It may have already passed you by, but some people are still in danger of, or suffering from, the seasonal flu that hits during these cold months in Westchester County. You probably know someone that suffered from flu symptoms and agonizing pain before battling it away. Not exactly how you want to spend your time. You’ve probably also seen ads on the internet, in the media, or heard from a friend, “YOU HAVE TO GET A FLU SHOT!”
More research is being conducted and evidence found that the flu vaccine might not be the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu. Most of the alternatives are far less invasive and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
Dr. Mercola, on his site mercola.com, offered this insight into different ways to approach the flu and fighting it with your immune system. “Fortunately, there are many alternatives available, from optimizing your vitamin D levels and taking zinc at the first sign of infection, to incorporating immune boosting foods into your daily diet.”
I’d definitely recommend checking out the article. He explains why the flu vaccine is your least effective option, gives some examples of foods that will work better than medication, and mentions why people get the flu in the first place.
One of the biggest factors contributing to flu symptoms? Lack of exercise. “Regular exercise is a crucial strategy for increasing your resistance to illness. There is evidence that regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system. In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50 percent. And, in the event they did catch a cold, their symptoms were much less severe than among those who did not exercise.”
Make sure you’re staying in shape, not only to look good, but more importantly to feel good. Whether it’s in home training, going to a gym or maintaining a consistent level of activity, a healthy, active lifestyle will help you feel your best. Don’t spend your time worrying about getting better from sickness.