Flu Prevention Guide

Overview and Facts

Here is your ultimate guide to preventing the flu naturally, without over the counter or prescription medications.

The flu, also known as influenza, is a common viral infection that results in respiratory illness.

The flu is contagious and can spread via coughs, sneezes, or physical contact with an infected person.

Increased flu activity usually occurs between October and May (probably from lower levels of vitamin D). Peak flu season is between December and February (right during holiday season!).

Symptoms and Types

Symptoms of the flu include but are not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Gastrointestinal issues like vomiting or diarrhea (most common in children)

Risk factors

  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Lack of quality sleep
  • Exposure to toxins commonly found in household cleaning products and personal care products
  • Poor immune system function
  • Exposure to infected individuals
  • Other pre-existing health conditions 

Diagnosis and Tests

The flu is diagnosed by clinical symptoms exhibited by the patient. These symptoms can include any of those mentioned above. Individuals who are infected tend to exhibit different symptoms.

There are also several flu tests that are available. The most common are called rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs). These tests detect parts of the virus (called antigens) that stimulate an immune response. You can often get false negatives with this test, so it is not as reliable as other tests. These tests tend to be better for children than adults.

There are also rapid molecular assays that detect virus genetic components. These are more accurate tests.

There are other tests, but typically these are the most popular tests conducted by doctors. They generally require the inside of your nose or throat be swabbed for analysis.

Most flu symptoms will not be tested. Typically, if you present any handful of the symptoms above you will be diagnosed with the flu. This is because diagnostic testing does not change how the flu will be treated.

Treatment and Care

Your action plan for fighting off the flu

  1. Boost your immune system with natural remedies and healthy foods. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to build up your immune system and keep it strong during peak flu season. This is how your body fights off the flu (not through a synthetic vaccine). The immune system is your body’s defense system that determines what gets into your body and what doesn’t.
    • Maximize your immunity with our Flu and Cold kit. We have both adult and children’s varieties available. This kit contains immune boost glandular product, Argentyn Silver, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, a probiotic and zinc to boost immunity and fight off disease. It comes with wellness and therapeutic dosing. Try dosing for wellness every day for prevention during flu season. There are many other ways to boost the immune system and fight off the flu naturally.
    • Eat a healthy diet by following the Paleo Pyramid. This food plan focuses on fresh, organic and nutrient dense vegetables and fruits along with grass-fed meats and healthy fats to support your body’s immune system.

    Other helpful things you can do to boost your immunity include:

    • Get active outdoors.
    • Get sunshine daily.
    • Remove toxins from your household and products.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Ensure you don’t have any nutrient deficiencies. Try intracellular nutrient testing.
    • Get enough sleep. Eight hours of quality sleep each day at sundown to sunrise.
    • Lower your stress.
    • Don’t smoke and work for a toxin/chemical/odor free environment.
  2. Keep good hygiene for you and your family members. While a strong immune system is the number way to fight off the flu you can also help your immune system out by decreasing exposure to flu germs in your environment.
  3. Stay away from people who are sick with the flu. The flu is transmitted through the respiratory system, so it will enter through your nose or mouth. Simply staying away from sick people helps to prevent the particles from infecting you too.
  4. Get enough sleep. Again, getting enough sleep is needed to prevent the flu. At least 8-9 hours every night is imperative. Go to sleep with the sundown and awake with the sunrise like our ancestors. When your body is deficient in sleep, it becomes weakened and cannot ward off disease like it should. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that people who got seven or less hours of sleep were more likely to get a cold than those who got eight hours1.
  5. Think twice about the flu shot. The flu “vaccine” is not the way to fight the flu. There are many reasons to avoid getting the annual flu shot. Number one reason being that it actually weakens your immune system. To prevent the flu, your immune system needs to be strong. Other reasons for avoiding the flu shot are that it contains harmful toxins that further destroy your innate immunity, it doesn’t work, and there are better natural alternatives and tips for preventing the flu.

Your action plan for healing from the flu

  1. Stay home. People are generally contagious the day before symptoms begin and up to five days after. If you start feeling ill, take some time off work to rest and recuperate. This is one of the best ways to heal from the flu the fastest. The best thing you can do is to get extra sleep and rest. Limit intense activities like strenuous workouts during this healing period, as well.
  2. Get sleep. Getting enough shuteye is imperative to immune system function and flu prevention. Sleep deficiencies weaken the immune system and it’s ability to fight off the flu. Get at least 8-9 hours of sleep to aid in a speedy recovery. Check out our tips for better sleep today.
  3. Take your supplements. While the Flu and Cold kit is aimed at preventing the flu, it also good for recovering from the flu and speeding up the healing process. This kit is loaded with essential supplements for boosting the immune system and kicking the flu out of your system, naturally. Immune boost, Argentyn Silver, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a powerful probiotic all help your body to heal from the flu in a timely manner. Do the therapeutic dosing to fight off the flu.
  4. Make immune boosting juice. Sometimes your body just needs that extra nutritional immune boost. This uniquely crafted juice we created is filled with turmeric, garlic and lemon juice to boost the function of the immune system and help you recover faster.
  5. Drink lots of fluids. Drinking enough fluids daily is key to ensure proper healing. Water, tea and warm bone broth all help the body to heal. If you’re vomiting, sweating or have a fever, be sure to add minerals into your water (or drink mineralized water) to prevent dehydration.

Living With and Managing the Flu

  • Hydrate often
  • Sleep well
  • Nourish yourself with a Paleo diet rich in immune-boosting nutrients
  • Take supplements to support your body
  • Reduce stress
  • Allow your body the time to heal properly
  • Manage your other health conditions

Resources and Tools to Assist in Flu Prevention

  • Get enough rest
  • See a chiropractor regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take time to sauna to detoxify the body
  • Take an Epsom salt bath to treat aches and detoxify the body
  • Use the Flu and Cold kit to prevent and treat the flu naturally
  • Try natural lozenges to soothe a sore throat
  • Use Argentyn Silver nasal spray or salt sprays to discharge mucous
  • Stay healthy all year (especially flu season) with our Foundation 5 nutrient plan

Contact us at the Drs. Wolfson if you need further natural flu support. We offer intravenous vitamin therapy to ensure your body is getting high dose support.

Follow these tips and fight back naturally!

10 Tips to Prevent the Flu Naturally

Flu season is right around the corner and with that comes the push by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for flu vaccines for everyone.

If you’re trying to prevent the flu, don’t get the flu shot!

On top of being ineffective, flu vaccines contain harmful chemicals and preservatives that can cause serious side effects at the time of injection and long term. It weakens the immune system and it doesn’t work.

Try to get healthy naturally instead. There are plenty of natural and preventative remedies and tips to prevent the flu.

The best way is to build up your body’s natural immune system.

Here are 10 tips to build the immune system to prevent the flu naturally.

  1. 1. Diet
  2. The food you eat every day determines if you stay healthy or get sick.  To be healthy and avoid the flu, follow the nutritional guidelines below.

    • Avoid processed foods, sugar, etc. Eating foods in their natural state (i.e. fresh) gives you many nutrients and will help you to naturally fight disease.
    • Follow a Paleo diet. Eat the foods of our ancestors. The Paleo diet gives you the right foods in the right combinations that your body needs to thrive.
    • Eat only organic foods. Conventionally grown foods are loaded with chemicals that will harm the immune system and decrease immunity. If you want to be healthy, stick to organic food only.
    • Try juicing for extra nutritional support. When you juice fresh organic vegetables and fruits, you extract the key vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients your body needs to defend itself against disease. Try our immune boosting juice.
    • Drink high quality water. Contaminated water is full of impurities will make you sick. To ensure you are drinking the best quality water, install a Pristine Hydro Water System in your home. That’s what we use.
  3. 2. Immune System-Boosting Supplements
  4. Supplements are one of your best tools to staying healthy through flu season. Often, diet alone is not enough to support your health needs and nutritional supplements are required. Nutritional therapy (proper food + proper supplements) is the best preventative medication.

    • Supplements provide nutritional support in high doses to help the body ward off any illness. They are also great for if you become sick with the flu and need to fight off anything.
    • We recommend our signature Adult Cold and Flu Kit for preventing the flu or in the event you start to feel flu symptoms coming on. This kit contains high doses of vitamins A, C and D, which are the body’s major immune vitamins. It also contains our customized Immune Boost along with Argentyn Silver product to provide additional immune support. Zinc is also in the kit, to help ward off pathogens and viruses. And a high dose probiotic is included to increase immune function and fight off disease.
  5. 3. Lower Stress
  6. Stress is a known risk factor for illness. Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. In fact, people who are more susceptible to stress are more likely to develop the common cold1. When cells in the body are under stress, they are not able to respond to their internal signals and function properly1. The result is an increased risk for all types of disease.

    • Work on lowering your sources of stress, whatever they may be.
    • Try yoga. Yoga encourages breathing techniques that are proven to reduce stress.
    • Meditation is one of the best tools to control psychological stressors.
    • Try gardening, walking, or meeting up with friends. Choose an activity that lowers stress for you.
  7. 4. Chiropractic Care
  8. Chiropractic care is a great tool to stay healthy. Getting adjusted regularly supports a healthy immune system.

    • Every system in the body (including the immune system) is controlled by the nervous system.
    • If something is out of alignment, then health issues can occur.
    • Adjustments can aid in boosting immune function.
  9. 5. Detoxification
  10. If there are too many toxins in the body, then the body becomes run down. Therefore, detoxification is a great tool to reset the body and make it a strong defender. Flushing out toxins regularly can help to maintain a healthy immune system.

    • Enjoy a nightly Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts pull toxins out and reduce inflammation. You can also throw essential oils or baking soda in to further aid in detoxification and boosting the immune system.
    • Remove toxins from your house. Toxins poison your immune system. Eliminate them and you will boost immune function.
  11. 6. Gut Health
  12. The gut is considered your second immune system. In fact, 80% of your immune system lies in your gut. You must repair your gut in order to get healthy!

    • Most people these days have leaky gut due to stress, toxins or diet. Leaky gut means poor immune function.
    • We have a leaky gut protocol that aims to heal and seal the gut lining. Once the gut is healed, inflammation is lowered and immunity is restored.
    • Research has even found that just taking a high potency probiotic daily is essential to immune function as it keeps your body stocked with high levels of good bacteria to push the bad ones out.
  13. 7. Get Enough Sleep
  14. Sleep is needed for the body to repair itself and regulate hormones and other processes. Chronic sleep deprivation can reduce immune function. Follow the ways of our ancestors and go to sleep with sundown and awake with the sunrise. This helps support the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

    • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night to support total body health.
    • Getting enough sleep is proven to help your body to recuperate to prevent any illness.
    • Check out our top tips for better sleep.
  15. 8. Get moving
  16. Movement or exercise increases immunity. Walking, biking or hiking are all great forms of movement that the body needs to function at its best.

    • Moving regularly causes the body to increase its production of immune cells (called white blood cells and Natural Killer cells), which increases immunity.
    • Exercise also increases the body’s core temperature. This can help to ward off any pathogens.
    • Exercise reduces stress and slows the release of stress hormones. This can help to keep the immune system healthy.
  17. 9. Get Some Fresh Air
  18. As the months get colder, people tend to stay inside more and get less fresh air. If you find yourself cooped up inside your house or crammed in an office with lots of people, you may need to step outside.

    • If you’re in close quarters with a lot of people, you could be exposed to many germs.
    • Try taking a walk outside or opening a window for some fresh air. This is another natural way to “detox” the air inside your home or office.
    • Getting out into nature (think walking through the pine trees) can reduce stress and boost mood.
    • Connecting with nature and getting fresh air increases oxygen and energizes you.
  19. 10. Get Sunshine
  20. The sunshine is the best way to increase vitamin D. And vitamin D is a powerful immune system booster.

    • Vitamin D is key to immune system health. Get your intracellular and extracellular vitamin D levels checked.
    • A lack of vitamin D is detrimental to the immune system and can increase one’s risk for disease.
    • Get enough sunshine even in the winter months. And if you must supplement, use a high quality vitamin D product like our Super D for increased absorption.

Summary of information:

  • The best way to prevent the flu is NOT with a flu shot. Avoid the flu shot and go the natural route.
  • The body’s immune system was designed to be the greatest defender against disease.
  • Give your immune system the tools it needs to protect your body. Diet, supplements, sunshine, stress reduction, detoxification, chiropractic, sleep, exercise and fresh air are some of the best things we can do for ourselves. Give them a try!

 

References:

  1. Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402162546.htm

How to Prevent the Flu Naturally

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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.

The Best Way to Prevent the Flu

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.

How to Boost Your Immune System

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.


Get sunshine

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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