(NaturalHealth365) You can prevent the flu without using toxic chemicals. After all, why would anyone want to inject themselves with a flu vaccine containing mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum and MSG? Conventional medicine may not admit it, but there are literally dozens of natural ways to boost your immune system without the risk of vaccine-related injuries.
The ultimate defense against colds and flu
First, reduce your sugar intake. Eating too much sugar in the form of cane, beet, and fructose can devastate your immune system. It does this by messing up your gut flora and acting like the fertilizer for pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungi overgrowth. Keep in mind, 80 percent of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal tract.
Take vitamin D3 on a daily basis
Numerous studies link vitamin D and influenza, this vitamin up-regulates genetic expression of antimicrobial peptides known to exhibit broad-spectrum protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Dr. John Canell, founder of the Vitamin D Council helped introduce the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be an underlying cause of influenza. His hypothesis was published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection and in the Virology journal.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine involving 1900 adults and children by the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Boston, found people with the lowest levels of vitamin D had significantly more colds and flu.
Vitamin D experts agree the most important factor for flu protection is maintaining a healthy vitamin D serum level of 50 – 80 ng/ml. Most people are extremely deficient – so get tested and get those levels up through sunlight exposure or vitamin D supplementation.
Are you getting enough vitamin C?
Vitamin C supports a healthy immune response to pathogens of all types. It works synergistically with vitamin D3, and is found in foods like, wild-crafted camu camu, fresh herbs, dark green vegetables and, of course, organic berries.
Vitamin C is probably the most researched immune-supporting vitamin on the planet. So if you seriously want to prevent the flu – eat plenty of vitamin C-rich foods – daily.
Do you know about Echinacea?
Echinacea, a potent herb, has been studied as an effective flu stopper. According to “Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes”, Echinacea kills influenza viruses in vitro, and in real time studies it was found that Echinacea stimulated the immune system within 24 hours of ingesting. Now that’s exciting results!
Elderberry proves to be powerful, plant medicine
Elderberry is thought of as a preventative for both colds and flu, and new research has succeeded in identifying key chemicals that inhibited in vitro infection. These compounds bind the viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cells, inhibiting its ability to spread.
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses which can penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it effectively prevents possible infection.
In addition, extensive research shows that elderberry stops the production of hormone-like cytokines that direct a class of white blood cells called neutrophils – which cause inflammation especially in influenza. Elderberry increases the production of non-inflammatory infection-fighting cytokines, which is why it is effective against eight strains of influenza.
A closer look at Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Better known as “The Queen of Herbs” – tulsi is the most sacred herb in India. This remarkable herb has been shown to improve the body’s overall defense mechanisms.
Ayuveda medicine has long recognized tulsi’s highly complex and unique chemistry, which have strong antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacteria, anti-virus and anti-fungal properties.
Ginger and Garlic
Both ginger and garlic are proven to help keep the flu at bay. In-vitro studies showed that the ginger kills influenza viruses. Heinrich P. Koch, author of “Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium Sativum and Related Spefcfies”, suggests garlic for both preventing and treating the flu.
There are many more herbals, which are capable of boosting immunity and reducing your chance of getting the flu. If you’ve been able to avoid the flu without vaccines – share your successful methods (below) and help us spread the word – natural medicine is great!
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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