Miami, FL – November 24th, 2020 – As Medical Director of the Total Holistic Center in Southern Florida, Dr. Anya Temer practices amongst its elite residents, and shares her views on how to boost the immune system naturally, during the winter peak of Flu Season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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These holistic remedies, including Hemp CBD, have shown to boost the immune system during the double threat of Flu Season and Covid 19.
Flu season comes every year, but this will be the first time in history it kicks off a flu season combined with a serious threat, like the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, this is a stressful thought that is becoming more and more prevalent as Covid 19 cases continue to be diagnosed, with the US on more strict lockdowns, and the peak of flu season coming December 2020. With health officials warning Americans about the combined threats this year, this guide will help better prepare the body to deal with the daunting winter forecast.
A Holistic authority on total body wellness, Dr. Anya Temer, DO, is a practices family medicine, and is the Medical Director of Total Holistic Center, in Southern Florida, and regularly speaks out about the importance of holistic therapy, which has proven to allow the immune system to operate at optimum performance when it’s most needed. Early in her career, Dr. Temer realized that the current medical system lacked a few vital components; such as a way to look at a person as a whole, not just a sum of body parts. Citing less obvious signs of illness that the mindset can create, she has been educating patients of these symptoms, and how they have an impact on overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Temer states that there are many complementary treatment options to Western medicine, and vaccines that can greatly decrease the chance of the immune system coming under attack this winter as well, so please consult a family practitioner about what’s best, since everyone has variable health issues. Here are Dr. Temer’s health hacks that she reccommends, to help boost the immune system naturally this flu season.
GO GREEN: Eating green and colorful vegetables adds various much-needed nutrients to daily diet. Fiber in vegetables keeps the digestive system and microbiome (good bacteria in the body) healthy, and as 80% of the immune system in the gut, what one eats directly correlates with their ability to fight off infections. Eating veggies doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. Saute them in grass-fed butter, use low-sugar dressings, throw them into an air fryer, or create a colorful salad that resembles a rainbow, try throwing some berries and nuts into it, have fun and get creative!
H2O FLOW: The human body is composed of 60% water, and dehydration causes reduction in overall volume of blood and lymphatic fluids, which are crucial for a healthy immune response. Dehydration and inflammation are the most common culprits to chronic immune system impairment. Water doesn’t have to be boring and flavorless, throw in some orange slices, or cut up berries into a big jug of water and keep in the fridge overnight. The fruit essence will give a delicious and refreshing flavor, creating a tendency to drink more of it. That being said, choose a smarter substitution when it comes to alcoholic beverages too. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, and make the body work overtime, which increases inflammation and lowers immune response. If everyone is enjoying cocktails, get some sparkling water or kombucha as an alcohol substitute.
MOVE IT: During the winter months and holidays, one of the first things to go, is usually exercise. Moving the human body is super important to keeping the immune system well. If walking outside or swimming is not an option, and the pandemic rerquires isolation, try a trampoline or a rebounder at home. Crank up the music and jump, because just moving the feet up and down helps move lymph fluid, detoxing and cleansing the system. Plus, the endorphins feel, well… oh so good!
MEDITATE (the easy way): These are stressful and uncertain times, and no part of the world seems to be exempt. Stress is inevitable, and stress can be one of the most damaging things to the body and the immune system. When stressed out, the immune system takes a hit and its ability to fight off antigens is lowered, creating susceptibility to infections. A few easy things to reduce stress levels, are utilizing tools like a guided relaxation video (youtube or other podcast) and listen for a few minutes, a few times a day, especially when falling asleep. Put on some candles, turn down the lights, take a deep breath, and let go.
A,B,C,D,E,F,G…Fundamental Vitamin Intake: Vitamin C is a great example of a vitamin involved in many functions of the human immune system. Vitamin C helps the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, it helps the body fight infections. Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant, which means it helps protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Being deficient in vitamin C has been linked to poor health outcomes for example with people who had pneumonia. Unfortunately in the current world, the general quality of food lacks vital nutrients needed everyday. Even when eating a well-rounded diet, most people still wind up having a deficiency or two. It’s very rare to have someone not deficient in anything. Starting with a few fundamentals, like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, multivitamins, Omega 3’s, and probiotics daily may help; but a biometric comprehensive blood test for micronutrient deficiencies is much more accurate for better results.
SLEEP IN: Find ways to get to sleep and stay asleep! The body needs to regenerate regularly to build up the immune system, and grow new cells while getting rid of the old. to accomplish this, getting a good deep rest makes all the difference. Sleep is an essential part of the human lifecycle, and must be regulated in order to gain optimum body results. Making sure to have a daily routine that accounts for individual sleep needs, as well as making sure to eat foods that are not inflammatory, goes a long way. Lower the lights in the house and turn off all the devices an hour prior to sleep – thus introducing a “digital sunset” to begin winding down. If that is not possible, using blue light blocking glasses is a great option. Decreasing the light and deep slow breathing, will help the brain start to naturally produce melatonin – a sleep hormone released in the pineal gland. Herbal teas with valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and chamomile, as well as supplements, such as CBD, can help relax the mind and body to fall asleep organically.
SUGAR=SICK: Find healthier substitutions, decrease simple carbs and even fruit with high glycemic index. Stick with berries and healthier sugar substitutes such as organic stevia. Yes, it’s extremely difficult to withstand the delicious aroma of freshly baked goods that are served at holiday dinners, or the wafting of a caramel latte at a favorite coffee spot. However, sugar feeds yeast and “bad” bacteria in the gut, which in turn increases inflammation, food sensitivities and decreases the immune system function altogether. It also causes foul smelling flatulence, which is never a good look.
CONNECT: Stay socially connected (while isolating). Humans are not just a sum of body parts, they are whole and complete conscious beings. Physical health is very closely correlated with all other areas of human lives. As conscious beings, and social creatures, being in isolation for very long periods of time is very taxing for to the emotional state, and thus causes stress and disturbance to the physical body. If staying isolated physically is required, brainstorm some ways to connect emotionally in a fun way. As tired of Zoom as everyone might feel, there are ways to add some fun to virtual interactions. Have digital movie night, and watch the same movie at the same time as a friend, and discuss it over the phone as it happens. Dance together, play other fun games over zoom, or setup a meetup with close friends somewhere in nature, sitting a comfortable distance from each other, but still enjoy each other’s companionship. Connection is vital to human health.
CANNACURIOUS? Support the endocannabinoid system in the body. As research done by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam showed, most animals have endocannabinoid receptors in their organ systems. Those receptors have immune modulating properties as well as anti-inflammatory effects on the body. CBD, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis or hemp has been shown to have incredible effects in the human body. This can range from anything from reducing the responses to stress, to improving sleep and decreasing pain and inflammation. Some people have shown useful results, by consuming it as an integral part of their wellness protocol and see quicker recovery times, improved overall wellbeing, and a decrease in flare ups of their chronic issues. Stress and lack of sleep have a significant negative impact on the immune system function. More research is still needed on the cannabinoid therapy and its effect on Covid-19 and Flu viruses.
“One of the things patients need is to work on establishing easy to follow, daily habits that could be incorporated into a long term lifestyle, short term extreme habit changes just don’t work,” states Temer. “If starting a completely different routine tomorrow, pure will power will sustain that habit for a few days or weeks, but then automatic older habits eventually come back. It’s by establishing new habits, systems and routines, that can guarantee success with lifestyle changes.” Dr. Temer encourages finding healthier substitutions as opposed to completely eliminating things, to create a lifestyle change that will truly be there for a lifetime.
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