Our country has become so accustomed to chemical solutions to health concerns that millions of senior citizens line up for flu shots each year without considering the side effects. According to researchers, the flu vaccine has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s in people over 55 who take the vaccine for three or more consecutive years. The vaccine contains a mercury-based preservative that is believed to be a precursor to brain damage. It also contains aluminum, which is associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Another recurring issue with the vaccine is that there are no guarantees that it will prevent the flu. That is because vaccine manufacturers cannot adequately predict which viruses will be prevalent during any given flu season and often the shot doesn’t address the correct strains.
Despite its potential ineffectiveness and inherent risks, the flu shot remains popular because the media hype around influenza deaths and complications creates panic, especially among older people. This type of panic can cause us to lose sight of the very important fact that Mother Nature has equipped us with an immune system that is designed to fight infection if we will take the right steps to keep our bodies strong and healthy. Consider the following natural approaches for preventing colds and flu this season:
Wash your hands. Statistics show that nearly 80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. The 20 seconds that it takes you to wash your hands can save you days or weeks of misery. Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, including colds and flu.
Get plenty of rest. The body needs proper rest in order for the immune system to function at optimal levels. Studies show that 2/3 of all adults in the United States are not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night.
Eat a nutritious diet. A diet that contains immune-boosting nutrients can keep you strong and healthy so that you are less likely to contract colds and flu. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy locally-grown organic foods if they are available in your area.
Use nutritional supplements. The nutritional supplements you need will vary depending on your age and overall health. Supplements containing Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea are particularly effective in fighting off colds and flu. Talk to your holistic practitioner to determine which supplements best meet your needs.
This year try using Mother Nature’s chemical-free strategies to stay healthy and don’t fall prey to the media hype about the necessity of flu shots. Boost your immune system the natural way so you can enjoy a happy, healthy winter season.