how to keep yourself healthy and strong during pandemic #stayhome

OK, looks like COVID-19 stepped into our life, not in person (at least I don’t know anything about it) but indirectly affected it. Because I will spend next three weeks at home (due to my workplace was closed), I decided to cheer myself up a bit and make a list of the things I would like to do treat myself during that time.

We did our best to stay away from that, but looks like most of us is in the same situation, so I made up my mind to write a blog post, and maybe it will help you to feel a little bit more in control in this madness. Or maybe you’ll find some good things about staying at home for next few weeks.

I’ve made a list of the natural treatments you can implement, to make your body stronger. That how we’ve been treating our bodies for last six months, to become more healthy and improve immune system. It might not protect us form the virus, but maybe if it happens to us, we will go through it with less harm. It’s good for your body anyway, so even if your not afraid of the COVID-19, it will help your body to fight any other infection.

Here we go.

    I drink my bulletproof turmeric latte every morning, with some clarified butter and coconut oil. But if you’re not on keto, you can have it as well. Just take some milk of your choice, heat it up and mix with spices. You can find recipe here – that’s how I make my own spice blend. Turmeric is known from it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to relief the pain, helps your liver to fight with toxins, in ayurvedic medicine is used as a digestive healing agent. Addition of other spices like cinnamon and ginger makes it even stronger. You can also add some pepper to the blend, to increase it’s healing properties. If you’re a vegan you can use veggie milk or add this blend to your morning smoothie.

   Sauerkraut juice – the immune booster. We drink one cup everyday. I’ve been already writing about sauerkraut juice here. In last few days I’ve made some more research not only about corona virus but also other viruses, and how they weaken your immune system. I will link down below Dr Berg’s video about that. In this post I just want to mention about some of the researches that has been made about sauerkraut. If you’re interested in this subject from more medical and science point of view, there is plenty of researchs that can be found online. Here’s a conclusion of the research made by Department of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301, USA:

Sauerkraut could possibly be one of most underrated superfoods. Sauerkraut is a name given to the end product of fermenting cabbage. One of the reasons sauerkraut is considered a superfood is because the fermentation makes all of the nutrients of the food more bioavailable than in its raw form. This means that all the vitamins, mineral, and phytonutrients that cabbage offers could become more bioavailable after fermentation. For example, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride states in her book “The amount of bioavailable vitamin C in sauerkraut is 20 times higher than in the same serving as raw cabbage” [1]. In addition to increased bioavailability, what really sets
sauerkraut apart from most foods is its probiotic content. The main reason sauerkraut is a wonderful food is because it is full of probiotics. Probiotics are defined as living organisms which upon ingestion in certain numbers confer health benefits upon the host [2].
The gut microbiota has become one of the most popular topics in the industries of health and nutrition. Many studies have been done which demonstrate the many benefits that a healthy human gut (and all of the bacteria involved) can have on human health. The microbiota plays a major role in health and disease in humans and it is sometimes referred to as our “forgotten organ” [3]. Even more importantly, the gut microbiota interacts with the immune system by providing signals to promote the maturation of immune cells and the normal development of immune functions [4].

One of the most significant groups of probiotic organisms are the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) which were observed further in this study. Lactic Acid bacteria have established benefits such as the treatment of diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and infections such as urogenital, urinary and candida. LAB have also been shown to enhance immune system function to help prevent various illnesses and promote lactose digestion. Some studies even show that these bacteria could even prevent certain cancers. While nearly all research confines LAB to dairy products like yogurt, sauerkraut stands out as a vegetable that also produces LAB [5]. Unlike yogurt, a starter culture is not needed for sauerkraut because the cabbages grown in healthy soil have all the bacteria they need to start fermentation. All that is added is salt which
inhibits the growth of undesirable microorganisms but favors the growth of desired bacteria.

Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2016; 6(8): 536-543
Sauerkraut: A Probiotic Superfood
Ryan Orgeron, Angela Corbin, Brigett Scott

 

The same research has shown, that homemade sauerkraut is more valuable than the one from the shop.

 

Initially, the research was going to compare store bought, shelf stable sauerkraut to homemade sauerkraut. After experimentation, it was concluded that store bought, shelf stable sauerkraut had little to no bacteria due to pasteurization and processing. An important note is that each trial was conducted on a different batch of sauerkraut. The first trial was conducted on a batch of six month (estimated time) old home fermented sauerkraut made by a third party (Dr. David Schultz). The second and third trial was conducted on batches made by the author, Ryan Orgeron II, and tested after three week (21 day) fermentation. It can be hypothesized that the first trial had a slightly lower count due to the age of the sample. The results show that all three trials display consistent results along with a consistent control throughout the experiment. The results conclude that homemade sauerkraut can supply an efficient amount of LAB to promote health benefits in small (2 tbsp.) and large (1 cup) serving sizes. Sauerkraut belongs to a rare category of foods which not only provide probiotics, but also  nutrients of the cabbage in a more digestible state. The aim of the study was to culture and count strictly the LAB in sauerkraut, but it is expected that sauerkraut can be home to more microorganism species than which is currently known.

Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2016; 6(8): 536-543
Sauerkraut: A Probiotic Superfood
Ryan Orgeron, Angela Corbin, Brigett Scott

 

My conclusion is that nature has already provide us with necessary compounds to keep us strong and healthy. So maybe if we try to come back to nature, and start to boost our immunity and make our bodies stronger, instead of damaging them with chemicals, highly processed foods etc., we could not only help to fight corona virus, but reverse more of the modern diseases.

In next days I will prepare a post about how we make our sauerkraut juice, so you can try yourself to make it (recipe is already here)

Ginger tea. Always when I feel a bit cold or so-so, I make a pot of hot ginger tea. Usually I have some ginger roots in my kitchen, especially in winter season. Ginger may have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and other healthful properties. Research done in 2013 has shown the effects of fresh and dried ginger on one respiratory virus in human cells. The results indicated that fresh ginger may help protect the respiratory system, while dried ginger did not have the same impact. So with your next shopping trip, you can stock up with some fresh ginger.

   A lot of garlic. I love garlic, I add it to many of my meals. My partner used to eat a sandwich with some butter and finely chopped garlic on top. It’s not very socially appropriate, but who cares now, as the social distance is two meters or like in my case – you stay at home 😉 Garlic is one of the most widely used herbs in three of the world’s major traditional health systems: Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional European medicine. If you’d like to read some more information about it, check Paul’s O’Brien article “Garlic in Traditional Chinese Medicine”- you can find it in pdf format. Just Google.

   Warm food. Hot soups, stews, everything what’s warming is great during winter and in between season, when it’s easy to catch a cold. Also use a lot of warming spices like curry, ginger, cayenne pepper. Sage and thyme are also great to heal infections, as a relief for sore throat or minor cough. I drink it often as a tea, when my throat starts to be painful, it always helps.

  Daily exercise. It’s always better to exercise than not to exercise, I don’t need to convince anyone about that. But staying at home for some time, will tend your body to be more and more lazy. You sit more than usual, spend more time in static position. Your blood circulation will slow down, and less oxygen will be provided to your cells. That’s why is good to do some basic exercises. Open the window, let some fresh air come into you and do some gymnastics, stretching, cardio or yoga. I like to do it in the morning to wake up my body, and stimulate it a bit. It doesn’t need to take a long time, even 15-20 minutes will be great. If you need some motivation switch on YouTube and find someone you can exercise with (I used to like exercising with Mel B). Exercising is also good to release tension, which we all have in excess these days. But also remember not to over train your body, especially if you don’t exercise on a daily basis.

  Daily walks. We both decided that every single day we will go for a walk, even if is a short walk around our neighborhood. Go outside, listen to birds, touch the trees (they are safe, free from corona virus), you can hug them to feel more connected with nature, smell the air, put your face to the sun. If you practice this daily, it will help you to overcome excessive thinking, anxiety and worrying.

This last one leads me to look for some “treatment” for the mind and soul. That’s the best moment for all (OK, almost all) the things you always wanted to do, but you didn’t have time. But start from…

… Switching off the news. I know that it’s tempting, fear of unknown is pushing you to watch and listen to all the news, but you don’t have to do it. I’m not saying – don’t listen to anything, it’s good to know about new government regulations. But you don’t have to know about each and every person in the world that was infected with the virus. Tabloids are tabloids – their job is to shock people with titles, and make them scare, so they read more and more. But it’s only making you (and me) panic, and stress that you go through every panic attack, makes your immune system more and more weaken. So don’t stress yourself out, switch off the news, do what you need to do to make yourself and your relatives safe, and wait until this madness will finish (because eventually it’s going to finish). But wait actively. As much as you can. 

You can – read books – I know, libraries are shut down, but you can borrow audio books or eBooks online, without going anywhere (at least my library have this option). If not, there’s plenty of apps where you can buy eBooks in decent prices. Now is the time to read about the subject you’ve always been interested in, maybe start a new hobby? Whatever you do, what will keep your mind busy and away from the panic is good.

But if you’re not a book lover you can watch movies. Make a list of the movies you would like to see, or maybe you already have one. Message your friends if they have any recommendations for you (that’s what we did yesterday), check the streaming services and tv channels.

   Do some cleaning. Oh that’s not everyone’s favorite (mine either), but sooner or later (better sooner) you’ll have to do it anyway. Anyway it’s always more pleasure to sit in clean and tidy house, than in messy one. Cleaning will also help you to find yourself in control of the situation. And that’s what we all need right now – being in control of the situation.

   It’s also great time to declutter. Go through your clothes, documents, magazines, makeup collection, drugs cabinet or spice cupboard. Chuck out expired medications, documents and magazines that you don’t need or read anymore. Go through your email box, delete all te rubbish, unsubscribe from the websites that keep you sending unwanted emails. All that will make you feel refreshed and kind of “brand new”.

   And simply – entertain yourself – keep yourself busy. Play board games, cards or video games, if you’re lucky enough to be stuck at home with some other human beings. Build a camping tent in your living room with your kids, using blankets and chairs. Make a picnic in your garden (if it’s warm enough to sit outside). Teach your dog new tricks. Make a DIY toy for your cat using crap you’ve just discovered during decluttering. Paint you nails, take a bath, dance or write a poem. Whatever gives you joy and cheers you up.

We are all in this TOGETHER.

Dr Berg’s video is here

 

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