Don't fear the flu, prepare for it!
Don't fear the flu, prepare for it!
For almost 20 years now I have watched the various Flu warnings come through the media, with scare tactics, warnings of global pandemics and always a push to get the vaccine that is often just behind the latest pandemic.
The focus is always on the virus and what it can do to us and how under threat we are. The retoric never focuses on what we can really do to support ourselves and become more resitant to these invasive organisms. So that is what this article is going to focus on for the most part.
One of the m,ost obvious indicators that no one size fits all is that in the school room or office, not everyone gets the winter colds and flus, but why is that?
One of my all time favourite quotes is from Louis Pasteur:
On his deathbed, he is reported to have said "Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything."
The big key given in this is "the terrain is everything"
If we translate that to you, for a virus to be effective in colonising in your body (your terrain), it has to be a suitable location for that to work.
Strangely farmers have know this for ever! Certain soils will be great for certain crops while killing others.
So is your body a good environment for viruses to breed or a hostile one? I know what I'm creating.
What can you do to be hostile to viruses?
The best things you can do are
Eat a healthy diet with lots of natural fruit and veg and an absolute minimum of sugar and processed foods. The more natural comopunds you have in your body that support your immune system, the easier it is for thst system to function and do it's job well. Lack of good resources or "fuel" for the body's immune system will evidently result in a lack of go!
Buy organic and dirty (unwashed) veg. Scrub it at home but don't peel it. Your body will use the microbes in the small amounts of soil to help reinforce it's own gut and act as a good stimulant for the immune system. The chlorine bleach they use to wash fruit and veg is not only cancer causing, but can also sterilise your natural guy biome, reducing your own immunity.
Manage your stress levels. While a stressful life might be hard to escape and many people are pushing themselves to their edges, we only have to look at the amount of teachers for example that get ill every holiday. This is because they have pushed and worked themselves to the end of term and then taken a rest. Their glucocoroticiods, their stress hormones, that have been keeping them going, are given a break and so they are now recoiling from all the backlog of their lack of health management. We are not designed to be under stress for long periods of time, we enter into an adaptogenic state and our immune system will becine weaker and weaker.
Try not to make your own environment too sterile. The presence of some chaos in your life can actually be helpful for the immune system to keep it firing, but shouldn' be too stressful.
Take moderate exercise each day to ensure that your lymph system is stimulated and the gutters of your body's system are being regularly washed out. Taking plenty of water will also help you achive this.
I then also find there are a number of things that will help you boost your natural immunity, Most of these I get from Epigenetics-International as they are certified pesticide free and come free from excipients, binders and fillers, all of which can compromise the effectiveness of a supplement. Many of my preferred choices are now liposomal formulas as they are much more easily absorbed, so much so they can be effectively rubbed in to the skin if taking by mouth is not suitable.
- Liposomal Vitamin D3 - something we stop making between the end of September and the end of March, due to the low angle of the sun in the UK. This is not only a great immune booster, it is also been shown to be cancer protective.
- Liposomal Zinc - another great all round immune booster and general body biochemistry enabler.
- Liposomal Vitamin C - something we are all aware of is the benefits of vitamin C, which is chronically short in most of our fruit and veg due to their long storage time. Reaseach done in the past 15 years has shown that some supermarket oranges, for example, have 0/zero/nada/nothing vitamin C by the time they reach the shelf.
- Colloidal Silver - for any of you who know me, I make my own, but easy to buy and super useful as a all purpose antimicrobial, silver has been used for milenia to help kill bacteria and virues, so much so that many dressings are now impregnated with it to help reduce infection. They now even do a handy pen sized version that can be refilled, great for planes and public spaces where you just want a shot of this great cold and virus killer.
- Smart Iodides and Iodine can be great for helping to make hyperiodide in your body, part of your own immune system, best for the red thyroidal types.
- I also highly recommend a few essentail herbs to be used for infections, all of the above nutrients can be safely used by almost anyone, the herbs have some restrictions when pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Walnut, which is a great source of bromides and chlorides for making the hyperbromide and hyperchloride that your body uses for its own immune system. I also use Olive Leaf and Oregano that are great for viruses and bacteria respectively.
- My favourite anti-flu herb by far is Black Elderberry extract, some thing you can make yourself quite easily with fresh berries at the beginning of September. But the comercial preparation of this Sambucol, is incredibly effective. Research has shown that it is effective against all forms of flu that it was tested against.
Between them, that should make sure that even if you somehow manage to get infected, that the response to that will be short lived 24hrs - 4 days. Anything beyond that and you need some more specialist testing to identify what is causing the issue and what to counteract it with. Something that you can easily do by booking in to see me, then I can easily help your body identify the issues and find a solution for it.
Any questions or comments, please let me know, otherwise stay well and robust this winter.