How to Prevent the Flu…No Shot Required!

It’s officially fall and winter is coming so now is the best time to prevent colds & the flu this year. Better to start now then be sorry later.  You all know that I’m not a big fan of the flu shot, so I have put together a list for you that should help you prevent those nasty colds and flus that roll around this time of year. First, Life Style Tips to keep your immunity from sagging and then 6 Supplements to Help Strengthen Your Body.

First we tend to make these lifestyle mistakes this time of year.  So we need to plan ahead and make sure that we don’t fall into these immune busting patterns:

1.Too Much Sugar.  Even a small amount of sugar will suppress your immune system for hours.

2.Not Enough Sleep.  The schedule fills up fast this time of year and we tend to stay up too late getting “everything done.” Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours a night for maximum immune system function.

3.Stress always goes up this time of year.  Stress is a sure fire way to tear down your immune system.

4.Too Much Alcohol.  Take it easy on the booze this time of year.  I know there are a lot of parties to attend, but watch your intake because it does take a toll on your immune system and your sleep quality (#2).

Now try these 6 Steps to help Strengthen Your Immunity and Counter some of the above Holiday Pitfalls.

1. Acupuncture.  Not technically a supplement, but it helps supplement immunity and combat stress.  Schedule at least once a month.  If you are feeling run down or feel like you might be catching something, schedule an appointment right away.  Remember when you think you don’t have time is usually when you need it the most.

2. Probiotics.  They keep your GI Tract healthy and this is where most of your immune system comes from…the gut. Take them right before bed.

3. Vitamin D3.  I recommend taking 5,000IU’s per day.  I have seen many studies come across my desk that show it is as effective as the flu shot to prevent the flu.  It also helps with cardiovascular health and brain health among other things.  The one that I have is 5,000IU’s in a tiny softgel, so it couldn’t be easier.

4. Adaptogens.  These type of herbs are herbs that help the body better deal with stress.  Like I said above, stress goes up this time of year and high stress drags your immunity down. I have two options for you, a Chinese formula, Xiao Yao San, or a Western formula, Adrenal Balance.  Both help your body’s response to stress.

5. Magnesium.  We all tend to be deficient these days.  Partly, it’s lacking in food, partly we don’t eat enough of the right foods, partly because we eat too much sugar. For every molecule of sugar you consume it takes fifty four molecules of magnesium for your body to process it. You know how much sugar is around this time of year!  I prefer a topical magnesium spray as taking it through the GI Tract can cause loose stools. I finally have a topical Magnesium Spray here in the clinic for you.

6. A Greens Supplement.  You don’t need to blend in a greens powder into your smoothie if you don’t want to, the mixes come in capsules or tablets as well. I usually like these better than a MultiVitamin, especially if it’s a commercial vitamin. Greens supplements are rich in vitamins & minerals in a whole food form (the best kind of form!).  I have Chlorella and a Mixed Greens supplement here at the clinic.

Bonus:  A Bonus Supplement that I like is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.  A Tablespoon once or twice a day keeps the doctor away!  You can put it in a little water with honey or a small amount of juice.

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to a Healthy Holiday Season!

I love your questions or comments, so feel free to share!

 

 

This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday November 05 2013at 02:11 pm , filed under Acupuncture, Health News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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