The BEST way to beat the coronavirus is to avoid getting it in the first place, of course. And that means continuing to follow the standard steps we could all recite in our sleep these days.
I know it’s easy to feel fed up with the shutdowns, at this point. Social distancing fatigue is a real thing. And all of us are battling it right now.
But remember, this is only temporary. And avoiding crowds, staying at least six feet away from other folks, going out only when absolutely necessary, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing can have the ULTIMATE payoff.
It could literally save your life. Because experts say, these steps could send your risk plummeting, helping you to avoid coming down with this killer virus.
In the meantime, maintaining your health could help you be better prepared to weather a COVID-19 infection should you ever end up sick.
That can start with the basics like continuing to get some exercise every day. And be sure to avoid the heavy-on-the-carbs comfort food trap that can pile on the pounds while you’re staying in.
And don’t forget to keep your D levels topped up with some daily sunshine and a supplement. As I’ve explained before, researchers continue to find links between low D levels and poor outcomes for those who catch the coronavirus.
But now a new study has just given us one more clue about how nutrition may be able to help us beat this deadly disease. According to the new study, being low on selenium could affect the severity of a COVID-19 infection.
Selenium could support better COVID-19 outcomes
Selenium is an essential mineral we get from our diet. Many folks in the United States ARE getting enough of this vital nutrient already. But your diet or certain chronic conditions could cause your own levels to be too low.
Plus, it turns out older folks may be at a higher risk of being low in selenium. Our diet, or our ability to effectively absorb nutrients dropping a bit as we age, could be the cause.
But whatever the reason, IF you’re low on the mineral, researchers say you may be at a higher risk for a severe case of coronavirus. In fact, a selenium deficiency could cause you to be less likely to survive a COVID-19 infection.
China has some of the lowest AND highest selenium levels in the world due to the widely varying amounts of the mineral in the soil there. And when researchers crunched the data from coronavirus cases in China, where the infection first bloomed, they spotted something interesting.
In areas where selenium levels were the highest, folks were far more likely to recover from the coronavirus. And we’re not talking about a little bump in survival here either.
For example, the city of Enshi in the Hubei Province has the highest level of selenium intake in the entire country. And coronavirus patients living there were almost THREE TIMES more likely to be cured than folks living in any other city in the same province.
In stark contrast, Heilongjiang Province has some of the lowest selenium levels in the world. And, tragically, folks living there were nearly five times as likely to die from their COVID-19 infections compared to ALL of the other provinces in China except Hubei.
The researchers found the COVID-19 cure rate was significantly linked to selenium status (measured by the amount of the mineral found in hair samples) in 17 cities outside of Hubei.
Prepare to do battle NOW to beat the bug later
Now keep in mind COVID-19 is a brand new bug in humans. So we still have a LOT to learn. And more research is needed on the association between selenium and surviving the virus.
But the links we’ve seen so far are strong enough for experts to say keeping your levels topped up is a good idea.
Besides, selenium supports your immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems as well. Low levels of the vital mineral could cause other health issues, too, including muscle weakness, cognitive function problems, and potentially certain kinds of cancers. And viral infections, in general, are linked to deficiencies also.
This means building up your selenium levels starting TODAY could literally help save your life in the FUTURE. And the good news is it’s easy to do.
You don’t want to OVERDO selenium. So skip the supplement. Simply focus on adding a few tasty foods to your diet instead.
- Brazil nuts
- yellowfin tuna
- brown rice
- whole-wheat bread
Brazil nuts have the most selenium by far of anything on the list. And keep in mind while brown rice and whole wheat bread can be good in moderation, don’t overdo the carbs.
I hope you never have to face COVID-19. But if you do ever end up battling the bug, preparing yourself now could help give you the upper hand you need to beat it.