5 Ways To Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
We’re officially in the season of colds and flus. If you’re like me, than you’re going to forgo the flu shot and work on bolstering your natural immunity.
Our immune systems, when fully supported, work incredibly well. We don’t need interventions and there is significant evidence that flu shots are relatively ineffective (last year’s flu vaccine was about 45% effective and the year before, the shot offered zero percent efficacy). That’s disappointing at best. And when we consider the toxic load that comes with the flu shot, we may want to consider other, more grass roots options.
The really good news here is that our immune systems, when supported by a health body and microbiome, will do the job it was meant to do. Here are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that you stay healthy during this chilly season.
Eat a low carb, high fat diet. Keeping your carbohydrates down ensures that our insulin levels stay in the normal range. We know that sugar and high carbohydrate foods are not friends with our immune systems and our gut microbiome. Eating lots of healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, grass fed butter, oily wild caught fish) keeps us full, feeds our brains and keep our guts functioning optimally.
Take Vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin (that is actually a hormone) is absolutely essential for bolstering immunity. I recommend everyone take a minimum of 3000 I.U.’s per day with a healthy fat. It is a fat-soluble vitamin so if you don’t have any fat in your system when you take it, you won’t absorb it.
Sleep. We underestimate the amount of sleep we need in these chilly months. I always feel like hibernating in the fall and winter. And that includes extra sleep. Sleep affects glucose metabolism which means when we sleep well, we stay trim and crave sugar less. When we don’t get enough sleep, we tend to gain weight and crave more sugar. And we already know what sugar does to our immune system, so sleep is really crucial to our overall health.
Take Vitamin C. I love hearing reports that people who take vitamins do nothing more than create expensive urine. This is an absolute fallacy. In fact studies show that men who take 800 mg of Vitamin C per day had less heart disease and lived up to six years longer than those following the current RDA of daily Vitamin C, which is 60 mg. In other studies, high dose intravenous Vitamin C intervention has demonstrated to be selectively toxic to cancer cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and can knock out a cold or a flu when we take around 1000 mg per day. The best form of vitamin C to take is the liposomal form and to combine that with vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes and broccoli.
Be social. An ongoing 80 year study from Harvard University that began tracking the health of 268 Harvard Sophomores during the 1938 Great Depression illuminated the number one thing that creates happiness and longevity. Our relationships. The revelation that came out of this study is that, while taking good care of our bodies is undeniably important, our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships played the biggest role in our health and happiness.
We can move through these chilly months with great health. Our bodies were built for it. When we treat our bodies, our minds and our relationships with care and attention we benefit greatly.
When we don’t succumb to campaigns built on fear (get your flu shot!!!) and trust these intelligent bodies of ours, they work wonders for us.No Comments »