your weight in ounces in water everyday, this strengthens your immune system.
- Get good sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, my favorite sleep oils are Lavender oil in the diffuser, and Frankincense oil on my forehead.
- Start eliminating toxic products. When you reduce your toxic overload, your immune system can begin to rebalance. Toxins slowly invade our body in small doses and after years and decades those toxins break down our natural defenses. These are the areas in life where we have the most toxic exposure. Click on each to see what I have ditched and switched:
What’s a good first step?
Early on in my traveling career, I would get sick after every trip. I was miserable. Once I started eliminating toxic products and strengthening my immune system, I now stay well while on travel and while at home. This is why I am prepared and not panicked about germs and I don’t want you to worry either.
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