How To Build Immunity To Covid - With Or Without The Vaccine
Early in 2020, a novel coronavirus, since dubbed Covid-19, invaded the world and took over many aspects of life. Amid unknowns and fears, everyone and everything was impacted. There have been many ups and downs, but since this virus is here to stay, it’s important to know how to build immunity for covid - with or without the vaccine.
I’m not here to debate the vaccine, its efficacy, or the politics that have played a huge role in its rollout.
No, I’m here to share with you invaluable information about what you can do every day to boost your immune system.
Our ministry is all about the Treasures of Healthy Living and when a once in a lifetime virus shows up is no exception.
Much of our health is in the power of our own hands - and what we put in our bodies.
Build Your Immunity To Covid
Whether or not you have gotten or plan to get the Covid Vaccine, your immunity needs protecting and improving.
We are living in new times and everyone is learning a new language: antigens, antibodies, vaccine passports, immunity, plus so much more.
As the Biblical Nutritionist, it’s my joy to share with you how immunity works and why it matters - whether you have the Covid-19 vaccine or not.
Regardless of what we choose, we can improve our immune system.
Our bodies were created to heal and to protect. This God-designed system has His fingerprints all over it.
Just the T cells in our bodies are indicative of His amazing design.
What Are T-Cells?
T Cells are named such because they’re made in the Thymus gland.
These cells go on a warpath when a foreign antigen - bacteria, agent, or other intruder - enters the body.
As Dr Couey, our teacher in our Treasures of Healthy Living DVD Series, shares: T cells take no hostages; their design is to kill and destroy. And as he’s seen under a microscope as a professor at Baylor University, they do it aggressively.
This is God’s design.
Some T cells go out to kill, and some serve as memory cells. They see the villain and remember its fingerprints and the next time they try to enter they say, “We know you. You tried to cause harm last time. You aren’t welcome here.”
And they send out the killers to attack the newly arrived invaders.
T cells are multiplied as needed! This is another miraculous part of God’s beautiful design. It could never happen through happenstance or evolution.
Imagine a committee of scientists trying to design an immune system that works sometimes and somewhat, while God did it perfectly in His omniscient power and with a simple word.
What Happens In An Immune Response To Covid
The immune response in your body happens without your awareness when it is healthy. And that’s the purpose of this blog post. To help you understand how the body’s immune system was designed to work and what you can do to help it work at its best.
Our body must be in optimal health for it to be armed at its fullest extent.
Again, this matters not whether you’ve had the Covid-19 vaccine or not. Your immune system faces an attack in both situations.
Optimal health is not guaranteed. It’s a choice. And the choice is yours.
Viruses come and go every day. A primed immune response will handle most instances without your notice. Again – God's design. His desire is for us to stay on mission and not be sidetracked.
The enemy, on the other hand, tries to derail our mission and keep us buoyed by fear and uncertainty.
Do we need to concern ourselves about our immune systems if we've had the Covid-19 vaccine?
All vaccines are created by man for a purpose. They’re not a free ticket to eat what we want and live like there’s no tomorrow.
Dedication to eating healthy, exercising, and studying God’s Word is still a must.
The immune system is only as healthy as you feed it every day.
Do we need to be concerned about our immune response if we’ve not had the Covid 19 vaccine?
There’s no license to not be at your best everyday.Eating healthy foods, according to the three principles taught in the Biblical Nutrition Academy, is paramount for your future health.
In addition, exercise keeps our lymphatic system at peak performance. Eating well and exercising regularly are both essential to overall health.
How To Build The Immune System Naturally
This is a physical and mental answer. Our body is an amazing design by a Creator, but health doesn’t magically occur.
We have to utilize our resources and make good choices for good health and to boost our natural immunity.
Those choices include:
1. Daily exercise. Walks, bike riding, kayaking, kickboxing, Zumba, etc., and weights. It’s important to get the heart rate up and strengthen muscles throughout the body.
3. Fresh is best. Eat local and real foods as much as possible. These build the strongest immune system. God-designed fruits and vegetables with antioxidants and polyphenols are immunity in green leaves and red berries.4. Take quality supplements. While we can get many, if not most, of the nutrients our bodies need from the foods we eat, we often need to supplement certain vitamins and minerals to fulfill our bodies’ requirements for optimal health.
Does My Response To Covid Change With The Vaccine?
This question is hard to answer because there is much still to learn about the effects of this vaccine.
This is also why my desire is to help you understand your immunity is key to survival whether you get vaccinated against this disease or not.
Is It Possible To Be Fully Vaccinated Against Covid 19?
This is still under study.
The timeline of effectiveness of this vaccination isn’t completely understood. There is discussion of booster shots being required since the vaccine may only protect for about 8 months. This is a watch and wait situation.
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Help! I'm pregnant. How do I Protect my Immunity Against Covid-19?
I’ve gotten this question quite a bit. The answer is simple: The same way you would without Covid-19 being a factor.
Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Covid 19 While Pregnant
1. Avoid people who are sick.
2. Keep your immune system well maintained and nourished with God designed foods. No processed foods.
3. Stay hydrated with pure clean water. I recommend using the Water Drop Filter or other brand of healthy water.
4. Avoid all medications - over the counter and prescribed - if possible. Talk with your caregiver about this, yet you may need to be insistent. You have 9 months to build the healthiest baby and the baby does not need vaccines of any kind.5. Speak God’s Word to your baby and sing His praises out loud. Your baby can hear you already!
5 Ways To Build The Immune System
1. Eat today for a healthy tomorrow.
Our everyday food choices determine the health of our immune system. Remember:
- Fresh is best
- Local is optimal
- Grass fed & free range on a real pasture are ideal
2. Test for Vitamin D and then adjust your intake of this essential vitamin.
It plays a key role in the body’s ability to fight Covid-19 infections, other coronavirus variants, as well as a variety of infections and diseases.
3. Lose weight.
It’s proven that overweight people have a less active immune system. Make it a priority to get within a healthy weight and BMI!
4. Use the Hunger Satisfied Journal to track foods and how they make you feel.
Food sensitivities can overwhelm the immune system. Let’s help it out by identifying problems and clearing them up. This journal will also help identify glucose intolerance, which is a prime problem with weight loss and immunity. This journal is important even if you’re fully vaccinated.
5. Meditate on God's Word.
This is key to understanding the effectiveness of God’s Word.
God is the only One who heals. Man can offer options, yet the Lord designed the body and He alone heals it. Surgery and medication can be very necessary, but God is the ultimate healer.
Speak His Word.
Pray His Word.
Trust His Word.
What Should I Do If I Get Sick?
There are many common sense steps to follow when a virus attacks your body. No matter what variant you’re infected with, the way to fight back is the same.
You can reduce symptoms and be back to your normal routine in short order by following a few simple tips:
God designed rest for us with a reason. We see the concept of rest from the beginning of the Bible to the end.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Therefore let’s make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience. Hebrew 4:11
My soul waits in silence for God alone; From Him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1
The 7th day of the week was designed to rest. The year of Jubilee was designed as a rest.
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because on it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.Genesis 2:2-3
So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16:30
Rest prepares us for the next event. It also helps the body to recover.
We recover from a busy week by spending time with God on the Sabbath.
Rest while battling a virus allows all systems in the body to work full time on healing.
Rest includes taking a break from these as well:
- being active
- stressful people
Fasting is similar to rest. It allows our natural digestive system to take a break so the liver, lower GI, and other organs can focus on removing all toxins from the body.
We consider viruses toxins since they're foreign bodies and not wanted.
Stop eating any processed foods. Actually, I would love for you to give them up entirely. Especially during this time of healing.
Processed foods require extensive energy of the body since they lack key nutrients. Avoiding processed foods and only eating real fruits and veggies bring quicker healing.The Daniel Fast is an excellent option to help the body rest and rejuvenate.
Not eating at all and only fluids is a good option for short term fasts. Some people do a water-only fast, while others drink only natural juice and smoothies. This can be done a day, or 2, or even 3.
As always, it’s best to do an extreme fast under the supervision of a medical professional.
Fluids are important. A dehydrated body heals slower. Fluids are necessary to keep the blood volume at peak performance. They also contribute to removal of cellular toxins.
Fevers, headaches, and body aches all require adequate liquids for quicker healing. Add salt and electrolytes to the water to keep the potassium and other elements at peak levels.
Eat To Live - Foods To Build Immunity
Nutrition may seem counterproductive since fasting is number 2. However, foods high in Vitamin C can help the body heal. I recommend my family consume organic citrus fruits and vegetables which contain lots of Vitamin C.
Also, a fast can be fruits and veggies only.
In addition, these foods have been shown to have success in helping the body achieve a return to health quicker and fight the symptoms of virus reactions:
- Apple Cider Vinegar (3 Tablespoons 3X/day)
- Echinacea tea
- Elderberry Syrup
- Green tea with ginger, honey, and turmeric
See! God has provided an abundant amount of natural resources for aiding our immune systems!
How Does The Bible Diet Help With Our Immune System
The Bible Diet is eating foods God called good for us and eating them as close to His design as possible. This keeps us away from foods that tax the immune system.
The foods we eat account for over 75% of what contributes to many illnesses, obesity, and cancer.
I’ve seen many people end their pain and inflammation just by changing their diet to foods God created for our benefit. Pain is a sign we are not eating well.
Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Let's feed it well so we can serve efficiently for a long time.
Build Immune System Naturally
People are living longer today than in much of the past, yet the need for medication is skyrocketing.
The life being lived now is less productive than it was 50 years ago. Living to the age of 90 yet taking 15 prescriptions and being unable to do anything except move from the doctor’s office to the couch is not living life abundantly.
Instead, eat real food from a God who loves you and eat without food addictions and you will see a great increase in the immune system to help prevent many viruses and bacteria infections.
A friend shared with me about her mother-in-law who at the age of 76 was very ill. They were getting her affairs in order. The family talked to her about changing her diet to the 3 principles we teach here and she lived an abundant life till the age of 96!
A doctor told another friend of mine in her 20's she had ovarian cancer and would never have children. She chose to take a different approach to her severe illness. Fourteen years later she walked into the doctor’s office cancer free and pregnant!
God's Design for Immunity
God designed the immune system, so He must know what’s best to feed it. And God does not need a white lab coat.
Doctors can be very helpful and there are times and places where some medications are appropriate, but God not only designed our bodies to fight disease, but He also created what we need to engage in that battle in the rest of His creation.
We have at our disposal a smorgasbord of healthy foods containing all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our bodies need to fight infection and disease and instead thrive.
Let’s thrive together! No matter what disease, what illness, or what other invaders try to attack.
Set up all your defenses and arm yourself with all the available weapons against this coronavirus and all the other invaders out there seeking to steal, kill and destroy.
Instead, enjoy the abundant life - physically and spiritually - Jesus came to give!