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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is the word on everyone’s mind right now. But how can you support yourself and your loved ones during this crisis? I’m joined by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci to talk about how we can boost our immune systems and become better humanitarians right now.

The single most important thing we can do during this uncertain time is to be a better humanitarian. Human connection, even virtual, is so important, as it increases oxytocin, the happiness hormone, which helps to strengthen our immune system. Please, please be a good person, help your community where you can, and share as much love as you can.

Dr. Kellyann and I talk about some of the ways you can help boost your immune system are right now. Starting with sleep, it’s essential that you prioritize getting 7-8 hours a night. Kellyann also explains why you shouldn’t eat sugar and how it actually harms your immune system - yes, even a little bit.

We also talk about burn-out. This is especially important during these times when you genuinely do want to be there for others and help them. It’s important to care for yourself first and foremost. Say no more than you say yes, but never close down your heart and love.

Kellyann shares the advice her dad gave her: Dare to be great every day. This is such a wonderful thought that I want to share with you all to take to heart. Loving yourself and filling any holes in your soul with your own love and kindness, being great every day, and sharing your truth is how we get through this, together.

How can you be a better humanitarian right now? Do you have any questions about how to bolster your immune system during this viral outbreak? Ask me anything and let me hear your thoughts in the comments on the episode page. If you have questions, email


In This Episode:

  • How you can be a humanitarian in these times of Coronavirus crisis
  • Why you need to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  • Why sugar harms your immune system
  • How you can boost your immune system during a viral crisis
  • What the biggest problem with burn-out is
  • Why you should say no more than you say yes
  • How you can dare to be great every day
  • What happens with you fill the holes in your soul with love from yourself



“When you eat sugar, it actually suppresses your immunity by 40% for about 5 hours.” (5:33)

“Believe it or not, even people can give you a high level of burnout. It’s very easy to let people in your life, not so easy to get them out.” (17:50)

“You have a certain amount of energy and power in which you can emit and use. And you can’t use it towards things that (18:25)

“When you are in a state of stress, I promise you, your immune system is not anywhere near the capacity it could be to fight off anything.” (18:59)



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