BEAT THE ODDS
OF GETTING A COLD OR FLU
STRENGTHEN YOUR NATURAL DEFENSES
have gotten the flu early this season report that it hits them
harder and it takes longer to get rid of debilitating symptoms. If
you prepare yourself and strengthen your natural defenses, however,
you can beat the odds of getting the flu this season. Here’s how to
the winter months, get regular acupuncture treatment to
ensure your energy is balanced and you are as strong as you can be.
This will go a long way in helping you maintain your resistance
against the cold and flu.
herbs or supplements preventatively
to boost the
immune system and support the respiratory track. An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In China, it
is common for the family cook to put herbs in their soups to ensure
family members stay healthy. Astragalus is one that is frequently
used in the late fall/early winter because it supports the Wei Qi
(Chi), or the energetic "shield" which serves as a primary defense
mechanism against pernicious threats to the system. Astragalus has
antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and
stimulates the immune system. You can buy astragalus in a tincture
at most any health food store and take some a couple of times per
week for the next few weeks.
Take a vitamin D3 supplement every day and spend as much time as you
can in the sun. Even getting sunlight just on your face helps
produce more vitamin D in your body.
addition to boosting the immune system, Vit D3 helps the body absorb
calcium. To prevent to prevent Vit D3 from pulling calcium from
the bones and depositing it in the arteries or kidneys for example,
where you don’t want it you must take Vit. K2 in tandem with Vit D3
to direct the calcium to the skeleton where it can best help you.
successful functioning of the immune system depends on a healthy
gastro-intestinal tract full of friendly bacteria. These guys need
to be replenished with supplements as the average diet does not
include enough cultured foods to replenish them. I recommend
Jarrow-Dophilus EPS by Jarrow Formulas which is full of friendly
bacteria and the capsules are entric coated so the stomach acid does
not kill the friendly guys before they get to the large intestine.
You can buy this product at most any health food store.
MycoPhyto Complex®- This
unique mushroom formula contains a potent blend of six beneficial
mushrooms species, specially cultivated on a bed of
immune-supporting herbs and organic brown rice. Additional beta-glucans
give this formula an extra boost to support optimal immune function
all year round.
your respiratory tract, take elderberry tincture periodically during
the late fall/early winter. You can buy elderberry tincture at most
any health food store.
trace minerals intake, especially zinc and selenium . Both these
trace minerals are critical for optimal immune function. Get theses
trace minerals from natural sea salt or a high-mineral salt. You
can buy natural sea salts from the bulk section at Whole Foods or
the supplements section of Whole Foods.
you medicine chest with an emergency supply of these remedies to
put your immune system in overdrive at the onset of the slightest
hint of a flu or cold. If taken at the VERY, VERY FIRST HINT of
cold or flu symptoms, these remedies will kick-start your immune
system in such a way that you or your family members can be spared a
cold or flu this season.
Nucleo Immune by Premier Research
Nucleotides are tiny building blocks of
cellular RNA and DNA. Infection of any kind rapidly depletes the
body’s store. Like minerals, nucleotides must be supplied from
outside the body and are first available to us through breast milk.
According to PRL, “the genetic code of a
cold virus enters the body as a strand of RNA that contains about
7,000 nucleotides coiled inside a viral shell. This code acts to
trigger the body's cellular machinery to start duplicating the viral
code and spreading the infection to new cells in a downward
infection cycle. If an extra source of nucleotides is available,
billions of these sturdy, fresh nucleotides can be absorbed by the
cell to help fight back and put an end to the infection cycle.”
I find I can ward off a cold by taking
4-5 nucleotide capsules every hour until the HINT of a cold or flu
Oscillococcinum by Boiron
This product, affectionately referred to
as Oscillo is a homeopathic remedy and can be used easily by small
children to nip cold and flu like symptoms in the bud. They can
suck on these very small tasteless pellets so it is a very easy
sell. Oscillo works for adults too.
Oscillo has been around for many years
and has even worked its way onto the shelf of mainstream retailers
like CVS, Gaint Food and the like.
Here is an
online source too,
more frequently during winter as that are known to boost the immune
These seeds contain approximately 10 mg of zinc per 100 grams of
seeds. Zinc is a trace mineral that provides critical support to
Approximately ½ cup of sweet potatoes can provide up to 40% of the
RDA for vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene. Vitamin A is an
important immune supporting nutrient, and helps protect mucus
membranes and maintain immune response in these sensitive tissues.
mushrooms, including Shiitake, Maitake and Reishi:
Beneficial mushrooms are high in beta glucans, vitamin D and other
health-promoting compounds to help support immune cells, promote
healthy digestion and support numerous other areas of health.
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and
Brussels sprouts, are potent sources of powerful immune supporting
compounds such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, the trace minerals, zinc
and selenium, and others to bolster immunity and support overall
ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate) and L-Theanine are two powerful
compounds found in green tea that support immunity and protect long
term health. L-Theanine in particular supports the immune system’s
fight against foreign invaders, while ECGC protect cells against
damage and offers numerous additional health benefits.
These tiny seeds are nutritional powerhouses, high in antioxidants,
nutrients and protein. They also contain a healthy balance of Omega
3s and Omega 6s, and support healthy glucose metabolism. They offer
a significant boost to vital energy, and because of their extremely
high nutritional content, they support numerous aspects of immunity
and overall health.
Eat meals that are rich in pungent spices like curry, turmeric,
ginger, garlic, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, cloves and
nutmeg. These spices boost immune function and taste great, too!
Studies show that chicken soup, even store-bought, can reduce
symptoms of cold and flu and support the function of immune cells.
This hearty root is high in a compound called inulin which helps to
promote strong immunity, balance blood sugar and support organs and
Avoid these foods
as they make your immune system inefficient.
eating cheese and drinking milk, especially during the
winter season. All dairy products tend to produce mucus and cause
sinus stuffiness. This can make you more susceptible to physically
catching and harboring a virus floating around.
these things on a daily basis
to strengthen your natural defenses.
regular exercise to boost your circulation and immune strength.
This exercise should be frequent and moderate. Do not over-stress
yourself at the gym, or your immune system will be temporarily
your lymph (body waste) out!
Rebounders (mini trampolines) are great for this purpose. Jumping
rope also works, as does just hopping in place for a few minutes
each day. You can also do arm rotations and other simple movements
to keep your lymph circulating. Lymph movement is crucial for
plenty of sleep.
A lack of sleep compromises the immune system. So, in the winter,
early to bed and up with the sun.
Reduce chronic stress
so as not to compromise your immune system.
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh!
Watch some comedy movies, or spend some fun time with family and
friends. Laughter boosts immune function at many levels. It's good
for your body and your mental health, too.
frequently. Many of the infections we receive during the flu season
come from us touching contaminated surfaces and then touching our
eyes, nose or mouth. The simple act of washing your hands can
dramatically cut down on viral infections.
What to do if you
do get a cold or flu.
Today people are reporting that they
feel sicker and it takes longer to get rid of the “common cold.”
Below are natural remedies which will whip out the cold and flu
critters while leaving the immune function in your gut in tack.
Assuming that you have
taken Nucleo Immune by Premier Research Labs (PRL) or
Oscillococcinum by Boiron at the very first sign of a cold
or flu and you still feel fluish, you should then take
1000-2000 mg of Vit. C several times during the day.
It is not necessary to take all of the
remedies below when you get a cold or flu, but you should have them
all on hand because, today, some flu’s will respond better to one
remedy than another. If one doesn’t work, you can try another.
grade Oregano Oil – Very powerful antimicrobial, anti-viral.
Very powerful against cold and flu virus.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – a very powerful antimicrobial
Leaf Extract ---strong antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
Lauricidin is the medicinal essence of coconut oil which is an
anti-bacteria, anti-viral, anti-fungal.
So, I invite
you to increase the frequency of your acupuncture treatments this
winter, stock your medicine chest with the above suggestions and eat
a non-mucus producing diet so as to beat the odds of getting a cold
or flu this winter.
strengthening your natural defenses, NATURALLY you increase your
chances of succeeding.
Feel free to
pass this information on to your family and friends.