Fighting COVID-19 With Water
Pure water is another vital ingredient for healthy immune function. Water is a potent detoxifying agent, ﬂushing germs and other pollutants out of the body.
Dehydration increases the risk for a respiratory, gut, and urinary infection. Dehydration decreases a class of antibodies in the respiratory mucosa. So, if you want to reduce your risk of flu and corona virus, drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day.
The blood stream, which is the highway to transport the immune system’s troops, is kept ﬂowing freely by adequate amounts of water. In addition, the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth also need plenty of water to maintain a protective barrier against invading germs
If you do not have a neurological or circulatory disorder, severe anaemia, or a blood vessel disorder, contrast showers are an excellent way to propel dormant immune cells. Do an alternating hot and cold shower, as tolerated, in a warm bathroom: hot for 1 ½ minutes and cold for 30 seconds; do three exchanges. Be sure to make the second and third changes progressively hotter. Finish with cold. Hot and cold showers boost the number of circulating white blood cells and when you take a shower and that hot spray hits your chest, natural killer cells are also mobilised. Perform this treatment twice a day, ideally. And one time a day is much better than none! Rest afterwards to enhance the effect.
The country may have the greatest and best-trained soldiers in the world. But, if at a time of national emergency they can’t get to the place where the battle is being fought, they will be of little use. Likewise, the body has its soldiers, like Natural Killer Cells (NK cells), and other white blood cells, which can kill the invaders. Water in the circulatory system is the vehicle that gets them to the place where they can do their job.They move from the sides of the blood vessels and get into the mainstream, where they will bump up against enemy soldiers. NHS recommends 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.
Fighting COVID-19 With Trust
Trust Is a Basic Human Need
Every one of us trusts something or someone. When we turn the key in the ignition of our car, we trust the motor is going to start. When we go to see our doctor, we trust that he/she is going to be able to help us. When we call 999 or the police, we trust they will come to our assistance.
Erik Erikson, famous psychologist, originated the concept of the 8 important questions to be solved in life. The first and most basic dilemma that humans need to decide is Trust or Mistrust. Who can I trust in life?” For some, unfortunately, it comes down to “Can I trust anybody?” Can I trust myself? Do I have the answers within me for life’s greatest problems? Can I rely on human opinion when the crisis hits?
Faith leads us into a relationship of trust with an all knowing Creator who loves us unconditionally. Most studies are all coming to similar conclusions. A strong belief system can be a foundation for improved health. Research on 1,700 adults found that those who attend religious services were less likely to have elevated levels of interleukin-6, an immune substance prevalent in people with chronic diseases
Today there is sickness and emotional disease everywhere because of COVID -19. Is God there when we call on Him for help? Yes. But sometimes we tie God’s hands. He wants to help us, but we don’t meet the conditions for answered prayer.
Dr. Thomas G. Plante found that religiousness, which we define as trust and faith in a divine power, is associated with better health, enhanced ability to cope with adversity and illness, and lower rates of mortality from all causes.
Studies have also noted that religious people show lower levels of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse and higher levels of self-esteem, marital adjustment, life satisfaction, and wellbeing. In conclusion he states that research generally supports that religiousness is associated with positive mental and physical health outcomes. This includes less depression, loneliness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, alcohol abuse, and delinquency as well as more hope, life purpose, social support, and optimism.
We need a secure reality in which to place our trust—a secure reality that goes beyond humanity. We cannot trust in the police. They may arrive too late. We cannot trust in burglar alarms because they can get out of order. We can’t trust in armies and navies; they are subject to defeat. We cannot trust in our own strength, it diminishes day by day.
We need a greater reality in which to trust—a reality that the devil cannot disturb, jealousy cannot jar, the grave cannot hold, sickness can’t subdue. We need a reality that transcends human understanding.
The truth is by trusting in God you can change negative self-defeating behaviours. You can choose to live a healthful lifestyle. You can be a WINNER!
Trust energizes our entire being. Trust lifts our spirits. Trust encourages our hearts. Trust renews our hope. Trust lifts our vision from what is to what can be. Trust believes God’s promises and receives God’s gifts before they are realized.
We trust God for:
• Strength in our weakness
• Wisdom in our ignorance
• Courage in our fear
• Peace in our anxiety
• Hope in our depression
• Guidance in our doubt
• Joy in our sorrow
The source of all Trust is an all-powerful, all- knowing, all-loving God. A trusting relationship with God begins with the realization that He loves us and desires only good for us.
reality in Paul’s letter to the Romans
Scientific studies confirm these observations. They show that major depression, for example, reduces NK cells’ effectiveness. A persistent negative outlook erodes both the ability of the NK cells and killer T-lymphocytes to destroy viruses and cancer cells. The emotions and reactive thinking common in depression—helplessness, loneliness, hopelessness, lack of social support, and unhealthy suppression of these feelings—not only depress the mind but the immune system as well.
Stress reduces the ability of NK cells to make interferon, a chemical that substantially decreases viral replication. However, problem-solving techniques and coping skills improve NK activity in stressed persons. If the individual possesses high emotional stability and low anxiety, stress actually promotes NK cell activity. On the other hand, the same stress can result in a significant decline in NK Ceclls if the individual possesses high anxiety and low emotional stability. Confidence, openness, social support, effective coping skills, self-discipline, trust, faith, and a will to survive improve NK cells’ efficiency.
The Most Powerful Verse in the Bible —Ephesians 3:20
• God is able
• Acts exceedingly abundantly
• Above all we ask or think
• According to power
• That works in us
Fighting COVID-19 with Fresh Air
High quality fresh air is actually electrified. The oxygen molecule is negatively charged. The effect is an improved sense of well-being, increased rate and quality of growth in plants and animals, improved function in the lung’s protective cilia, relaxation, lowered body temperature, lowered resting heart rate, decreased survival of bacteria and viruses in the air.
• Often the most damaging air pollution is in home
• Air we breathe in home can increase risk of coronavirus, lung cancer, asthma, allergies, etc.
Breathing deeply of fresh air has many benefits. We sleep better, we feel more optimistic, we perform better athletically, and we are more pleasant to live with. Psychologically, it is calming, refreshing, therapeutic and inspiring and it causes us to think more clearly. But many of us have difficulty getting enough fresh air because of the pollution both within our living spaces and outdoors too especially in the towns and cities.
Even if you have an abundance of fresh air, you still need to breathe properly in order to feel your best. Breathing properly helps your body to operate more efficiently. It primarily uses the diaphragm and abdominal muscles and relies on an erect posture. Watch how a baby breathes when lying down. Note that its little tummy rises and falls with each breath. The use of the rib cage and intercostal muscles is secondary.
Deep breathing, which is more likely during exercise, also reintroduces natural killer cells into circulation, thus increasing surveillance against cancer cells, bacteria, and viruses. However excessive exercise is likely to depress natural killer cell activity.
Fighting COVID-19 With Sunshine
Unfortunately, Vitamin D insufficiency is common. Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defences. Without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer T lymphocytes of the immune system will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body. In other words, vitamin D is necessary to activate Killer-T cells. They will remain dormant if there is an insufficient amount of vitamin D in the blood.
Your body produces natural antibiotic-like compounds called antimicrobial peptides in the white blood cells. Vitamin D increases the activity of these antimicrobial compounds. Dark skinned individuals and the elderly are especially prone to vitamin D deficiency. Get your level checked!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is emotional depression due to less sunlight during the shorter days of winter. Almost 29% of adults in the U.K are affected by this disorder during winter. New research has shown that one in three people in the U.K suffers from SAD with I in 6 suffering from a severe version of the depressive illness.
The primary symptoms of SAD are sadness, irritability and even violence—with the number of suicides and cases of child abuse increasing during winter months, decreased physical energy, and an increase in appetite—particularly a craving for carbohydrates. This may be the body’s attempt to increase its energy levels. Women are more susceptible to SAD, making up 75 percent of all cases.
How to Avoid the Winter Blues—Check how you are doing?
__ Regular exercise outside or inside
__ Take 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily if you are deficient
__ Cheer someone up –“do good” for someone
__ Keep curtains open. Let sunshine in
__ Keep sufficient lights on in working areas