Cold and Flu Prevention

According to the news colds and flues are especially bad this year.

How to prevent from getting sick?

Stay hydrated. The low humidity outside air plus the heating inside dries the mucous membranes making them more susceptible to virus and bacteria. The immune system works better if the body is properly hydrated. Try replacing ice cold beverages for room temperature water, herbal teas and soups.

Reduce sugar. Sugar depresses the immune system.

Vitamin C &D. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system and is a natural antihistamine. Take 1,000 to 5,000 mg in the winter. Vitamin D3 stimulates the cells of the immune system to scavenge for virus, bacteria and cancer cells. It also helps with the “winter blues”. Take between 2,000 and 5,000 IU during the winter months.

Bone broth. Provides loads of nutrients to strengthen the body. Also calms and overactive immune system and promotes stronger healthier cells.

Acupuncture. Modulates the immune system and relieves stress. Periodical treatments help keep a strong immunity. A treatment at the beginning of a cold or flu can prevent it from developing or greatly shorten the convalescent period.

Probiotics. The intestinal flora is an important part of the immune system. Winter is a good time to do a course of probiotics (30 days) and include fermented foods like miso, sauerkraut and kimchi in the diet.

 

Traveling during the winter. If you are traveling by plane make sure you bring along a travel pack with:

  1. EmergenC to drink during the trip. It provides electrolytes to stay hydrated and Vitamin C to protect the mucous membranes.
  2. Xclear to spray into the nose to prevent the dryness that makes it more susceptible to virus and bacteria.
  3. Coconut oil to swipe into the nostrils. It is antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, plus it may prevent some of the airborne germs to enter the system.