And with it comes a wave of fear. Most of us just can’t wrap our minds around a highly contagious disease having no cure. People across America are wondering — what can be done?
For those accustomed to western medicine, the solution is a pretty bleak one, but at least it’s simple. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, avoid crowds, and put all your faith in an upcoming vaccine.
But said vaccine is still 12-18 months away. And even if it came sooner, would this really be the best approach?
We don’t think so. In fact, we think it’s time natural solutions stop being overlooked. This is something you won’t be hearing from the mainstream media, but it’s still true: there are science-backed ways to boost your immune system.
Seriously. There are ways to prevent the type of “cytokine storm” that causes most of the coronavirus’s fatalities…and there are proven ways to reduce the strength of similar diseases, like MERS and SARS, which may also apply to coronavirus cases!
In this article we’ll be taking a look at 4 ways you can harness the power of nature to boost your immune system — vaccine and pharmaceutical free.
- Anti-Viral Herbs
- Coconut Oil
- Elderberry Syrup
- Alkalizing Foods
- CBD-Rich Hemp Oil
1. Anti-Viral Herbs
Herbs and herbal plants contain some of the strongest anti-viral substances we know of. One of the most famous of them is echinacea, a delicate flowering plant that grows in North America.
Modern science backs this ancient wisdom up. According to large studies, echinacea boosts the immune system enough to reduce cold and flu symptoms by 10-20%. Another study confirmed that echinacea extracts “do indeed demonstrate significant immunomodulatory activities.” In other words, echinacea seems to help the immune system keep itself in check.
Other anti-viral herbs include licorice, olive leaf, turmeric, and St. John’s Wort. All of them have their own set of unique properties; St. John’s Wort, for example, contains a substance called hypericin which may reduce the structural defense of some viruses.
2. Coconut Oil
Like we said earlier, a coronavirus-specific vaccine could still be years away.
All isn’t lost, however. This study’s authors decided to think outside the box, asking themselves “[…]what if there is a treatment candidate against the coronavirus that might already be available and whose safety is already established […]”
These researchers also decided to provide an answer. “Given the considerable scientific evidence for the antiviral activity of coconut oil, lauric acid and its derivatives and their general safety, and the absence of a cure for [the coronavirus], we urge that clinical studies be conducted among patients who have been infected with [the coronavirus].”
What makes coconut oil so anti-viral? Good question! Some of the fatty acids in extra virgin coconut oil seem to corrode the cell membranes of viruses, weakening their defenses and slowing their spread.
Coconut oil has practical benefits, too. It’s affordable, good for general health, and “virtually risk-free.” Regardless of what happens with the coronavirus, taking it out of precaution could benefit your metabolic health.
3. Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is one of the best-studied natural anti-virals. Derived from the black elder tree, elderberry extract has been used for centuries.
That’s not surprising when you consider its health benefits. Some research shows elderberry syrup may prevent the cellular replication of influenza. Other clinical trials say it can shorten colds and flu; one study called elderberry syrup “symptomatically beneficial in influenza and the common cold.”
Those who need to travel internationally should also consider elderberry extracts — especially in light of how fast the coronavirus can spread through confined spaces like airplanes. A study of 312 airline passengers found that those who took elderberry were less vulnerable to their flight’s germs!
Elderberry syrup may not directly combat the coronavirus, but it’s still an excellent source of antioxidants. Plus it tastes delicious. Safeguard your immune system by trying it for yourself.
4. Alkalizing Foods
Have you ever tried eating an alkaline diet?
Sadly, many of us Americans probably haven’t…and we haven’t known what we’ve been missing.
The alkaline diet is high in basic foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, and some nuts) and low in acidic foods (meats, eggs, sugar, alcohol). A high-quality vegan diet will be alkaline almost by default.
When these dietary changes are made, good things happen. In a striking confirmation of that old phrase, you are what you eat, the body’s internal PH also slightly shifts from acidic to alkaline. Metabolic byproducts are reduced, calcium balance is brought back into balance, and kidney health may improve. Oh, and one more thing: helping your body stay PH-balanced may radically strengthen your immune system.
Interested in getting your internal PH dialed in? It’s easy — just eat fewer animal products and more plants! Speaking of plants, that leads us to another good immune-boosting strategy…
5. CBD-Rich Hemp OilThe endocannabinoid system and immune system are pretty much best friends. When one is healthy, the other one benefits; when one is overburdened, the other may come to the rescue. And this seems to be by design. Scattered throughout virtually every part of the immune system are thousands of sensitive endocannabinoid receptors.
Theoretically, a healthy ECS could help the immune system adapt more quickly to any threats or demands. “Endocannabinoids have both inhibitory effects and stimulatory impact on the immune system and may be actually important in homeostasis or control of the immune reactions,” describes a 2011 study that looked into the connection.
What’s the best way to strengthen your endocannabinoid system, you might ask? We can tell you the best natural ways: eat well (including healthy fats), exercise, meditate, and take CBD.
Amazingly enough, CBD may even reduce fear-based learning through its modulation of the endocannabinoid system. This effect could be especially useful given the tense times so many of us are going through. From both biological and physiological perspectives, CBD’s message is clear: don’t be afraid!
Full spectrum hemp oil contains more than just CBD. Hemp oil’s terpene content may also boost the immune system; many terpenes are powerful anti-virals, too. It’s telling that the country of Myanmar is calling for citizens to ward off COVID-19 with black pepper — this spice contains some of the same terpenes hemp oil does! Sometimes the best natural resources really do come by intuition. Let’s take a look at the amazing health benefits of full-spectrum cbd:
There’s just one problem with most CBD products: their absorption rates. Ordinary CBD’s bioavailability has been shown to be very low, hovering between 13 and 19 percent. That may not be enough to tangibly boost the immune system, so consider leveling up with a Cinnamon-Flavored, Nano-Enhanced Hemp Oil. This CBD-rich oil has a higher absorption rate and faster onset time.