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Antibody Building Beats the Flu

October 30, 2015

Whether we have chosen to have a Flu Shot or not, it’s time to fortify our immune systems for whatever comes down the pike. If you have already had a flu shot, know that it takes a couple of weeks to build the antibodies needed for the three strains included in your flu shot. If strain number 4 hits, your body may be too busy to build the antibodies needed against strain 4. Here are some general precautions we all can take to develop needed immune support for whatever comes down the pike.

Drink plenty of tap water.

Eat bright fruits and vegetables, powerful antibody builders: fresh oranges, kiwi, frozen berries, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peppers, and the whole rainbow out there. Probiotic food builds friendly bacteria in our digestive tracts: plain yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, pickles. Whatever your cultural background, there’s a probiotic you have probably enjoyed on special occasions.

Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Turkey, crab, mushrooms and legumes are all high in zinc. Plenty of garlic helps white blood cells to reproduce and strengthens antibodies. Wild Salmon and flax seed oil are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. They bump up antibody protection by multiplying phagocytes and white blood cells, our body’s main line of protection that engulfs unwelcome invaders.

Beware the routes Flu Viruses use to enter our bodies. Watch the number of times you touch your hands to your face each minute, maybe 20+; check it out. Combine that observation with a card game in which cards are shuffled and dealt for a few hours, or a soccer ball, basket ball, or tennis ball, handled and passed through many hands, or a handshake. Suddenly, regular handwashing makes sense.

Choose some form of exercise: walking, stairs, morning bicycle pumps in bed, swimming, birdwalks, anything you can dream up that stimulates your heart to pump those antibodies freely throughout your body. Get out in the sun as often as possible and soak up free Vitamin D. Socialize, keep engaging the people you meet or work with, friends you can laugh or sing with, all essential to building a strong immune system. And get enough sleep to keep antibodies strong and prolific.

This is kitchen table talk, time to figure out what combinations work best for you, time to enjoy the magical coming winter snow season, the spellbinding mornings, and, as we move full circle, time to claim another year in robust health.

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Flu Vaccine is Not the #1 Prevention

January 10, 2013

Flu vaccine is not the #1 prevention, despite media claims. Flu doesn’t mess around. Flu virus has a strong addiction to sugar. It absolutely thrives on ice cream, sodas, sweetened juices, candy, fries, and processed foods.

 Flu virus just can’t survive when people drink plenty of tap water or lemon water, and eat plenty of whole foods, intact as nature made them, from scratch. This routine is the #1 prevention.

 It’s that simple. We do not have to have a nasty bout with the flu. It’s up to us.

 Flu vaccine may be 60 percent effective. Flu vaccine may tend to make people feel protected and therefore impervious to the three strains of flu included in the vaccine. People may ignore early signals of sore throat and the general feeling of “I’m coming down with something.”

 Each of us must take responsibility not to pass the flu around. The reason flu gets a stronghold is because as a civilization, we have increased our sugar consumption to outrageous amounts in the last 70 years alone. Sugar has gradually, stealthily, been added to just about everything we put in our mouths. Even when there was a sugar bowl on every kitchen table, we did not consume the huge quantity of sugar that has spawned so many conditions, in addition to leaving us in a weakened state to fight flu viruses.

 Pharmacies are becoming the new sub-clinics. As a nation, we seem to be accepting chronic illness as a way of life instead of as a wake up call to shape up and deal with our addiction to sugar. We lead the world with poor health as a result of our addiction. Over 1600 years ago, Hippocrates advised people to “Let your food be your medicine.” Imagine how different our lives could be if we followed that sage advice.

 Massive changes begin with small steps; sugar was added in small steps; pharmacies expanded in small steps. Our bodies do need natural forms of glucose for energy. Small steps toward healthier forms of glucose might begin with including one piece of fresh fruit each day and one fresh vegetable eaten raw or cooked. Habits change by adding something new, not by taking away the old. The new makes change possible, is more inviting. With every small new step, a bit of the old sloughs off and change happens.

 Here’s to shaping up with lots of small steps!