Flu season is hitting hard this year. With the early arrival of more aggressive strains and higher levels of activity, the influenza outbreak has reached epidemic proportions. The city of Boston has declared a public health emergency, and drug manufacturers are reporting outages of flu medication along with this year’s vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn the outbreak may be the worst in a decade. Furthermore, this year’s vaccine is only estimated to be 62% effective in those who do get vaccinated. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk.
The good news is that no one is helpless in the face of the flu. There are a number of ways to prime your immune system and sail through cold and flu season unharmed. These tips can help you avoid getting sick, and facilitate faster recovery if you do fall ill.*
Of all the factors that influence health, diet may be the most important. One of the keys to immune power is to avoid refined sugar and processed trans fats – these health-robbing substances can directly suppress immunity by increasing inflammation and fueling infection. Instead, opt for healthy, unprocessed foods with an emphasis on items that can help boost immunity. For inspiration, check out this beautiful printable chart, Top Ten Immune Boosting Foods.
Hydration is also critical. With good hydration, immune cells communicate efficiently and detoxification systems flush germs more easily. Drink at least eight, eight ounce glasses of filtered water a day. During times of illness or exposure, try drinking hot water with a slice of lemon throughout the day.
Relaxation and Sleep
Chronic stress and lack of sleep have similar effects – they dramatically increase the wear and tear on our bodies, hinder repair processes and suppress immunity. To reduce stress, help relax and get deep, restorative sleep, there are a number of natural solutions. In particular, mind-body relaxation methods such as meditation and deep breathing are well-researched stress relievers that promote restful sleep.
Targeted Immune Supplements
At EcoNugenics, we believe in whole-health approaches to immunity. Our doctor-designed immune supplements work from different angles to boost the immune system and promote overall vitality.* These targeted nutraceuticals incorporate beneficial mushrooms, herbal extracts and natural preparations that are shown to offer powerful yet gentle support for long term health. *
MycoPhyto Complex® – A blend of six potent mushrooms grown organically on a mix of immune-promoting herbs, for extra support.* MycoPhyto Complex is an excellent choice to actively support immunity during exposure to the flu.* These mushrooms have long been revered around the world for their powerful immune and health promoting properties.
Ten Mushroom Formula® – An organic blend of ten mushrooms that work together synergistically to promote overall health while also supporting the immune system.* Ten Mushrooms is an excellent daily formula for long-term vitality.*
PectaSol-C® Modified Citrus Pectin – The only clinically proven Modified Citrus Pectin, PectaSol-C offers powerful support for cellular, immune, cardiovascular health and more.* Science continues to spotlight Modified Citrus Pectin as an important daily supplement for protecting and promoting long-term wellness.*
Padma Basic® – An ancient Tibetan formula, Padma Basic is a unique blend of 21 botanicals and natural ingredients for immune and cardiovascular health.* With over 35 years of clinical and laboratory research, Padma Basic is a well-respected formula for both acute and long-term health support. *
This year, the flu may be a bad one. But by taking the right steps to protect immunity and support overall health, you’re already one step ahead. Keep up your healthy momentum with these dynamic immune boosters and you’ll be rewarded with greater energy, vitality and well being, though flu season and beyond.*