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How to optimize your health for Covid-19

by Dr. Aaron Capuano, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Nov. 9, 2020, 11:11 a.m.

Many of us have our health on our mind as we meander thru this pandemic.  Part of the issue that leads to so much uncertainty is the fact that we have seemingly no way of protecting ourselves if we do in fact contract the virus.  Here is a simplified way of increasing your resiliency if you do end up with Covid-19 from a Doctor's perspective.  

First and foremost underlying health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, age of >70, cardiac and respiratory/lung disease and obesity are putting you at a greater health risk for complications from Covid and you should contact your primary care physician prior to following the outlined covid health regimen to see if it is right for you.

Here are the steps to take to increase your body's stamina for fighting the Covid-19 virus.

1. Exercise regularly (increase your cardio capacity and strengthen your muscles from the inside out) This virus causes inflamation in multiple organs.  If you exercise these organs they will have a better tolerance if afflicted with the virus. Our heart is a muscle and our lungs capacity increases with cardio workouts, both are achieved when performing such exercises as rigourous biking, running or rowing. With sustained cardio workouts your body will become more resilient.  

2. Lower your alcohol consumption to little or no alcohol. Acohol causes inflammation in your body.

3. Eat a balanaced diet- red meats have inflammatory fats in them so eat lean red meats and restrict intake to 1 time per week.  Keep a colorful diet throughout the week with everything in moderation and include lots of fiber and avoid simple sugars including fruit drinks and sodas.

4. Take a daily multiple vitamin which includes Vitamin C, D and zinc.   

And as recommended by the CDC continue to maintain social distancing practices, cleanliness and keep a face mask on in public at all times.

Following the above outline can greatly reduce your risk factors from falling dramatically ill from Covid-19.  This should not replace or alter any treatments being conducted for you individually and does not replace advise from your health care provider.  Please consult with your health care provider if you choose to follow this regimen. 

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