Dr. Ray Bayley (DC, DCBCN) and I discuss how to keep our immune systems strong to help resist COVID-19. This podcast is full of practical and beneficial tips for staying healthy during this time. NB: This podcast and text are for educational purposes, not meant to diagnose nor treat any individual. Individual needs may vary. Consult with your physician(s), Your Health and Healing Team. You can learn more about Dr. Bayley’s services at docbayley.com
Dr. Ray Bayley, DC, DCBCN, is a chiropractic physician, board-certified in intensive clinical nutrition, board-eligible in homeopathy, and has a few hundred hours training each in other styles and modalities of health and healing (e.g. Asian Medicines, other herbologies, some styles of bodywork) and less hours in others. He has been studying and working in the fields of Complementary, Alternative, Integrative, Holistic, and Functional Medicines for over 50 years and lectured at the grad (physicians-to-be) and postdoc (physicians, nationally) levels for 31 years, mostly in the intensive clinical nutrition and Functional Medicine realms. He operates at the portal/entry level in giving patients analyses, insights, and options for their health and healing. And he operates in helping people find paths that are less risky and have more positive side effects. He is a wealth of information, as you might expect from someone spending half their professional hours per week updating and expanding their knowledge.
***Additional notes: Supplements should be supplements, not like drugs standing on their own. While the attribution of "food is your best medicine" is controversial, it is often true and it is often-enough true that nutrients inside food are the safer and more effective source. Looking at highly immune-important aspects of diet, here are some examples for adults, though individual needs may vary (again this is educational, again consult with Your Health & Healing Team): Get blood sugar good, e.g. probably avoid refined sugar, probably avoid refined carbohydrate-rich flour, maybe avoid sugary fruit (except a serving of dark or brightly colored berries), maybe avoid grains, maybe maybe avoid potatoes and such, etc etc. Restricted time eating is often helpful, which is eat all food within 12, preferably 8, maybe 6, hours per day for adults, if you can without endangering yourself (e.g. some bad blood sugar cases might need more feeding). Eat proteinaceous first meal soon (e.g. within an hour) after awakening and hydrating, or awake and then hydrate and exercise/be physically very active, then that first meal. Do at least 5, preferably more, servings of vegetables and non-sugary fruit (e.g. tomato, avocado) a day. A serving is a compacted measuring cup's worth for an adult, which is a compacted mounded cupped hand. The latter can be used to scale down for smaller humans. Such servings from the plant kingdom are dark and/or brightly colored. "The no white diet" does not exclude cauliflower, onion, and such good whites. Preferably there is at least one serving of cruciferous (cabbage and mustard families) a day and at least a half serving of allium (onion, shallot, etc) a day, if tolerated (and if not tolerated then get that fixed). Probably do a gram of protein daily for every 2 lbs of body weight but that can be decreased a bit if complete/fully complemented protein (e.g. whey, egg, animal flesh, or proper combinations of the incompletes [casein, legumes, nuts&seeds]). Very obese choose halfway between their current weight and what would be their somewhat lean weight for calculating protein. Older may need more, growing children may need more protein. The former is mostly because of poor digestion in older but that can be compensated for (e.g. digestive aids) or often fixed and thus not need as much "more". The body doesn't use (e.g. to make white blood cells and antibodies) as protein itself (instead using as fuel) more than about 20 g of protein per feeding. Eat protein lower on food chain, e.g. more fowl than mammal, more fish than fowl, more plant than fish. In the interview I gave sources for which fish are cleaner. The EWG source also lists safer plants and lists plants that probably should be organic. Emphasize safer, more beneficial fats. I.e. avoid trans (hydrogenated and high-heated unsaturated) fats, and i.e. emphasize mono-unsaturated fats, medium chain fats, and omega-3 fats over the too-common vegetable omega-6 (GLA is good, though) and over mammal fats. There are lab tests to monitor much of the above, done at least after 12 weeks of being on a fairly steady diet.