Be Your Own Health Warrior


By Melanie Stewart, Yum Tum Nutrition

Life in the age of Covid19 can have us feeling fearful and unsure of how to protect ourselves. Would you believe me if I told you that a virus is not a living thing? It has no nucleus, no respiratory or digestive system, and does not multiply on its own. At best, it teeters on the boundaries of what is considered life. And yet, we are held hostage.

Human viruses are created within our cells and are little more than a strand of DNA or RNA covered by a protein coating that works as a solvent in response to toxicity. They are cell-specific, meaning they do not cross travel from one organ to the next. That’s why you don’t find Hepatitis in the kidneys, for example, as it is liver specific. One thing is for sure; viruses are very much a part of life on Earth and the human experience.

Covid19 is called a novel virus, not previously seen in humans. However, it certainly is very present in all of our lives and I think begs the question: Why doesn’t everyone get it? Could it be because not everyone is in the same state of toxicity and not all immune systems are functioning equally?

“Bernard was right; the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.”
— Louis Pasteur

When the immune system is weakened by poor food and lifestyle choices, stress (including fear), by pre-existing and/or other co-morbid conditions, it can become dysfunctional and that’s when we get into trouble. According to a 2016 Health and Retirement study, 38% of people between the ages of 50 and 59 had a least one of four serious diseases (diabetes, cancer, heart disease or obesity). According to the CDC, 21% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 had at least two chronic diseases. In the most recent study of 5,700 cases of COVID-19 in N.Y., 94.3% of them had one or more of these health problems.

Presently, doctors are telling us that the highest mortality with Covid19 occurs in patients who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, hypertensive, have heart disease and/or are obese or morbidly obese. What do these health conditions all have in common? They all involve INSULIN RESISTANCE. Insulin Resistance is also known as Metabolic Syndrome and is inversely related to Vitamin D; when one is up the other is down.

Vitamin D is what mediates the systems that the COVID-19 virus attaches to and uses to get into the cells to start the infection. Once there, depending on the person’s health factors, the cascade and decline can take off. I do recommend supplementing with vitamin D. In addition, you can implement the following:

Eat real/whole LIVE foods that consist of non-starchy vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, lean and clean sources of protein and healthy fats.

AVOID immune lowering/insulin raising DEAD foods including high sugar junk foods, fast foods, processed and packaged convenience foods, and all man made oils (margarine and vegetable, soy, corn, safflower or sunflower oils) due to the inflammatory response they create and how long they stay in your system.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water to not only keep you hydrated, but also to detoxify, energize and keep you healthy.

Breathe deeply to enhance blood circulation.

Walk barefooted on fresh dewy grass or wet sand to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, reduce stress and pain, provide feelings of well-being, improve sleep and resolve chronic inflammation.

Meditate: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, keeping your spine straight. Close your eyes and breathe.

Singing is surprisingly beneficial to your health. Studies show that singing boosts immunity, elevates endorphins, improves circulation and lowers stress by reducing cortisol and releasing stored muscle tension.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2nd Timothy 1:7

Melanie Stewart has written two books for children (Yum Tum, Good Food is Fun! and Yum Tum, We Get it Done!) and one for adults (Yum Tum For Everyone!) all available on Amazon or at: All content is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech laws. It’s not meant to give individual medical advice or to make any health claims on the prevention or curing of diseases.