Inflammation and Covid-19

Inflammation and Covid-19.

In an attempt to make this an easy read and to hopefully inspire everyone and not just the medics and nerd alerts of the world, the use of medical and scientific terminology has been avoided.

After being diagnosed with Covid-19 patients showed a rapid downturn at day 10 at which point, studies highlight, an increase in their cytokine levels (an inflammation marker.)

There is some interesting research being held and the FDA are at stage III of clinical trials for medication to suppress inflammation pathways.

Keeping our inflammation down is going to have a positive effect on our health, for preventative measures of inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s and maybe giving us a better shot at survival of covid-19 if we do contract the virus.

A member of the inflammation cytokine family is IL6. This inflammation marker in particular is lit up when patients are ill with covid-19. Research shows to suppress pathways and to help reduce inflammation we need to activate nrf2 pathways.

Which foods and drinks activate Nrf2 to reduce inflammation:

Turmeric – capsules or add organic powder to food

Green tea, camomile tea and many other teas

Cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts

Garlic, onions, spices that come from roots, shallots

Tomatoes, apricots, watermelon, grapefruit.

Daily Diaphragmatic breathing will help keep us calm. Breathe in for 5 and out for 5. Repeat this 8 times and do it daily.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to balance and support our immune system. Have dinner early one evening and then fast until dinner the next day, drinking water throughout the day.

There has been lots of studies to support fasting once or twice a week. If you can’t get your head around this, carrying out a fast once or twice a year is going to be better than never fasting at all.

Having a daily intake of some of the food sources from the above is advised and daily diaphragmatic breathing will also have a great impact on your overall well-being if you add it into your lifestyle.


David Perlmutter M.D

NCBI: National Centre for Biotechnology Information


National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Center for Biotechnology Information



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