Flu Epidemic Prevention and Remedies

Flu Epidemic Prevention and Remedies

The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads from person to person by coughing and sneezing and by touching an object or surface with the flu virus on it.

On average, 5 to 20 percent of us will get the flu each year.  But, have no fear! If you’re like me and all NOT for someone injecting you with the mercury-laced flu shot, you can take proper measures to combat and/or prevent it because there in absolutely no clinical trial to back up the “30% effective” claim, as per national health officials.

Simply wash you hands frequently, keep them out of the T Zone (your eyes, nose and mouth), and consume immune-boosting foods and supplements. In truth, the three best things you can do to prevent the flu are Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc

Now, for the remedies:

1. Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D is produced in the body by sunlight and regulates the expression of over 2,000 genes, including those of the immune system. Recent research shows that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections.
  • To treat cold or flu, take 2,000 units per kilogram of body weight once a day for three days.
  • You can also order home testing kits to test your vitamin D levels.

2. Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.
  • Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to 4,000 milligrams daily when you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Eat whole fruits and vegetables.

3. Zinc

  • Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness.
  • Zinc may lessen the symptoms of the cold virus but excessive amounts aren’t good for you. Zinc pills and sprays do not seem to be effective.
  • Take 50–100 milligrams of zinc daily to ward off or treat cold and flu symptoms.

4. Echinacea

  • This herb can help your body fight off infections, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness.
  • Echinacea acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce bronchial symptoms of cold and flu.
  • Echinacea directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus.
  • Different preparations have different concentrations of echinacea. Some common preparations and dosages include:
    • Tablets containing 6.78 milligrams of echinacea extract, two tablets three times a day.
    • 900 milligrams of echinacea root tincture daily.
    • Five to six cups of echinacea tea on the first day of symptoms, and then 1 cup a day thereafter.

5. Tea

  • Research reveals that theanine, an ingredient found naturally in tea, supports the immune system.  In a clinical trial, drinking five cups of black tea per day for two to four weeks boosted the body’s immune system by four times. And green tea contains an antioxidant compound called EGCG, which works with your immune system to ease inflammation. To get an extra immune boost, add a lemon wedge to your tea.

6. Essential Oils

  • Rubbing peppermint and frankincense essential oil into the neck and bottoms of the feet can naturally support the immune system.  Also, clove oil can protect the body against infection and can speed recovery from the flu.

7. Get Fresh Air

  • Indoor winter environments can be a source of concentrated toxins and germs. The dry air we inhale as we heat our homes during the winter makes airways more reactive and sensitive to viruses.
  • An added bonus to time spent outdoors in the winter is the extra bit of sunlight you receive.

8. Top Foods for Flu Recovery

  • Light, easy to digest foods: Include soups with bone broth, cooked vegetables or herbal teas to help with digestion. Don’t force yourself to eat.
  • Water: Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Fluid helps your body to flush bacteria and viruses from your system. Drink approximately half your body weight in ounces daily of either spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water. Green and black teas are potent immune system-boosters and antioxidants. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every two hours.
  • Hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon:  Honey and cinnamon helps prevent mucus buildup and keeps you hydrated.
  • Ginger: Make a ginger tea and add raw honey.
  • Garlic and onions: Both of these vegetables help boost immune function.

Let us know (in the comments, below) which of these remedies work for you.

Sources: Dr. Axe; Natural News
Cold and Flu-Fighting Breakfast…with a Twist

Cold and Flu-Fighting Breakfast…with a Twist

Maybe you are not sniffling, as yet, but cold and flu season is upon us. Just over 2 percent of Americans have had the flu so far this season and nearly 7 percent have caught a cold…typical numbers for October, according to Gallup. More like 8 to 10 percent of people will be sniffling come December and January.

However, you don’t have to be one of those Americans. Some extra-diligent hand washing and sufficient shut-eye can go a long way in keeping you healthy all season long. What’s more is an immunity-boosting diet. Simply start the morning off right with a tasty cold and flu-fighting breakfast.

First up…Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is still a nutrient essential to staying healthy coming specifically from citrus fruits, such as the orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Papaya and kiwi pack even more of the crucial vitamin. You may even consider tossing in some cantaloupe, too.

Second…Red-Pepper Omelet

A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains 190 milligrams, which makes it a good source of vitamin C, as well – more than twice as much as an orange. They’re also rich in vitamin A, which aids the growth of mucosal cells, the first line of defense against bacteria trying to invade.

 

Last…Top It Off With Tea

Upping your liquid intake in general (although not from sugary drinks) can help thin mucus and a little steam is sure to bust congestion. Opt for a green variety of tea and you’ll have the added benefits of more concentrated antioxidants, in particular EGCG, which seems to fight off viruses for a stronger immune system.