Friday, October 02, 2009

Combatting the Flu - PREVENTION

There has been a lot of talk about the flu this year - Bird flu, swine flu, flu season, etc.
Many people are getting flu shots. We have chosen not to get the flu shots.
I am very skeptical of increased vaccinations and do not feel they are the answer to all things.

To me, there are some basic prevention things that we are practicing. Above all is eating healthy. Putting food with nutrients in our bodies is key. Vitamins are absorbed most easily in their natural form rather than pills. Some vitamins and minerals actually complement each other and increase absorption. With a healthy diet, we are less likely to be hungry and be tempted by candy bars or junky snacks during the day.
1. Eat Healthy.
2. Wash hands frequently. ALWAYS before food prep, before eating and as soon as arriving home.

3. Sleep. Make time in your schedule to get to bed at a time that allows you time to take care of your day.

4. VITAMIN D. Doctors and researches have proven that most humans are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is a skin vitamin, made on the skin in response to sunlight. To obtain enough Vitamin D, you have to be in the sun and then allow it hours absorb. Researches have shown that taking 2,000 units of Vitamin D daily in the fall - early spring (aka flu season) offers you a tremendous defense.
5. At first signs of sore throat or after exposure -- being in a classroom or office with someone who has the flu, take a vial of oscillococcinum. This is a homeopathic treatment that works. It is costly. A pack of 6 vials sells for $12. One vial is a good defense after exposure.

These are our Anti-Flu Plans. We are not "high risk" as we do not have anyone elderly, very young or with a comprised immune system in the house.

We always start with hot chicken soup as well.

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