• Lizzie Shutt

Embrace The Heat: Let's Tackle This Virus

What does the virus do in the body? How can you tackle the COVID-19? Do you really need to hold fear?



A virus is a single strand of RNA, it’s less complex than bacteria or fungi.


The COVID-19 virus enters the body and targets the cells in the respiratory tract starting in the throat and moving towards the lungs. There are many different corona viruses in our world, the one we are most focused on right now is COVID-19 and for the right reasons!


The next step of infection is when the virus enters the cells in the respiratory tract. This is necessary because the virus is not capable of replicating itself or surviving without the help from the cell’s machinery. Once inside, the virus hijacks cell transcription proteins to transcribe it’s RNA a.k.a replicate itself. The cells’ transport system encloses this genetic material in vessels and they are released out into extracellular space allowing the virus to hijack other cells.


This sounds scary, but it’s really nothing new! Upper respiratory viruses happen yearly- have you ever caught the flu? My first semester in college I did; it was bad for two days, but then I healed!

If you are a healthy person so can you! The concern arises for those who already have a compromised immune system, or have chronic lung disease, asthma, serious heart disease, and the elderly. In a review of death cases that occurred in the U.S. “fatality was highest in persons aged ≥85, ranging from 10% to 27%, followed by 3% to 11% among persons aged 65–84 years.” Try not to create unnecessary fear and panic in your mind (this stress will actually compromise your immune system) rather view the pandemic as another one of life’s challenges.


The virus is not heat-tolerant. Scientists are reporting that increasing your body temperature (see below for ideas) is an effective way to attack the virus immediately and may be useful in prevention. As the Northern Hemisphere moves into summer it may slow down, but there’s something more effective you can do today rather than waiting for summer heat...


#STAYHOME


Although you may not be at high risk, it is imperative that you take all precautions to help slow the spread to others who are vulnerable; grandparents, friends or family with underlying health conditions. Just because you are not at risk of dying, you are at risk for spreading it to others and causing unnecessary deaths. It sounds crazy and for some they think it is being overblown but this method of slowing the spread works and it takes a collective effort, so please be part of the solution, not the problem.


When self-quarantine was becoming more serious Emmett and I were still in New Zealand. Every time we said we’re from Florida their reaction would be “Oh like those crazy spring breakers partying on the beaches right now” and unfortunately it was true and young people are still going out. I'll let this graphic explain how you could be a healthy young adult that's carrying it, yet not showing symptoms thus continue to spread it as you go around town.





Tips For Attacking COVID-19


  • Drink Warm Liquids throughout the day: homemade soup/broth, tea, lemon water

  • Bundle Up: wear a scarf around the neck that targets the first site of infection in your throat.

  • Embrace the Fever; A fever is your body trying to rid the virus, you will not die from it so the more you can tolerate the aching fever and rest your body the better chance of your body killing it off.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of water especially if you have a fever.

  • Avoid Sugar, Eat Veggies: Processed foods and sugars can suppress immune response cells.

  • Incorporate Garlic: Cooked is beneficial because it is already broken down for the body to easily absorb.

  • Try Turmeric: Compounds in the root turmeric reduce inflammation, which is at the root cause of all disease. Try adding it to your tea, oatmeal, or on dishes!

  • Wash your hands, clothes, and metallic surfaces often because the virus can survive here.

  • Stay positive through accessing positive sources of inspiration and stay active. Go for walks, use your stairs as an inside gym, do an online workout class, or build a spin bike like my dad haha. MadFit is a good youtube!

  • Learn to meditate, it can support your immune system! My mom is putting on a Monday Beginner Meditation Class sign up here; I'll be doing it! 50% off code: MYTREE19


Quarantine can be a life-changing experience because it challenges us to innovate and find new ways to work, play, and for many it brings lots of free time. Free time can mean opportunities to attend to areas of our lives we tend to put second, or even last on our list, a.k.a ourselves. Take this time to care for yourself, inside and out. I will be posting more blogs this week that take a holistic view of what is happening in the world and what you can do to come out like a rainbow on the other side of this storm.


“Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Green”,


Lizzie Shutt

@livewliz


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