Spring: A season of hope and new beginnings

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It's been over 2 years since I last attempted to write.

It's March 14, 2020 and here in America we are facing a new reality and I just want to remind everyone to try to think of happy thoughts.

I was in panic mode the past few days, and I think I reached the maximum capacity - my own anxiety inflection point.  (Although I didn't bother going to the stores this week since I still have plenty of supplies from last week)

Today I decided to consciously make an effort on staying calm, and only thinking happy thoughts. It will be an effort, but I believe it can be done.

Let's all continue to stay healthy and safe.

Aside from the protocols from CDC, here are some reminders/suggestions
to help calm these chaotic and confusing week:

  •  Sleep at least 7 hours. Turn off your phone/electronics 2 hours before you go to bed)
  •  Exercise (walk outside if it’s possible). Get some sunshine! Look up and admire the clouds or blue skies. Listen to the birds.
  •  Stress management. Practice the breathing exercises; Inhale through your nose, hold, exhale out to your mouth.
  •  Read a book
  •  If you're a Beatles fan, watch "Yesterday" or "The Farewell" - both feel good movies I recently watched this week
  •  Dance. Listen to your favorite fun music and dance in your kitchen
  •  Nourish your body; Eat well, cut down on sugar, if possible.
  •  Have some chicken soup (My Jewish mom calls it the Jewish penicillin)
  •  Consult your doctor if you can take Vitamin DVitamin C, Zinc (these help your immune system)
  •  Drink water
  •  Hug those who can and are allowed to hug
  •  Turn off cable news (Limit the number of hours to read or listen about the current events )

We will all get through this. Think positively.  

Do what you're comfortable with, do what you feel is safe for you and
your family.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sending you and your family (and our communities) positive vibes.

Some notes researched by my husband about about the supplements mentioned above:

Must take: Vitamin D, C, Zinc

Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU/day

Why? Reduces risk of respiratory infection.  “Compared to adults with vitamin D levels above 20 ng/mL, the likelihood of being hospitalized with pneumonia was 40% higher among those with levels below 20 ng/mL but above 13.5 ng/mL, and 140% higher among those with levels below 13.5 ng/mL, after adjusting for other factors which might predict pneumonia. The researchers found that a low vitamin D level was almost as strong a risk factor for pneumonia as smoking.”

Zinc – 40 mg/day
With capsules take a week off every few weeks but if you have cold symptoms use lozenges (Zicam or Coldeeze) every 3 to 4 hours until you are fine.  Can mess with stomach a bit FYI,

Why? A review of 3 randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials involving substantial total daily doses (80 mg to 92 mg) of zinc from lozenges (9 to 23 mg of zinc (from zinc acetate) per lozenge) given within 24 hours of cold symptoms found that they shortened the duration of nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, sneezing by 22%, scratchy throat by 33%, sore throat by 18%, hoarseness by 43%, and cough by 46%. 
       A study of people in nursing homes in France found that daily supplementation with zinc (20 mg from zinc sulfate) along with selenium (100 mcg from selenium sulfide) at breakfast for two years resulted more people being free of respiratory tract infections and having better antibody responses after influenza vaccination that those not supplemented with the mineral

Vitamin C – 1mg to 2mg a day

Why? A review of several studies performed prior to the emergence of COVID-19 found a dose of 1,000 to 6,000 mg of vitamin C daily (intravenously or by mouth) shortened the time on ventilation by about 25% for people who required ventilation for over 10 hours.

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