12 Ways to Boost Your Immune System if You Have Cancer (Covid-19 or Not)
Mar 14, 2020
As cancer patients and cancer survivors, we have a compromised immune system and need to take care to protect ourselves, coronavirus or not.
With the exception of avoiding crowds, I don’t need to change my daily habits at all with the rise of coronavirus. I’m sure you too have already structured your day-to-day routine to protect your health as much as possible.
I’m already that crazy person disinfecting my plane seat, tray and the touch-screen when I fly, pushing the elevator button with the back of my hand, and not touching any public door handles if I can help it (including running after people to catch an open door so I don’t have to touch it).
I’ve compiled 12 easy tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine that will make a big difference when it comes to boosting your immune system.
- Boost your C intake. Get 2000+mg of high quality vitamin C daily. Watch this video to learn how to figure out your maximum dosage. (You must belong to the closed Truth & Dare Cancer Facebook community to watch: join here.)
- Take vitamin D the smarter way. Take up to 5000IU daily of vitamin D, along with a spoonful of almond butter or two bites of fresh avocado for better absorption.
- Raise your Zinc level. Immune system feeds on zinc; it’s the most important mineral for the optimal immune system functions. Take 50mg of zinc daily.
- Green your diet. Take steps toward a plant-based diet - start by avoiding red meat, limiting dairy, and eating more veggies.
- Improve your gut health. Add prebiotics like apple cider vinegar, onions and garlic to your diet, as well as probiotics like fermented foods.
- Detox daily. We want to flush toxins out of the system. Drink plenty of good quality water with electrolytes. Take regular hot baths with Epsom salt or baking soda. If you cannot take baths, at least soak your feet daily for 45 mins or so, it will greatly help.
- Get moving every day. Walking in nature, at-home yoga, and light stretching all count as great exercise options.
- Find your calm. Centering activities boost the immune system, whether you prefer meditation, prayer, chanting, napping, drawing, or coloring.
- Avoid stressful situations. Did you know that immunosuppressant drugs are chemically based on stress hormones? Stress is the immunity killer - and the joy killer - so make it a priority to avoid people, places, things and activities that cause you stress.
- Get grateful. Keep a daily gratitude journal. The energy of gratitude has a high frequency, so it’s similar to the energy of love and the life-force healing energy.
- Practice forgiveness. Let go of anger, resentment, grudge and other negative feelings that cause resistance in your body. As Malachy McCourt once said, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
- Protect yourself. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently (keep sanitizer, soap and wipes in your purse), social distancing, and cooking all animal-sourced foods thoroughly.
Don’t let this list overwhelm you. You may already be doing a few (or a lot!) of these items. Choose one or two that sound easy, try them, and when they’re a part of your routine, consider adding another.
Above all, don’t let fear rule your life.
Do what you can to stay safe - and dwell in gratitude for this life and all the beauty around you.
P.S. If the fear of cancer recurrence is causing you stress and negatively impacting your healing (immune system included), get my FREE guide on how to Face Your Fear of Cancer Recurrence in three empowering steps that actually work.