Flu season is here. That means we must all get a flu shot. Right?
Well, actually there’s no such thing as flu “season.” Our bodies are just more likely to catch a common cold or flu around this time. The colder weather (among other things) makes it harder for our immune system to adjust and defend. However, this doesn’t automatically mean getting a flu shot. In fact, we should be proactive and enhance our body's immunity on a daily basis!
4 natural ways to boost your immune system and prevent the flu
Supplement with a probiotic on a regular basis. Eighty percent of our immune system is located in our gut. If we have an overflow of bad bacteria, our body will not be able to modulate and enhance our innate immunity. Find a high quality probiotic for daily use.
- Seasonal whole food nutrition
Have you noticed how certain foods grow during certain times of the year? We may have all types of produce all year around (thanks to commercial farming and global imports) but this doesn’t change how nature is designed. For example: tomatoes, cucumbers, and figs all grow in the warmer months and their temperature is cooling. When we eat them, they tend to cool our body down and help it adjust to the season. This is a very important concept to remember while food shopping. During the winter, try using more root vegetables. They are cooked for a longer period of time. Root vegetables are also full of nutrients that boost our immune system and keep us warm during the colder months.
- Acupuncture treatments
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are best used preventatively. When these approaches were developed thousands of years ago, the goal was to keep people from getting sick or aging too quickly. Research shows that Acupuncture assists the body by stimulating the immune system. It increases white blood cells, which help fight bacteria, infections, viruses, and germs. Getting Acupuncture treatments on a regular basis can bring many benefits to one’s health. Remember: Prevention is the CURE!
- The “sweating” method
When our diet isn’t on point or our stress levels rise, it brings our guard down. You might feel the first hints of a cold or the flu:
• body aches, especially in the nape of the neck and upper back
• chills and/or fever
Your body is talking to you. Something is up and you need to take action. If not, you’ll being calling in sick and laid up, feeling miserable for a week. Before this happens, try the sweating method to nip it in the bud:
• Take a LONG and very hot shower right before bed
• When you get out of the shower, dress in sweat pants, socks, T-shirt, and a sweater
• Hit the sack
Your body temperature will increase. The defensive energy will rise to the surface of your skin and push the pathogens out through the open pores. You will most likely sweat a lot so make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If necessary, change that sweaty T-shirt throughout the night. I’ve witnessed incredible results with this myself. In addition, many of our patients at Oak Point Health & Vitality Centre swear by it.
Would you like more information on how to optimize your body’s ability to heal naturally? Whether you want to maintain your health or treat complicated health issues, contact us for a complimentary consultation.
P.S. The next time someone recommends a flu shot, tell ‘em you already know how to “shoot” the flu using the above recommendations!
Written by Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPE, CPT