A message from Dr. Cathy Kim on COVID-19
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Dr. Cathy A. Kim, MD, APC

Anti-inflammatory Essentials in the time of COVID-19

COVID 19 Vaccine

Anti-inflammatory Essentials in the time of COVID-19

When working in underserved communities, I encounter many patients who are interested in naturally supporting their immune system as they recover from viral illnesses.  

Aware of their limited finances, I’ve distilled Functional Medicine anti-inflammatory principles into a budget-friendly list of recommendations to accelerate their healing.  Since inflammation correlates with severity of COVID-19, I offer this information to patients who are motivated because they feel ill.

Inflammation in our body is analogous to “mud” — created quickly, but long-lasting, especially if it “rains” again and again.  For this reason, I recommend at least two weeks of adherence to improve chances of benefit.  

After receiving the first dose of the historic COVID-19 vaccine during the midst of the third and most deadly surge, I am sharing my Anti-Inflammatory Essentials from the frontlines — for individuals at a loss for how to help themselves when they are sick.  

  1. NO gluten 
  2. NO dairy 
  3. ESPECIALLY NO combo gluten-dairy (e.g., cereal with milk, mac and cheese, pizza)
  4. NO sports drinks or soda (gluten-equivalent additives/contaminants, high fructose corn syrup, artificial color)
  5. ADD cabbage family (arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.) daily
  6. ADD zinc supplement  25-50mg daily (if available)
  7. ADD Omega-3 Fatty Acid (fish oil) 1gm 3x/day
  8. ADD Vitamin C 1-2 gm 3x/day
  9. ADD Vitamin D3 2000-5000u daily
  10. REMOVING inflammatory agents is generally more impactful than ADDING supplements
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Dr. Cathy Kim

Dr. Cathy Kim is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician and Body Function Specialist. She practices in Camarillo, CA and specializes in complex cases.

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