It may seem strange that the health of your gut can impact how a virus affects your body when invaded by something like COVID-19. There are many seemingly strange relationships within your body that can affect your health. Gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, depression increases the perception and persistence of pain, low stomach acid can cause acid reflux and there are many more. Our bodies systems must work in harmony for us to remain healthy, so it should come as no surprise that when there is a problem with one system, it can influence others. This article How your intestines may affect the severity of Covid-19 explores how diseases such as obesity and diabetes (things that affect the digestive system) increase the severity of a COVID infection and can even make it deadly.
The Chinese knew, thousands of years ago, that there was a link between the digestive system and the lungs. The Lung meridian and the Large Intestine meridian are “paired” meridians and we often treat diseases of lung with large intestine points and vice versa. Modern science is discovering just how right Chinese doctors were. As the article cited above states, the danger of a COVID infection is an overreaction of the immune system causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage. The gut microbiome aids in regulating the immune response to respiratory viruses. In people who have risk factors such as obesity or diabetes, the gut microbiome is imbalanced toward pro-inflammatory mechanisms that can lead to damage and even life-threatening complications.
What you can do
Exercise & Diet: Yes, believe it or not, if you exercise regularly and include more fruits and vegetable along with whole, organic foods it can help you lose weight and re-balance your gut microbiome. I say that tongue and cheek because I think at this point, we all know this, it is the implementation of it that is a problem. But what this pandemic has made abundantly clear, if it was not already, obesity and diabetes shorten your lifespan.
Supplements: Probiotics, probiotics, iodine, zinc, and other supplements (if you cannot consume enough in your regular diet) can improve not only the microbiome of your digestive system but can help improve your digestion overall. Colostrum is probably the single best supplement you can be taking to improve your digestion and your immune system as I talked about in this post Colostrum, Your Gut & Your Health.
Health Care: Get your yearly checkup, possibly seek out a nutritionist who can tailor a diet to your needs. Acupuncture can help regulate your digestive system, aid in weight loss, and improve your immune system. If you are struggling, get help.
The data is clear. Those with pre-existing conditions are at higher, often much higher, risk of serious consequences from a COVID-19 infection. For your sake, for the sake of those who love you, start today, make the changes necessary to remove yourself from the high-risk side of the equation.
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