Wherever we go these days, it seems we are being persuaded to get a flu shot. We are told year after year that this year the flu virus is stronger than ever and it’s vital that we get vaccinated. The big question is whether or not the developers of the vaccine chose the right strains of influenza to target. This is not the platform to discuss the vaccination debate, however it is clear that people are still contracting the virus year after year, and it all depends on whether or not the manufacturers are filling the vials with the same strains that will be out there floating around this cold and flu season.
Flu or Cold, what’s the difference?
Both The Flu and Colds are respiratory illnesses that may present similar symptoms but are caused by different viruses. While these 2 viruses can appear similar, they are differentiated by the degree of the symptoms. The flu is a stronger virus bringing with it some severe symptoms that may include a fever and headaches.
Flus can lead to more serious illnesses such as Pneumonia, Bacterial Infections and Bronchitis, where as colds have milder symptoms and rarely lead to more serious health problems.
How to avoid the Flu
The sad truth is that it is very difficult to avoid the flu altogether. If you are in the presence of other people, then there is a good chance you will come in contact with the virus. What you can do, however, is build up your Immune System so that when it comes in contact with the virus, it can fight it off, and you can get on with your day. The same goes for the common cold. We all come in contact with these viruses everyday, and at moments in time, when our immunity is down, the virus will edge its way in and cause as much havoc as possible.
Building a Strong Immune System
Eating a healthy diet and living an active lifestyle, that includes exercise, getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying some down time is the first and most important way to ensure a good strong fight against The Flu. But even the most balanced and healthy people on the planet get hit with the Flu occasionally, so there are things we can definitely do to reduce the chance of that happening.
Growing research is pointing to Vitamin D deficiencies as an underlying cause of Influenza. Studies indicate that consuming between 7,000-10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 everyday can reduce your chances of getting The Flu by up to 50%
This rare Superfood is an adaptogen rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In tea form this hydrating liquid is a powerful tool in the fight against The Flu.
As the medicinal ingredient in garlic, Allicin is a powerhouse when it comes to the fight against The Flu. It is used in Britain to fight off major viruses and bacteria. When taken daily, Allicin works as a highly effective preventative measure.
Raw Unpasteurized Honey
This ancient ingredient has been used for thousands of years as a preventative and as a flu fighter on the front lines. This immunity-building Superfood has the power to help you fight off all kinds of viral and bacterial infections.
How to BOOST your Immune System
Even when we take all the precautionary measures, there is a chance we will contract a virus. When this happens, the best thing you can do is recognise AS SOON AS POSSIBLE that in fact you may be getting sick. The sooner you catch it, the easier it is to fight.
So, as soon as you feel that tickle, this is what you can do toy BOOST your system and get it out of your body as fast as possible.
Echinnacea/Golden Seal Tincture
This magical combo is Anti Viral, Anti Bacterial, and Microbial. Taking this tincture 3x day, starting the moment you feel something starting to grow inside you, will help you push it out.
1ml 3x day for 3 days usually does the trick
Oil of Oregano
While the taste is pungeant, this anti bacterial and anti fungal oil helps kill any infections that have entered the body. It is particularly good at fighting off a throat infection.
It’s always good to drink a lot of liquids at the first sign of any cold or flu. Try to take it easy and eat healthy plant based foods to help provide the nutrients and vitamins you will need for the fight that lies ahead.