We are being bombarded with the hype and fear mongering about the FLU. I’d like to remind you that a healthy immune system is your best and primary defense against any viral threat. Following these simple guidelines will help you keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to get the infection to begin with. Or if you do get sick with the flu, you will be better prepared to recover without serious complications…which by the way will give you a longer lasting naturally acquired immunity to the strain of influenza you experienced.
Optimize Your Gut Flora: I’ve been talking about the GUT and the importance of fermented Veggies especially the ones we have from Hidden Pond Farms for the past 9 months at NFP and on my radio show “Health is Wealth”.
As stated…This may be the single most important strategy you can implement as the bacteria in your GUT have enormous control of your immune response. (80% of your immune system is located in your GUT). The best way to improve your beneficial bacteria ration is to avoid sugars as they will feed the pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, processed foods and most grains should be limited and replaced with healthy FATS like coconut oil, avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts, and(raw) butter and hormone free natural eggs.
Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods: SUGAR impairs the quality of your immune response almost immediately, and a healthy immune system is one of the most important keys to fighting off viruses and other illness. It also can decimate/kill your beneficial bacteria and feed the pathogenic yeast and viruses. Be aware that SUGAR (typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup) is present in foods you may not suspect…like ketchup and fruit juice. SUGAR dextrose is even put into sea salt. If you are healthy, then sugar can be consumed but the LAST thing you should be eating when you are sick is SUGAR. Stay away from Processed and Fast Foods restaurants and milk, dairy, pasteurized products.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels: Vitamin D levels is one of the most important and best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency may actually be the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu – not the flu itself. You have heard me say many times that this is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. Regularly monitor your vitamin D levels to confirm your levels are within the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml.
Ideally, you’ll want to get your vitamin D from sun exposure, but you can also take oral vitamin D3 supplement. According to the latest review by Carole Baggerly (Grassrootshealth.org) adults need about 8ooo IU’s a day to reach a serum level of 40 ng/ml. You may want to take vitamin K2 if you are taking oral vitamin D as it has a powerful synergy and will help prevent vitamin D toxicity. To determine your vitamin D levels a blood test is highly recommended.
Black Americans may want to monitor your vitamin D levels more regularity because of the skin pigmentation.
I highly recommend Vitamin D3 Serum from Premier Research Labs…the world leader in quantum-state resonance nutrition. It’s a rich, live source of natural vitamin D3… and we are the only health foods store in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, area that carries the PRL line of cellular products.
Get Plenty of Rest: Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired…if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Make sure you are getting QUALITY REST.
Deal with Stress Effectively: We all have “bumps & bruises” in our life, we all face some stress daily…but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the FLU and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health consider; yoga, mediation, deep-breathing exercise, listening to Baroque Classical music, turning off the T.V., eliminating negativity of all kinds, and exercising are means to deal with stress.
Get Regular Exercise: When you exercise you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of responding to infection before it spreads.
There are many types of exercises…walking, jogging, swimming, Pilate, yoga etc. One of the best exercises is REBOUNDING…Rebounding/ jumping/bouncing up and down on a mini-trampoline is one of the best and most complete anaerobic exercises. I have been Rebounding for more than 25 years.
Rebounding strengthens muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The acceleration, deceleration, and gravity pull positively stresses your bones, which results in higher bone density. Rebounding stimulates the lymphatic system, the lymphatic system is located all over your body, it’s where your lymphocytes are…your army of white blood cells…rebounding helps to shuttle nutrients to the cells and remove waste from the body. 15 Minutes of Rebounding a day will help prevent and speed the recovery of the FLU.
However, it would be wise to radically reduce the intensity of your workouts while you are sick…or until you feel better.
For more information on Rebounding go to www.naturalfoodsplus.com .
Hydration Is a Must: Dehydration has been called the Silent Killer. Be sure to stay HYDRATED – drink plenty of good water/fluids. I highly recommend Kangen Ionized/Alkaline water, if you don’t have access to Kangen water then reverse-osmosis or distilled water is the next best but add HydroBoost to the water. HydroBoost is a structured water supplement with ionic sea minerals. Reverse Osmosis and Distilled water is pure water/dead water without minerals. HydroBoost can be found at www.naturalfoodsplus.com
Use Natural Immune Boosters: Some natural remedies to address the FLU would be Oregano, Garlic, Echinacea, Goldenseal, these are natural anti-biotic. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, these do not appear to lead to resistance, so they can be used again and again. There are a host of natural supplements that would be effective when treating the flu…the key is that we want to eliminate the things that break down the immune system and give it the things that build, repair, and heal the immune system.
Wash Your Hands & Be Conscious of Hygiene Measures: Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this – antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause for more harm than good. Instead, use a chemical free soap. Also, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If possible, avoid close contact with those who are sick, if you are sick, avoid close contact with others.
Avoid Hospitals: I’d recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency and need expert medical care, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds. The best place to get plenty of rest and recover from illness that is not life-threatening is usually in the comfort of your own home.