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Principles for dealing with the COVID-19 virus

How will we deal with COVID-19 if it enters phase 3?

COVID-19 situation in Thailand right now Starting to get closer to us Previously, we listened to news from abroad, starting from China and then spreading to different countries. Each country, the incubation period for people not showing symptoms but being able to spread the virus is 10-14 days, including today. The number of infected people in Thailand is starting to rise. Of course, government agencies are involved. Work hard to find information and plan. This is due to the need to take care of and announce the policy level. In order to cause the least negative impact on the country. and have the greatest benefit in disease prevention for Thai people

The policy levels that the government has provided recommendations according to documents from the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, are as follows:

  1. Add steps for entering the country Must have visa documents and other official documents. Quarantine is required if traveling from high-risk countries. To reduce the chance of spreading infection
  2. Add channels for providing information and knowledge with the public To make the outbreak as slow as possible
  3. Promote prevention measures in all places, such as government offices, educational institutions, or residential condos. Have hand washing gel available. and a body temperature screening machine

In addition to the government helping to promote The doctor said that we also need to take care of ourselves. What we can do is

  1. Follow the news closely and be as mindful as possible Follow the news to know the situation and prepare to deal with it. Including avoiding places with high-risk groups
  2. Maintain our own health. Get enough rest. Control your stress. Know how to manage stress and let go.
  3. except “Eat hot food, whoever spoons it in the middle, wash your hands.” Then choosing to eat And preventative health care is very necessary. It is basic responsibility for oneself and society.

For preventive and anti-aging medicine The doctor has advice on how to prevent and take care of yourself. In this situation of the COVID-19 outbreak, we must do whatever we can to keep our immunity strong. Reduce factors that harm our immunity in every aspect. and promote the process of strengthening our immunity

Starting with Lifestyle

  • Control stress (Stress Reduction): Chronic stress affects our immune system. Therefore, we must find the cause of stress and make a plan. Find your own way to relieve stress.
  • About sleep (Sleep): Sleep is the main factor affecting the immune system. An environment that will help promote quality sleep is Turn off the lights completely, room temperature that is not too hot, quietness, refrain from using your phone before bed. and go to bed on time
  • Exercise: Proper exercise and not too heavy (Moderate) including active daily life such as using the stairs instead of the elevator, walking, changing the verses Not sitting still, etc., will help increase the body's circulatory system. Reduce stress hormones and increase the function of white blood cells and antibodies to fight germs.
  • food selection (Nutrition/Diet) : Many studies have found that Eating about 10 cups of colorful vegetables and fruits per day, including fermented vegetables and probiotics. It will help in strengthening the immune system to be able to fight germs.

Supplements, vitamins, and nutrients that will help the immune system function.

Many foods, herbs, and supplements That helps increase the functioning of the immune system. It also helps to shorten the duration of illness. For prevention and treatment of viruses that infect the respiratory system. The doctor recommends these nutrients.

  • Vitamin A (Vitamin A) : It helps the body fight infection well. including infections in the respiratory system But it should be used under the supervision of a medical professional because if you get too much Vitamin A toxicity may occur.
  • Vitamin A (Vitamin A) : It helps the body fight infection well. including infections in the respiratory system But it should be used under the supervision of a medical professional because if you get too much Vitamin A toxicity may occur.
  • Vitamin C (Vitamin C) : Helps prevent infection Both viruses and bacteria Regular intake of vitamin C shortens the duration of the common cold, and high doses of vitamin C during fevers help reduce inflammation. Including vitamin C has an antihistamine effect as well. A high natural source of vitamin C, for example, one Indian gooseberry has 160 times more vitamin C than an apple.
  • Vitamin E (Vitamin E) : It has properties similar to vitamin C. That helps fight free radicals and boosts the immune system to be more effective. It also helps prevent the breakdown of blood cells. Prevents blood clots as well.
  • Selenium : It is an antioxidant and stimulates the body to protect against bacteria, viruses, and cancer. We mostly get selenium from food. Especially Brazil nuts.
  • Zinc (Zinc) : It is an important building block for the immune system. Helps reduce the frequency of infections The duration and severity of the flu After eating within 24 hours.
  • Honey (Honey) : The doctor recommended wild honey. Because it will contain vitamins and minerals. that has anti-infection effects (Antimicrobial) reduces cough and sore throat. You can mix it with warm water or hot tea and drink it.
  • Garlic: It is an herb and has been a seasoning in our Thai kitchens for a long time. Garlic contains many nutrients that help with immunity. Both fresh garlic and extract which has the effect of reducing viral infections in the upper respiratory tract Including reducing the severity of the disease as well.
  • Probiotics (Pro-biotic): Good bacteria in the intestines As we all know our immune system A lot of it is in the intestinal balance. And good bacteria in the intestines helps stimulate and regulate the immune system well. Medical research has found that Probiotics help reduce the number of respiratory infections. Especially in children

Natural therapy

We already know that that virus Our body's immune system is able to fight and eliminate it on its own. Although there is currently no research confirming a specific treatment for COVID-19 infection, But in nature we can apply it. and treat according to symptoms Including stimulating the immune system is another way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Let's see how we can take care of ourselves.

  • Preventative self-care (Self care)
    • Drink lots of clean water. Herbal teas are also a good choice, such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, etc.
    • Drinking warm water with wild honey and lemon Or maybe add cinnamon powder. It helps to smell and taste better.
    • Intestinal health care Especially the balance of bacteria in the intestines By eating unprocessed food, good bacteria (Probiotic) which is obtained from fermented food (Fermented Food) such as kimchi, natto beans, kombucha, etc. because 80 % of our immunity is in the intestines. Taking care of the intestinal balance is therefore important.
  • If you have a sore throat: Doctors recommend using warm water mixed with salt to rinse your throat. It will help reduce the stickiness of mucus. It also helps eliminate bacteria in the throat. Hot tea, chamomile and peppermint. Mix a little honey. It helps in reducing sore throat symptoms as well.
  • If you have a stuffy nose and mucus (Respiratory congestion&sinuses): You should increase the humidity in your nasal cavity. This can be done by preparing hot water. Then add a drop of organic essential oil scented with eucalyptus, menthol, or peppermint. Then you can smell the scent that evaporates from the hot water. It will help the respiratory system to be clearer. In addition, rinsing the nose, whether using saline or the Neti pot method, will help get rid of mucus and mucus that is blocking the nose.

From what the doctor recommended these basic principles of self-care. It's just one part that will help protect. and promote our immune system only. which is considered to be turning a crisis into an opportunity Because we will have time to take care of ourselves. Change lifestyle habits For information on Covid19 infection, you can follow it at Department of Disease Control website There will be updates on the situation including basic knowledge of how to take care of yourself.

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