We’ve all probably heard by now that this season is a “historically bad flu season”, with influenza A subtype H3N2 widespread in 46 states; a particularly nasty flu strain marked by more severe symptoms than the typical flu including spiking high fevers and significant body aches accompanied by cough and congestion. Flu season in the United States typically starts in October and ends in May, peaking between December and February therefore we still have several more months to be diligent in our prevention.
Here are a few tips to avoid getting this well-traveled virus:
1. EXTRA fluids.
This is perhaps the most important first step in protecting yourself against the flu. Our immune systems don’t work efficiently when dry. Warm fluids and teas are best.
2. Add a humidifier to your bedroom.
Dry artificial indoor heat damages the natural defenses of the respiratory system making you more susceptible to invasions by viruses like the flu.
3. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
Our hands are the primary carriers of foreign viruses and if we absentmindedly, say, rub the lint out of our eye before washing our hands, all it takes is ONE EXPOSURE to become vulnerable.
4. Get enough sleep.
Sleep allows the immune system time to regenerate.
5. Vitamin D3 is perhaps the most important supplement to take during flu season.
The 'sunshine vitamin' is thought to protect against respiratory infections by boosting levels of antimicrobial peptides -- natural antibiotic-like substances -- in the lungs. Results of recent studies fit with the observation that colds and flu are commonest in winter and spring, when levels of vitamin D are at their lowest. They may also explain why vitamin D protects against asthma attacks, which are commonly triggered by respiratory viruses
6. Don’t overestimate your immune system.
We’ve all done it. Just because you’ve been in tip top shape up until now, doesn’t mean the trend will continue. Take preventative measures and give your immune system as much help as you can.
7. Protective supplements:
Harmony Co-op Wellness Booster blend of protective and preventative herbs and supplements
Ener-C vitamin C powder drink
Vitamin C and Zinc supplements
Colloidal Silver (my personal favorite)