GRAFTON, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS)- Though it is not a cure, keeping our bodies as healthy as possible can help to prevent contracting any illness, including Coronavirus.  Immune boosting foods and supplements, plenty of water and good sleep are essential, according to area nutritionists.

“Bone broth is number one, structured silver has been used for hundreds of years to protect us from infections, lots of probiotics,” says Kathleen McGlone, owner of Slow Pokes Local Foods in Grafton.  “The Power packs that we have are 1,200 milligrams of C, 72 trace minerals, all the B vitamins.”

McGlone has owned her own health food store and cafe for 13 years.  She says more people than usual are coming in, specifically asking how to prevent catching COVID-19.  

“The human body is mostly water, so we need to clear the toxins from inside the cell wall,” Kathleen adds.  “Many of us think we’re hungry, but we’re actually dehydrated at a cellular level, so trace mineral drops are great to help replace all those electrolytes.”

She says Kefir and fermented vegetables, or kraut/kimchi are a great source of probiotics. 

Sarah Philipp is a nutritionist, who owns her own business called Abundelicious.  She serves clients in Chicago and the Milwaukee area.

“The way in which most of my clients have been impacted is mostly with stress levels,” says Sarah.  “I’ve had a lot of rescheduled appointments not because my clients are sick, but because they’re having a ton of work meetings rescheduled, conferences canceled, so there’s a lot of anxiety a lot of confusion.”

Sarah echoes what Kathleen suggests.  

“Lots of Vitamin C, things like raw garlic, raw ginger, leafy greens, broccoli, citrus fruits for sure,” Sarah says.  “All the berries are a great source of that.”

Sarah also suggests talking with the owner, or manager of your workout facility.  Whether that be a local gym, or yoga studio, she says make sure you feel comfortable and safe going there.

“We want to be diligent and informed and we want to have honest and productive conversations with people who have influence, like owners of gyms.”

Both Kathleen and Sarah agree we should be proactive, but not lose sleep over this.  Sleep is a key aspect of immune health.  Sarah recommends seven hours per night at least.  She also recommends at least 40 ounces of water per day.


Another helpful tip:  Sarah suggests not to bring your coat, or the clothes you spent the day in into your sleeping area.