Dr. Christine Gonzalez is one of the many who are fighting COVID-19 from the front lines.
From her I’ve learned valuable lessons on wellness. While on active duty, she sent me this message: “All the blessings! Together with God’s grace, we can win this fight against COVID-19.”
This is possible, she said, if we continue to take care of ourselves with nourishing food and drink, get enough rest and sleep, exercise outdoors as much as possible under the sun, do steam inhalation with essential oils, strengthen our hope and prayers, increase compassion and concern for others in these challenging times.
Here are her COVID-19 prevention and care tips.
1. COVID-19 prevention and control tea:
Wash 25 pcs small or 13 pcs large fresh organic turmeric root, 3 inches ginger root, 1 bulb garlic (preferably native), peeled and crushed, 25 pcs calamansi or two organic lemons, juiced.
Thinly slice or grate turmeric and ginger, skin on.
Boil 3 cups of distilled water. Add turmeric, ginger and garlic. Turn off heat and add the calamansi.
Cover and infuse/steep for 15 minutes. Let it cool. Take 1 cup, three times a day if possible.
This drink rebuilds immunity and is the best anti-inflammatory remedy. It is proven effective for cough, cold, fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, etc.
2. Food functions to rebuild living tissues, supply energy, and preserve a proper medium in which the biochemical processes of the body can take place. If the food we eat fails to adequately perform these functions, then our immune system becomes compromised, the body cannot utilize the bioactive components of each food, and toxicity develops.
The food that fight viral infections and deter disease growth are generally the same: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, spices and micro-algae. All have important nutrients and other infection-fighting substances (phytochemicals) that strengthen immune function.
Choose different colors of produce to obtain the full spectrum of complementary nutrients your body needs.
Consider planting, eating, and buying organic food to avoid antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes made from tar and petrochemicals, artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals, chemical pesticide and fertilizers, genetically engineered proteins and ingredients, sewage sludge and irradiation. All of these weaken our immune system.
Feed the body with nutritious meals, and avoid junk, processed and fast-food and drinks.
3. Snack on boiled or uncooked banana, steamed sweet potato, or steamed/boiled cassava.