Cold and Flu Season Tips!

Cold and Flu Season Tips

 

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season! I get lots of questions on this topic this time every year. People ask me, “What do I need to do to not get the flu? Do I need to get the flu shot?”

 

I am not fearful of short-term infections that come and go, like the flu. In fact, I think exposures to these bugs are a good thing. I think of it this way, if you get the flu, you are now left with natural lifetime immunity to that strain. This is truly a beautiful gift because when that pesky little bug comes around again, you will not get sick!

 

Now, I am not telling you what to do, flu shot, or no flu shot. But what I am telling you is that it is not bulletproof protection from getting sick! No vaccine is 100% effective. Last year’s flu vaccine was 45% effective.

 

What I am going to talk about is what you can do to help boost your immunity during cold and flu season. If staying healthy is important to you, then here are some simple things that can help you:

 

Drink warm drinks

 

Drink warm drinks, not just when you are sick! It’s not just folklore that warm drinks help the body! Hot tea is one of the best things you can do. Get into a daily habit of drinking warm drinks, it really does make a difference!

 

Stay away from sugar

 

Have you ever noticed that cold and flu season starts shortly after everybody eats all that Halloween candy? Eating or drinking too much sugar weakens immune system cells that attack bacteria. Eat healthy during cold and flu season, it really does make a difference.

 

Exercise, regularly

 

Try to get regular, moderate exercise, like a daily 30-minute walk. Exercise can help your immune system fight infection.

 

Take Vitamin D, regularly

 

Vitamin D has been being used to help fight infection for ages! Remember hearing about drinking Cod Liver Oil back in the day? Well, that stuff is full of Vitamin D! Research is now catching up and showing how vitamin D helps with protective immunity! I often suggest to my patients in my practice this vitamin D.

 

Take probiotics, regularly

 

Probiotics are the new buzzword in health. Probiotics appear to be popping up everywhere. You can now find them in butter, chocolate, and even pet food!  Probiotics are best known for their role in digestive health, but what is less well known is about 60% of our immune cells are located in our digestive tract. Emerging science shows they are powerful components of immune system health as well.

 

In short, keep warm inside and out, eat healthily, move more, and take some vitamin D and probiotics! Adding these tips into your routine can truly make a difference during the cold and flu season!

 

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  1. Very informative video! Worth to try products. Also, I would like to add that to ensure prevention from cold and flu, one must enhance their immunity by working out regularly, consume their daily dose of vitamin C and eat lots of green vegetables and fruits.

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