The key to flu and virus protection lays in a healthy immune system. Let us examine common sense steps in the dance of a lifestyle that promotes health and prevents infection:
What You Eat and drink
• Did you know that eating sugar suppresses your immune system for up to 7 hours afterwards? Avoid sugars. Starchy processed foods convert into sugars as soon as they hit the stomach.
• In a more alkaline condition our bodies have the strongest “charge” or life force. In an acidic condition, the bacteria and viruses can grow very quickly. Sugar, starches and meat contribute to an acidic environment.
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, sprouts, nuts and seeds instead.
Alkaline grains include millet, quinoa, and buckwheat. Coffee, juices, colas and other sodas are very acidic on the ph scale. Drinking plenty of fluids, like warm teas and fresh, pure water will help flush out your system and keep it clean. Start your day with a glass of water with the juice of a lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help alkalize your system.
• Include fresh garlic into your diet on a daily basis. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitical and anti-fungal. Put it through your juicer or VitaMix. The only other form of receiving the benefit of the active ingredient allicin is taking freeze dried garlic capsules (listed below). Every other form of garlic pills are virtually worthless, because the beneficial allicin gets destroyed within one hour.
80% of the Immune System lives in the Intestinal Track!
• Scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system actually lives right in your digestive tract. Optimizing intestinal health includes proper nutrition. But it also means to simply add more beneficial bacteria. A new study published in Pediatrics shows that a daily supplementation of probiotic may reduce the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms in children by 50 percent!
• Avoid constipation. Again, dietary measures like plenty of fiber are key. Colon cleansing, including regular colonics throughout the season has been proven to be a very beneficial practice. You might consider an oxygen/magnesium product (see list of recommended products below) to keep regular.When you feel like you are coming down with the flu do a home enema as soon, as possible. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to quickly alkalize your blood.
Get Plenty of Sleep, Manage Stress
• A good night’s sleep strengthens your adrenals. Strong adrenals are essential for creating the energy to run your body each day and to fight an infection.
• 20 to 30 minute naps are good for you.
• Relaxing on weekends will certainly aid in balancing the stress scale, but it is actually the small, daily acts of self-care that are most beneficial to keep your immunity up throughout the season.
Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
• Frequent hand-washing is one of the best precautions we can take against communicable disease. Don’t waste your money on antimicrobial soaps - they simply don’t work on viruses like the cold or the flu. In fact, the Environmental Work Group reports the ingredients in Purell may be potential causes for endocrine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity and skin, eye or lung irritations. Simple use a nice soap from a health-food store instead.
• A Neti Pot (see product list below) is an ancient therapy that works as a preventive measure by flushing out germs, dirt and allergens of your nasal passages. If you are actively sick use the Neti Pot or a pre-mixed Saline Rinse kit more frequently during the day. It will assist thinning mucus and help flush it out of the nasal passage. Add some sea salt and possibly a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil into the Neti Pot water.
• Exercise to increase circulation and blood flow. All the different components of the immune system will be better circulated. Your blood will be oxygenized, and your lymphatic system mobilized. This is a key ingredient to helping your immune system to efficiently act upon pathogens. Consider investing into a good mini trampoline ( the Lymphecyser or the Cellulizer).
• A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Also, during cold weather more people stay indoors, which means more germs are circulating in crowded, dry rooms. Sleep with your window open. Air out the house several times a day. Go for walks. Exercise outside.
Vitamin D levels
• Optimize Vitamin D levels! This is one of the absolute best strategies of avoiding infections. Vitamin D deficiency is a major culprit behind catching the seasonal flu/low immunity. We STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D levels monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng.ml. The ONLY way to know your dose is to test your blood, and this should be done before winter. You might need 4-5 times the amount recommended, but your doctor can recommend the dosage once your levels are tested. This is one of the single most important and least expensive action steps you can take to begin the season.
List of Recommended Products for Prevention
For acute infection the doses change and additional supplements are recommended. See a medical professional.
• Fish oils: EPA and DHA will hinder the replication of the virus
• Transfer Factor Plus: increases natural killer cells and other immune factors: 1/ day
• Freeze Dried Garlic:
3-5 caps opened into water 2 times a day
• Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid, 500mg 2x/day
• Vitamin A from Fish oil. 25 000 IU/day, for acute treatment consult with one of our medical professionals.
• Host Defense MyCommunity: A synergistically combined mushroom product that makes a super potent immune modifier. Take 2 capsules/day
• LimuPlex: Colostrum that contains a complex of immune factors and Fucoidan from a sea vegetable that is a powerful immune enhancer. 1 pack/day
• Probiotic: Beta Glucan
• Netipot or Saline Rinse Kit
• Home Enema Kit
• OxiMega to move and/or cleanse your intestines.