The flu season is here. So many people I run into are complaining about this season’s latest epidemic. Here are some very simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick.
Get a good night’s sleep. A healthy immune system and getting a good night’s sleep of 8 plus hours are closely linked. If you do get a cold or flu this season, sleep is when your body will repair itself.
Take extra Vitamin D, at least 2000 IU / day if you live north of San Francisco. Personally, as an athlete, I take 4000 IU/day in the Winter. Last week I attended a nutritional lecture given by a well known pharmacist and he suggested that even up to 8000 IU of Vitamin D during our winter months would be recommended for some .
Moving to the tropics could be your answer! Unfortunately for most of us living in Canada and the U.S. , moving to the tropics for the winter is not an option. Next best alternative is to take plenty of a high quality pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D has been shown in numerous studies to have a positive impact on the health of our immune system
Don’t forget to take a high quality pharmaceutical grade multivitamin. It’s especially important through the fall and winter season when local fruits and vegetables are not available and must be imported. Produce that is picked early and shipped long distances loses large amounts of its nutritional value. Did you know that you have to eat 8 oranges today to get the equivalent Vitamin C to 1 orange grown in the early 1900s. Vitamins work in balance and synergy with minerals and co-factors and many have super roles to play in building up your immune system. Which multi-vitamins should you take? There are so many on the market and how do you know that what is on the label is even in the bottle? How do know if it will break down in the 20 minutes it needs to in your body? An excellent publication to check out what you are taking is The Comparative Guide by Lyle McWilliam.
Also, disease loves an acidic environment to grow. Be careful of how many “sugars” you take in which include processed carbohydrates along with breads, pastas, rice, potatoes and corn. When your blood sugars are constantly up and down, you are more susceptible to infections. Keeping your blood sugar balanced not only helps you to lose weight (or maintain a health weight) but it also reduces your risk of “catching” the flu.
And of course during this season make sure you wash your hands after being in public places as so many viruses and flus are transmitted through our hands.
Following these simple solutions is not a guarantee that you won’t get sick, but it will significantly boost your immune system. A healthy immune system will make you less likely to get sick and recover from any sickness you do catch that much quicker.
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