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Stop the Flu Dead In Its Tracks

Posted by Robert Johnson on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The flu season is upon us. flu_woman.jpg

To guard you and your family it is important to understand the dynamics behind the flu virus and ultimately, catching the flu.

Most important to understand is that the medical industry wants everyone to get the flu vaccine which guards against last year's flu. But flu season is unpredictable, and not only are flu vaccines formulated using last year's virus but all the added products (adjuvants) make viruses in general an immune system challenge. A positive from getting the flu shot is a placebo effect by feeling you are more protected.

Why the Flu Flourishes in Winter

What actually is the reason why influenza outbreaks occur this time of the year?   First, it is important to know that viruses spread more in the warmer months than during the colder seasons so viral outbreaks (flu season) are caused by other reasons than these viruses becoming more virulent.

There are 4 huge reasons why the flu virus flourishes in people during the winter and early spring months and why so many contract influenza.

1. With low light, less exposure to sunshine, and shorter days our vitamin D levels are extremely low.   As such, the immune system stimulation by vitamin D and thus our resistance to viral infections is chronically low and makes us highly susceptible to flu infections.

2. The holiday season is one characterized by massive sugar consumption.   Every bit of sugar lowers your virus fighting immune system. Sugar compromises your virus fighting “troops” which are attempting to resist infections.

3. The holidays and post holiday months are higher stress months.   Stress also compromises your immune system to lower its ability to resist the flu virus.

4. Finally, the cold of the winter months generally lowers our water consumption and for some, raises the consumption of dehydrating alcohol as opposed to the summer months. Dehydrated respiratory passages (from nose to lungs) are breeding grounds for the flu virus.

Combining a fertile environment for viral growth with an compromised immune system is a flu infection waiting to explode.

Steps to Avoid the Flu

If you want to minimize your chances of getting the flu you should:

- lower your sugar consumption

- manage your stress levels

- drink significantly more water 

- lower your alcohol intake 

- optimize your Vitamin D level

Have your Vitamin D3 level checked by your practitioner so that you are in a healthy range, and supplement if needed.  Practice good health hygiene by washing your hands and avoiding those who are sick.

 

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