Fall is here and the flu season and flu shot marketing is upon us! You can head on over to your local grocery store and they will offer you a free flu shot. The flu shot comes with a bit of pain though and I’m all about avoiding pain. In the past, they have selected the wrong flu strain and some people who got the flu shot still ended up getting the flu. This makes me question the necessity of the flu shot and look further into alternatives to preventing the flu that you can easily implement into your life to avoid the flu naturally this season.
During the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss. In seniors, aged 65 and over, the US flu vaccines were only nine percent effective. With such a low success rate, it is advisable to start taking your health into your own hands and adopting some great prevention measures into your lifestyle.
Supplements to Boost Your Immune System
To ensure that your body fights off any flu virus that it comes across, you want to [easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”110″ identifier=”B00BW4TG44″ locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51vG9Hpn7rL._SL110_.jpg” tag=”mcurle08-20″ width=”101″]ensure that your immune system is functioning in tip-top shape. For starters, you’ll want to ensure that you are giving your body enough antioxidants. They are very important for immune function.
- Glutathione is the primary antioxidant in your body. It is responsible for enhancing the immune system and helping with detoxification. Curcurmin is an excellent antioxidant. It is the orange pigment that is present in turmeric.
- Curcurmin improves joint health and cardiovascular function.
- Vitamin C provides strong antioxidant protection and supports optimal immune function.
- Zinc is another great antioxidant that plays a crucial role in immune health. Within the immune system, zinc is essential for gene regulation and the functioning of neutrophils, natural killer cells, and lymphocytes, which are all types of white blood cells.[easyazon_image align=”right” height=”155″ identifier=”B01DBTFO98″ locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Ttdf-SwbL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”mcurle08-20″ width=”160″]
The health benefits of exercise are numerous. Exercise should not be overlooked when it comes to preventing illness and staying in shape. Exercise provides the immune system with the ability to rid the body of toxins through perspiration, the simulation of the lymphatic system and oxygenation. It will also boost the immune system by increasing the circulation throughout your body. Increased circulation enables antibodies to travel through your bloodstream faster, making it easier for your immune system to fight off illnesses.
Reducing your stress through exercise can boost your immune system. It allows the release of stress hormones in the body. Stress is known to suppress our immune systems and therefore make us more vulnerable to colds and viruses. Consider meditation, yoga, or acupuncture.
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Regular exercise decreases your likelihood of acquiring a cold or other viral illness. Studies have shown this. In one study, staying active cut the risk of acquiring a cold by fifty percent, and reduced the severity of the cold symptoms by thirty on percent among those individuals who did catch a cold. Researchers pointed out that each round of exercise leads to a boost in circulating the immune system cells that ward off viruses.
Exercise improves the circulation of the blood, but also the circulation of the immune cells. The job of these cells is to neutralize pathogens throughout your body. The more efficiently these cells circulate, the more effective your immune system becomes at locating and defending against pathogens and viruses that may otherwise wreak havoc in your body.
Because exercise plays such a crucial role in stimulating the lymphatic system and circulating the immune cells, it is vital to treat exercise like a medicine. It must be done daily to enjoy the most benefits.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your body is made up of 70% water. When you become even slightly dehydrated, your body has to ration the water to the most essential tasks. This can compromise your body’s ability to eliminate wastes and fight infections. Having a good supply of water ensures that your body has the essential elements to flush toxins and viruses out of your system.
Check Your Diet
Sugars will suppress the immune system, but often during the holidays, we reduce our activity levels and increase our sugar consumption. We need to start doing the opposite! Reducing your consumption of sugars and increasing your exercise regimen will be far more effective in preventing the flu than any flu shot that you receive.
An excess amount of carbohydrates that come in the form of grains and sugars is very disruptive to the gut flora. Pathogenic flora, bacteria, yeast and fungi feed off of sugar and can set your immune system up for an easy attack by a respiratory virus, such as the influenza. Eight percent of your immune system lies in your gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, controlling your sugar intake is imperative for optimizing your immune system.
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Another great idea is to make sure that you are ingesting plenty of beneficial bacteria in the foods that you eat. Fermented foods provide the gut lining with a diversity of bacteria that will help you digest your foods.
It’s worth noting that each mouthful of fermented food can provide trillions of beneficial bacteria—far more than you can get from a probiotics supplement, which will typically provide you with colony-forming units in the billions. I thought this would be a good analysis, so I tested fermented vegetables produced with our probiotic starter culture to determine their probiotic potency and was astounded to discover they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! Fermented foods also give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, so all in all, it’s a more cost effective alternative. Fermenting your own foods can provide even greater savings, and is actually easier than you might think.
You can avoid the flu this season with natural prevention strategies. I have successfully prevented the flu for the last four decades of my life without ever getting a flu shot. (Shh…don’t tell my doctor!) Your body has an amazing ability to fight off colds and even the flu if you make sure that your are in good shape and eating healthy foods.
25 thoughts on “How to Avoid the Flu Naturally This Season”
Great article for natural remedies for flu. I myself is using turmeric but I used it raw ( the root) with my green smoothie. It is a lot of hassle though but worth it. The supplements make it a lot more convenient. Thanks for the information about fermentation.
Good advice! Turmeric has many beneficial qualities.
Melinda, a great article! Thank you for sharing.
I do follow what you are recommending and I am happy to say I have NEVER had a flu shot.
In addition to what you are recommending I would add that having a positive mindset also helps and prevents many illnesses.
I have bookmarked your site and will definitely be visiting again… keep up the good work.
Thanks so much! You are right a positive mindset helps incredibly! Best wishes!
You have a great post here, great tips and advice on a healthier living and avoiding flu season. Great work!
Thanks for your comment, Kyra.
Thanks for these tips Melinda. I sometimes get a cold if I let myself get too run down so these will keep me a bit healthier I hope. I also really believe that the natural remedies are the best so great work in hunting these out.
Thanks! I’m not a fan of the flu shot. Your body has an innate ability to heal itself.
Flu prevention is stressed upon any one over the age of 65 here in the UK where they can get an annual flu jab for free every winter. Other preventive measures like keeping warm and eating the right foods can help a lo, just as you’ve mentioned in your post . Every one has to take precautions not just the elderly and keep some medicines just in case.
Great article and it comes and the perfect time. I have a low immune system due to a vitamin D deficiency from epilepsy. My levels were really low and since then I have been catching the flu and colds very easy so I have to make sure I take supplements like Vitamin D and C. I wasn’t sure about Zinc so I will look into that. I don’t like having to take meds on top of the ones I already must take for my epilepsy so I love these natural tips. Thanks!
I hear you! I took medication for epilepsy for years. The side effects of combining drugs can really be awful! Thanks for your comment!
Great niche and content. Your content has lots of good tips and information on avoiding the flu. Great job with the visuals and organization of your site. I generally don’t get the flu but when I do it starts with my allergies. So I keep my allergies in check. I have been pretty successful for the last 3 years in avoiding the flu by monitoring and keeping my allergies in check. Thanks for the information you provide. I’m sure it will come in handy some day. Great job!
Thanks for your comment. I hadn’t thought there was a connection to allergies, but there may be!
I love Turmeric! I use it all the time in my cookings’. It decreases inflammation especially when mixed with black pepper. I agree with you about everything here. If you keep yourself healthy by eating the right foods, taking the right supplements, exercising and drinking lots of water, there would be no need to inject a dead virus into yourself, because your body has the power to ward of the flu on it’s own. =)
Thanks! We are just guessing and hoping that the vaccine theory works. If we keep ourselves healthy our immune system protects us.
Great engaging content. So important to stay healthy; thanks for the good tips!!
Thank you for the great article. I hear you. You go to grocery store; they are pushing flu shot. I read an article that talks about flu shot only protects 5% of the population. Flu vaccine in my opinion is merely a guessing game, there is no way that they can know for sure which virus will be circulating in the air. They have always gotten the virus wrong. Flu shot has been marketed as safe and effective, which is not true at all. The ingredients in the shot are questionable. I learned that flu shot does not give people flu, in fact it is the ingredients in the flu shoot that suppresses one’s immune system and therefore makes one more susceptible to sickness. I like the fact that you listed many natural things you can do to protect yourself from catching the flu. Mother Nature has everything we need to stay healthy and strong. Thank you for sharing.
There are so many things floating around that are contagious that we aren’t vaccinating for that most people will never get too!
Hi Melinda a very informative post thanks for the tips you cannot beat the natural approach to healthcare. I will recommend some of these tips to my clients.
Thank you! I appreciate it!
I am one those who always like to skip flu shot as you mentioned in your article , I find myself getting sick the next day. I really like the supplement, turmeric curcumin and I have heard about it before as well. I naturally consume enough turmeric through my diet. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.
Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m sure it will help other people decide whether they should skip the flu shot or get it! Best wishes to you!
Hello Melinda, thanks for the vital information. I was never interested in getting the flu shot, due to all of the negative complaints I received from people I know about it. I don’t really remember the last time I came in contact with the flu. I exercise everyday, drink more water than I have to everyday, and is very cautious about what food I ingest. The only thing I need to do now is start taking Vitamin C pills again like I used to. I’m trying my best to avoid getting sick this winter, and by following these simple steps, it will be a piece of cake. Thanks again, and I wish you of the success in the world!!!
Great article, this very informative – I could not agree more!
I think the elements you have listed below have been very crucial for me in order to stay healthy and avoid getting the flu during colder seasons. I think it is questionable that the flu shots seem to get stronger and stronger every year, which is why I hope that people can start to keep healthy in a more natural way.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your comment. Best wishes on you journey to better health!