Don’t Get the Flu…or the Flu Shot! 12 Tips for A Healthy Season

By Ekaterina Morrissey



Do’s:



1. Wash your hands with soap, about 6 times a day or as required, and each time you do should be as long as the song “Happy Birthday” during the process or use a instant hand sanitizer.  Supply yourself with small 1oz bottles for your purse/pocket and car.



2. Do not touch your face.  Most viruses are passed by contact with mucus fluids, so it’s important to keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes



3. Invest in a good humidifier.  Scientists have come to the conclusion that humidity might be toxic to flu viruses.  They believe droplets containing the virus shrink quickly in dry air which makes it possible for them to float around longer; while in moist air, the same droplets become heavy and drop to the floor faster.  The ideal humidity for your room is between 45-60 percent.  You can purchase room humidity detectors at Home Depot or Lowe’s for under $10.



4. Take advantage of the longer nights and sleep more.  Sleep deprivation makes you prone to the common cold and flu.



5. Decrease alcohol consumption as it depresses the immune system.  Especially hard-core spirits.



6. Eat your oysters!  Or take quality zinc supplements.  Foods rich in zinc are meat, fish, oysters, cheese and yogurt made from non-pasteurized milk and beans.



7. Eat at least 3oz per week of grass fed beef, lamb liver or foie gras (duck or goose liver).  It is the richest part of the animal in vitamins such as A, D, E, K and B12, folic acid, and important minerals such as copper and iron.  It is a popular misconception that liver stores toxins.  Liver is the gateway of the body and all toxins go through the liver but they don’t stay there.  Toxins are stored in fatty tissues and the brain (which is the fattest organ in our body).



8. Stay hydrated with water and herbal teas.  Teas boosting the immune system are Green tea (gargle it too!), echinacea, “make it yourself” honey, ginger and lemon tea (seep a one inch piece of ginger in hot water, add honey and lemon), elderberry tea (it has antiviral properties and it’s sold in most health food stores in bulk form).



9. Stick to healthy local non-pesticide treated or organic seasonal produce and home cooked meals.  Add more garlic (natural antibiotic), raw or roasted, as well as oregano to your daily diet.  Try olive oil/ balsamic/ oregano with a pinch of Himalayan salt dip.



10. Meditate to reduce stress level by keeping a journal, or adopt a yoga practice or dance routine at your own house.



11.  Include high quality Omega-3 Fats by eating shrimp, organic free range chicken eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, and sardines.



12. Keep exercising.  If you live in a cold winter climate and don’t like the gym, or simply want to avoid it during flu season, adopt another form of exercise which you can do at your house, like floor Pilates or Brazilian butt lifting.



Don’t’s:



1. Avoid the flu shot like the plague.  Unless you are aiming for a high dose of mercury.  The great hoax is out and despite the drug companies still paying beaucoup dollars to maintain control and keep the profits floating, a lot of people know that the flu shot actually weakens the immune system and makes you more vulnerable to the flu.  As a “bonus” you will also get many other side effects (including death), which not only will ruin your season, but yours and your love ones health overall.  Here is a list the other hazardous ingredients, in addition to thimerosal (which is mercury):



1. Aluminum – neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer disease



2. Triton X-10 – a detergent



3. Ethylene glycol – antifreeze



4. Phenol – carbolic acid



5. Octoxynol 9 – vaginal spermicide



6. Betapropiolactone – disinfectant



7. Nonoxynol 9 – used to kill the growth of STD’s



8. Sodium phosphate



…and the actual flu strains which are inactivated with formaldehyde, another well documented cancer-linked agent.



Be your own detective and question what you are told by media with drug company sponsors, government websites, your doctor, and your child’s teacher.  Remember, they make healthy profits from you being sick.



2. Forget about sweets!  Avoid processed, drive through and semi cooked foods, as they all have high volumes of refined sugar or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in them, even though they don’t taste sweet.  Every time you eat refine sugar the immune system gets severely depressed for the next 5 hours, which leaves your body wide open for virus intrusion.  Soda, energy drinks, and Starbucks, unless you are fan of espressos, fall in that category too.  Healthy alternatives to unhealthy sweets include raw honey, preferably local, 100% pure maple syrup (not maple syrup flavor!!), raw coconut nectar, brown rice syrup and barley malt syrup, to name a few.  You can use all but honey for cooking and baking as well.  Although they are healthier alternatives to refine sugar and artificial sweeteners, use them in moderation.



3. Use common sense and simply avoid crowded places like the movie theater, shopping malls, hospitals and airports if you can.  If you have to air travel, wear a facial mask and bring a home-prepared food for the flight.



4. Avoid taking over-the-counter cough syrups and cold medicine as they are not effective.  With or without taking them, the cold will still last 7 days, with the difference of you feeling drugged out and your liver getting a big hit.  There are much more effective ways to cut the cold short naturally.



What if It happens:



It happens.  Healthy people get sick too, but they shake it off much quicker thanks to a strong immune system.  The very first symptoms you have and feel you are getting something, go homeopathic with:



1. Oscillococcinum – homeopathic preparation made in France for 65 years and used in over 50 countries.  Or, Aconitum Napellus 30X which is prepared from the plant with the same name, native to Western and Central Europe.   Find them in the health food store under homeopathic remedies.



2.  Sweat it!   At the very first sign, take a ‘hot as you can handle’ bath.   Add some eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil too.



3. Your grandmother’s broth.  You’ve got it!  Make your own chicken broth from scratch by using organic chicken meat and bones, 10 cups of purified water, a quartered unpeeled onion, 4-6 unpeeled garlic cloves, 1 carrot, 2 celery stalks, 1 tbs whole black pepper and a bouquet garni of fresh parsley and oregano.  Bring to boil, then simmer on low heat for minimum of 4 hours, discard all except the liquid, and season with Celtic or Himalayan salt.  You now have the healthiest base for a home-made soup.



4.  Sore throat or bronchitis?  Mullein leaf tea works wonders for respiratory infections and stubborn coughs (Health food store).  Try also hot water with lemon and honey, particularly buckwheat honey, which is calming for coughs.



Final word:



It all really comes down to how much you listen to your body and pay attention to the signs it constantly gives you.  I am sure most of us have had a traumatic experience or broken heart at some point of life.  Did your heart miss a beat?  Or your lungs stopped contracting?  Our body is highly intelligent.  If you’ve doubted this so far, begin to acknowledge that you can trust your body.  It has instincts which keep us alive and well.  So treat your body as your better half, and take good care of it all the time, so when flu season comes, you will know it won’t let you down.

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