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Boost immunity against coronavirus through herbs and plants (See Items)


As Medical doctors all over the world are battling to come up with a solution to COVID-19 virus, many Unorthodox doctors are recommending Home Remedy, to help manage the high incidence of the virus.

What many Unorthodox doctors are saying right now is that if you build up your Immune System well, you are likely to win the battle against COVID-19. Many of the survivors of COVID-19 virus have also confirmed that Home Remedy & having a strong immune system have helped them manage their challenges.

Popular Lagos doctor, Bunmi Omoseyindemi who is also an Unorthodox Medicine practitioner has called on Nigerians to do everything possible to boost their Immune System, to enable them win the battle against COVID-19. We recently asked him what role Herbs, Fruits & Spices play in managing the current pandemic, and he said they are Immune Boosters, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and other properties that can relief the symptoms. “Most viral infections treatment can only help with symptoms while we wait for the body’s Immune System to fight the Virus. So, everybody should boost their Immunity. That is what we need to do right now”.

What are the natural foods or herbs people can go for right now? People often mention Lime, Lemon, Garlic and others. Are these ok? “Of course, they are. Ginger, Tumeric, Garlic are also good. Go for foods rich in Vitamin C. Include Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Kale, Kiwi, Orange juice, Papaya; Red, Green or Yellow pepper, Sweet Potato, Strawberies and raw Tomatoes.

Sumbo Wright, a survivor of COVID-19 in London has revealed to City People how her decision to take Herbal & Home Remedies saved her life. How does she feel now? “I’m much better to God’s glory,” she says. “The worst is over in Jesus name”.

Does she still take her herbal remedies, months after she suffered the virus attack? “No. I am just doing a follow up now with Blackseed Oil, Pro Biotic, Vitamin D, Zinc & Eating well.”

Does she still have to go to the hospital for drugs? “No way! The general complaint here is that going to the Hospital in London kills you faster. I have lost 7 people I know. My doctor gave me prescribed antibiotics to clear the rest of my longs. I have taken it for 7 days.” So it means Boosting the Immune System is key? “Absolutely yes. Even me now, I have become a Guru in natural remedies. I have researched a lot on Immunity Boosters. I have a big Thanksgiving coming up in August by God’s grace. Hopefully things would have gone back to normal”.

We asked her to recommend the Top 10 Immune boosters to go for. “Juiced Garlic, Pineapple, Ginger, Spinach and Kale. There are others like Ashwaghanda, Beswellia, Zinc, Probiotic (Acidophilus) Echinacea.

Let’s tell you about Zinc. It is a nutrient found throughout your body. It helps your immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also important to wound healing and your sense of taste and smell. With a varied diet, your body usually gets enough zinc. Food sources of Zinc include chicken, red meat and fortified breakfast cereals.

People use Oral Zinc to help treat colds, but it can decrease the effectiveness of certain drugs and cause side effects. The recommended daily amount of Zinc is 8 milligrams (mg) for women and 11 mg for adult men. Research on oral zinc for specific conditions shows:

People who have low levels of Zinc appear to benefit most from Zinc supplements.

Evidence suggests that if Zinc lozenges or syrup is taken within 24 hours after cold symptoms start, the supplement can help shorten the length of colds. However, use of intranasal zinc has been linked with the loss of the sense of smell, in some cases long term or permanently.

People with skin ulcers and low levels of zinc might benefit from oral zinc supplements.

Vitamin D is also good. Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3.

Your body produces Vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.

Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of Calcium and Phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

If your body doesn’t get enough Vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that Vitamin D may also play a role in: Reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis. Decreasing your chance of developing heart disease. Helping to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu.

Research has shown that Vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.

Consider adding Vitamin D Supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease.

In one study, people taking a daily calcium and Vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and Vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.

In another study, Overweight people who took a daily Vitamin D supplement improved their heart disease risk markers.

Many factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D through the Sun alone. These factors include: •Being in an area with high pollution •Using sunscreen •Spending more time indoors

•Living in big cities where buildings block sunlight •Having darker skin. (The higher the levels of melanin, the less Vitamin D the skin can absorb.)

These factors contribute to Vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. That’s why it’s important to get some of your Vitamin D from sources besides sunlight.

Few foods contain Vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that Vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain Vitamin D include: salmon, sardines, egg yolk, shrimp, milk (fortified), cereal (fortified), yoghurt (fortified),  orange juice (fortified)

It can be hard to get enough Vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking Vitamin D supplements can help.

Probiotics are also important. They are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like Yogurt. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems.

Some of the ways they may keep you healthy: •When you lose “good” bacteria in your body, for example after you take antibiotics, probiotics can help replace them. •They can help balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working the way it should.

Many types of bacteria are classified as Probiotics. They all have different benefits, but most come from two groups. Ask your doctor about which might best help you.

Lactobacillus may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in Yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhoea and may help people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.

Bifidobacterium can be found in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast found in probiotics. It appears to help fight diarrhoea and other digestive problems.

Among other things, probiotics help send food through your gut by affecting nerves that control gut movement. Researchers are still trying to figure out which are best for certain health problems. Some common conditions they treat are: Irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Infectious diarrhoea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites), Diarrhea caused by antibiotics

There is also some research that shows they’re useful for problems in other parts of your body. For example, some people say they have helped with: Skin conditions, like eczema, urinary and vaginal health, Preventing allergies and colds, Oral health.



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