While the Center for Disease Control insists that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated, there are studies suggesting this may not be the safest route.With this information, we must safeguard our children and ourselves, at all costs. That being said, here are 3 great tips for combating the flu – without getting a flu shot.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
You have all the power to fight off infection within your own body, sometimes it just needs a boost. Vitamin C is what we are told we need the most of, however when combating the flu, Vitamin D is what is needed.
According to Dr. Mercola, “Vitamin D is an important player in overall healthy immune function, but it’s also an effective antimicrobial agent in its own right, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.” He goes on to suggest keeping Vitamin D levels at 50-70 ng/ml year-round.
You can take supplements, but all vitamins are absorbed much more efficiently when ingested naturally. Portobello mushrooms, for example, are very high in vitamin D, and of course there is always spending some time basking in the sunlight (lathered in sunscreen) to boost your vitamin D levels.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
When you eat well, you feel well. Objects in motion stay in motion. We all know these cliche lines, so hopefully we also realize the truth behind it. What you put into your body is what it is going to give back.
If you are avoiding the flu shot for the obvious reasons, then it is obvious that you understand that in order to be healthy, one must live healthy. When you pump your body full of sugary foods, you are only promoting the growth of bad bacteria, rather than probiotics, which are a large factor in immunity health.
Eating a diet that consists of yogurt, seaweed, pickles, sauerkraut, and even dark chocolate will increase your probiotics naturally. However, keep in mind when purchasing yogurt to steer clear of the sugary name brands; they are full of refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup.
STRESS LEVELS AND SLEEP
How often are you getting a full night’s rest? When you deprived the body of sleep, you take away its ability to reset. The human body works much like an organic computer, and must be reset to maintain homeostasis. Also, a good night’s sleep can aid in combating stress levels which are attributed to draining the immune system.
Large levels of stress cause the brain to release high doses of cortisol which wears away at the body’s natural defenses over time. In fact, large doses of cortisol cause demyelination, or wearing away of the myelin sheath that insulates neurons.
Your physical health depends heavily on your mental health, so when you are of sound mind, your body follows suit.