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i'm stephanie

I'm a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, restorative wellness practitioner, certified holistic health coach, and educator. I inspire individuals to take back their health with real food so they can finally get to the root cause of dysfunction and restore wellness within themselves. I reside in Boise, Idaho where I enjoy spending time outdoors, drinking copious amounts of tea, cuddling with cats, and reading good books. 

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My Go-To Virus Protocol

Viruses are part of our ecosystem, and the one that's going around is probably here to stay. I've been thinking a lot about what I would do if I were to be exposed to it or any other viruses that are floating around out there. I support a person's choice to get vaccinated. I also support a person's choice to avoid vaccination. I still have a lot of questions surrounding the safety of this one, and I know others do as well. We now know that vaccinations do not protect against infection. So even if you're vaccinated, you can still get sick. This protocol can be used no matter what your status is.

The first thing I would do is make sure that I'm getting plenty of sunshine and fresh air, if possible. Exposure to sunshine is very important because it helps us make vitamin D. Studies have shown that those with higher vitamin D levels do better with the virus, for the most part. Movement is also important. I'm not talking about running a mile or sprinting up hills or anything. But light walking, bouncing on a rebounder, or some yoga can help move the lymph around in your body. I get that if you're sick, your energy levels might be low. So just do what you can.

As for supplementation, this is what I'd recommend:

  • 10,000 IU of vitamin D the first day you show symptoms, then reduce to 5,000 IU/day after that (until symptoms go away)

  • 500 mg quercetin two times per day (between meals)

  • 100 mg zinc daily (especially important if you lose your senses of taste and smell)

  • 1,000 mg vitamin C three times per day (can be taken all at once or split and taken with or without food)

  • 500 mg NAC twice per day (preferably on an empty stomach)

  • 20 drops of propolis from a tincture

  • At least 1 activated charcoal binder between meals and away from other stuff

  • You can also supplement with melatonin before bed if needed

I only recommend high quality supplements from reputable companies. I have access to practitioner-grade supplements and can add you to my Wellevate account if you reach out. I don't ever recommend buying supplements from Amazon or big box stores like Costco. Even some supplements from health food stores can be questionable and not as potent as practitioner-grade ones.

Other things that can help with symptoms are tea (such as Throat Coat Tea), electrolytes, essential oils, propolis throat spray, other various herbal tinctures, and an elderberry cough syrup or throat lozenges. Eat a diet that is anti-inflammatory. Avoid dairy, gluten, and processed carbohydrates while sick. I'm not going to list specifics because everyone is different. So what works for me may not work for you. However, what I'd do is consume more bone broth, fatty fish, and non-starchy vegetables.

I'd love to hear what has worked for you or what your thoughts are about this.


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