The Flu is NOT a season...
However, we do see more folks contact the flu during the winter months, but why? Illness is caused by the body’s inability to adapt. We lose our ability to adapt when we have decreased exposure to the sun (decreased Vitamin D), decreased water intake (dehydration), increased sugar intake (holiday goodies), and increased stress on the nervous system. So, how do we avoid the flu and colds naturally???...by creating resistance thus creating HEALTH.
The natural approach to preventing these illnesses is nothing more than what we should be doing on a daily basis to achieve optimum health. This includes eating real food, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, enjoying life and minimizing stress, getting plenty of vitamin D, taking supplements, and avoiding sugar. The human body is indeed capable of naturally supporting immune defenses and preventing environmental agents from causing disease to the body.
The reason why the flu is most prevalent in the winter months has to do with us being inside more which in and of itself poses increased incidence for disease.
So, how can we protect ourself naturally...
- Increase your intake of vitamin D3. If you live in a warmer sun filled climate, this will be easier than for those of us having to deal with the joys of winter weather. In this case, it is important to supplement with 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 for every 25 pounds of body weight. We recommend Standard Process Cataplex D.
- Stay hydrated. WATER WATER WATER!!! Many people believe that because they are not sweating in the winter months that they are not likely to dehydrate. This is not true. If you are having flu-like symptoms, dehydration can make congestion worse. In addition, fluids are essential in flushing the body of bacteria and viruses from your system. Give your water an antiviral/antibacterial boost by adding apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Sipping on bone broth is also helpful to feed the body with supportive antioxidants.
- Limit sugar intake and eat real food. Eating a variety of real, healing foods provides your body with all the nutrients it needs to function and stay healthy. To prevent the flu, foods high in vitamin C and Zinc are essential. This includes kale, chives, dark green leafy vegetables, grass fed meat and dairy, almonds and cashews, asparagus, and wild caught salmon. Eating whole foods is important but vitamin C, zinc, and probiotics can be supplemented as well. In addition, if you are already having flu like symptoms, Elderberry is believed to deactivate the flu virus and naturally boost immunity.
- Minimize the season’s effects on the nervous system by continuing to exercise, getting plenty of rest, and removing subluxation from the nervous system with a chiropractic adjustment. Do yourself a favor, research the 1918 influenza epidemic and chiropractic care.