Yep, it’s flu season. However, this time around lets save the tissue for wrapping presents. For a healthy holiday season here are some tips for preventing those cold and flu’s this year.
Fresh is best: You are what you eat. Processed foods are stripped of sustenance and will leave you run down and defenseless. Choose more fresh, colorful, and nutritious foods to keep your body energized and resilient against germs. The natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. Garlic, green tea, and ginger are all great ways to give your body an extra immune boost.
Wash Your Hands: It is very easy to get busy and forget this simple, but very effective prevention of colds and flus. Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. So wash your hands often. If no sink is available, rub your hands together very hard for a minute or so. That also helps break up most of the cold germs.
Drink Plenty of Fluids: Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of fluid.
Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly: Aerobic exercises helps increase the body's natural virus-killing cells. So make sure you make exercise a part of your regular winter routine.
Don't Smoke: Statistics show that smokers get more frequent and severe colds. Even if you don’t smoke, just being around smoke profoundly zaps the immune system. Smoke dries out your nasal passages and paralyzes cilia (they sweep cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages). Just one cigarette can paralyze cilia for as long as 30 to 40 minutes.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption: Avoid heavy drinking; alcohol suppresses the immune in a variety of ways. Heavier consumption leaves you more prone to infections, as well as secondary complications. Alcohol also dehydrates the body -- it actually causes more fluid loss from your system than it puts in.
Relax: Did you know that if you can activate your immune system on demand? The key is you need to teach yourself to relax? Research suggests that your interleukins (leaders in the immune system response against cold and flu viruses) increase in the bloodstream when you put your relaxation skills into action. Learn to take breaks to do deep breathing while picturing an image you find pleasant or calming. Research recommends doing this 30 minutes a day for several months to make it a learned skill. Keep in mind relaxation is not doing nothing! People who try to relax, but are in fact just bored, show no changes in blood chemicals.
Natural Cold and Flu Treatments: Commercial cold medicine may contain ingredients not needed for cold relief like artificial preservatives, color additives (Yum…Red #40), artificial flavorings, or sweeteners. They may also contain corn, dairy, wheat, gluten, or soy which many people are sensitive to. To top it off, remember that cough and cold medicines won't make a cold go away any sooner — and side effects are still possible. The following are products that we recommend because they are all natural and actually help make your cold go away sooner!
ViraClear EPs 7630 is a liquid homeopathic extract of Pelargonium sidoides root that has been shown in several studies to effectively reduce the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infections.
Esberitox (a chewable tablet) can help ward off a cold or decrease the duration of a cold if taken right when you start feeling poorly. The reason? It contains a blend of echinacea, wild indigo, and white cedar that stimulate B-cell and antibody production and strengthen your natural defenses by fortifying your most critical cells with natural fighting power to help you feel better.
Cellular Forte Max contains inositol hexaphosphate, which boosts the activity of the natural killer cells your immune system uses as a front line defense against viruses. It also contains Unicaria tomentosa (POA Cat's Claw) a mushroom extract (Maitake), which provide an additional boost immune system function.
Sambucus is dark berries of the black elder and has been used for centuries in the treatment of colds and flu. Elderberries contain flavonoids, including rutin, quercitrin and nocotoflorin. Because the berries are flavorful, children and adults may prefer elderberry syrup to other cold and flu preparations. Elderberry syrup help decrease fevers, increase bronchial secretions, making the syrup useful for soothing irritated throats and sinuses, and may reduce the swelling of mucus membranes and act as an antiviral agent.