Avoiding the Flu

October 22nd, 2010

Not a big fan of Flu Shots?  Neither are we!  Here are some tips for staying healthy this season without those pesky shots…

Top 11 Recommendations For Avoiding The Flu

 1. Optimize your vitamin D level

Adequate levels of Vitamin D are essential for our immune systems to function optimally. Unfortunately there are no significant dietary sources of Vitamin D. Most of our intake comes from exposure to sunlight. If you live far from the equator, you simply don’t get enough sun through Fall and Winter to make all the vitamin D you need. So unless you supplement during this period, your innate immunity will be compromised. Vitamin D plays such a crucial role in so many aspects of your body’s functioning, that supplementing with it makes sense whether you decide to get the flu shot or not.

We know that influenza always gets worse during the winter months. Now there is good evidence to suggest that this is because as sunlight hours lessen during the winter, the people living in the northern hemisphere become vitamin D deficient and are susceptible to influenza infections of all kinds. There is also some evidence that supplementation with a sufficient amount of vitamin D can help to prevent the onset of a flu or cold. The current recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine: from 200 to 600 IU/day depending on one’s age, are way too low. To optimize your vitamin D levels, you will need to take 2,000 IU of a Vitamin D3 supplement daily.

 2. Get adequate sleep, this is an indispensable requirement for a strong immune system.

 3. Get adequate exercise, this keeps you robust.

 4. Take actions to lower your stress levels.

Do breathing exercises, meditate, practice yoga, spend time doing something that makes you happy. Feeling spent, overwhelmed, and/or mentally run down has a causal relationship to your physical health.

 5. Wash your hands frequently.

It decreases your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap because of the risk of creating resistant bacteria.

 6. Avoid sugar and processed foods as they decrease your immune function dramatically.

 7. Eat phytonutrient rich meals (lots of colorful salads and dark greens).

 8. Eat lots of garlic, it works as a broad spectrum antibiotic.

 9. Take a probiotic daily (look for one with 10-20 billion organisms).

A strong immune system relies heavily on having a strong foundation in the gut.

 10. Keep a supply of antiviral herbal supplements on hand.

Antiviral herbs do not cause resistant strains because they are multifaceted and contain literally thousands of different medicinal compounds. They are able to attack viruses with a full spectrum of synergistic substances. Andrographis, Olive leaf extract, Grapefruit seed extract and Elderberry extract, all have antiviral properties. Use them as a preventative measure, whenever you travel (airports) or enter a potentially compromised environment such as a large office, auditorium, stadium, theater etc.

 11. Get Adjusted!

A healthy nervous system is key in supporting a healthy immune system.  Get your entire family checked for subluxations!