Preparing For Coronavirus: Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Preparing For Coronavirus: Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Stephanie Mandel and Robin Foroutan by Stephanie Mandel and Robin Foroutan

Preparing For Coronavirus: Ways to Boost Your Immune System

March 04, 2020

Many of us have seen dozens of headlines on the new coronavirus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus. Even though there is much unknown about the new coronavirus, there is plenty of data out there. As you may have seen on our IGTV, we’re here to cut through the noise and help you support your immune system with some useful lifestyle modifications!

At The Morrison Center, we have several recommendations for minimizing your risk and improving your immune response. These simple tips can be overlooked, leading to increased susceptibility for infection.

1. Wash your hands - thoroughly.

It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day - here’s how: first, wet your hands. Then, apply soap and lather your hands with soap. Don’t miss a spot - make sure to lather the palms, back, space between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds for effective cleaning. Then, rinse and dry them. You should do all of these things to kill all of the bacteria and germs that have built up on your hands. Antibacterial soaps contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can do more harm than good, so use good old plain soap.

Pro tip: Not sure if it’s been 20 seconds? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice as you wash your hands. You’ll time your hand washing perfectly!

2. Cut out sugar, and avoid dairy and wheat.

Sugar has been found to weaken the immune system, which can make you more susceptible to nasal congestion and upper respiratory infections. Dairy creates mucus, and can make symptoms worse if you do get a cold. Wheat can trigger inflammation, so it's best to avoid it.

3. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.

Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. The body rejuvenates and strengthens during this time, and lack of sleep is known to increase risks of illness. Quality sleep is critical for a strong immune system.

4. Eat a balanced diet, rich in whole foods.

You need a wide variety of nutrients, as well as minerals and Omega-3s, to support your immune system. Focus on eating whole foods such as quality animal protein, plenty of seasonal vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, ancient grains and legumes. Avoid refined vegetable oils, fried foods, soda, processed baked goods, and refined sugars. Eating too much of these foods can suppress the immune system.

5. Skip the mask.

Although it’s a popular thing to do, masks don’t really do anything to prevent infection, so it’s not necessary to wear one. Standard surgical masks WILL NOT prevent respiratory/airborne transmission! N95 grade masks are needed, but should only be worn by medical providers and infected people.

6. Change your behavior around touching your face, or coughing/sneezing.

First, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Next, If you cough or sneeze, do so into the inside of your elbow. And after coughing, sneezing, and/or using tissues, wash your hands. These changes in behavior can help mitigate spread of viruses.

7. Take an immune-boosting supplement.

Certain supplements and natural remedies are best to take preventatively all year round, and others are best to take at onset and during sickness in order to shorten the duration and minimize symptoms. With that in mind, here are some of our top immune-boosting supplements and natural remedies to include in your arsenal!


Our body’s first line of antioxidant defense. We take 1,000 mg twice daily to stave off viruses, and 1,000 mg every two hours if we feel something coming on.


This probiotic has been shown to reduce the risk for upper respiratory infections caused by viruses. Take one capsule daily.


This special preparation of colloidal silver kills microbes on contact to prevent viral infections. Use one spray in each nostril for prevention, or two sprays per nostril two or more times per day if you’re feeling stuffy and congested.


Echinacea has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It can shorten the duration and severity of colds and upper respiratory infections when taken at onset. A study even shows that echinacea helps to protect against getting a cold on long flights. We take one tablet twice a day.


Get your daily dose of vitamin D3 and K2 in an easy-to-use liquid form. A growing body of research shows that the combination of these two vitamins provides powerful support to the body, including optimal bone health, arterial health and immune system balance.


This resin made by bees soothes your throat and speeds the cold-and-flu recovery process. We recommend two dropperfuls twice a day when you feel sick; it’s particularly effective when taken at the onset of a sore throat.


This is Robin and Stephanie’s go-to supplement when they do feel sick, so they always have it on hand. Take two tablets twice a day. Andrographis Complex can only be purchased through health professionals so make sure you come see us!


Watch Dr. Morrison's Tips on Preventing Coronavirus


This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare


Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.



Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.



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