As we try and figure out how to keep our immune systems strong and healthy during these times, some evidence has emerged that the common thread that ties these diseases (diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure) together is that they have been identified as co-morbidities (presence of coexisting conditions) for those most susceptible to contracting and dying from the COVID-19, the coronavirus. While it is prudent to establish healthy habits to prevent these diseases for many reasons, it has never been more timely to get your life together and get serious about your health.
I wrote extensively about diabetes in another post, so rather than repeating myself, you can check it out here: Diabetes Prevention Strategies
Obesity doesn't just increase the risk for coronavirus; obviously. Obesity increases the risk for heart disease, dying early, high blood pressure, cancer, gallbladder disease, type-2 diabetes, gout, sleep apnea, and asthma. So with that in mind, it makes sense that it would also increase the risk for coronavirus. The strategies mentioned in the above Diabetes article can certainly be used also to reduce the risk of obesity. Emphasize high-intensity interval training, high fiber diet, mindfulness-based meditation, breathing practices and eating a whole foods diet, eliminating sugar and processed foods.
High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Risk factors include (you guessed it): diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol, stress, family history, and certain medications. Perhaps you are beginning to see how these three health challenges tend to run together. Conventional medical approach to high blood pressure usually involved medication, with lip service given to the "diet & exercise" piece.
Again, I'll direct you to the strategies in the above article. In addition to those, there are certain dietary supplements that may be beneficial in helping bring down the pressure. These include fish oils (essential fatty acids), beets (concentrated beetroot powder), magnesium, and herbs including dandelion, Hawthorne berry (but I recommend you work with an experienced practitioner before you begin dabbling in herbal medicine on your own). Eating or juicing celery is also amazing for blood pressure and overall alkalinizing of the body.
I don't mean to be oversimplifying things here. Bottom line is it's time to take charge of our health. Right where we are, start there. We have been given this time for self-care. Take advantage of it. Ask for help when you need it!
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