Constant coverage of coronavirus is most definitely causing your customers concern, and rightly so. As of yesterday, the virus has now entered more than 100 countries, and has infected around 120,000 people, killing over 4,000 of them. Schools and companies around the globe have closed, and Italy has completely shut down. The good news is that together we can take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this extremely contagious virus—that is, while remaining three feet apart of course.
Wipe Away Germs... And Worries
Levels of concern may vary, but one thing we can all do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases is use household cleaners to wipe down what the CDC calls “high touch” surfaces, like cell phones and tablets. Remember, there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning refers to the removal of germs from surfaces, while disinfecting is the use of chemicals to kill germs on those surfaces. Both can help lower the risk of spreading infection, but definitely clean first, then disinfect. READ the label on your disinfectants—some surfaces must remain wet for anywhere between two and ten minutes.
Control What You Consume
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help protect cells against oxidative stress and free radical damage. Oxidative stress has been associated with heart disease, stroke, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and other inflammatory conditions. So not only can one boost their immune system with antioxidants, but their overall health will benefit as well. Antioxidant-rich foods are those rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, lutein, selenium and manganese: that’s fruits and green, leafy vegetables (especially berries, oranges and other citrus fruits), salmon, dark chocolate, dairy produce, eggs, nuts, and legumes.
This goes for supplements just the same. Dr. Oz, who was featured in an episode of Today with Hoda and Jenna earlier this week, suggests boosting your immune system with vitamins C and D, which can be consumed through a healthy diet of the above foods, but a supplement sure helps! Dr. Oz told the hosts “Supplements have never been shown to beat coronavirus, however there are some tactics that will slow down the progression of viruses in general. So ideas that work well generally are vitamin D, which you get from the sun, but this time of year you’ve got to take it as a supplement.” Promising research shows that vitamin D may aid the body’s ability to combat respiratory illness. One study involved 107 older patients—some were given high doses of vitamin D, while others standard doses. After a year, researchers found that people in the high-dose group had 40% fewer respiratory infections over the previous twelve months compared to those taking standard doses. Dr. Oz also touted mushrooms. Ever hear of the chaga mushroom? It is an age-old immune booster that’s been around for centuries. It’s believed to stimulate the immune system, decrease inflammation, and reduce fatigue. How about green tea extract? Its special antioxidant, EGCG, is known for having super immune-boosting powers. Green tea is also packed with L-theanine, an amino acid that helps the body ward off germs. The list of protective supplements goes on and on.
Play Your Part in the Pandemic
You can offer customers a path to wellness with immune-boosting products. A vitamin-rich resource can help your customers feel in control of their own health. Show your customers how much you care. Create a private label immune supplement to remind them that caring for their loved ones is just as important as caring for themselves. Though sometimes difficult, get adequate sleep, try to meditate, and exercise. These are all ways to help reduce stress on the immune system.
It is always recommended to consult a licensed physician before taking any vitamin or supplement. While there is no known cure for coronavirus, this is a good time to remind customers the importance of immune health and overall wellbeing. Don’t wait another minute, call today!