The Best Way to Prevent the Flu Naturally
Your immune system does a remarkable job in defending the body against and fighting disease-causing microorganisms. Having a strong, healthy immune system is the absolute best way to prevent the flu naturally (and a cold and all other diseases as well). Since your immune system is a system and not a single entity, it requires balance and harmony to operate at its optimum level. The best way to have a strong, healthy immune system is to adopt healthy living strategies. Here’s what we recommend.
Eat only organic foods
Certified organic foods are your assurance that your food is not covered in poison. See, most crops are covered with pesticides. Farmers use these poisons to increase crop yields and lower costs of food production. And even though pesticides have been proven to cause disease and weaken your immune system, the US Government allows their use due to the impacts on the economy. Studies show that just eating organic for one week reduces pesticide exposure by a whopping 90%! Always eat certified organic, grass-fed, free range meat and poultry. Only eat wild seafood.
Eat only Paleo foods
Paleo foods are the foods of our ancestors. They are the foods our bodies were engineered to use for proper fuel, nutrition and great health. Here’s the neat thing about a Paleo diet – you won’t be eating all the crap scientists and doctors have told you for years is bad for your health. No processed foods. No hybrid grains. No GMO foods. No sugars. Very little carbs. You’ll reach and maintain your ideal body weight. People eating Paleo foods are not overweight. They avoid obesity and the negative health issues associated with excess body weight. The Paleo Cardiologist has a lot of good information on this.
Get 8 hours of sleep each day
Lack of sleep is a prime contributor to immune system deficiencies. It’s been proven that lack of sleep leads to disease. While you are sleeping your body refreshes and rejuvenates itself. Most adults need 8 hours of good quality sleep each day.
Your body, like most other things in nature, requires sunlight to live and thrive. Yet most humans spend all day indoors in artificial light. That’s not good for your health. And because some people overdid their time in the sun and burnt their skin, the media and public health officials warned against it. That’s bad advice. It has resulted in nearly every person we see in our practice being deficient in vitamin D. Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential to immune system function. If you don’t get enough sunshine, consider taking a supplement. Feel free to reach out to use for dosage recommendations.
Drink quality water
All your body’s cells, organs and tissues use water to maintain bodily functions. Your body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion. That’s why it’s important to re-hydrate by drinking a proper amount of quality water each day. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. That means a 160-pound person should drink 80 ounces of water.
Remove toxins from personal care and household cleaning products
Toxins are poisons to your body’s immune system, and there are a ton of toxins in food, personal care and household cleaning products. Eliminating as many toxins are possible will boost the health of your immune system. We’ve already eliminated toxins that come from pesticides in food by eating only organic and following the dietary guidelines we covered earlier. Now, we need to get rid of toxins in our everyday lives. That means we use only natural organic personal care and household cleaning products. It’s easy to do, it costs less and it results in products that work better than those you are presently using.
Be active outdoors
Walk, run, bike or hike outside every day for at least 30 minutes. Play sports like tennis or basketball. Grab a mat and practice yoga in your backyard. Medical study after study confirms the immune system benefits and overall health benefits to exercising. Be active outside. Most gyms are filled with toxic chemical cleaners used on the equipment. Those chemicals enter your body though your lungs and skin. Avoid them while enjoying the benefits of being outside. Exercise in moderation. Thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day. Body weight strength exercises three times a week. While you are outside, take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot on the earth. This practice is called “grounding.” It will strengthen your immune system and brings numerous other health benefits as well. One last point about being active. Stress is a leading contributor to a weakened immune system. Physical activities reduce stress.
Get regular chiropractic care
Regular chiropractic adjustments are proven to boost the coordinated responses of the immune system and the nervous system. Both are vital to fighting the flu and being healthy. Get regular adjustments for a healthy immune system.
Take nutritional supplements
Even if we eat organic Paleo foods, it’s nearly impossible to get the right amounts of vitamins and minerals from food alone. With depleted soils and air quality, foods simply don’t contain the nutritional values they should. In addition, environmental pollutants bombard and overload our bodies with toxins. This overload is so severe that most of us simply can’t detoxify the way nature intended. That’s why a regular routine of nutritional supplements is necessary. Also, consider a more comprehensive program if you have not been leading an optimal lifestyle like our Complete Detox and Restore Program.
You don’t need a potentially harmful shot to prevent the flu. Prevent the flu naturally by following these healthy living practices.