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  • Writer's pictureSharon Tenuta

Covid 19 and Nutrition

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

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Apr. 24, 2020

What if nutrition were the root cause of death, especially for those who passed away from the Coronavirus? First of all, what is a virus? It is any large group of submicroscopic infectious agents that are regarded as nonliving extremely complex molecules that typically contain a protein coat urrounding an RNA or DNA core of genetic material but no semipermeable membrane, that are capable of growth and multiplication only in living cells, and that cause various important diseases in humans, animals and plant. ( Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Accessed 24 Apr. 2020)

How do viruses grow? They don’t really grow, they replicate. They don’t survive without a host. They only live on a living thing. They live inside the cell of an organism and attack that cell. They steal protein from the living cell. The host’s cells are forced to reconfigure into producing and replicating the reconfigured cell. Scientists have worked to grow viruses by using eggs from chickens and embryonic structures of life. The embryo is destroyed when the virus replicates inside the egg material. Viruses survive by reproducing, and changing with the environment through genetic mutation. When one cell bursts and dies, the virus is then spreads to its surrounding environment.

So, what cells don’t allow for a virus to attach to it? The body and organisms strive for homeostasis. Homeostasis is the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. (Oxford Dictionary) If the body is healthy, it will be living in homeostasis.

What keeps a body healthy? What keeps the cells healthy? Nutrition would be the basic tool that keeps cells healthy, and thus be the basis for a healthy body. Your cells need a full spectrum of vitamins, especially the B-vitamins, to support energy production and keep the level of offshoot free radicals at a minimum. Your cells also need healthy fats (like the omega-3 fatty acids) and a good source of proteins to support healthy, protective membranes. And, your cells need a high intake of antioxidants, like the vitamin E family compounds found in the germ of whole grains, vitamin C found in citrus foods, and the carotenoids from vegetables to protect against free radical damage to your DNA, which can cause mutations. Maintaining adequate dietary levels of protein, inositol, choline, the antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins E and C, and the carotenoids is also important for the health of your DNA, as well as for supporting healthy energy production by decreasing the amount of damaging free radicals inside your cells. Nutritional support for healthy DNA also includes adequate dietary intake of folate and vitamin B12, since these micronutrients are involved with DNA replication and repair. Folate is found in high levels in green vegetables, grains and eggs, and vitamin B12 can be obtained from eggs, dairy, meat and fish.

An excellent article about this information is ‘How heathy nutrition builds health starting with the cells’ by the George Mateljan Foundation.

What destroys cells and makes them weak? Environmental toxins, injections of materials through unnecessary vaccines, polluted air, chemicals in foods, sugars and foods stripped of any nutrients that would benefit the body and its cells. Natural sugars from fruits are ok in limited amounts. Sugar is not an essential ingredient for the body. However, the American Heart Association set a recommended sugar limit, so people can enjoy extra calories in the diet ocassionally. Men shouldn't have more than 9 teaspoons of sugar daily, while women shouldn't have more than 6 teaspoons. This amounts to a max of 37.5 grams of sugar or 150 calories from sugar for men, and 25 grams of sugar or 100 calories from sugar for women.

Let’s get our bodies healthy and well. Let us overcome the fear of viruses and disease. Let us take back our responsible control for ourselves and our loved ones.

Let’s stop the cycle of fear, that fear of a virus that does not live unless it finds a malnourished cell of a weaker host, a weaker body, one that is not nourished well, one that lacks homeostasis. Let’s consciously become healthy human beings, who will not fear life, but embrace it and live each day with conviction and passion and love.

Let’s be voices for those less healthy. Let us be voices to lessen the toxins around us. Let us be activists for creating spaces of joy, hope, confidence, peace and abundance. Let us plant and build our healthy gardens and spaces. Let us find the truth within ourselves that strengthen our passion for life, with others and in acknowledgement for our God (with whatever name one uses in their culture), who created the universe. We are all so connected. If we carried the joy of this recognition, that could expand the joy around the world and we could stamp out fear. Are you with me in this endeavor? I welcome you and encourage you to embrace such positive and conscious energy.

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