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Your Best Shot to Avoid the Flu

By Yvonne Keeny
Flu season is just around the corner. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take now to avoid coming down with the flu. Here are six easy things that you can do to keep yourself flu-free through the winter.

Flu season is just around the corner. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take now to avoid coming down with the flu. Here are six easy things that you can do to keep yourself flu-free through the winter.


People don't really "catch" a cold or the flu: they "invite" it by making their body hospitable to these pathogenic organisms. Keeping your natural immunity up, and allow you to enjoy fall and winter in good health.


Go for daily walks. You don't have to run; you don't have to work out for an hour. Just walk briskly for 30 minutes. (Over-exercising lowers your immunity.) Studies have shown that people who get moderate daily exercise get sick only half as often as people who are sedentary. Moderate exercise also significantly lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and most other chronic diseases. Not only does the activity stimulate your immune system, but it ensures that you're getting enough of the sun's rays to produce vitamin D, which is vital for immunity.

Wash your hands frequently. Whenever you go to the bathroom. Every time before you cook or eat anything. When you first return to your home or office after you've been outside. Studies show that this helps. Also avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes, which are the points where viruses can enter your system.

Take your supplements. You need to eat your green and orange winter vegetables, and take a green food supplement to make sure that you are getting all the phytonutrients you need. These products also help keep your body alkaline (most pathogens thrive in an acid environment) and enhance detoxification. Increase your antioxidants, especially vitamin C — you should be getting at least 1,000 mg per day. Antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) work best taken in combination, so also take a good quality multivitamin. Foods high in vitamin C include guavas, kiwi, berries, citrus fruit, broccoli, and kale.

Take natural immune boosters. Garlic is a potent antimicrobial. You can eat it fresh or take tasteless, odorless capsules. Shiitake and maitake mushrooms stimulate the immune system, and there are also mushroom-based immune-boosting products. There are broad-spectrum immune boosters that include mixtures of herbs and minerals. (You don't have to take these continually. Take them for one week a month, or before you travel, or if family members or colleagues at work start getting sick.)

Have a cup of tea. Cut down on coffee and drink green tea or black tea instead (organic brands are best). A recent study at Harvard University showed that the immune cells of people who drank 5 cups of black tea a day produced ten times more virus-fighting substances than those of people who didn't drink tea. That's a lot of tea, but even a cup or two of either black or green tea should have benefits.

Keep yourself from getting run down. Get adequate sleep. Don't stress out over the holidays: do breathing exercises, meditate. Make sure you get fresh air and sunshine every day. Sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol become ubiquitous from Halloween through New Year's. If you overindulge in food and drink, make a point of eating wholesome, light foods the next couple of days, such as chicken soup and green salads. Eating a wide variety of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, papayas, blueberries, carrots, and leafy greens, will provide a wide range of beneficial antioxidants.


Quote of the Day

"I think you might dispense with all your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun, Dr. Movement, Dr. Happy and Dr. Fresh Food more." ~ Eric Bakker, ND


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