Flours for your Birthday?

At first sight, the title of this article contains a basic spelling mistake, but believe me, it is correct! I’m writing this article during lockdown, with flour and other home baking ingredients in very short supply, so my husband should be forgiven for giving me: plain, self-raising and strong white flours for my birthday. ?

Like many during lockdown, I’m eating too much, drinking too much and baking too much. And baking in our household, always leads to eating and drinking! 

There will be a day or reckoning when this is all over and I can get back to a sensible diet and exercise regime. But for now, we have to make the most of it, using tea/coffee, cakes, video conferencing, crisps, chocolate and gin to get us through the most difficult parts of the day and the most difficult parts of the daily news!

Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will all be out of lockdown and enjoying summer holidays, at home and abroad. (I wish ?)

But, just in case we’re not out of lockdown, here are a few tips that don’t involve crisps, chocolate and gin, that may enable you to get through lockdown and also avoid the risk of Coronavirus.

The newspapers have highlighted a number of ways of avoiding the virus. Strangely, some of the weirdest, coming from non-other than the President of the United States himself!  But here are some better suggestions for minimising the risk of getting the virus and minimising the impact of the virus, if you’re unlucky enough to catch it.

There seems to be quite a lot of evidence that vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin C, zinc and even fresh air can reduce the risk of catching the virus. Here’s why:

During the Spanish Flu epidemic at the start of the 20thCentury, doctors put patients in outdoor beds, (both day and night!) in order to improve their recovery. These were called open-air hospitals and were developed many years earlier for patients suffering from tuberculosis when doctors noticed that people who spent most of their lives outdoors suffered less from tuberculosis than those that spent most of their time indoors. Even more recently, my mum would always put me outside, or throw open the windows, whenever I suffered from childhood sniffles, illnesses and viruses. 

The reason open-air hospitals work may be linked to one of the other ways of avoiding the virus: vitamin D. 

Vitamin D can be found in fatty fish, liver, cheese, mushrooms and egg yolks. You can also get vitamin D from sunshine, in tablets from the chemist and from products that are actually fortified with vitamin D - these include: dairy products, orange juice, soy milk and breakfast cereals. Scientists believe that one of the reasons why winter viruses and flu diminish in the late Spring is the fact that we all begin to spend more time in the fresh air, basking in the sunshine and getting more vitamin D.

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep our body's nerve and blood cells healthy and helps us make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anaemia, called megaloblastic anaemia, that makes us tired and weak. Weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. They occur because our bodies don’t have enough vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout our bodies. Scientists and doctors have found that many people suffering seriously from Covid 19 respond well to oxygen treatment (Boris Johnson was specifically given oxygen treatment to help him overcome the virus and the Mercedes Formula 1 Team worked with doctors to rapidly develop a device that delivers a steady stream of oxygen and air to patients who are struggling to breathe, enabling them to avoid ventilation, which requires an invasive procedure, sedation and weeks in an intensive care unit!). Many of the natural and fortified foods that provide us with vitamin D, also contain vitamin B12. 

At the moment, there is no evidence that taking vitamin C supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19, but it is known that vitamin C levels can drop in patients suffering from acute respiratory illnesses and many countries, around the world now give patients in ICU with COVID 19 high levels of vitamin C.

For many years, researchers, scientists and doctors have investigated the beneficial effects of zinc on individuals suffering from various types of coronavirus and it has been observed that taking zinc reduces the symptoms of a coronavirus by several days. It is too early to say that individuals should take zinc to reduce symptoms of the current coronavirus pandemic, but many doctors and countries are using it – just in case.

And if you’re reading this article long after the current pandemic is over, don’t despair; fresh air, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and zinc are all very good for you. Continue to take them in the right amounts and Reflexology to help build your immune system and improve overall health and wellbeing.

If you would like to know more about how complementary therapies can help you contact, Catherine Harper on 07962975124 or email catherine@tranquilhaven.co.uk or check out www.tranquilhaven.co.uk

It has not been possible to see clients for some time due to lockdown but in the meantime I am taking advice from the British Reflexology Association on how to get back to work as soon as possible. This will most likely be sometime in August if at all possible. I hope all my clients are staying safe & well and I am look forward to welcoming you all back again soon. 

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