Jump start your immune system against H1N1!

Emphasize these foods!
Emphasize these foods!

The Swine Flu epidemic now has pandemic status and there’s an increasing level of fear mongering going on. For anyone applying a little critical thinking to all this hype,  the facts simply don’t add up! Widespread testing of those sickened is not happening to distinguish cases of swine flu from regular seasonal flu.  It is widely known that some authorities are counting all cases of flu this year as swine flu. Some countries such as Great Britain are simply basing their swine flu numbers on an online questionnaire, when it takes laboratory testing to be sure! We are led to believe that young people are especially vulnerable,  but in fact it is overwhelmingly those with already compromised immune systems that are dying from the swine flu. Rather than waiting anxiously for the availability the swine flu vaccine, rushed into production with next to no testing, and already generating major concerns about known toxic ingredients, it seems to me that we would do a lot better to work on boosting our immunity so we protect ourselves against all infectious agents that threaten our health. Here’s what you can do:

  • Optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is the likely cause of seasonal flu viruses. Getting enough will help you fight infections of all kinds.Vitamin D is actually a hormone which is proving to be a player in multiple body functions. Get your levels tested by a reliable lab such as Lab Corp. They should be between 50-70 ng/ml. Vitamin D is widely available as inexpensive tablets. Some Anchorage clinics are offering adults a booster shot of 50,000 IU prior to daily maintenance. Doses of 50,000 IU a day for three days can also be used to treat acute infections.
  • Eat a wholesome diet with greens, omega 3s and vitamins.  Increase your antioxidants by eating cabbage, carrots, cucumber, white onion, green apples , grapefruits, cantaloupe, and berries of all kinds – the deeper colored the better. Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables and nuts such as almonds for their Vitamin E content. Blending greens with fruits in a heavy duty blender means you get more and will feel an energy boost immediately! Eat garlic regularly – it’s good against infectious agents of all kinds.
  • Include probiotics in your diet daily. Live fermented foods like yogurt and kefir can also aid immunity, by populating your digestive tract with friendly bacteria, so that the dangerous ones that also live there don’t get the upper hand and cause disease. Look for Lactobacillus acidophilus or a combination of L acidophilus and Bifidobacterium in the ingredient list, and use fresh fruit as flavoring, rather than pre-flavored products which often have a high sugar content.
  • Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet. Sugar consumption has an immediate, debilitating effect on your immune system. Beware the hidden sugar in ketchup and other processed foods.
  • Get plenty of good quality sleep (7 – 9 hrs each night). This is when your immune system rebuilds itself. It’s a good hedge against cancer too.
  • Deal with stress effectively. Stress robs your body of the reserves it needs to fight infection.
  • Exercise regularly. Your immune system needs good circulation to perform well.
  • Take a high quality animal-based omega 3 oil like Krill Oil or Cod Liver Oil (flavored now available)
  •  Wash your hands well and often. Prefer a pure, chemical-free soap to antibacterial products. Avoid touching your face if at all possible. Cough into your elbow or a tissue, and stay clear of coughing and sneezing colleagues and friends.

If you’d like to read more from the other side of the swine flu debate, and get a more balanced view of the current threat of the swine flu pandemic, visit http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/19/The-Truth-about-the-Flu-Shot.aspx 

Forewarned is forearmed as they say, and we need to stay informed on this issue for our own health protection.