COVID-19 Update

Katie Dean, March 13 2020


Dr. Ann Auburn
March 31 2020

Dear Katie,
Thank you for caring about others and sharing your positive “glass half FULL” attitude with your followers! I guess it runs in the family…from great grandma Mable, to Grandma Crystal, to me, you and your brother!
It’s true that it’s scientifically proven that love and laughter increase immunity, that is, actual immune markers in the blood go up with a positive experience or attitude. And the opposite happens with negativity, stress or bad experiences, low immune function and inflammation – yikes! So even if you have to work at it, the positive approach always makes our health better.
Along with that, everybody should do their best to keep in the following:
1. Reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet. One of my general rules is to avoid white foods (sugar, rice, potatoes), the starchy stuff, especially the processed type or just too much of even the complex carbohydrates.
2. Minimize cow’s milk products, which increase respiratory mucus (ask any professional singer!).
3. Eat real food, lots of veggies, and avoid processed and fast foods, which have more chemicals and create more inflammation, stressing the immune system. Organic, in most cases, is best, or at least non-GMO, which will reduce chemicals from pesticides and herbicides.
4. Drink clean water- 60-80 ounces per day. It’s the universal solvent and helps cleanse the kidneys and remove wastes from the body. Hydration is also super important, especially when the immune system may be challenged.
5. Exercise. Do ANYTHING you can, whether it’s a few minutes or an hour. Movement is good. It helps blood flow,lymphatic flow, production of hormones and neurotransmitters.
6. Avoid modern wheat, and reduce gluten containing grains, but don’t eat a bunch of gluten substitutes that are just as starchy or worse. Just eat less grains. We don’t need them at all, but if you eat them, eat a human portion! That’s a 1/3-1/2 cup, or 75-100 calories, 1-2 servings per day. If you do decide to eat wheat of some sort, get the ancient grains type and organic if you can. And sour dough bread, the real fermented type, is better, because it breaks down the gluten somewhat, having less negative consequences. But again, that’s not a 1/2 or even a 1/4 loaf of bread, just a slice.
7. Moderation and mindfulness is key. Remember, eat to live, instead of living to eat is a better approach to healthy nourishment.
Best of health to everyone!
Ann M. Auburn, DO
Family Practioner and Integrative Medicine Specialist

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