Don’t become a statistic this cold and flu season. Don’t let this cold and flu season get you down. The following are some quick tips to help you through this upcoming season. Too often we wait until it’s too late and then we are miserable.
- remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
- use friendly bacteria to the rescue
- use a neti pot
- get your rest
- exercise daily
- wait until it’s too late
- eat sugar containing foods or beverages
- expect the flu shot to make you bulletproof
- eat too much dairy
- hang out in crowds
Taking supplements that support the immune system is a critical component of any natural health program. An example is AHCC which has been shown to support the natural function of the immune system. Studies show that AHCC, when taken by those who receive the flu shot, provides added immune benefits above and beyond the results experienced by those people just getting a flu shot alone. AHCC works in harmony with your body and immune system to make sure it is on high alert the moment you are exposed to a virus or bacteria.
Considering the fact that at least 60+ percent of your immune function originates in your digestive tract, taking a probiotic (friendly bacteria) on a regular basis will provide added benefits for those with cold and flu concerns. Probiotics are also effective if you waited too long to prevent your flu but do not have any digestive upset (diarrhea).
If you’ve never used a neti pot, now would be a great time to start. Since the two main points of entry by a cold or flu virus is thru either your mouth or nasal passageways, using a neti pot 2 times per day can help flush your out any virus(es) you may have encountered. Use purified water and salt to help flush out your sinus passages. A neti pot is also great if you are suffering from sinus congestion. The warm salt water solution will help break up and flush out the congestion faster than just blowing your nose.
Getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night will go a long way this cold and flu season. The body repairs and rejuvenates when you are sleeping. Being overtired or run down is a major contributing factor to why we get sick. Getting enough rest will help boost your immune system naturally whether you are trying to prevent the flu or already have it.
Get out and get moving. Brisk walking 30-45 minutes each day will help boost your immune function more than you may realize. No need to join gym, just get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and head outside. It’s amazing what the fresh air and walking can do to lower stress levels too. Stress is another leading cause of a weak immune system. This is sort of a 2 for 1 special!
Once you start the symptoms of the flu, even supplements like vitamin C and Echinacea will only shorten the duration of your cold or flu. You will most likely still have the same symptoms but just not as long as those who do nothing at all.
Sugar has a significantly negative effect on your immune system. It will not only decrease the amount of immune cells your body produces, but it will also make those already floating around in your bloodstream ineffective.
Even though you get the flu shot, you still aren’t covered completely from catching the flu. The current shots available only cover 3 strains of the virus, yet there are 100s of strains in our environment. Consider using supplements like AHCC to get added immune system support.
Milk and milk containing products will thicken your mucous and increase your potential for respiratory problems. If you are looking for a dairy substitute, consider almond milk. As for cheese substitutes, your local healthfood and some grocery stores have several healthy alternatives.
Being around large (even small) groups of people will increase your risk of catching a cold or flu virus. Small or confined places are also good to avoid. A flu virus that is coughed or sneezed into the air can travel up to 5+ feet and be suspended in air for quite some time. Once you come in contact via your nose or mouth, you will most likely become symptomatic within 36-72 hours.
Following these simple dos and don’ts for this cold and flu season will assure you a healthy season. You can do your part in not spreading illness by not getting sick at all. Getting enough rest, eating right, getting some exercise and using common sense is all it takes to not be a cold or flu statistic.