Colds & Flu Tip – Preventing the Flu

December 15, 2014  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments

 

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Here’s information on how to take preventative steps to protect yourself from colds, flu and other infections.

 

  1. Probably the single best measure you can take is to wash your hands often and keep them away form your eyes and nose.   Take the time to wash under your fingernails as this is where some bacteria and viruses are harbored.
  2. Try to avoid contact with people who have a respiratory illness.
  3. Get enough sleep, relaxation and rest.  Running yourself down will lead to a depressed immune system.
  4. Deal positively with stress. Ongoing stress will suppress your immune function.
  5. Watch your diet.  Probably the biggest help to your immune system is avoiding sugar.   A recent study showed that those who ingested sugar were 14 times more susceptible than people who did not ingest sugar. Saturated fat also suppressed the immune system.    Eat a diet rich in a variety of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. Drink plenty of plain water.
  6. Take a high potency, high quality vitamin and mineral supplement.   A landmark study found that adults who took a multi vitamin and mineral supplement had a 50% decrease in the number of days of illness due to infection compared to a group that took a placebo.
  7. Exercise regularly.
  8. Eat fresh garlic. Two cloves would be a good amount.    Garlic has antiviral and antibiotic properties. You can also take garlic in supplement form if you don’t want to eat it fresh.
  9. Vitamin C daily is an antioxidant and supports a healthy immune function.
  10.  Take vitamin D daily.  People with the lowest vitamin D were about 36 percent more likely to be suffering a respiratory infection than those that had the highest vitamin D level.
  11. Some people take a preventative dose of the herbs Echinacea, Goldenseal, Astragalus and Reishi mushroom.   My opinion is that these would not be harmful but these are better saved until you need to boost your immune system during an active infection.


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