- Exercise daily (cardio, resistance, and flexibility) to pump muscles and move lymph through your system, stimulating detoxification.
- Eat *a lot* of colorful fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked). These are the foods that provide powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants to support optimal immune function.
- Avoid immune-zapping processed foods like oils, sugars, refined flours, dairy, and all meats.
- Drink plenty of water and tea for continual hydration and extra phytochemicals.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your facial orifices (eyes, mouth, nose, ears) to reduce viral and bacterial transmission into your bloodstream.
Oh, I'm sure you are being bombarded with messages about the flu. Well, here's another one! Ha Ha! Flu season will be around for awhile. So, it is that time of year for cold and flu. Yes, you'll see people around you coughing, sneezing, and worse. Here are 5 VERY IMPORTANT things (from Plant Based Dietician http://plantbaseddietitian.com/) you can do to protect yourself and maximize your immune function:
Do you shun the flu vaccine but still want to protect yourself from getting the flu? Here's some helpful information.
About the Flu Vaccine
Vaccinations are controversial – flu shots usually contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin, and are not always specific for this year’s version of the flu. This is because they are manufactured before the actual strain causing this year’s flu is known. Consequently, the flu shot doesn’t always confer protection and may actually cause illness from adding to the body’s toxic load. Still, many people take the flu shot and this is not about telling you NOT to get one. That's a choice you make for yourself.
Don't want to take the flu shot?
For those who don't want the flu shot, here's one alternative -- The best, non-toxic defense against the flu is Oscillococcinum (ah-sill-o-cox’-sin-um), available at most drug stores, grocery stores and health food stores. Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical studies to decrease the duration and intensity of flu symptoms.
Starting this week, line everyone up once or twice a week. Give everyone a capful of the little pellets from a vial of Oscillococcinum. Take the tablets under the tongue (sublingual). It's better because it goes into your system bloodstream faster than if it had to go through your entire digestive tract. Let the pellets dissolve. Remember to take it 15 minutes away from food and toothpaste. That’s it – it’s that simple.
When others around you come down with the flu, take the capful more often, maybe every day. At the first signs of achy muscles, fatigue, or other symptom of the flu, take a capful three times a day or more. We’ve known folks who have all the symptoms of surely getting the flu chase it away completely with this remedy. It’s homeopathic, so there are no side effects. Some report that they felt ill, took the remedy and felt better within minutes; then, when they felt symptoms returning, took the remedy again, and continued this way until symptoms never came back. You have to catch it early; this remedy doesn’t work when you already have the full-blown array of symptoms. Oh, and don’t forget the vitamin C, plenty of water, and lots of sleep.
From Doni Wilson, Naturopathic Doctor