Optimal hydration is the corner stone of a strong immune system, and therefore your overall wellbeing.
It is a fairly common sight in our hospitals to see patients hooked up to an Intravenous (IV) fluids device e.g. saline. Normal saline contains sodium and chloride, so it replaces lost fluid and prevents or corrects some types of electrolyte (alkaline mineral) imbalances.
These same alkaline minerals are present in zazen Alkaline Water.
We are talking about cellular hydration where your body’s cells are truly balanced with the correct ratio of alkaline minerals. Therefore, the quality and quantity of the water you drink to hydrate is a huge factor in improving your immune system’s ability to handle stress, prevent illness and recover from disease.
With the current COVID-19 virus, Government and medical guidelines suggest sensible basic self care and hygiene advice such as:
- get plenty of rest and sleep;
- drink plenty of liquids;
- wash hands frequently;
- cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; and
- social distancing to avoid close contact
Beyond this, what can you do to boost your immune system to assist with prevention as well as recuperation?
Underpinning zazen Water is a philosophy that drives and directs our product design and it comes from a holistic view surrounding health and wellbeing, and the understanding of the foundational role that water plays in the body (it is used in every bodily function) and therefore in any wellness strategy.
To help protect yourself and your family during this time, there are a few simple steps you can take to boost your immune system.
1. Drinking Water/Hydration
It is vital that you stay hydrated. Cellular hydration is key to optimising and maintaining immunity. Make sure you are making the most of your investment in your zazen Alkaline Water System and follow the government guidelines of drinking plenty of liquids/water - we suggest at least 12 glasses a day for adults and 8 glasses per day for children.
Additionally, our in house Natural Health Practitioners, Fiona and Caroline advise there are several nutrients you can consider to further strengthen your immune system.
- Zinc is a key mineral for immune support, found naturally in good levels in nuts, seeds, oysters, beef, lamb and green leafy vegetables. You can also choose to supplement with a 30-50mg daily dose especially during the winter months.
- Vitamin C is another key player for immune protection and support. Small regular doses through the day will optimise levels 500mg 2-4 times daily. Vitamin C is found in fresh fruit and vegetables; especially berries, kiwifruit, capsicum, citrus fruits including a squeeze of lemon juice in your first drink of water each morning.
- Vitamin D levels are essential for immune protection. Sun exposure helps to convert Vitamin D in our skin. A daily dose of 20 minutes early morning sun preferably is recommended but also include foods rich in Vitamin D as well as a supplement of 1 x 1000 IU capsule daily. Foods include cod liver oil, oily fish and grass fed butter.
- Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and drinking traditional Kombucha, as well as herbal teas are also all fantastic immune boosters as it is considered that 80% of our immune system is housed in our gastrointestinal tract.
- Ensure to add in natural foods with known antiviral properties such as Coconut Oil, Olive Leaf Extract, raw garlic, ginger and medicinal mushrooms.
- Traditional herbs such as Astragalus are high on the list of choices for prevention against traditional colds and flus.
Stress is a known precursor to burdening our immune systems. Fear is a great cause of Stress. The fear cycle is now in full swing with panic buying at the supermarkets, the stockmarket causing financial woes, etc. Be careful what you continue to read and focus on - choose more positive thoughts, TV shows or in-home movies.
"It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others." His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV
The Importance of Hydration when Unwell
Viruses, such as seasonal flu and now the COVID-19 coronavirus can cause you to become dehydrated. Hydration is always important but it is essential when trying to fight a viral flu or even the common cold. Your body requires more water when you are experiencing common symptoms such as fever, sweating, vomiting, diarrhoea and even a sore throat, which can lead to less desire to swallow, can all contribute to dehydration.
Electrolytes (alkaline minerals) are recommended by the World Health Organisation to relieve symptoms associated with virus-related mild to moderate dehydration. This is why typically patients when admitted to hospital with symptoms of dehydration, one of the first treatment protocols to be considered will be an IV saline drip individualised to the patient’s needs.
These are times when we need to stay as calm as we can. Fear and anxiety deplete our immune systems. Choose to only read and listen to reliable and credible news sources.