I heard it said in a news report that a closing the boarders of Barbados was more detrimental than the coronavirus coming in.
Within that news report an appeal was made to the conscience of the more facially well off, not to purchase in bulk as many poorer people will have to wait until the end of the month to get paid from their work places.
How can poor people do to fight coronavirus?
The African Heritage Foundation is appealing to financially poor Barbadian’s to utilize the medicinal plants around them to fight against the coronavirus. It has been well reported that key to fighting the coronavirus is the strengthening of the immune system. Healthy immune function starts with what you feed your body. Plant foods tend to be anti-inflammatory, so consuming lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is an important aspect of good immune function. In addition, many studies have linked obesity with impaired immune response, so a plant-based diet can do double-duty to support immune function by also helping you maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise and managing your stress are also essential aspects of a strong immune system.
Certain herbs can help support your immune system on a long-term basis. Garlic is full of compounds like allicin, ajoene and thiosulfinates, powerful molecules that help your body prevent and fight infections. Garlic also has a rich history of being used topically to disinfect wounds and fight fungal infections. The best way to use garlic for immune support is to consume fresh, crushed garlic. While you may not be daring enough to chomp raw garlic, adding raw garlic to a sauce is a good and flavorful way to get it in your body.
Cayenne and ginger are all considered “blood movers” in Chinese medicine. They stimulate blood flow and, as you might imagine, can kill off many microbes. It is thought that the consumption of spicy foods, including those seasoned with these tasty and potent herbs, can ward off digestive infections. Oregano and thyme are also full of aromatic compounds (the essential oils that make the plants smell so wonderful) that also have potent antimicrobial action. They can be consumed as a culinary spice or as a tea, inhaled to deliver the herbs to the sinuses or lungs, or taken in capsules if a stronger medicine is needed.
Noni fruits have been extensively used as medicines in many countries since ancient times. The natural Noni juice is extracted from fully ripened Noni fruits by placing them in a glass jar, placing plastic wrap over the mouth of the jar and sealing it air tight with the cover. The fruit in these conditions will start to breakdown producing a liquid. Depending on the age of the fruit, the color of Noni juice may vary from reddish dark brown to amber. Two or three tablespoons of this liquid daily will help to keep the immune system strong.
A Plan of Action
When preparing yourself for the coronavirus, think of supporting your strong immune system in these ways:
- Follow a healthy lifestyle that allows your immune system to thrive. Base your diet around fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce consumption of greasy and fast foods. Decrease your intake of refined foods, sugar and alcohol, all of which have been shown to decrease resistance to infection. Get lots of fresh air and regular exercise to promote healthy immune function, and keep your stress level as low as possible.
- Consider adding to your regime herbs that can support healthy immune function. These may include culinary herbs such as garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger, cayenne, oregano, thyme or mushrooms.
- Store whatever fruit is in season. Don’t let the fruits in your yards go to waste. Pick all and share with other or extract juice with a small amount of water and freeze as a concentrate.
- Collect Moringa seeds, place in drinking water and eat one every morning.
Mushrooms are potent allies in the quest for a strong immune system. Mushrooms such as maitake, shiitake, reishi and chaga all contain a complex array of nutrients that help to support good immune function. These include complex polysaccharides which appear to act as immunomodulators–this means they can stimulate an underactive immune system and calm an overactive immune system, acting as immune balancers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people with heart disease are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications. The obesity in Barbados is high, a status quo informed by a range of factors including poverty, urban design, and an agricultural system that makes unhealthy food the default fare for those who cannot afford to improve their diet. All this we can, and should, address.
The poorer people of Barbados need to take care of one another. Communities should note where their healing herbs and mushrooms are located and organize ways to share them among each other. Store dried herbs in paper bags and use daily in teas.