At Thrive Wellness Center, we wanted to share information to help Northwest Arkansas through this difficult time. Our suggestions focus on habits and supplements that support the immune system, which decrease the probability of infection. We also offer advice on how to help your
body recover faster if you do get ill. We ask that you do your own research to make sure these suggestions are right for your health and do not interfere with any regular medications.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
● Eye pain and/or eye redness
● loss of the sense of smell or taste
● Flu like symptoms: muscle aches, headache, and fever
● Tiredness and fatigue
● Dry Cough (not always)
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (Asthma Like)
When Should I Pursue Help?
It is important to take action if you start to notice early signs and symptoms. If you decide to get tested, we recommend that you use a drive by testing center. It is best to stay away from clinics and hospitals, as much as possible, due to higher probability of coming in contact with infected individuals; However, if you experience shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, immediately go to the ER.
● Social Distancing: Stay home as much as possible. Please limit trips out to only grocery stores, to pick up carry-out food, pharmacies and essential healthcare. Please follow social distancing guidelines while in these stores. A virus is not a living organism. It has to have a host with cells to replicate. This is why it is so important to practice social distancing. The virus cannot survive without a host.
● Frequent hand washing, for at least 20 seconds
● Minimize touching your face
Habits for Immune Support:
● Exercise: Incorporating physical activity into your daily and weekly regimen is extremely important to strengthen your immune system.
● Reduce Stress: Studies prove that chronic stress can suppress protective immune responses and exacerbate pathological immune responses.
● Improve Sleep: To reduce your chances of infection, make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
● Reduce Sugar Consumption: Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately and lasts up to four hours! Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect like ketchup, bread, pasta, rice and much more.
● Low Carb/Paleo Diet: Carbs turn into sugar which bacteria, yeast, and viruses love.
Supplements for Immune Support:
All these supplements are good for your immune system. Do your best to get high quality.Ozark Natural Foods has a great team in their Wellness Department that can point you in theright direction.
Top 3 Immune Supporters:
● Vitamin D 10,000 - 15,000 IU daily
● Vitamin C 500mg- 2000mg daily
● Vitamin A 15mg-30mg daily
Other Immune Supporters:
● Zinc 15mg-30mg daily, max 50mg, this decreases the virus from replicating
● N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC) one capsule three times daily
● Raw garlic 2 cloves crushed eaten in food or alone
● Allicin release 5mg daily, it is the active ingredient in garlic cloves if you cannot tolerate
the raw garlic
● Good probiotic and prebiotic daily to keep your gut in good shape
● Apple cider vinegar with the “Mother” 2 tbsp daily
● Green tea 3-5 cups a day or take green tea supplements
Use with caution:
● Elderberry daily, no more than 12 weeks
● Echinacea one tablet daily, do not take more than 8 weeks
Stop taking elderberry and echinacea if you have tested positive for COVID-19, it may
Autoimmune disorders should not take Elderberry, Echinacea, or garlic.
Supplements for Infection:
● Oil of oregano 3 capsules in the morning and 3 capsules in the evening, make sure it has
70% or better of the active ingredient, Carvacrol. May take up to 2 weeks.
● Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should not take oil of oregano.
● Continue to take the other supplements listed above