Most flu virus activity runs from October – May, with the peak times being from December – February. How can you tell? All the advertising from flu shot vaccine makers. It is everywhere.
No matter what you do for flu prevention – avoid a flu shot! We wrote about our reasons why to avoid the flu vaccine and now, in this blog post, we offer you our steps to prevent the flu naturally.
Your immune system does a remarkable job in defending the body against and fighting disease-causing microorganisms.
Having a strong, healthy immune system is the absolute best way to prevent the flu (and all other diseases as well).
Since your immune system is a system and not a single entity, it requires balance and harmony to operate at its optimum level.
The best way to have a strong, healthy immune system is to adopt healthy living strategies. Here’s what we recommend:
Eat only organic foods
Certified organic foods are your assurance that your food is not covered in poison.
See, most crops are covered with pesticides. Farmers use these poisons to increase crop yields and lower costs of food production. And even though pesticides have been proven to cause disease and weaken your immune system, the US Government allows their use due to the impacts on the economy (see this post for details).
Studies show that just one week of organic eating reduces pesticide exposure by a whopping 90%!
Most meat and poultry in this country is raised using antibiotics and inhumane conditions. This results in harm to the body in many ways. Always eat certified organic, grass-fed, free range meat and poultry.
Only eat wild seafood. Farm raised fish are fed genetically modified (GMO) non-native foods. They are given antibiotics to fight disease. They are raised on farms in ponds in their own filth. Wild seafood is what to eat for a strong immune system.
Eat only paleo foods
Paleo foods are the foods of our ancestors. They are the foods our bodies were engineered to use for proper fuel, nutrition and great health.
Learn about Paleo foods in this blog post. It will take you four minutes to read and it just may be the best four minutes you’ve ever spent.
Here’s the neat thing about a Paleo diet – you won’t be eating all the crap scientists and doctors have told you for years is bad for your health. No processed foods. No hybrid grains. No GMO foods. No sugars. Very little carbs.
You’ll reach and maintain your ideal body weight. People eating Paleo foods are not overweight. They avoid obesity and the negative health issues associated with excess body weight.
Stick to Paleo foods. They keep your immune system strong.
Get 8 hours of sleep each day
Lack of sleep is a prime contributor to immune system deficiencies. It’s been proven that lack of sleep leads to disease.
While you are sleeping your body refreshes and rejuvenates itself. Most adults need 8 hours of good quality sleep each day. I used to think when I was in my 20s that I could get by with less. I was wrong and you are too. What you do today impacts your body tomorrow. Poor sleep patterns can impact your health years down the road.
Get eight hours of sleep each day.
Your body, like most other things in nature, requires sunlight to live and thrive. Yet most humans spend all day indoors in artificial light.
That’s not good for your health.
And because some people overdid their time in the sun and burnt their skin, the media and public health officials warned against it. That’s bad advice. It has resulted in nearly every person we see in our practice being deficient in vitamin D. Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential to immune system function.
Charge up your immune system by spending time each day in the sun. Thirty minutes or more. And if you can spend time in the sun while you are naked, so much the better for you!
Drink quality water
All your body’s cells, organs and tissues use water to maintain bodily functions. Your body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion. That’s why it’s important to rehydrate by drinking a proper amount of quality water each day.
Your body was designed to hydrate with water. Certain types of teas work as well.
Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. That means a 160-pound person should drink 80 ounces of water.
Most of the water available today is contaminated. Bottled water comes in plastic which, even if it is BPA-free plastic, contains chemicals that can seep out into the water when exposed to heat or if it sits around a long time. That’s why we recommend a home water filtration system. Here’s the one we use.
Remove toxins from personal care and household cleaning products
Toxins are poisons to your body’s immune system, and there are a ton of toxins in food, personal care and household cleaning products.
Eliminating as many toxins are possible will boost the health of your immune system.
We’ve already eliminated toxins that come from pesticides in food by eating only organic and following the dietary guidelines we covered earlier.
Now, we need to get rid of toxins in our everyday lives. That means we use only natural organic personal care and household cleaning products. It’s easy to do, it costs less and it results in products that work better than those you are presently using.
Many of these products you can make on your own. Follow our blog or look online for natural formulas for personal hygiene and household cleaning. If you prefer commercial products, here’s a list of what we use in our home.
Be active outdoors
Walk, run, bike or hike outside every day for at least 30 minutes. Play sports like tennis or basketball. Grab a mat and practice yoga in your backyard.
Medical study after study confirms the immune system benefits and overall health benefits to exercising.
Be active outside. Most gyms are filled with toxic chemical cleaners used on the equipment. Those chemicals enter your body though your lungs and skin. Avoid them while enjoying the benefits of being outside.
Exercise in moderation. Thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day. Body weight strength exercises three times a week.
While you are outside, take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot on the earth. This practice is called “grounding.” It will strengthen your immune system and brings numerous other health benefits as well.
One last point about being active. Stress is a leading contributor to a weakened immune system. Physical activities reduce stress.
Get regular chiropractic care
Regular chiropractic adjustments are proven to boost the coordinated responses of the immune system and the nervous system. Both are vital to fighting the flu and being healthy.
Here’s a whole list of studies showing the benefits of chiropractic care on immune system health. In fact, the benefits of chiropractic care on the immune system has been written about for quite some time.
Get regular adjustments for a healthy immune system.
Take nutritional supplements
Even if we eat organic Paleo foods, it’s nearly impossible to get the right amounts of vitamins and minerals from food alone. With depleted soils and air quality, foods simply don’t contain the nutritional values they should.
In addition, environmental pollutants bombard and overload our bodies with toxins. This overload is so severe that most of us simply can’t detoxify the way nature intended.
That’s why a regular routine of nutritional supplements is necessary.
We have five we recommend as the foundation for good health. We call them the “Foundation 5.” Learn more about them here. We suggest you take them daily.
You don’t need a harmful shot to prevent the flu. Prevent the flu naturally by following these healthy living practices.
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