It’s one of the best ways to battle Covid-19 infections, yet many are reluctant to get a vaccination, especially those in communities of color. Ken Redcross, MD, author of, Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor, joined us to talk about everything from new variants to inequitable access, line skippers to distribution disorganization, along with false information and medical skepticism are keeping many American’s from getting the Covid-19 vaccination. Dr. Redcross says we need to flip the script on vaccine hesitation and behaviors if we are going to get ahead of coronavirus surges. He also shared five proactive things you can do to help your community lower COVID-19 cases and ensure vaccinations keep working:
- Get an extra hour of sleep. Sleep is medicine and helps you recharge immune system.
- Consume immune boosting foods and nutrients. Eat foods high in vitamin D, omega-3 and magnesium. These include salmon, sardines, and leafy veggies.
- Be mindful of misinformation. Ask your doctor, not your friends. And be wary of information you find online.
- Limit unnecessary travel. The CDC currently advises people not travel for leisure, only for business or emergencies.
- Stay clear of crowds. Now is not the time big gatherings, parties or concerts.
Dr. Redcross also says vitamin D is his secret weapon of his for improving many other health concerns for patients, including depression, viral respiratory infection, premature births, sleep deprivation and Type 2 diabetes. With nearly 90% of Americans being vitamin D deficient, and as we’re deep into the dark, rainy winter months, absorbing vitamin D from sunlight is even more challenging, especially for those with darker skin tones. Dr. Redcross stresses the importance of getting your vitamin D levels tested and supplementing according to your needs.
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