Coronavirus – Covid-19 – How to Strengthen and Boost Your Immune System
UPDATE: I personally contracted the virus on 6-12-2020, but wrote the article below months before. I followed my own protocol and it worked perfectly!
Latest research is showing that younger adults are dealing with the virus better and the majority of them go on to make a full recovery most likely because their innate immune system is more responsive. The ones that suffer a more dramatic response from the virus – young or old, still points back to the innate immune system, and things get worse if the patient has underlying medical conditions.
The innate immune system is your first line of defense and it is responsible for alerting the warriors (T-Cells) about the invader so they can go to battle and destroy the virus. If you are an older individual or someone with a less responsive innate immune system, then you have a greater chance for the virus to come in and further down regulate the innate immune system and sneak in the back door so to speak. By the time your (T-Cells) recognize the virus, it’s too late as it’s already significantly replicated throughout the body making the lungs it’s primary target.
In some cases the immune system can overreact – a process called a cytokine storm and this extreme inflammation is what’s causing people to succumb to the virus because not only does the immune system kill infected cells, it also kills healthy cells in the process. Not good!
Latest research shows that up to 25% of people can have the virus and not show symptoms at all and never will. However, they are considered carriers and can spread the virus like wildfire. These are the people I believe who have a strong innate immune system and that is why it’s VERY important to treat everyone you come into contact with as though they have the virus as they can be a CARRIER and show NO symptoms at all!
Here is some VERY important information on how to strengthen the innate part of your immune system.
Tissue Macrophages are your first line of defense and they need the following supplements so they can be very responsive when going to battle.
Plenty of rest/sleep/prayer/Love a little more/deep breathing exercises.
When you sleep your immune system goes to work. If you are under emotional stress, you activate the sympathetic nervous system which in turn puts you in fight or flight mode. In this mode your immune system is put on the back burner so to speak which in turn could allow the virus to run wild.
NOTE: When you are sick with the virus you MUST NOT sleep on your back! Sleeping on your back could cause secondary infection/pneumonia! Sleep on your stomach if possible or at the very least on your sides rotating every 4 hours or so.
Prayer is a direct communication with God and this in itself can calm the sympathetic nervous system and allow your immune system to recover. If you are a non believer, then meditation will work – although in my opinion connecting with source is optimal, so please no haters on this because this is my belief and I have experienced God countless times in my own personal life – so again, if you are a non-believer then that is your preference.
Love is key! Your immune cells along with every single cell in your body is a highly intellect very complicated system that has LIFE! Every cell in your body is constantly communicating with each other and each one has a role it plays where it’s main objective is to keep your body in homeostasis (operating in perfect order to maintain internal stability). Every single cell can sense everything that is going on with you! It can hear everything you speak or think and it reacts accordingly. Example – Studies show that people who have hatred for others and/or hold grudges toward others are more prone to disease. Another example – If you think or believe you will die, then your cells won’t fight as hard to live! Your cells react to negativity in a negative way and vice-versa. Always think positive (hence the reason why the placebo effect is so powerful).
Remember this, LOVE is what creates LIFE and HATRED is what destroys it. Follow this one universal law and you will be a happier more joyful person which in turn will result in better physical and mental health in general. Being happy significantly decreases inflammation and remember, inflammation is what leads to disease and eventually proves to be fatal.
Here is just one study you can read for more info. Click Here
Deep breathing is a must! Start by taking in a deep breath inhaling through your nose if possible. Hold for 3-5 seconds and exhale slowly. Repeat 4 times. Take a 5th deep breath and then instead of exhaling normally – I want you to cough with force into a towel or something to catch any phlegm that might come up! The key here is taking in a very deep breath even if it hurts! If taking in a deep breath causes you to involuntarily cough, then you have fluid in your lungs! In this case, do your best to breathe as deep as possible! Repeat the technique 2-3 times!
You may feel a little dizzy when doing this, so please make sure you are seated!
NOTE: Repeat the breathing technique every hour you are awake and IF you wake up at night! This will prevent fluid from building up in your lungs or help clear fluids from your lungs!
Drink plenty of warm liquids OR very cold liquids if you have a fever.
Vitamin D3/K2 10,000 to 40,000IU per day of D3 is needed. 40,000IU of D3 can be taken for up to 5 days if you have the virus.
400-600 magnesium orotate or L-threonate which is needed to convert D3 to it’s active form. This is a must otherwise your magnesium stores will deplete and you may experience muscle cramps, general pain, anxiety, constipation, and the list goes on. Magnesium is also needed to generate ATP and the more ATP you have the more energy you and your immune system will have to fight the virus.
Zinc – 40-60mg per day – also known to prevent replication of the virus.
The second line of defense is called neutrophil invasion and you can do the steps below to strengthen their function. Neutrophils make up approximately 60-70% of your white blood cells.
Avoid all processed sugars or any food that contains sugars. Sugars will shock the neutrophils and significantly decrease immune function for several hours.
Vitamin C – 3000mg per day in divided doses or take 1/4 teaspoon of Camu Camu up to 3-4 times per day up to 6 hours or so before bedtime. This will also prevent replication of the virus. Increase dosage to 10,000mg per day (or to bowel tolerance) if you actively have the virus. Loose stools or stomach irritation indicates you are taking too much either per day or too much in a single dosage. In this case you would decrease the dosage and slowly increase over several days to give your body time to adapt.
Your body makes white blood cells from bone marrow. This process needs the following vitamins.
Vitamin A Palmitate – 10,000 to 40,000IU per day for up to 5 days. 10,000IU can be taken daily for months in most cases to prevent infection.
Vitamin E (mixed tocotrienols) – 800IU per day when sick or 400IU when well
Vitamin B6 – 100mg per day. For added benefit you can take B-50 which is a complex that contains all B vitamins including B6.
NOTE: Consult with your physician if you are prescribed ANY drug that suppresses the immune system. They may temporarily take you off the drug, especially if you are older and have been on the drug for a long period of time. The last thing you want is to be taking something that suppresses your immune response unless your immune system is over-responding to the virus in which case certain drugs can be helpful to decrease your immune response. Hydroxychloroquine is one drug in particular that is showing some promise in calming the immune response.
NOTE: If you have allergies and are taking anti-histamines, cut back on the dosage or stop taking the medication for now. Histamine is used by the body to alert the immune system of harmful pathogens. There is a lot of info about this one, but won’t go into the details for now.
Possibly inactivate the virus during the incubation period.
An infrared sauna can be used daily for up to 20 minutes after you begin to sweat. This will improve heat shock protein activation in T-Cells. The cells are the warriors in your body and they are responsible for fighting an invading virus. As I stated earlier, the innate immune system if your first line of defense. People that are dying have a slow or non-responsive innate immune system.
Taking a cold shower will temporarily increase a person’s white blood cell count which in turn boosts immune function. This can also be done if the person has a fever over 103 and if you are wanting to refrain from taking medications that suppress immune function. People with underlying medical conditions should not follow the cold shower technique because they need all the energy they can get and doing something like this could wipe out their energy levels making things worse.
Studies do show that the virus becomes very unstable when core body temperature increases even 1 degree. An infrared sauna can increase your core temp by up to 2-3 degrees. Even if it doesn’t inactivate the virus, it will improve heat shock protein activation which in turn will strengthen your T-Cells (Warriors) and make them more heat adapted so that if or when a virus is present, your immune system won’t overreact and cause a cytokine storm.
When you get a fever it does the same thing and that is why if you are otherwise healthy, try your best to not reduce a fever that is less than 102 degrees. Refrain from taking ibuprofen because it impairs blood flow to the kidneys and the last thing you want is for your kidneys to not be able to rid the body of toxins during an active infection. Tylenol also reduces liver function and immune function, but would be better to take in place of ibuprofen if your fever exceeds 102-103 degrees.
Remember, fever is good for the immune system as it significantly increases immune response. However, in older patients with underlying medical conditions you have to use caution as having a fever may be too much for them. The body significantly increases metabolic activity in someone who has a fever and some individuals cannot handle the extra stress. In this case Tylenol may be an option along with drinking cold liquids, and cool baths. Consult with your physician if you have liver disease!
Stay hydrated by drinking 16 ounces of room temperature water with a pinch of celtic sea salt and the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon. If the person has a fever then the water should be ice cold.
Be careful with over-hydration because if the inflammation is too severe it can cause edema and even more fluid build up in the lungs. In this case, take in enough liquids to keep you hydrated, but not too much as to cause adverse effects, especially if the patient has active cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
Another very important supplement that can be implemented is Quercetin Phytosome. This specific type of quercetin is 20 times more utilized by the body when compared to ordinary quercetin. This supplement acts as a zinc ionophore helping zinc to get into the cells to stop viral replication. If you have been exposed or have contracted the coronavirus you can take 500mg of quercetin phytosome along with 60-80mg of ionic zinc for 10 days. A maintenance dose that might help with preventing the virus would be 250mg of quercetin phytosome in combination with 50mg of ionic zinc once per day. Use caution if using this supplement for more than 12 weeks because it can interfere with glutathione homeostasis, especially in large doses. Taking NAC combined with glutathione may help offset any negative effects. Here is an article that explains more about this supplement. https://alphagreen.io/quercetin
NAC – Take 500mg to 1g per day! This supplement helps clear the upper and lower respiratory tract of fluids. It also helps prevent thrombi which is occurring in some patients that are prone to clotting. It’s a precursor to glutathione, but in some people they cannot convert NAC to glutathione and it’s imperative that glutathione levels are optimized. If you have doubt, do a liposomal version of glutathione and do both supplements.
Lastly, you can take 12mg of astaxanthin daily. A virus among other things causes severe ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) which in turn causes severe inflammation. Inflammation to a certain degree works great because it helps your body fight the virus. However, it can cause significant health consequences that might be fatal if the inflammation gets too severe. This is where astaxanthin comes in. Studies show it will stop or significantly reduce ROS and it’s the most potent antioxidant on the planet! As a matter of fact a company called Cardax is trying to come up with a Covid-19 cure and based on their research the astaxanthin can kill the virus.
Any person that is sick and monitoring their situation at home should also have a pulse oximeter to keep an eye on their oxygen levels. A normal average is 98-99% and if they see them drop below 95% they will experience extreme headaches in most cases. If O2 levels drop below 92% they will need oxygen otherwise oxygen to the organs can suffer which in turn can result in organ failure! I would recommend administering oxygen at levels of 95% especially if their normal range is 98-99%.
IF you do have the virus and experiencing symptoms, it’s because your immune system is at work! I’ve been hearing a lot of people say that their symptoms significantly increase at night. Chris Cuomo from CNN is infected with the virus and he says the beast comes out at night! I can’t believe that no physician has ever explained to him why this happens! So, if this is you, let me explain so you will know!
There are many systems that your body turns on or off based on the circadian rhythm. For example, in the evening the brain will turn off histamine production and turn on melatonin production to get you ready for sleep! Another thing your body does is ramp up immune function and it goes to work at night cleaning up the bad guys so to speak. The more bad guys you have floating around in your blood or in your tissues, the greater the immune response! When you feel bad it’s not necessarily just the virus, it’s your immune system kicking into high gear attacking the virus! If you take something for fever you will feel much better. Why is that? Because you suppressed your immune system! Do you think it’s smart to suppress your warriors in the middle of a battle?
If you are an otherwise healthy individual then I would say NO as long as the fever doesn’t exceed 103 degrees in most cases. However, this is very individualized so please use your best judgement or consult with a physician for guidance.
If you are older and have underlying medical conditions you may not be able to handle the extreme stress from the war going on in your body. If that’s the case, then yes, you may need to take something to calm the warriors down. Not only that, but your body cranks up the metabolism so high that you can lose a significant amount of weight in a matter of days, especially if you are not eating that much.
Don’t worry, unless you are skin and bones your body will revert to gluconeogenesis to get all the fuel your immune system needs in this time of battle. However, during the day it may be wise to eat soup or other nutrient dense foods
in very small amounts throughout the day to help your immune system/body recover. NEVER eat a large meal because this will take much needed energy away from your immune system during it’s recovery to digest the meal. Eating frequent nutrient dense meals that are easily digested is key!
Bottom line is this, when you start to feel bad just know your immune system is at work trying to kill the virus! So, the so-called beast is NOT the virus – the beast is YOUR immune system! The virus is the invader!
Now don’t get me wrong, the virus takes over healthy cells and prevents them from functioning the way they should so this in turn causes you to feel weak and experience other unpleasant symptoms. However, for the most part, you feel horrible because your own body/immune system is at war with the virus killing those cells that are infected, and in some cases your immune system even takes out healthy cells in the process!
So, if someone succumbs to the virus was it not the virus that caused them to die? Yes and no! Yes, because the virus did
a lot of irreparable damage to your cells. However, your immune system also caused a lot of damage to your healthy cells in an effort to try and destroy the virus! The verdict? Both the virus and your immune system are to blame!
Can you do anything to boost cellular production at the mitochondrial level so your body is more equipped for war with a virus? The more mitochondria you have the healthier you will be IF those mitochondria are healthy and don’t suffer from respiration deficiency! I won’t go into a full explanation of how the mitochondria work, but I will give three tips.
1. High intensity interval training increases mitochondria and their function. Of course if you are sick you can’t follow this tip! Save it for when you are well because if you have more healthier mitochondria, your body will be much stronger when it comes to fighting a virus or any infection for that matter.
NOTE: If you have a vibration plate or rebounder, put it to use for 2-3 minutes every 4 hours or so while you are awake IF you don’t have very severe symptoms. Why? Because this gets the lymphatic system moving which is very important to get rid of toxins and wastes your body produces while fighting this viral infection. If you lay around all day and night then your lymphatic system will come to a screeching halt and your recovery will take much longer. If you don’t have a rebounder or vibration plate, then you can jump lightly in place for a couple of minutes. Deep breathing helps with lymphatic movement as well, but whole body movement is what really gets lymph flowing.
2. Deep breathing exercises. I spoke about that earlier and cannot emphasis enough how important this is! If you are sick and your lungs are congested, then you MUST take in DEEP breaths to clear fluids. YES, it may hurt, but this is VERY important! DO NOT SHALLOW BREATHE because your lungs will fill with fluid if you do and once this happens gas exchange cannot occur! What does this mean? Your oxygen levels will decrease – NOT GOOD!
3. Take supplements that support mitochondria production and health. A very good one is called PQQ! I’ve given this supplement to young women in their 20’s and 30’s who had irregular periods and within weeks their cycle normalized. Why is that? Because PQQ boosted mitochondria function and production in the ovaries! It will do this for every organ in the body.
The above information can be very beneficial for the majority of the population who has been exposed to the virus or has the virus and can even be used as a prevention. However, some people will need specific guidance because of underlying medical conditions, etc. Therefore, you should always consult with your physician for approval before implementing anything new in your daily regimen.
Do I guarantee this info will prevent you from getting the virus or guarantee that if you have the virus it will heal you? Of course not, but one thing I do know based on thousands of hours of training in functional medicine and 27 years of experience helping thousands of men and women – the above protocol will strengthen your immune system and possibly help your immune system remain in homeostasis AND prevent a cytokine storm should you contract the virus! Remember, a cytokine storm is one major reason why people are succumbing to the virus!
God bless and I hope this helps someone!
UPDATE: I personally contracted the virus on 6-12-2020 and I had a low grade fever of 99.1 to 100.8, mild fatigue, mild cough, and I lost sense of taste for 4 days. I had symptoms for 12 days and I recovered on the 13th day, but I lost 9 pounds in those 12 days because my body was in overdrive. I was a bit weak for another 11 days but no lasting effects and feel great as of today 9-3-2020. I did a lot of blood tests about 3 weeks after recovering from the virus and everything came back perfect and I do have antibodies. Keep in mind that antibodies disappear over time, but a healthy immune system will have memory of the virus it came into contact with. Yes, there are a few cases worldwide where people got reinfected, but most of those cases were very mild and some didn’t even have symptoms. I personally believe getting reinfected is very rare, but still play it safe and follow CDC guidelines when going out in public.
After doing some contact tracing it was determined that I contracted the virus after a visit to the dermatologist so please be careful when going to the doctor or anywhere for that matter.
I followed my own protocol and I recovered well considering I am 55 years of age. However, I don’t have any underlying medical issues, never smoked, don’t drink alcohol, not overweight, and I am physically fit. The hardest part was being in isolation for so long and not really knowing what could happen, but in the end my protocol worked perfectly and my immune system operated like a Rolex watch! As a matter of fact the virus never got to my lungs and imaging proved it.
So, if you or anyone contracts the virus then maybe give the protocol I outlined a try. I can’t guarantee it will work, but it’s definitely worth a try.
This is truly the best information I have read to date! WOW!
Thanks for taking the time to share all of this! Lots of details and specifics you generously give. There are several things I would like to ask, or eventually come to know the answer to. (Grateful for answers, guidance, etc. .. even if on just a few of these ideas.) However you feel inspired to respond. 1) Hot Bath, using waterproof ear plugs, and having one’s head well submerged, in order to “heat treat” (heat shock?) one’s sinuses, with idea of giving the “newly incubating” virus a difficult time. Worthwhile DIY body hack? On a related point: for those lacking an infrared sauna at home, could taking a hot bath (or extended hot shower) raise the core body temperature *enough* to be helpful in some cases? Or too risky? Are there better methods available to neutralize the viral invasion, in its early stages, before it goes down into the lungs? Are the sinuses generally where the SARS-CoV-2 virus likes to initially start to replicate itself, or incubate, before moving on to other parts of the body? Next Question: 2) *IF* various do-it-yourself “Body Hacks” (home remedies, including using well known nutritional supplements – such as those you recommend) are not enough to help a particular person’s body to fight off COVID-19′, and then the patient reaches out to medical system for help, in desperation, might it be better for them to ask for treatment with high-dose vitamin C — in the intravenous (IV) form — rather than Hydroxychloroquine or Azithromycin? (questionable drugs, when used off label). Important related question: is IV Vitamin C treatment, used in formal medical setting, generally not available in U.S.A.? (That is, to regular non-celebrity type people) (or is it Expensive, and not covered by Medical Insurance?) ; 3) do you think that oral mega-dosing Vitamin C, at home, (and using inexpensive powder, for instance, with lots of water, .. OR a pricier “liposomal Vit. C” product), might be a good thing for many people to try? Especially if following certain safety protocols, and staying under certain limits? Maybe combining with Zinc or other nutritional supplements to help the C work better? ; 4) ingesting raw garlic (1 clove, with food), or echinacea w/ goldenseal liquid tincture, or taking Wild Oil of Oregano” orally, *when one first starts to feel unwell*. Perhaps even taking medicinal mushrooms (e.g., “Reishi”) capsules on a regular, ongoing basis. ~ Are any of these likely to be helpful? ; .. 5) Are certain methods of “nasal irrigation” (neti pot, for instance) beneficial for fighting SARS-CoV-2 virus? .. that is, in the early stages of the virus’ life cycle in a new host? (With the idea of potentially reducing “viral load”, if done within a day or two of initial exposure, while the virus is still trying to incubate, and hasn’t spread widely throughout the body yet), and .. 6) In order of importance, how important is sleep compared to the rest of these ideas / suggestions? And lastly,… 7) for people who can’t afford all the recommended supplements (and I realize they are ALL good ones) for immune system strengthening, In order of importance (approximately), .. which are the most crucially important, if one can’t get all of them? For instance, is “mega-dosing Vitamin C” near the top of a limited-means list? Keeping in mind that supplies for some nutritional supplements are presently either low, “out of stock”, or delayed, due to recent increase in demand by consumers.
Thank you for commenting. In regard to submerging yourself in hot water while wearing ear plugs that is actually not necessary because just taking a hot bath in general will increase core body temp. The key here would be to slowly increase the temp by allowing the hot water to run in the bath and turning it up hotter as you sit in the bath while allowing it to drain slowly at the same time. Doing it this way will slowly increase your temp over 20 minutes or so. Use a 30 second digital oral thermometer to check your temp every 10 minutes or so. Once your temp reaches 99-100 degrees you have accomplished your goal. Go by how you feel and don’t overdo it because the last thing you want is to pass out in a bathtub full of hot water as you could drown!
Most viruses do start in the nasal passages and I am completing an article now that talks about iodine/iodide saturation that may offer some protection. I should have it completed in a day or two.
China used high dose vitamin C by IV with some promising results. I think it would be more of a prevention as once the virus has replicated it is much harder to stop. Prevention is key even though no one is supposedly immune according to a lot of scientists. Myself, I believe you can strengthen the innate immune system and the adaptive part of the immune system to the point the virus never replicates because your immune system is strong enough to destroy the virus in the early stages.
I listed the protocol to strengthen the innate immune system and while other supplements such as oil of oregano, garlic, echinacea, mushrooms, are good, I cannot comment on their efficacy when it comes to strengthening the innate immune system. However, most all of them are anti-viral and surely can’t hurt. Oil of oregano is potent and must be used with caution.
Nasal irrigation is okay once every other day or so if you were exposed or if you have congestion, but if you overdo it, you could flush the natural bacteria out of your sinuses and those bacteria are needed to fight invading pathogens. It’s a double edged sword so use caution if you try it.
The only thing I recommend as of this writing is an infrared sauna because it has numerous benefits when it comes to improving heat shock protein activation in T-Cells among other health benefits. However, as I stated, it is possible to use a hot bath in place of the sauna in this particular case. Remember, the virus is very unstable when exposed to an increase of just 1 degree core temp. My theory would be to make the virus unstable and let your immune system go to work and heat does both. It activates your immune system and makes the virus unstable. of course you will have physicians disagree with this statement, but to me it’s common sense. Will it work? I’d say it’s worth a try and surely can’t hurt you if you are otherwise healthy and can tolerate the heat.
If I had to choose between any of the supplements I would say Zinc, Camu Camu, and Astaxanthin are most important. However, if your D levels are below 50ng/mL then you should also include D3/K2.