The fall is upon us and even though the bloodmoon eclipse did not bring the apocolypse as some have predicted it does signal the beginning of cold and flu season. Don't let these nasty bugs turn you into a zombie!
Tip #1 - Don't catch it in the first place!
Hand hygeine is critical this time of the year. Wash your hands before eating, touching your face, or touching others. Wash for a full 20 seconds with warm water and soap. With all that handwashing your skin may become dry and irritated, which can increase your risk of infection, so keep it moisturized with shea butter or coconut oil. Also, wipe down surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, remotes, and food prep areas once daily with a disinfecting wipe.
Tip #2 - Crank up the volume on your immune system with vitamin D.
In the Pacific Northwest we rarely get strong sunlight on our skin so Vitamin D deficiency is epidememic in our region. One Japanese study showed that giving kids 1200 iu of Vit D per day decreased the incidence of influenza in that group by more than 50%! For the PNW, I recommend 2000 iu per day for kids (over 2 years old) and 5000 iu per day for adults during the winter. If you haven't had your vitamin D levels checked you should ask your doctor to do so, you may need more.
Tip #3 - Get enough sleep
This one is simple. Lack of sleep crushes your immune sytem. Get a minimum of 7.5 solid hours per night.
Tip #4 - Eat food, not pumpkin flavored food-like substances
Eating a healthy, whole-foods based, mostly organic diet will help ensure that you have the right vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that you need to fight viruses. It also helps not to have all those preservatives, chemicals, and other junk in your system, getting in the way of all your immune system's hard work.
Tip #5 - Stay home
If you see sick people all around you then you need to bug out to your home base ASAP. No matter how much you wash your hands, take vitamin D, or get your ZZZ's you cannot withstand a full frontal assault from all the flu zombies at your workplace, school, church, or favorite local haunt.
Oh, and if YOU are one of those zombie's that shambles into public places with full on flu symptoms PLEASE STOP! And keep your little zombie kids home when they are sick. They are called sick days for a reason, take one.
What about the flu shot?
The flu shot last year was a total bust. This year promises to be better. However, there are certain risks, toxicities, and unpleasantries associated with the flu shot. I generally recommend them only for high risk groups such as the elderly and the very young who may be compromised in some way (or for doctors that get sneezed on 20 times per day). Talk to your doc about the pros and cons of the flu shot for your specific situation. Avoid docs that make blanket statement like "Everyone should get the flu shot" or "Vaccines cause autism". The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the murky middle and is best found with a guide you know and trust to have your best interest, and not their pre-concieved agenda, at heart.