As the most recent flu sweeps the nation, I have to seriously change things up in order to stay healthy. Nobody wants to get sick, but it’s so important to stay ahead of it all and use common sense. Trust me, my entire office is sick and I’m doing everything short of spraying them with Lysol and working in a plastic bubble.
According to the CDC, the 3 actions to prevent the flu are
- Flu shot
- Don’t spread germs
- Take the prescription your doctor gives you
It sounds like they are giving some no brainers as words of comfort to people. If you are old enough to read their measures, you’re old enough to know that dodging the flu will take more then what they’re calling for. My problem with their suggestions are…
- I’m not big on injecting a virus in my body when I already have an autoimmune condition, Celiac.
- I don’t sneeze on people and during this time of year I don’t touch my mouth unless my hands have just been washed.
- I don’t want to go to the doctors, but if I do, taking my medicine is a NO DUH.
Don’t get me wrong, I do get a few hours of misery annually, but by taking the steps below I haven’t had to miss work due to a lengthy flu. These are the steps I’ve been taking for years and have been rather fortunate not to be part of the annual epidemic.
- Eat Clean – The digestive tract is an important part of your bodys immune system. The intestine is made of several types of tissue that store immune cells. I’ve listed some of my supplements and healing foods below. NO refined sugar, processed and fast foods when you think you’re sick…actually…EVER! I especially stay away from fast food during flu season, I don’t want sick people handling my food…think about it.
- Keep it Clean – Wash my hands with good old soap and water after touching things other people came into contact with. Good old soap in a nice fluffy lather and warm water have worked wonders for me. The anti-bacterial gel…not so much. Also, I wipe down my entire desk area at work daily, if not twice daily.
- Crowd Control – If there’s an EPIDEMIC, then I stay away from malls, theaters and amusement parks.
- R&R – I listen to my body. If it feels like it’s stressed or slightly sluggish, I get to bed earlier, decline dinner invites, meditate, take a hot bath, whatever I need to do in order to be kind to my body.
BELOW I’VE LISTED THE ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS I TAKE WHEN I FEEL THE SNIFFLES COMING ON AS WELL AS WHICH FOODS ARE RICH IN THOSE VITAMINS. THE SUPPLEMENTS BELOW ARE FOR MY NEEDS AND I’VE CONSULTED A PHYSICIAN TO DETERMINE MY SPECIFIC DOSAGE. REMEMBER YOU CAN EAT YOURSELF HEALTHY AS WELL AS SUPPLEMENT.
MULTI-VITAMIN (at least 30 minutes after my morning coffee)
B-COMPLEX 100 mg (lunch)
Why? Protects immune system and skin
Food Sources: butternut squash, carrots, collar greens
VITAMIN A 2500 IU (In the afternoon with my Vitamin D)
Why? Protects immune system and skin. Helps support vision.
Food Sources: cod liver oil, raw whole milk, egg yolks, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, collard greens
VITAMIN D 2000 IU (In the afternoon with my Vitamin A)
Why? Promotes bone mineralization and assists in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from food in the intestines. In addition it assists in reducing inflammation.
Food Sources: cod liver oil, fatty fish (catfish, herring, salmon, mackerel, sardines & tuna), egg yolk, beef liver
VITAMIN C 400mg x3 ( 1 at least 30 minutes after morning coffee, 1 at lunch and 1 at bedtime)
Food Sources: raw red & green sweet pepper, brussel sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, oranges, papaya, pineapple, mango
IRON 18 mg (at bedtime)
Why? Makes the proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin, which help carry and store oxygen in the body.
Food Sources: oysters, blackstrap molasses, dark chicken meat, red meat
L-GLUTAMINE 4g (2 g powder form in 32oz of water 2x a day)
Why? It is the most abundant, naturally-occurring, free amino acid found within skeletal muscle and blood. Strenuous exercise is associated with a drop in plasma glutamine levels and impaired immune function. Consuming L-glutamine can help boost your immune system.
Why? Rich in magnesium which boosts the immune system
Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. I do not have any type of medical training. Anything found on this blog is documentation of my journey and experiences only.