Lately, media coverage has been all about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as it was declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30th January 2020. Although 2019-nCoV has received more media attention, there are actually more people contracting Influenza A in Malaysia and Singapore.
Influenza A was first discovered in April 2009 in the United States. It was discovered that this virus was a never-seen-before mixture of four genetic strains: North American Swine Flu, North American Avian Flu, Human A/H1N1, and a swine flu strain found in Asia and Europe.
Novel Coronavirus comes from the same family of viruses as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. It is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Symptoms of the infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Both viruses are highly contagious. Although their recovery rates are very high and are usually not fatal, they do pose a danger to the very young, the elderly, and to those who have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, liver, kidney, or heart diseases, asthma or other respiratory illnesses, and those who are immunocompromised – having a weak immune system.
A Healthier Alternative: Maintaining a Strong Immune System
While we take precautions to avoid contracting the viruses, it is more important that we take the appropriate steps to strengthen our immune system, as it is the body’s natural defense against viral infections.
Prevention indeed is better than cure. Why wait until you are ill before doing something about your health? Take the right steps to increase your immune system, today!
Our immune system is a complex network of specialized cells and organs which defends us against attacks by foreign invaders. When functioning properly, it fights off infections by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. However, when the immune system is weak, the body’s whole defense system will be down and therefore subject to the attack of invaders when exposed to harmful organisms. The body’s immune system will attempt to bar their entry, or failing that, will seek out and destroy them.
To have a strong immune system, the body needs to be made up of well-nourished cells that are free from toxins. Diet and supplements play a vital role in reinforcing the immune system.
NewLifeTM has always advocated a healthy lifestyle. We recommend the Detoxification & Rejuvenation Programme (DRP) periodically to give your body a new start (or reset) and then a daily diet that comprises of 75% raw fruit and vegetables, with plenty of freshly made fruit/ vegetable juice. We suggest avoiding all processed foods and also to reduce salt/sugar intake as much as possible. Some meat from free-range chicken, free-range eggs, or deep-sea fish can provide protein, however home-made yoghurt should be the main source of protein.
The following supplements are particularly important for immune boosting:
Note: Doses above are for adults and children 12 and above. For children 6 – 12, reduce the dosage by ½.
Exercise is very vital for the health of the body. The best form of cellular exercise is rebound exercise. To increase the circulation of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic system, thereby increasing the immunity, it is advisable to bounce gently on the Rebounder for ½ to 1 minute, 5 to 6 times a day.
Nutritional Recommendation for a Person Who Is Infected
Hourly fluid intake is recommended:
- Carrot/Apple Juice – minimum 6 times daily.
- Spirulina Drink – minimum 2 times daily.
- Fresh Coconut Water – any amount.
- Hippocrates’ Soup – 2 times daily; served with 1 tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast.
- 6 Essentials (same as above).
- C Complex – 2 tablets every 2 waking hours.
- B Complex – 1 tablet 3 times daily.
- Propolplus – 2 capsules 2 times daily.
- Garlic & Parsley – 5 capsules every 2 waking hours.
- CoQ10 Plus – 10 capsules daily (4 at breakfast, 3 at lunch, and 3 at dinner) to enhance cellular oxygen utilization and increase immunity.
- N.Zimes PA Plus – 2 teaspoons 5 times daily.
- Essiac Tea – 3 oz. 3 times daily.
- Coffee Enema – 1-2 times daily.
In addition to keeping your immune system strong from the inside, good health habits like the following often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu:
- Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer or NewLifeTM’s Hydrogen Peroxide or Wonda Oil to disinfect your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practise other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
Disclaimer: This nutritional guide is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended as advice for self-diagnosis or a prescription for self-treatment. Consult your own physician regarding the application of any opinion and recommendation with respect to your symptoms or medical conditions.
Note: If you have any question with regards to nutrition and health, please email Leon Tan. His email address is email@example.com.