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11 Ways To Protect Yourself From Virus Outbreaks
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which originated in Wuhan China, has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global emergency. 11,860 cases ( as at Feb 2) have been reported in China with the death toll of 259 people. It has spread to almost all continents with reports of 164 cases in other countries.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms cannot be differentiated from the common cold and flu. These are fever, cough and in the more severe cases, there is shortness of breath and pneumonia of differing severity. The worse the pneumonia severity, the greater the risk of fatality. Dr Shawn Vasoo, the acting Clinical Director at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore, estimated that 20% of those infected would become severely ill.
How is the virus treated?
There are no specific antiviral medications to treat this virus. Medical treatment is limited. The infection has to be overcome by your immune system. Therefore you should take steps to strengthen your immune system as well as avoid behaviour which crashes your immune system.
11 Ways To Protect Yourself From Virus Outbreaks
1. Mask Up
I know the papers say to only mask up if you are sick. However, some believe that they are protecting themselves from the virus being spread from others coughing or sneezing. If you are in a crowded public place or enclosed space such as the plane, then I would recommend masking up even if you aren’t sick. Reports have stated that the symptoms cannot be seen until 9-14 days after one has contracted the coronavirus.
2. Protect Your Mouth, Nose and Eyes
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes after touching public surfaces. This is how the virus enters your body. If you are in an enclosed space with recirculating air such as on a plane or a public place like an airport, hospital or clinic, I would recommend also protecting your eyes with glasses.
3. Practice Good Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap after touching public surfaces and avoid touching your eyes, nose, face and even your hair until you have washed your hands. My daughter uses a tissue to open doors and when touching bannisters. She uses her car key to touch surfaces like lift buttons and the ATM machine. Sometimes she uses her knuckle but then washes her hands immediately after. I used to think she was a little bit of a crazy germaphobe, but at this time, these may be good practices. You could also clean aeroplane seats and surfaces with antibacterial wipes first before touching them.
4. Catch Up On Sleep
Night owls should sleep earlier and get 8 hours of sleep. Between 10 pm to 2 am are the important times when the body carries out its repair so it’s most beneficial to be asleep by 10 pm. Sleep deprivation takes a major toll on your immune system which makes you more susceptible to falling ill.
5. Avoid Sugar
Sugar depresses your immune system function. There are many hidden sugars in foods such as salad dressings and ketchup so do read the product labels carefully.
6. Eat Whole Nutritious Food
Nutritious whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins nourish your body’s cells and helps strengthen of your immune system.
7. Get Some Sun
Sun exposure is known to improve immune function. Vitamin D from the sun is anti-viral and helps your immune response to viruses.
8. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking.
Alcohol is a diuretic so it dehydrates your body. It also causes loss of vitamins and minerals leaving you nutritional deficit and depresses your immune system. Smoking (including second-hand smoke) causes a reduction in immune system function.
9. Refrain from Over-exercise.
Aggressive exercise can increase cortisol and this depresses your immune system. Consider doing some moderate exercise at home.
10. Be aware of immunosuppressive drugs
People on steroids are at risk, including cancer patients on radiation and chemotherapy. Antihistamines, antacids and acid reflux medication depress the immune system and decrease your body’s ability to fight infection. Cancer patients need to take extra precautions.
11. Increase your serving of Santivia Immune
Natural Killer (NK) cells are your body’s defence against viruses. They are your body’s assassin cells. Studies have shown that people who are chronically sick have low numbers of NK cells. You can’t have enough NK cells!
Santivia immune contains the proprietary and unique immune modulator, Ai/E10, with the synergistic anti-oxidant ingredient of blueberries.
A US clinical trial demonstrated that Ai/E10 increases NK cell activity by 300% in ‘healthy’ (i.e. not chronically sick) people taking it for 3 months. Another trial in 107 serious chronic sick patients showed an increase in NK cells by 1250% when given high serving sizes of Ai/E10 and followed for 18 months.
We urge you to take active steps to strengthen your immune system by taking Santivia immune daily especially during this virus epidemic and when travelling.
The adult serving size we recommend for Santivia immune is 1 capsule twice daily. This is an average maintenance serving. However, in high-risk situations, we strongly urge adults to start at 4 capsules daily, preferably in divided servings. The aim is to get a faster improvement in immune function.
For children from 2 years to 12, half the adult serving is recommended. 1 capsule daily as a maintenance serving. 2 capsules daily for intensive use, preferably in divided servings.
For vulnerable people with already compromised immune systems, intake of Santivia Immune can be increased even to 6 to 8 capsules.
Santivia Immune is a food, not a drug. It will not interact with any medication.
Keep healthy and safe everyone!