Having a strong, healthy immune system has never been more important than it is now with the coronavirus threatening lives around the world. And for those of us who are high risk due to age and/or chronic illnesses, it’s even more essential that we do whatever we can to boost our immune systems. Because it’s a new virus and there’s not yet a vaccine, we’re left with only two things we can do to try to protect ourselves: (1) avoid exposure to the virus by following the recommended guidelines and (2) boost our immune systems to help fight off the virus if we do get exposed.
Learn How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
In an effort to try to help protect people in general, but especially those of us who are most vulnerable to the virus due to compromised immune systems, Ashok Gupta has developed a 10-day program called the Coronavirus Challenge. The purpose of the program is to teach us how we can strengthen our immune systems naturally. And he is generously offering the program to everyone free of charge.
Gupta, a former ME/CFS patient and founder of the Gupta Program and clinic, has been helping people successfully recover from chronic illnesses like ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, MCS and Lyme disease for almost 20 years.
Now, if you’re a skeptic like me, you may be wondering what the catch is. (There always seems to be a catch, right?) Let me assure you, I signed up for the challenge myself, and there really is no catch. You won’t get half way through and discover he’s trying to sell you something. He is genuinely trying to do what he can to help slow the spread of the virus by helping all of us boost our immune systems.
Although the Coronavirus Challenge is especially important for those of us with chronic illnesses, it is also very beneficial for otherwise healthy individuals who just want to make sure their immune systems are as strong as possible to protect themselves. In fact, the program has received enthusiastic approval from at least one celebrity. Oscar-nominated actress and Bond girl Naomie Harris said, “I’ve taken the pledge and have been following Ashok’s Coronavirus Challenge and I’ve learned so much about how we can all boost our immune systems against the virus, it’s great! I’ve been sharing it with everyone I know.”
The Coronavirus Challenge and the MEND Protocol
The Coronavirus Challenge is a series of 10 videos based on Gupta’s MEND protocol, a unique blend of mind and body techniques designed to strengthen the immune system against viral invaders like COVID-19 based on hundreds of research studies, which are listed in the challenge program.
M = Mind
Throughout this pandemic, we’ve been bombarded with scary, negative news around the clock. This kind of ongoing stress can lead to fear, anxiety and depression, all of which can compromise our immune systems. Gupta teaches us how to use meditation to train our minds to be calm and anxiety-free, which studies have shown can boost the effectiveness of our immune systems and reduce the chances of contracting a virus by as much as 50%. Additionally, he provides several free guided meditations on his website as well as other practical tips on how to reduce anxiety during the pandemic.
E = Energize the Body
Physical movement is an important part of strengthening our immune systems because it increases the levels of antibodies in our mucus membranes and improves the flow of fluids through our lymphatic system, which helps clear bacteria, viruses and toxins from our bodies. However, if you have a chronic illness it’s also essential that you know and respect your limitations when it comes to physical activity. When I spoke to him about this article, Gupta specifically asked me to stress this fact and encourage those with a chronic illness to be very careful about pacing themselves.
N = Night-time Routine and Sleep
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Numerous studies have shown the importance of sleep when it comes to fighting off viruses. Both the duration and quality of sleep matter when we’re trying to build and maintain a strong immune system. Why? Because it is during sleep that our immune systems are rejuvenated. Unfortunately, getting quality sleep can be challenging for many of us with chronic illnesses. Gupta shares 10 tips that can help improve the quality and duration of our sleep.
D = Diet
Did you know that even some small dietary changes may reduce your chances of getting any virus by 50% or more? We often don’t realize the huge impact what we eat has on our immune systems. Actually, the foods in your pantry and refrigerator can be better medicine than anything you have in your medicine cabinet. In the diet segment, Gupta shares which foods interfere with our immune systems and which foods boost our immune systems.
The videos are high quality, beautifully done and enjoyable to watch. Another benefit of signing up for the Coronavirus Challenge is you will have access to the Facebook forum where you can interact with others who are also working to strengthen their immune systems
For more information about the Coronavirus Challenge or to sign up, go to https://www.thecoronaviruschallenge.com/
The Gupta Program – A Powerful Neuroplasticity Program for Chronic Illnesses
In addition to the Coronavirus Challenge, Gupta offers a much more in-depth program for people with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, MCS, Lyme disease or other chronic illnesses. The Gupta Program Brain RetrainingTM is a powerful neuroplasticity program through which thousands of people with these illnesses have gotten their lives back.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and adapt or compensate for injury, disease or other life changes that may occur. Scientists have found that the brain can actually be retrained and regain its natural ability to heal the body. Gupta emphasizes that he definitely is not saying these illnesses are in the mind; rather he says they are in the brain (neurological not psychological), which means that they are normally out of someone’s control.
Gupta, who suffered from ME/CFS himself, managed to fully recover using the brain-retraining techniques he now teaches, and he has made it his life-long mission to help others recover as well. In his description of the program on his website, he says:
My 20 years of research combined with the latest findings about “neuroplasticity” lead me to believe these conditions are ultimately caused by abnormalities in brain function, which can be reversed using revolutionary “brain retraining” techniques. Despite what people may say, many people do recover successfully from these conditions, and the Gupta Program triggers the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
There is of course a fee for this much more extensive program, however, he offers a 28-day free trial to allow you to get a feel for how the program works and whether it is right for you. Additionally, he offers a one-year Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked, so there’s really nothing to lose if you think this might be right for you.
For more information, visit https://www.guptaprogram.com/
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Karen Lee Richards is ProHealth’s Editor-in-Chief. A fibromyalgia patient herself, she co-founded the nonprofit organization now known as the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) in 1997 and served as its vice-president for eight years. She was also the executive editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine. After leaving the NFA, Karen served as the Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the New York Times website About.com, then worked for eight years as the Chronic Pain Health Guide for The HealthCentral Network before coming to ProHealth. To learn more about Karen, see “Meet Karen Lee Richards.