BY MORGAN GILL
Is it true? Is the Coronavirus really infecting young, healthy people?
You thought it was only infecting the immune-compromised? Think again.
The infection rate for COVID-19 is rising. The world has shifted from busy “work-mode” to “panic-mode” in almost perfect Hollywood movie-esque fashion. I do urge you to take this seriously, and please for the love of all things good, stay at home. A self-imposed quarantine is one of your best defenses against this virus. However, I am begging you not to panic.
The Lord will take care of it all.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus is beckoning you to adhere closer to him. To recover your life and learn to live freely and lightly, unburdened by the woes of this world, we must walk with Jesus and study his footsteps.
Jesus also states in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
And let’s not forget, this too shall pass. I look forward to the day that I can tell my children how I lived through a scary time in world history. What I hope to tell them is that it was one of the most miraculous things to happen in all of humanity. In which people learned to slow down, focus on what truly matters in life, and appreciate the life they’ve been given on this Earth. I hope to say, “A virus missioned to destroy the world only made humanity stronger.”
To become stronger, we must lean on Jesus in this uncertainty.
Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
We will get through this together. We will become stronger, and more faith-driven than ever before.
God has a purpose for all things. Remember His stead-fast love for you, and trust that He loves the world. Good will come from this, you can trust in that.
And on the topic of preventing the spread of the virus, we must do our part.
Here are 10 things you can do right now to help protect yourself, boost your immune system, and stay healthy:
Stay at home. Why? People who may be infected may never show symptoms, or symptoms might not appear for 2 weeks. No one knows who has the virus. Prevent the spread by not going out unless 100% necessary.
Stay sanitized. Washing your hands with warm water and soap is important, or use hand sanitizer frequently
Disinfect your phone. Your phone goes everywhere with you! I encourage you to use a non-bleach Clorox wipe to clean it every night as this is one object that touches your face daily.
Get some sun! What? Yes, you need Vitamin D to boost your immune system! I won’t get into the science-y deets here, but just know that 15-30 minutes outside in the sunlight (no sunscreen!) will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy!
Move! Do at home-workouts, or if your home allows it, go for a walk in the sunshine for 30 minutes! Wear a t-shirt and let your skin soak up the sun for 30 minutes, and you’ve killed two birds with one stone! People who live physically active lifestyles are less likely to be affected by bacterial or viral infections.
Eat more Vitamin C and Zinc! I recommend eating this in whole food sources, as your body utilizes the vitamins better in whole food than when taken in pill form. Try having a kale/spinach salad for lunch, eat a large sweet potato, roast a platter of veggies, or have a fruit platter with apples, bananas, oranges, and berries (served with peanut or almond butter for some satiating fat!)
If it’s available to you, eat more fermented foods! Kimchi contains a component called lactobacillus planetarium that fights against viruses! Even if you don’t like the taste, eat it anyway. It’s good for you.
Incorporate some intermittent fasting! 15-17 hour fasts will boost your body’s ability to fight viral infections! Along with a host of other benefits, this may be the simplest to do. Simply stop eating after dinner, and don’t eat any calories again until 15 to 17 hours later. For example, if you stopped eating at 7 pm, you would eat again at 11am the next day to complete a 16 hour fast!
Sleep more! When you sleep, your cortisol levels go down (your stress hormone). When cortisol is low, your T-Helper cells become more “sticky” which allows them to “grab” on better to viruses, in lay-man terms!
De-stress yourself. This ties in with sleep, but consciously use this quarantine time to be mindful. Don’t raise your cortisol levels by watching scary shows, or even dramatic news that lights up your fight or flight system. This will prevent your body from healing anything, as your body thinks you are in a dangerous situation and need to be prepared to run - and fighting off tiny bacteria in your body is not it’s biggest priority when you’re in this stressful state. Be precautionary. If you catch yourself with your heart rate elevated, or you feel nervous or jittery, calm yourself. Pray, go for a walk, take a warm bath with epsom salts, journal your thoughts, make some tea, talk to a family member, or go to sleep!
Morgan Gill is a Clinical Exercise Physiology major at Mississippi State University, where she will graduate in May. She's passionate about health, nutrition, and the well-being of our community.
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