Beat The Flu This Season

With the flu season here, many of us have probably come in contact or will come in contact with the influenza virus.  Below are 5 simple steps you can follow to decrease your chances of contracting the virus and keep your immune system strong.

Step 1 – Avoid Sugar – Did you know that 1 tablespoon of sugar can decrease your immune system function for up to 4 hours.  Stay away from simple, refined sugars and eat more of complex carbohydrates.  Contrary to popular belief, orange juice is NOT good when your are sick.  Orange juice is loaded with sugar and can decrease your immune system.

Step 2 – Get plenty of quality sleep – You should go to bed at the same time every night and wake up generally the same time.  Get your body into a routine.  Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep at night can impair your immune system.  Depending on your age, you should be sleeping between 7-9 hours per night.

Step 3 – Oil of Oregano – This is a wonderful supplement to have in the house.  It is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic.  Take a few drops under the tounge or in water.  Just remember, dont overdue it, as the oil can kill your good bacteria.

Step 4 – Load up on your veggies – Pick a variety of vegetables, ranging in all the different colours.  These are packed with vital vitamins and minerals to help you fight the virus off.

Step 5 – Eat garlic – Have half a clove of garlic, once a day.  Take the peel off the garlic and leave it on the counter for one minute.  This will allow the oxygen in the room to activate the allicin in the garlic and make it more effective.  Rememebr not to chew it, but swallow it whole.

If you do have the flu, try taking 500 mg of Vitamin C every hour.  Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells, which are needed to help fight off infection.  If you get diarrhea, then stop the dosage for the day.  Vitamin C is water soluble so you cant overdose on it.

Try following these 5 simple steps.  You will arm yourself with the best protection this flu season.

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