In today’s world, getting sick can be fatal. Preventing disease by boosting your immune system can be your lifeline. It seems that everyday we hear more about the spread of Ebola in Africa and recently in Europe and the USA. Not to mention Dengue, Reston virus, Yellow Fever and others. These can be very dangerous, especially for those with G6PD Deficiency because many of the drugs and therapies used to treat these diseases are contraindicated and can actually make matters worse.
Increasing the Odds
There are three things you can do to help increase the odds of survival if you are ever exposed to these heinous diseases. The first of these is either easy or hard depending on where you live and the availability of clean water.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said,
“The most important care of patients with Ebola is to manage their fluids and electrolytes, to make sure that they don’t get dehydrated. And that requires some meticulous attention to detail and aggressive re-hydration in many cases.”
It other words, we need to drink plenty of liquids, especially water and get enough electrolytes. You can make an inexpensive electorlyte drink for adults and children 12 and over by mixing, in exact measurements, the following:
- 1 quart (950 mL) water
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) table salt
- 6 teaspoons (30 g) sugar
For children under 12 years old, use this recipe:
- 2 quarts (1900 mL) water
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) sugar
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) baking soda
- 1//2 teaspoon (2.5 g) salt substitute (made with potassium chloride)
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) salt
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) vanilla (or other) extract (not artificially made)
Electrolytes are also commonly found in fruit juices, coconut water, milk, nuts (no peanuts or soy nuts), and many fruits and vegetables (whole or in juice form).
Maintain a Healthy Immune System
CNN’s Holly Yan says,
“And if an infected patient getting proper care normally has a strong immune system, the chance of surviving goes up”.
So, the second thing we can do is to keep our immune system healthy. In order to do this we have to provide our bodies with the right nutrients. We have to eat right. Here’s how.
1. Peppers (Yellow Bell Peppers)
3. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale)
4. Kiwi (Green)
6. Berries (Strawberries)
7. Citrus Fruits (Oranges)
8. Tomatoes (Cooked)
10. Chili peppers
NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) – This helps keep our liver healthy. Ebola and other diseases can destroy our liver, so it is important to keep it as healthy as possible. NAC also helps produce glutathione which we lack because G6PD is necessary to make it. Reduced glutathione protects red blood cells from damage due to oxidative stress (free radicals).
Vitamin B Complex + Folic Acid – One of the best sources of B vitamins is liver,m but if you don’t like liver or your kids won’t readily eat it, these chewable B vitamins + folic acid may be an alternative. The B vitamins are necessary for making red blood cells, among other things. Being anemic makes other health issues worse, and keeping our red blood cell count high is also necessary for a healthy immune system.
Vitamin D3 – Oysters, Salmon, Trout, Halibut, Herring, Sardines, Mackerel, Milk, Mushrooms, Cod are a few good sources. About 20 or 30 minutes in the sun is another good source of vitamin D3.
Turmeric, Garlic and Thyme – Learn to cook with these amazing herbs.
Sugar – is one of the worst immune damaging foods. Reduce your consumption of sugar and other refined carbohydrates as much as possible.
Practice Good Personal Hygiene
Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands. It may take some practice to remember to not do this. Teach your children these same principles.
Keep your house clean and germ free as possible. Clean kitchen counters with disinfectant. Vinegar and water works well. Mix one part vinegar to 10 parts water. It is also a good idea to wash your fresh vegetables in this vinegar water solution. It will kill germs and help your produce last longer.
If you learn to keep your body hydrated, healthy and practice good hygiene, you will have less sickness and will have a better chance of survival when the really bad diseases strike. Preventing disease by boosting your immune system is much better than fighting the disease one you get it. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies double for modern super bugs.