Avoiding The Flu

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Avoiding The Flu

Avoiding The Flu

avoiding the fluBy Georgianna Donadio, PhD – Every year we are inundated with reports of possible flu pandemics and cautioned to get our flu shots early. For those who are staunch devotees of the annual flu shot, the sooner the better. However, some have grown concerned about putting provocative proteins, such as flu shots, into our bodies. Fortunately, there are alternatives for avoiding the flu.

The number one determining factor in whether or not you get a cold or flu is the strength of your immune system. The healthier and more resilient your immune system, the less likely you are to get sick. What is the best way to keep your immune system healthy and resilient throughout the flu season?

Good Hygiene
It sounds too simple to be important, but hand washing is the number one prevention tool in avoiding colds and flus. Keep germs at bay with regular washing.

Sufficient Rest
Getting enough sleep is essential for your nervous and immune systems to function at optimal levels. Being sure not to “run yourself down,” as grandma might have recommended, is really good advice.

Proper Nutrition
Vitamins C, B, A, D, and E, protein, essential fatty acids, and calcium rich foods are all important in keeping your body functioning well and having the resilience to fight off the flu. Practice and encourage holistic, integrative nutrition.

Minimizing Stress
Stress suppresses your immune function. By keeping stress at bay, you will allow your body its best advantage to stay healthy.

Relaxing And Enjoying Life
Laughter and pleasure have been shown in clinical trials to enhance immunoglobulins, which increase immune function activity and keep us healthy. By creating more time and opportunity for regular fun and pleasure, you will help your body stay well.

Dressing Appropriately
Many people don’t realize that the weather and temperature have a significant impact on their stress adaptation and immune system. Being properly dressed against all forms of weather helps to prevent colds and flu.

The National Institute of Whole Health‘s simple yet essential tips for staying well can help, whether you choose to have a flu shot or not, to give your body the best advantage against flu season.

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