What are some preventative strategies to avoid the flu this season?
Minister, Religious Therapeutics
Number 1 is nutrition and supplementation. Anything you can do to help your cells survive and prosper can go a long way in protecting you from viruses in general. Well, Ken, that's all well and good, but what supplements do you suggest? Great Question Ken, my first is always Vitamin C. It has the ability to take up free radicles which releases that duty from your immune system, allowing it to focus on other things, like viruses. :-) It is reported that in order to get the most out of Vitamin C you should take it at least 3 times a day or to bowel tolerance. Meaning, if your stools become really loose, back off your dosage until normal bowel movements return. The reason is, within 3-6 hours the mineral is out of your system, thus it is no longer providing maximum support. My next is Collodial Silver. Although it may not have an effect on many viruses, it can eliminate up to 600 different microorganisms, leaving your good ones alone. This also frees up your organic immune system to focus on the flu virus. Because honestly, the best defense against any virus is your immune system. Of course, this is just my opinion and experience.
Plenty of organic vegetables and fruits in your meals will help tremendously to prevent sickness in general, and drinking lots of anti-inflammatory teas like nettle and green will help alleviate the stress on your immune system as well. However, avoiding refined sugars is going to be one of the best things you could possibly do to prevent sickness. Refined/added sugars do absolutely nothing beneficial for you, and in fact work to weaken your immune system (one example being producing/feeding nasty bacteria to fight against your good gut bacteria)! There is a whole list of problems that refined sugars can cause and sickness is just one of those things, so you're better off avoiding them altogether. Common sense is going to be your greatest ally against sickness, especially during the flu season. If something doesn't feel right to you, don't do it! If you know a particular food is bad for you, don't eat it! Keep up your hygiene and get plenty of light exercise to keep your system functioning optimally (no need to push too hard). Good luck!
Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach
In addition to proper nutrition, supplementation and quality sleep, I also work with my clients on stress perception and stress resilience. We cannot control outside stressors, but we can learn to change our thoughts about situations that feel stressful in our bodies. Once you learn how to do this you will be able to practice and improve and take this skill into everything you do.
Emotion Code Practitioner and Body code
I do muscle testing and for me a n my family I have a number of supplements that are available . elderberry , turmeric, echancea , goldenseal, I take raw honey daily. I use a company called nature sunshine w respiratory herbs called sinus comfort, ALJ and FOUR. a liquid called immune shot is potent and not very tasty. Like I said I MT and the body tells me what I need to take eliminating the guess work and wasting my money. ECH and GS herbs are less on my list
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Herbalist
My Secret weapon is True Chi Immune Power. I take it almost every day. It is safe for long-term use. It is based on Chinese herbal medicine. The basis of the formula is Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Windscreen) but there are more immune herbs in it. I keep it in my car so I can be sure to take it before going into a more heavily populated areas including my work space if there is a flu epidemic. It is a very effective product that I have trouble keeping in stock at my private practice as it flies off the shelf.
Easiest and most simple answer: 1. Get on a good schedule for sleep. Try to sleep at the same time at night and wake up at the same time in the morning. 8-9 hours is great (every person is slightly different). Get an app if you want to track it too! 2. Eat less sugar. Bacteria LOVE sugar. Not only do bacteria feed off of this, too much refined sugar in the diet increases inflammation, which demands more of your body leaving less energy to fend off of fighting the infection. 3. Eat whole food plants. Without cooking certain vegetables, they will contain vitamin E and other antioxidants that your body loves to keep you strong! Increase those leafy green foods in your diet! 4. Eat less. Eating less causes less time for your body to digest food and more time for healing to take place. Eat less and spread eating throughout the day. 5. Any time you are stressed about something, catch yourself and go to a room alone. Close your eyes, breathe in for 5 seconds, then breathe out for 5 seconds and say the word "release". Do this for a 5 minute and you will decrease stress in your life. Anything that increases stress in your life, puts you in a state of fight or flight and decreases healing in the body 6. Get adjusted! In my office, all of my patients have less occurences of getting the flu, getting sick, and are able to fight it off better than they were before getting adjusted. I hope this was a very easy guide to achieve health and be strong throughout times when everyone else is sick. Side note: I do everything I said above. I do not remember the last time I had the flu or was sick. You can do it too!