Hashimoto’s & Autoimmune Disease + COVID19 (Coronavirus)

Hashimoto’s & Autoimmune Disease + COVID19 (Coronavirus)


Hi and welcome to my YouTube channel. My name is Sara Peternell. I’m the owner of Family
Nutrition Services and I release new videos every Tuesday. The majority of my
content is focused on people who have Hashimoto’s that really is my area of
expertise I’m a board-certified holistic nutritionist I’m also an expert in
family nutrition and I’m a lover of all things detox so you’ll hear me talk
about these things a lot but today what I want to jump in here and talk about is
kind of what everybody else was talking about these days and that is coronavirus
I have been trying to do as much research an investigation as I can
not just because this subject is so new and so concerning to so many of us also
because of my own personal health and my family’s health and also for better
knowledge of how to serve my clients and those of you who are checking in here
for resources and information to support you in your holistic approach to optimal
wellness so a couple of things without really kind of repeating any of the
statistics or maybe information or even at some points misinformation that a lot
of us have been getting exposed to through hawaiians local news
you know the mainstream media etc I think what I want to say is that there’s
still a lot we don’t know about what’s going on with this novel coronavirus we
don’t really know where it came from we don’t know why this new strain has
emerged we don’t know what the infection rate is we don’t have a clear-cut path
to the data on that yet we don’t have information
about the cumulative death rate so far and that is based on a variety of
different factors so again I will leave that up to the experts and I do
encourage you to check a Thorat ativ websites and resources in your area I’ll
leave it at that the reason I wanted to to get on here today and talk about the
corona virus is because so many of you in my audience and so many of you who
are my clients face-to-face and so many of you are you know following me because
of our shared condition of Hashimoto’s and most of you know that I have
Hashimoto’s as well as celiac disease so that’s two autoimmune diseases and I
also have an implant in my heart that was placed there surgically two years
ago for a congenital heart defect that was discovered when I was 42 years old
over the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about older people I’ve
been thinking about people that I know that are actively fighting a health
condition or a different type of an infection that makes them more
immunocompromised and I had somebody bring it to my attention that I guess I
am immunocompromised I don’t really think of myself this way so that’s a
good thing and a bad thing I guess and maybe you don’t think of yourself that
way either if you’re watching this and you have Hashimoto’s or another
autoimmune disease I hope you actually are living your very best life and
feeling really good for days and weeks and months if not years because you have
been on a path towards true living true healing true eating and true ways of
walking softly on this earth but we all know that the reality is with autoimmune
illness that the daily impacts and the daily onslaught that we experience from
toxins and pathogens and triggers that are all around us
are real we wouldn’t be in the situation if they weren’t real
and what we don’t know right now is what what is the potential you know
cure or best preventative measure that people can can take who are concerned
about the corona virus and potentially having been maybe exposed
or just wanting to avoid exposure okay so the first thing is and I’m really
trying to just keep this with the facts that fit within the type of work that I
do and also that fits within the type of information that I am used to sharing
here on my youtube channel the facts are that me any of us with Hashimoto’s and
or another autoimmune disease that we have already been working on taking care
better care of our immune systems and so first of all great job okay you’re
already doing a lot of the things that you need it to be doing and so I want
you to rest easy with that knowledge that you’ve been watching my videos and
maybe some other videos and you’re you know a purveyor of natural health that
you’re doing a lot right and my guess is that you’re eating pretty well that
you’re taking some quality supplements you’ve read a couple of books you have a
lot more knowledge and information than probably the average person as far as
supporting and protecting your immune system so I want you to rest comfortably
with that knowledge the second and maybe more important thing is that we just
need to take it up a notch right now we need to make sure we have the right
supplements on hand that we’re eating the right types of foods and that we are
taking extra precautions to to stay away from you know the types of hazards and
the types of encounters that would potentially compromise our immune system
okay the first thing is are you getting enough sleep because if you’re not your
immune system does not have a chance to reset and it does not have a chance to
do your overnight body scan and hope to clear out circulating immune
complexes to help with the methylation pathways to support your detox to
support your illumination you must be resting for at least seven hours minimum
probably more hopefully more I hope you’re still nurturing and taking care
of you are good bedtime routine and guarding your sleep hygiene and your
bedtime space keeping screens away blue lights off keeping your maybe your HEPA
filter on right now protecting that space where you sleep and rest this is
of utmost importance so that you have the chance every night when you go to
sleep to hit the reset button I know it’s hard when we’re worried
about things or revealing stressed to stay up and think or maybe we just find
that our mind is racing and we just can’t quiet things down so maybe now is
a really good time to implement some sleep supplements to support better more
Depot more deep and more peaceful rest and so what that looks like for me
personally is a very small amount of melatonin I start with one milligram and
see how that makes me feel I don’t want to be groggy the next day and I don’t
want to you know be completely knocked out but I just want to help support my
body’s natural production and they available melatonin and so I start with
one milligram and the most I’ve needed to work up to not in under these
circumstances but in the past during stressful times as three milligrams
I also increase my magnesium glycinate this is really good not only from
supporting the body under times of stress but also helping to support your
elimination pathways so making sure that you’re having you know daily bowel
movements and that you’re also replenishing all of the tissues that
rely on magnesium for so many of the hundreds of different processes in the
body okay so magnesium is really important
also there are some jet very gentle herbs that you can incorporate I like to
take most of my herbs in a tea form just because I’m pretty sensitive and I don’t
like to kind of overwhelm my nervous system I really like chamomile tea I
like some of the adaptogen herbs like holy basil in a tea form I also really
love rule of us tea which is kind of a naturally kind of let’s see how do I
describe this and kind of a easy to reference way if you need energy it
gives you energy if you need calm it gives you calm rule this is an adaption
it’s really adapted and it’s really supportive of your hypothalamus your
pituitary adrenal your thyroid and your reproductive organs axis so rubus is
something that I drink multiple times per day on a regular basis other herbs
that you can take right now that are really supportive just of your immune
system not just sleep and stress but also ginger you can just make your own
ginger tea at home by cutting up a couple of old knobs the fresh ginger and
maybe taking some of the outer peel off pouring some boiling water over it and
having that maybe with a wedge of fresh organic lemon that would be really good
for combating any inflammation that’s in the body and also helping to keep that
digestive fire strong in your body okay so let’s see in particular to autoimmune
disease what do we need to know right now many of us without a immune disease
we do not produce enough secretory IgA secretory IgA is it’s a component of
your immune system it lives in your digestive tract it’s kind of that
frontline therapy it’s the part of the immune system that is there to combat
anything that the digestive system comes into contact with especially of a
pathogenic nature and so people with low secretory IgA and autoimmune disease
tend to pick up kind of like every little bug especially a lot of the
digestive stuff secretory IgA is helpful in supporting
your immune system and so you will want to do some of the things that will help
boost naturally secretory IgA so the first thing that is really helpful in
supporting secretory IgA is asleep okay other things are going to be sleeping
you know really well at night but also sleeping throughout the day getting in
little catnaps that can also help to support that you want to look at the
types of foods that you’re eating and lower any types of inflammatory foods so
no sugar no alcohol refined grains refined flours refined processed oils
anything that’s basically in the package anything that has a label on it those
would be the types of foods to stay away from right now and do your very best
effort nutritional need to try to cook foods fresh from scratch as best as you
can so you know while everybody else is stocking up on toilet paper maybe you
want to be stocking up on some kale and some broccoli sweet potatoes avocados
olives you want to eating a lot of the nutrient-dense plant-based foods with
their healthy fats as well as you want to make sure that you’re getting
adequate protein so for those of you that are conscious omnivores right now
is a good time to be stocking up your freezer not just in kind of your
standard grass-fed beef and organic chicken but some varietals of meat as
well that will also help to boost your secretary IgA levels in your gut and so
look you know look at maybe like your local butcher or order from some of the
places online where you can get some heritage breeds of animals or maybe some
really unusual cuts of meat from salic ostrich or venison bison these are the
types of what I like to think it was kind of our ancestral meats that are
really geared towards protecting us and supporting us when our bodies in times
of extreme stress which I would say right now it’s probably one of those
times okay so also from a further evaluation of supplements what we know
right now is the most profound research and you guys can go to PubMed and to the
NIH and some other places all include a really great link here in the pinned
comments the best research we have on helping people to recover from the
coronaviruses on vitamin C this is kind of like old news really because what we
know and have known for years and years and years is that vitamin C is one of
the most powerful antioxidants that is really potent in the body resisting the
ability of viruses to stick to cells and tissues and also if the virus has
already infiltrated it is vastly important in terms of preventing the
damage that the virus can do especially like to lung tissue and respiratory
tissue so high doses of vitamin C would come from a good quality vitamin C
source again I’ll put it in the pin to notice where I would recommend you get
your vitamin C right now please note that a lot of the higher quality higher
levels of supplements companies are backordering unfortunately they just are
not able to keep these products in stock right now but even if you have to wait
for a week it’s still better than having none at all
but in terms of vitamin C from food sources you guys just stocking up on
right now you know navel oranges Organic navel oranges grapefruits lemons limes
all of the wonderful vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables persimmons Kiwi
red bell peppers all of our most friendly plant-based foods again things
that people are leaving untouched on the grocery shelves while you know the
toilet paper aisle and the hand sanitizer aisle are empty people are
leaving fruits and vegetables for the rest of us I guess those are the types
of foods that are going to be containing the best sources
vitamin C so try to consume around five six seven eight or nine or ten maybe
servings of vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables every single day right now so
lots of fresh fruits but also you can make like a vegetable a roasted
vegetable tray that you can kind of munch on throughout the week I love to
take carrots and parsnips and some green vegetables like broccoli and zucchini
and make a big sort of roasted casserole dish with coconut oil and garlic and
then I just roasted until they’re just tender and slightly caramelized and then
even once they have come to room temperature or if they’ve been in the
refrigerator I’ll add those to my meals multiple times throughout the week also
I really would like for you to find a source of bone broth and if you don’t
have one I recommend Catalan fire you can go to my website and you can click
on the resources link and you can find Catalan fire a direct link to their
website but you can just google that Catalan fire makes amazing bone broth
and this is a great place to start if you’re just uncertain about how to use
bone broth and you maybe don’t have a recipe or you don’t have the means to
get bones right now you need to have bone broth on hand
whether you like to sip it you want to cook say your rice with it braise the
vegetables with it blend it into soups we need to have a lot of amino acids
available for our body including glutamine to help protect our gut lining
and also the collagen that’s necessary to help repair tissues should you become
sick or just help to prevent the mistake you need to have really strong tissue
throughout your body including your digestive system and your upper
respiratory system and your lung tissue to prevent the damage again that could
be or as a result of the virus okay and so bone broth is a source of those amino
acids and the collagen in the glutamine as well as a really really good source
of mini minerals that are that are present because the
that’s right they when they’re cooked down they leach the minerals at the
micronutrient level to really get that sort of pure mineral source into the
liquid okay so I don’t really want to go on and on for weeks and days with
coronavirus you know nutrition but this is a starting point for many of you I’m
gonna recap it sleep add melatonin if you’re not sleeping magnesium to help
with sleep and stress and also to ensure that you are adequately eliminating and
having a bowel movement every single day vitamin C about 3 grams and lots of
vitamin C rich fruits foods fruits and vegetables tons of plant-based foods
think antioxidant support during this time think about bone broth and think
about high quality animal protein to help with the integrity of your tissues
and keep your body strong and really supportive when others around us
maybe you know find the results in a weakened state we want to stay strong ok
with any any of any of us who have autoimmune illness hypothyroidism
Hashimoto’s celiac other gastrointestinal illnesses other
autoimmune diseases this is our opportunity to really take what we know
to really put it into practice and to really be as well as we can during this
time stay hydrated folks lots of water lots of clean pure water fresh fresh
fresh filtered water and sunshine ok that’s my last bit of advice even
though we’re practicing social distancing and a little bit of self
isolation during this time you can still get out into the Sun sit on your back
patio take the walk the dog for a walk go get some of that good vitamin D from
the UVA UVB rays that are coming down right at the perfect angle this time of
year to make contact with our skin and help to produce those vitamin D hormones
and the melanocytes of the skin nothing replaces that if you’re not getting a
lot of sunshine and if you’re having more cloudy days than that you can also
add in two thousand and five thousand international units of vitamin
per day to your regimen okay so I think that just about covers it for today I
will include links to my favorite resources for these supplements and bone
broth in the pinned comments below and I wish you all well stay safe and stay
sane okay take care

3 Comments

  • Sara Peternell Family Nutrition says:

    Here is the link to the study on Vitamin C for reducing the infectiousness of Coronavirus: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04264533 And, here is the link to my favorite Vitamin C supplement: https://family.metagenics.com/ultra-potent-c-1000 (code at checkout “FAMILY”).
    Check out Kettle & Fire for the best bone broth to support your gut health and immunity: https://kettleandfire.com?afmc=FAMILY

  • Sauron191 says:

    Hello from the U.K. Sara. I’m a Hashimoto’s sufferer (The NHS in the UK don’t really do anything about it and just treat it like UAT). I could probably do with following you and getting some tips on diet etc. I take T4 and self supplement that with T3 (was on all T4 and made me worse due to the over production of RT3 and the Dr’s did nothing but ignore it!!) My diet isn’t that bad but it may well be considering my condition. I am scared about this Coronavirus as I also have moderate asthma but I can’t find anything that says anything about having an auto immune desease and if it makes you more susceptible to catch covid-19.

  • Sauron191 says:

    I also suffer from anxiety issues, I take 200mcg’s of Sertraline in the morning and 30mcg of Mirtazapine at night but my sleep is usually disrupted in the night, always waking up .. Have mad, mental dreams bordering on nightmares most nights that Hannibal Lecter would be proud of …. Is it possible to ask for a simple guide to follow as far as supplements, maybe a 2 week meal planner that I could shuffle about?? .. I’m ALWAYS tired, get bloated, toilet patterns are erratic and unpredictable etc.

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