How To Protect Your Parents From COVID-19 If They Are In The ‘At-Risk’ Category
As everyone is very well aware, the health experts are saying that the Coronavirus appears to target older people, sick people and those with underlying health conditions.
If your parents or loved ones appear to be in this category there are some strategies that you can implement into their daily lives that will help strengthen their fight against the Coronavirus (I know they can probably be stubborn sometimes too!)
Here is what to do…
Firstly, the best and safest action is to isolate themselves from as many people as possible.
But still having enough contact so they do not become lonely or anxious.
SANITISATION & HYGINE
Next, ensure they are diligently and regularly following and implementing their sanitising protocols.
Discuss the procedures with them to ensure they actually do understand how to do it effectively and the extreme importance of doing it correctly.
Washing their hands regularly, not touching their face, disinfecting areas in their home, their devices and inside of their cars.
Encourage them to wear gloves when outside of their home.
Add disinfectant to their laundry and place items such as blankets, pillows, cushions and towels outside in the sun when possible.
Encourage them to also get some daily sun and outdoors time when possible.
In a nutshell they need to be sanitising daily and as many areas as possible.
This will also help keep their minds and body active and busy which will have a positive impact on their health.
It provides them with a sense of achievement and accomplishment that they have control of the situation at hand and their lives.
This is turn breeds their feeling of calm rather than panic.
Encourage them to focus on consuming the best nutrition they have available to them.
Plan what meals and snacks they will have for the next week.
Doing this will ensure they have time to have the healthy ingredients required to make their healthy meals and be less likely to grab whatever is quickest and easiest, which is generally an unhealthy option.
Recommend and suggest they consume some fruits, vegetables and quality protein source at every meal.
Help them find any recipes they need to produce their healthy meals and discuss the recipe with them to ensure they understand the instructions and how to do them.
Advise them to stay very well hydrated, even in the cooler weather, as this will improve the function of the upper respiratory tract to cope better with any infection that may occur.
Drinking warm water, teas and soups every 2 hours as this helps to wash any of the virus that has entered your mouth through the digestive tract and into the stomach instead of entering the lungs.
Chat to them about exercising and encourage them to walk and do some stretching exercise every day for at least an hour and preferably outside in the yard.
Explain to them how this brings oxygen into their body and lungs and having good oxygen levels in the system improves their ability for their body not to become a host for the virus to live in.
MEDICINE & SUPPLEMENTS
Ensure they are taking any prescribed medications and if they begin to feel unwell either with flu symptoms or if they have a health condition that worsens treat it immediately.
Do not wait a few days to see if their condition improves as prevention is the key to their health success in this current pandemic health crisis.
If they are open to using foods as their medicines have them using garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, lemon grass, cinnamon, fennel, oregano, basil, variety of mushrooms and rosemary in their cooking and teas.
These items contain antiviral properties, prevent infections, reduce respiratory issues and improve their immune function.
These are readily available from supermarkets and farmers markets and are inexpensive and easy to use.
For those who wish to use man made natural supplements the key ones to fight infection, protect the respiratory tract, increase immune function and increase your bodies resilience to combat stress are:
Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D and depending on their health conditions and medications herbs like astragalus, andrographis , echinacea , elderberry and reishi can help protect their respiratory system and reduce their risk of contracting a cold or flu.
If you would like to discuss supplementation for your parents further, I’m currently offering free 15 minute consultations so I can advise correctly based on their specific circumstances.
Finally have open and honest conversations with them about how they are feeling and coping mentally and emotionally about the Coronavirus pandemic.
Being fearful, sad, angry, scared and overwhelmed produces hormones and chemicals in their body that decrease their immune function and their ability to fight infections.
Being happy, calm, grateful, accepting and relaxed will produce hormones and chemicals to fight infection and give them a better chance to fight the virus if they contract it.
It is a difficult time for everyone, but they do still have the choice in how they think and act about the current pandemic and that is the key to giving the body the best opportunity to fight and beat the virus.
I hope that helps, I know it’s a concerning time for a lot of Millennials and Baby Boomers. If you have any questions please reach out via the details below.
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