While the world’s best scientists hunt for a Covid-19 solution, how can we best prepare ourselves? Here’s what some of the world’s published biohackers and nutritionists are sharing.
While we share some theories here, the first port of call for the latest information on Covid-19 are
- Health.GOV.AU – Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources – A list of resources in English about COVID-19, including fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC USA) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Including what you need to know, what to do when you are sick, and latest updates.
- National Health Service (NHS – UK) – Including advice for UK residents, Do’s and Dont’s, and protecting yourself.
- or the national health service in your country.
British Dietetic Association
As we spend more time at home, the British Dietetic Association recommends as we isolate to include protein breakfast, lunch, and dinner to maintain muscle mass especially for the elderly. [Source: Daily Mail]. From their website, “There are many nutrients that are involved with the normal functioning of the immune system, so we would encourage maintaining a health balanced diet in order to support immune function (include copper, folate, iron, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D). We don’t recommend any one food over another, but instead encourage eating a variety of foods to maintain a health balanced diet. See our Healthy Eating Food Fact Sheet for more tips and guidance on how to do that.” [Source: British Dietetic Association – COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Advice for the General Public]
Dr. Tom Frieden
Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden recommends Vitamin D at this time. “Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of respiratory infection, regulates cytokine production and can limit the risk of other viruses such as influenza. A respiratory infection can result in cytokine storms – a vicious cycle in which our inflammatory cells damage organs throughout the body – which increase mortality for those with COVID-19. Adequate Vitamin D may potentially provide some modest protection for vulnerable populations.”
“Right now, we don’t know if Vitamin D deficiency plays any role in the severity of COVID-19. But given the high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in this country (the USA where it’s estimated more than 40 percent of US adults are Vitamin D deficient), it is safe to recommend that people get the proper daily dosage of Vitamin D.” [Source: Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus infection risk may be reduced by Vitamin D]
Dr. Felicia Stoler
US based Nutritionist Dr. Felicia Stoler recommends stocking up on proteins, fruits and vegetables. “But it doesn’t have to be a whole big piece of beef or a whole big piece of fish. It can things like be beans and legumes, and we don’t necessarily need large portions of that. We can have smaller portions of that and we can take that and extend that”, going on to say “You know, there are five colors of the rainbow. I encourage people to eat five different colored fruits and vegetables and not get a bag of Skittles right now.. Whatever it is you can do to support putting good food back into your body is really critical at this time” she said in an interview with CBS News America. [Source: Coronavirus Update: Nutritionist Says Put Back Comfort Foods, Stock Up On Proteins, Fruits And Vegetables]
Owen Davis – Nutrition Diagnostics
On aiding immunity and fortifying health, Owen Davis of Nutrition Diagnostics in QLD recommends Vitamin C, Omega 3 along with some general tips for colds and flu including being mindful of excess carbohydrates, drinking Chicken Broth Soup, maintaining an oral hygiene protocol, and avoiding sugar. [Source: COVID-19: Supplements to Take to Strengthen the Immune System]
Pamela Nelson – Health Space Australia
Pamela Nelson, qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Herbalist at Health Space Australia shares her thoughts on protecting yourself from and minimizing the effects if exposed to infection. General tips include improving the diet and gut health, adding specific vegetables, focus on good carbs, along with protein, iron, using broths, improving sleep, drinking more water and some beneficial herbs including Elderberry, Echinacea, Andrographis, Garlic, Ginger, Astragalus, Siberian Ginseng, Poke root and Cat’s Claw. Vitamins mentioned include Vitamin C, D3, A, fish oil, B-complex, zinc, olive leaf, and iron. [Source: Immunity – staying strong in the face of Coronavirus]
Brigitte Zeitlin – Nutritionist
On preparing a pantry in lieu of self-quarantining, Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN recommends including all major food groups and macronutrients, including: “protein sources like canned fish and beans; canned and frozen vegetables and fruits, as well as tomatoes or sauce; whole grains including bread, rice, quinoa, and whole wheat (or chickpea) pasta; and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and nut butters. While you’re taking stock, also note some favorite recipes and, if they store well in the freezer, consider making extra servings during your weekly meal prep to stockpile,” Zeitlin said in an interview. [Source: What 3 nutritionists recommend stockpiling for healthy, flavorful meals during a coronavirus quarantine]
Rujuta Diwekar – Nutritionist
While self-quarantining, one of India’s leading nutritionists, Rujuta Diwekar, recommends maintaining a routine that includes a home exercise program and meal plan. Her meal plan includes soaked almonds, raisins, Poha (a dish featuring rice, spices, peanuts and onions), rice, spices, Nimbu Sherbet (Indian Lemonade featuring lemon or line with mint leaves), Dal rice, and turmeric milk with ginger. [Source: Instagram: rujuta.diwekar]
Dave Asprey – Biohacker
Dave Asprey, top-selling author and world-famous biohacker notes that while we don’t know how to cure it, yet, his personal approach is in his own words is, be better than average. His personal approach includes a long list of supplements and herbs that may help the body prepare for a viral infection and the rise of interleukin-6 (IL-6) including EGCG, Andrographis, Vitamin D3, Zinc, Magnesium, CoQ10, Omega 3, Curcumin, Quercetin, Trehalose, Sage, oregano, bay leaves and many more. [Source: What I Do To Protect Myself From Coronavirus, And How I Plan To Kick It If I Get It]
Ben Greenfield & Dr. Matt Cook, Dr. Matt Dawson, & Dr. Michael Mallin
Ben Greenfield, the world-famous biohacker, athlete, top-selling author, and personal trainer featured a podcast with Dr. Matt Cook, Dr. Matt Dawson, & Dr. Michael Mallin exploring what is Coronavirus and how they are approaching it in their clinics and personally. Also including advice for health-care practitioners, best practices for keeping safe, the importance of containment, past viruses, and much more, along with covering tips to improve your immune system covering Vitamin D, Zinc, Olive leaf extract, mushroom extract, Vitamin C, Quercetin and more. [Source: Everything You Need To Know For Antivirus & Immune System Enhancement]
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