We now have another covid variant to worry about. New COVID variant ‘IHU’ with 46 mutations has been detected in France:
The person infected with the B.1.640.2 variant, dubbed IHU after being discovered by scientists at the IHU Mediterranee Infection, was fully vaccinated and had just returned from a three-day trip to Cameroon when they tested positive, the researchers said.Read the full story HERE.
Even though the majority of Americans are vaccinated, the covid situation is still fluid. We really don’t know where we will be in 6-12 months. Fully vaccinated people can still get the virus and spread it to others. Will there be new variants that evade vaccines? Will it lose effectiveness? No one knows.
If this isn’t enough, we are now hearing about people getting the Flu and Coronavirus, which has been called Flurona:
“Flurona” refers to when one person has both respiratory infections at the same time — which health officials say is a possibility as cases of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus surge this winter across the world.Read more HERE.
Another subject of concern is boosters. While some countries are on their 4th booster shot, others believe booster shots are not the long-term solution:
The U.S. and other developed countries are pondering a second booster for their populations, but a co-creator of the AstraZeneca vaccine warns that “we can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months.”
“It’s not sustainable or affordable,” Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told the Daily Telegraph. Pollard said the vaccination effort must target the vulnerable.
He said the effort to keep everyone protected from infection must be abandoned.Read the full article HERE
Tips For After Getting the Booster
Whether you receive it or not, it’s critical you make strengthening your immune system a top priority. We can’t rely on vaccines to keep us healthy. Here are a few health tips to consider adding to your daily diet and lifestyle habits:
Increase Vitamin D Intake
It is estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency.
Studies indicate a vitamin D deficiency has been linked to obesity, diabetes, depression, and severity of covid symptoms:
“Vitamin D deficiency has been found to occur more frequently in patients with obesity and diabetes. These conditions are reported to carry a higher mortality in COVID-19Read the study HERE.
During the winter months, getting vitamin D from sunlight can be difficult for many. Vitamin is obtained primarily from sunlight, but the vitamin is also found in some foods and supplements:
Get Plenty Exercise
Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, keep blood pressure in check, and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease:
A study on covid and fitness found that Patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalisation, admission to the ICU and death due to COVID-19 than patients who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.Read the study HERE
Thirty to 60 minutes of exercise 3-5 times per week is an excellent way to stay healthy. Popular exercises include the following:
- Bike riding
- Strength training
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a probiotic, helping to keep the gut healthy. ACV has many health benefits, including having anti-tumor, anti-infective, blood glucose controlling properties. It is also a microbial, meaning it helps in destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms. Studies indicate acv can help against E. coli, S. aureus and C. albicans. Read the study HERE.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including anemia, blood pressure, some cancers, and bone health. Many studies have been conducted on black seed oil:
“Black seed and TQ are shown to possess multiple useful effects for the treatment of patients with several diseases, such as inflammatory and auto-immune disorders, as well as metabolic syndrome.”Read the research study HERE.
Spices have been used to flavor dishes for centuries, but they also have many health benefits. Here are a few popular spices and their benefits:
- Aids in digestion
- Boosts immune system
- Helps detoxify the body
- Motion sickness
- Improves blood flow
- Strengthens the immune system
- Cancer treatment
- Muscle and joint health
- Cardiovascular function
- Fights inflammation
Get Your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, meaning it must be obtained from food or supplements. The body cannot produce vitamin C. It is very important to overall health, helping keep the immune system strong, preventing or alleviating bacterial infections.
In a few dozen placebo-controlled trials with humans, vitamin C has shortened infections caused by respiratory viruses, which indicates that the vitamin can also influence viral infections in humans.Read the full study HERE.
Top Sources of Vitamin C include the following:
- Citrus fruits (oranges, lemon, strawberries, etc.)
- Green leafy vegies
- Red bell pepper
Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C can be obtained in supplement form as well:
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Whether you get the shot or not, make sure you take care of yourself from the inside out. Focus on strengthening your immune system today. Your body will thank you.
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