Unfortunately, it seems my family has contracted a mild case of the coronavirus. On March 10th, my daughter started feeling off. She had a low grade fever, chills, stomach pains, and aches in the bones. The next day I came down with it. We assumed we somehow contracted the flu and stomach bug at the same time so we drank plenty of warm liquids, ate very little, and took my go to for the flu, Oscillococcinum.
Within 4 days, we both felt much better. For the next day or two, we did have the occasional bout of tiredness and shortness of breath walking up stairs but nothing serious and we thought we were in the clear.
Then this week, the chills came back and my chest tightened. It felt like I had a cramp around my heart. Then that night the tingling in my hands and feet began when I laid in bed.
The next day, my husband, who did not have any flu symptoms, felt the cramping around his heart and pressure in his chest. My daughter’s chest tightened the day after that. Fortunately, my almost 10 year old son has escaped all the symptoms so far.
It has been four days where I have felt like there is a weight on my chest and the muscles are stretched on both sides of my breastbone, which is sore and feels bruised when touched but today is so so much better. My husband and daughter’s chest pain cleared in a day.
So here are my thoughts: I don’t think the virus left our bodies. I think it is sneaky and waited for an opportunity to strike again which was given when we were not sleeping as much as we should. My husband has been up very late working on a website that may be very helpful to the individual and population and I will let you know when it goes live. For now, start a journal to track your symptoms or lack there of so you can fill it in and provide scientists and doctors very valuable information.
Now for what you are wanting to know. These are the foods and supplements we ate to alleviate the symptoms and will continue to use, in hopes we do not have another relapse. These are thought to boost the immune system and some are believed to improve lung health.
Note-Please do your own research to determine what you should take or consult a doctor. What works for me may not be the best thing for you and you may have medication that can interact with these supplements and or natural remedies.
Supplements and Natural Remedies:
Black or Green Tea
- Reason- Contains L- theanine that may help your upper respiratory tract, help sinusitis, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety. The flavonoids may work with the gut microbes to protect against flu and other viral infections.
- Dose- We enjoy a cup or two a day of warm tea with fresh mint leaves in it since mint is a decongestant and may make it easier to breathe.
- Reason-may reduce inflammation and improve immunity as well as lower blood sugar levels
- Dose- I add one full dropper in a glass of water once a day. Dosage recommendations.
- Reason- may support the immune system and inhibit bacteria growth as well as improve sinus and bronchitis symptoms.
- Dose-I found tablets that taste like candy to get the kids to take their Elderberry and Zinc and my son had four a day. We ate 1 or 2. In the morning, we also take 1 teaspoon of an elderberry syrup made with apple cider vinegar and sweetened with honey.
- Reason- may regulate the immune system, treat diarrhea and promote wound healing.
- Dose- ln the morning, I take Metagenics Zinc A.G. 20 mg with the B complex since it may improve B9 absorption. Look at this site for recommended dietary allowances. You can get your zinc from pumpkin seeds, pine nuts (think pestos) oysters, shellfish, meat and poultry, mushrooms, legumes, fortified breakfast cereals, whole grains, milk, dark chocolate.
- Reason- B6 may be helpful for battling flu. B12 may improve circulation and help with the tingling in the extremities. B vitamins improve methylation which may be very helpful with those with the mthfr
- Dose- In the morning, I take Thorne B stress vitamins which is a high dose, too high for my son (his body flushed it very quickly). You decide if you want to take a complex or single vitamins and how much. Here is some info on what foods to eat for each B and how much to take.
- Reason- boost immunity
- Dose- I take 5,000 at night with Vitamin K2- (MK 7) but check this for you to decide how much you want to take.
Oil of Oregano
- Reason- natural antiviral.
- Dose- I only can stand 4 drops since it is so potent but the label says up to 6 drops. This may not be good for young children.
- Reason- ancient Chinese remedy for healing lungs
- Dose- 1 teaspoon of black radish juice, one teaspoon to one tablespoon of black radish honey, or 1 tablespoon of black radish apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. The recipe to make your own black radish honey or apple cider vinegar is below. I ordered black radishes from a farmer in Vermont.
- Home Remedy: To make your own honey or apple cider vinegar- cut a black radish into small pieces and place them in a jar of honey or a jar of apple cider vinegar and seal the jar tightly. Shake well to cover the radish pieces. The next day, shake again. Continue to shake each day until the black radishes have shriveled. For the honey, remove the radishes, eat or disregard. The radishes can remain in the vinegar for a month or two. Shake before using.
- Reason- Omega 3′s and heart heath. (Plus I can tell a difference in the softness of my hair when I don’t take it for a time period.- I know it is trivial right now….)
- Dose- 1 teaspoon a day. We use Omega Cure.
- Reason- improve gut health
- Dose- I take 3 to 9 Garden of Life pills throughout the day.
- Rich in betacarotene (converts to vitamin A)- Butternut squash soup, mangos, apricots, broccoli, carrots, parsley, cilantro, sage
- Rich in vitamin C- oranges, kiwi, kale, cauliflower, broccoli
- Ginger- make a tea or use the root in smoothies
- Turmeric-make a tea or use the root in smoothies
- Walnuts- suppose to improve lung heath
- Apples- fiber
- Garlic- raw, if you can take it or roast in olive oil at 250 to 300 degrees until soft, about 20 minutes
- Olive oil- healthy fat
- Fish- oily fish rich in Omega 3s to improve heart heath and circulation- Salmon with Smoked Applewood Sea Salt, Wild Salmon Baked in Parchment Paper, Flaky Salmon with Smoked Applewood and Warm Vegetables in Miso Dressing
- Smoothies- Pain Reliever Smoothie (add Kale or spinach too), Mint Smoothie, Acai Blackberry Mint Smoothie, Tropical Delight, Blackberry Farm, Cherries Jubilee, The “Influenza Fighting Smoothie, Young Love Smoothie, Hangover RX,
- Fruit bowls- Strawberry Parfait with Greek Yogurt and Purely Elizabeth Granola
- Pestos with pine nuts, olive oil, parmesan, garlic- Basil Pesto
- Less bread to regulate blood sugars (we munched on popcorn and tortilla chips instead)
- And we craved a lot of ice cream for some reason which may for the vitamin D, zinc or just to satisfy our sweet tooth!
I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to help yourself if you are suffering from some of these symptoms or if you just want to boost your immunity so you can avoid getting sick. Please do your own research to see what is best for you. Everyone is different and these are not a cure all.
Take care of yourself and stay well!!!!