Covid-19 Update from Ross:
The Biggest Scandal of COVID-19: THIS is the Most Important Thing
WHY WHY WHY is no health authority, government… dare I say it the ‘health experts’…the ‘scientists’ who are controlling our public policy response to this pandemic STILL not mentioning ANYTHING to do with nutrition?
We have HARD evidence that the state of your health is THE most critical variable in the fight against coronavirus.
All the talk from our ‘leaders’ and their ‘health experts’ is that we’re at the mercy of this pandemic. All we can do is lock ourselves inside. Stay away from each other. Wear masks. Wait for the vaccine…
94% of Hospital Admissions Had At Least One Pre-Existing Diagnosed Disease
This study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, on 5,700 hospital admissions in New York showed that 94% of all hospital admissions for COVID-19 were for people with pre-existing life-threatening disease.
Even more staggeringly – EIGHTY-EIGHT PERCENT of admissions had TWO or more pre-existing, life-threatening conditions.
Overwhelmingly, this was cardiovascular disease (74.9% of patients).
The study also showed 61% of the admissions were for obese or morbidly obese.
And this was backed up by this Public Health England report that shows that if someone has a BMI of over 40, their risk of dying from COVID-19 increases by 90%.
This study showed that in patients with metabolic associated fatty liver disease there was a four‐fold increased risk of severe COVID‐19.
How We Eat & Live During This Pandemic is THE Most Powerful Way to Lower Risk
Of course, I am not saying if you have kidney disease you need to go out and cure it or else…nor am I saying if your BMI is 40 you need to get it to 25 immediately – bang, just like that or you’re stuffed.
What I am saying is, to beat COVID-19 the MOST POWERFUL thing we can do is focus on our own health.
The data tells us that the risk is skewed almost entirely to those who have pre-existing health conditions (and even more to those who have two conditions).
So no matter where your health is right now – NOW is the time to make progress.
Now is the time to take steps forward and be proactive about your health.
There is no down-side.
There is only an upside.
By focusing on your health…and I mean positively – focusing on what you want your health and energy to be, in your biggest, wildest dreams…by moving towards your health goals, you are simultaneously lowering your risk from COVID-19 each and every day.
Each and every day you move positively towards your dream health, you move away from COVID risk.
And as is the mantra of everything I teach, and everything I have taught over the past 16 years:
Massive results can come from doing just a handful of small things, consistently.
Most people are shocked at just how huge the results can be from just doing a small number of the right things on a daily basis.
And When It Comes to COVID-19 – These Are the Most Important Things
The Sheer Power of Vitamin D (please read this one if nothing else)
This is literally the most heartbreaking, frustrating, mind-blowing, and exciting part of all of my COVID-19 related research. This is the answer for so many people.
Having enough Vitamin D is THE biggest weapon in the fight against COVID-19 AND dozens of other metabolic diseases.
This study, published in the Nutrition and Food Science Journal, showing that of 780 COVID-19 deaths, 98.9% of patients with vitamin D deficiency died, 88% of patients with vitamin D insufficiency died…yet only 4% of patients with sufficient vitamin D died.
This study out of the Philippines found that for each standard deviation increase in serum Vitamin D – subjects were almost 20 times more likely to have mild rather than critical outcomes.
Another smaller study out of New Orleans showed that 84.6% of COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations had vitamin D deficiency, compared to 4% of patients who were not in ICU.
Just from a simple, cheap supplement. Literally.
Now I know there is always the argument of correlation vs causation, but this data is compelling, the cohorts are big enough and the relationship between vitamin D and risk levels is very, very clear.
Just think: if everyone in the world was even just at ‘sufficient’ vitamin D levels, how would the virus numbers look? We’re rushing around spending millions upon millions to find a vaccine, and who knows if it will work, when we’re overlooking this simple, simple, supporting nutrient.
I recommend everyone take between 1-3,000 IU of Vitamin D each day while this virus is with us.
This is my absolute favorite supplement for its outstanding quality and affordability – Thorne Research D3.
$15 for 6-7 months supply. Amazing.
And get out in the sun.
My hunch is that summer keeps rolling in the Northern Hemisphere we’ll see the death rate decline (note: the case rate will probably not be affected, but the severity of cases will). Having said that if everyone is cooped up indoors under lockdown…
Other supplements worth adding right now:
- Vitamin C
All of these have been proven to have a very, very beneficial effect on the immune system, respiratory system, and will support the recovery from excess weight, kidney disease, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and all of the other comorbidity risk factors associated with COVID-19.
Food to Add #1: Leafy Greens
Greens are the most potently nutrient-dense foods on Earth. If you want to improve your health – you have to get at least 4-5 serves of greens per day.
Leafy greens make up the entire top 15 of the most nutrient-dense foods according to this study.
If you want to boost your immune system, lose weight, support your liver and kidneys, prevent diabetes, and more – add more greens. Leafy greens you can easily ramp up include spinach, lettuce, kale, Chinese greens…
And other greens…
Broccoli – for its sulforaphane content.
Sulforaphane is quite amazing. It is so powerfully anti-viral, anti-inflammatory (and proven to help reduce aging, reduce weight and prevent cellulite formation too, by the way). These recent studies (here and here) demonstrate sulforaphane’s capacity to reduce the effect of the influenza virus.
But it is so much more than that too – if you want to increase your health, energy, to promote new cell growth, support your body’s detoxification pathways, create healthy blood cells – sulforaphane is so so powerful.
Another great addition is cabbage, which stimulates the immune system, kills bacteria and viruses, inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, protects against tumors, helps control hormone levels, and improves blood ﬂow. Like many leafy greens, it also gives a little hit of healthy fats and of course a good dose of chlorophyll.
Avocado will give you a huge dose of glutathione – the ‘master antioxidant’ that is SO essential to increasing your health and energy, to prevent cell death and DNA damage, to protect your liver, kidneys, thyroid, adrenals…
Get greens whenever you can. Add a side salad of greens to your normal meals, have a juice, a smoothie – just grab some whenever you can.
I will go into this in much, much more depth in my series next week, but for now, just start adding greens wherever you can!
And remember – recipes below.
Food to Add #2: Turmeric & Ginger
OK, this is TWO foods. I’m cheating! But they go hand in hand and are so powerfully anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and alkaline that they’re a massive boost. If you have these two every day, you’re winning.
Inflammation, along with acidity and oxidative stress – is at the root cause of practically EVERY disease. You HAVE to get the inflammation OUT.
The gingerols in ginger and curcumin in turmeric are probably two of the most anti-inflammatory compounds known to man. They also contain powerful antioxidants too and support the body’s stress response as a bonus (and in another topic, they are also cancer-protective, really they are miraculous).
There has been SO much research conducted into these two for their benefit, it’s hard to know where to start with it. They neutralize toxicity, protect from free-radical damage, fight viruses.
Again, as I keep saying – not a miracle cure that is a guarantee – but the research shows us it can help.
When we are looking to improve health, lose weight, support our body’s detoxification system, our hormones and all of the endocrine system that supports them…
When we want to support our immune system, our metabolism, our liver, and kidneys…
When we want to nourish our brain, our bones, and our digestive system…
Healthy fats are ESSENTIAL.
If you want to help protect your body from COVID-19, directly AND by boosting your overall health and vitality – healthy fats are an absolute must.
Please don’t fear fat. It will not make you fat. Processed, acidic, sugary, cheap, crap foods will make your body create fat cells, and hang on to them for dear life.
Healthy fats (plant-based saturated fats, and omega 3 from any source) will help your body to remove fat, to use fat as an energy source, to speed your metabolism and heal your endocrine, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems and organs.
I recommend looking to food sources including oily fish, fish roe (if not vegan), flax, nuts and seeds, chia, leafy greens, kidney beans, avocado, and so on.
PLUS supplementing with a good, high-quality supplement.
My recommendations are:
- Nordic Naturals Phospholipid (a form of EPA proven to be able to cross the blood brain barrier effectively – this is really important)
- Alkamind Daily Omega 3
Proper Daily Hydration (Consistently)
So simple, and therefore so overlooked. If you want optimal health you HAVE to be properly hydrated.
Forget all the detail and complexity of ‘which alkaline water machine’ or filter to buy and just get a filter for now. Any filter. A jug filter will do that sits on your countertop.
Forget bottled water. Get a jug filter. Forget ‘alkaline’ bottled water (which is a super expensive way to add a pinch of magnesium to your diet).
Just get a basic, simple filter and get drinking.
Aim for 100-120fl oz per day.
Sounds a lot. It’s not. You can build up to it. Just add an extra glass or two, a cup of extra herbal tea, and you’ll get there no problem.
This alone is one of THE most powerful (and cheap) things you can do to support your health and massively reduce your risk of COVID-19. It’s simple, easy and cheap.
NOTE: I will be going into much more depth, step-by-step, in a very actionable way on all of this very soon in my free Alkaline CORE Training series, starting VERY soon! Watch this space!
Your Plan to Get Started TODAY:
Keep it simple. Set a goal around your ideal health. Don’t focus on COVID, focus on the positivity of your improved health and energy.
Keep it simple.
Take it one-day-at-a-time.
Take it one-step-at-a-time.
Focus on one or two suggestions above, and make them a habit, and then move onto the next.
If you have a bad day, reflect on why, reflect on how to correct it next time, and move on.
It can be as simple as:
- Taking a vitamin D supplement
- Taking an omega 3 supplement and getting some coconut oil
- Drinking 100 floz of water
- Eating a side salad with each meal, dressed in healthy fat
- Making a turmeric tea in the morning before work
- Getting out in the sun
- Making a green juice or smoothie part of your routine (and you can make 2 at once and save the other serve for tomorrow – et viola I just halved your prep time)
- Getting an extra 2-3 cups of herbal tea each day to help hydrate
One, or two, or any combination of the above would be a super easy place to start.
You can do this.
Don’t fear COVID-19. Get mad at it. And get POSITIVE about YOUR health goals.
The better you feel and look, the more energized you are and the more you do for YOU – your risk with COVID will decrease DRAMATICALLY.
I just wish every Government was saying this too.
Let’s get positive, and let’s DO THIS!
Some of My Recipes to Help You Get Started:
The Triple-A Alkaline Juice
The Alkaline Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Raw Pad Thai Noodles
Alkaline Summer Salad
Broccoli, Ginger & Mint Soup
Nourishing Liver Regeneration Juice
Alkaline Keto Alfredo “Pasta”
Anti-Inflammation Bliss Balls