As the country begins to get back to a new normal we need to remember above all else to
be kind, everyone will be at a different stage, with a different set of pressures and mental
and physical states, so above all else, now is the time, not for judging, but respecting
others, and being kind.
I’m delighted to say that by and large this has been my experience of how we are getting
on, I hope you are met daily with reciprocal kindness.
In our HYPOXI Studio and beauty treatment rooms we have adopted the guidance of the 43 page government covid safety document and as more and more business open, they too will be doing the same. Our new normal means social distancing and following floor markings, sanitizing and hand washing at every turn, reduced number of staff and clients at any one time, intensive and frequent cleaning, fresh air ventilation, wearing new PPE for every client (disposable masks, gloves, aprons and visors)… and, engaging with people wearing masks.
I did have to smile at some mask rules I saw on social media:
Treat your mask like your underwear!
• Don’t touch or adjust (especially in public)
• Do not borrow or lend
• Make sure it is clean (at least daily)
• Wear the right side out
• If it is stained, throw it away
• If it is damp, change it
• Don’t go commando!
Wear your mask with pride!
Although the pandemic has a reduced level of risk versus the beginning of April, we must remain alert, operate within the safety guidelines and as our Prime Minister Boris says “hope for the best and plan for the worst”. Well planning for the worst means getting our body’s in shape. A study published in BMJ noted: “Increasing evidence indicates that obesity is an independent risk factor for severe illness and death from covid-19.”
Dr Aseem Malhotra, a leading UK Cardiologist, spoke on Good Morning Britain and said: “The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a few weeks ago did an analysis and they put out the
message that there is likely a tenfold increased risk of mortality death rates from people who
have conditions associated with obesity. “This basically includes type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and this is really a real problem because it’s not being addressed, and it’s not being tackled head on. “The reasons for this are two-fold the one being an excess of body fat which seems to have an adverse effect on viral illnesses. We know that already with the flu you’re more likely to get severe illness if you are overweight but with COVID-19 it seems to also drive an excessive immune response called the ARDS or the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome that unfortunately causes many people to die.”
For those of you who regularly read my articles, you will know that I often talk about healthy nutrition, vitamins and minerals, well I make no apologies for continuing the theme, you can see from the research, excess fat puts you at higher risk from the coronavirus.
Eat a diet rich in omega-3 and low in carbohydrates. Include fatty fish, fruits, salads, vegetables, nuts and in general organic foods, when possible. Reduce excessive omega-6 rich plant oils and processed convenience foods that contain them. Couple this with outdoor exercise, and 2 litres of water a day and you have a winning formula. If you want to accelerate your weight loss results, HYPOXI, a form of gentle exercise coupled with compression and vacuum therapy to stimulate the fat metabolism, is scientifically proven to be 3 times faster for shedding fat than diet and exercise alone.
The importance of vitamin D in relation to COVID 19 is now the subject of many scientific studies. Research has found COVID 19 patients who have been most adversely affected by the virus have low levels of vitamin D. A new study by researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust and the University of East Anglia in the UK prompted the authors to advise that vitamin D supplementation could protect against respiratory infections like COVID-19. Research into supplements and whether they are appropriate for your body is something I would recommend taking advice on from either a doctor or nutritionist that can measure your current levels and advise accordingly.
Food sources of vitamin D are fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, lake trout, kippers, anchovies), beef liver, egg yolks, cheese, milk and mushrooms. See if you can weave at least two or three of these foods into your daily meal plan. And it is a plan, as the old saying goes fail to plan and plan to fail and this is true with meal planning. There’s never been a more important time than midst pandemic to take good care of your health, your body which is ultimately a finely tuned machine. Fuel it right – you won’t regret it.
I would love to hear of any changes you make for the better, so please share them with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.