There is no guarantee of prevent getting the flu with a flu shot. It currently carries three strains of the flu and lots of chemicals (formaldehyde, aluminum, and mercury, egg protein, antibiotics, and MSG) that cause other illnesses. See my post on What-is-in-Vaccines? for detailed information on the hidden dangers of vaccines. Building immunity naturally is best for your health. Here are 7 ways you can build immunity and prevent the flu this year.
1. Sleep 7-9 hours per night especially during the winter months. Getting to bed at a regular time, preferably before 11 p.m. helps build melatonin reserves and keeps the body rested. Melatonin aids sleep and is an antioxidant. If you have problems sleeping, take a melatonin supplement one hour before going to bed. Read my posting HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP for more suggestions.
2. Wash your hands frequently. Germs travel best by hand. We frequently touch objects others have touched and then touch our faces without thinking about it. Always wash your hands after using the restroom and always before eating. How many times do you frequent a fast food restaurant, handle money (yuk!) and then sit down and eat. The worse thing about fast food restaurants is that most food sold is picked up with your hands.
3. Eat and drink healthier. Reduce or eliminate sugar and processed foods. Stay out of fast food restaurants, Consciously eat more vegetables (at least 5 servings every day). Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. Eat more garlic which has anti-microbial properties. During winter months, frequently consume soup that is loaded with vegetables to increase both liquid and vegetable intake. Make a batch for a 2-3 days.
4. Take vitamin D and/or cod liver oil, and zinc. Unless you live where it is sunny all year, like Hawaii or Southern California, you should take a vitamin D supplement of cod liver oil during winter months. Low vitamin D levels are associated with many illnesses. Best to be on the safe side. Cod liver oil has vitamin D, vitamin A, and omega 3s. Vitamin A keeps the lungs healthy and omega 3s keep the brain healthy and reduces inflammation. Cod liver oil was commonly given to children at the turn of the 20th century. Grandma or great grandma knew best. There is lemon flavored cod liver oil which is much better than the original. Take it and give it to your children. Zinc interferes with viruses getting full access to our cells by increasing production of white blood cells and helping them fight infection more effectively. Zinc also increases killer cells that combat cancer, helps your immune system release more antibodies, and supports wound healing.
5. Take probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria in your intestines. They keep the bad guys down so they don't have a chance to build up. Anytime you take antibiotics, you should take probiotics because antibiotics kill all bacteria, good and bad.
6. Exercise regularly. Exercise, not only keeps you trim and fit, it boosts your immune system. Include both aerobic (jogging, biking, swimming, skiing, etc.), strength training (weights, cross country skiing, etc.), and stretching (yoga). Yoga actually combines strength training and stretching. Alternating yoga with aerobic exercise will save time. Try to do something you enjoy to alleviate boredom.
7. Relax. Excessive stress can decrease immunity and make it easier to catch the flu. Keep stress in check by not overworking and by exercising, eating healthy, and getting a good night's sleep. See 1,3, and 6 above. Live a balanced life. Spend quality time with family and friends.