Are You Ready for Flu Season?

You have already heard
about washing your hands, getting plenty of rest, vitamin C and Echinacea,
but there are some other things you can do that may not be
as familiar.

  1. Probiotics
    A double‐blind, placebo‐controlled study appearing in the journal
    Pediatrics (2009; 124(2):  e172‐9) Found that probiotics
    provided the test group
    with a 53% lower incidence of fever (for the
    single strain) and 73% reduction for the group taking the
    combination probiotic.  Probiotics
    also reduced other cold and flu symptoms including coughing and runny
    nose.  The group taking the supplement also missed
    fewer days from day care, 32% fewer days. 
    Antibiotic use was also less; 68% less in the single strain
    group and 84% less in the combination group. Children’s
    ENT‐Pro™ is a pleasant‐tasting strawberry‐flavored probiotic
    lozenge that supplies newly isolated Lactobacillus delbrueckii
    LE and Lactobacillus rhamnosus LB3 strains, along with Lactobaciluss plantarum
    LM, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bifidobacterium bididum, combined to support
    otolaryngeal health in children. 
  2. Eat breakfast:  Subjects
    who had more than one illness during the study were less likely
    to eat breakfast and more likely to drink alcohol. 
    Those who developed more than one illness also tended to have
    negative, stressful events over the preceding year. 
  3. Bio‐D‐Mulsion Forte
    Some scientists think that part of the reason for flu season is the
    short days – less sunlight and vitamin D.
  4. Watch your diet:  Sugar and
    refined flour products stress the immune system. Similarly, hydrogenated oils
    and deep‐fried foods should be avoided.  Fresh,
    brightly colored produce will help to boost your immune system. Fresh produce
    is high in vitamin C. The bright color in plant foods is
    from carotenes and bioflavonoids. 
    These are powerful antioxidants that will help to protect your
    cells.  The carotenes are precursors
    to vitamin A, an important immune vitamin. 
  5. Get your stress levels under control: Researchers from
    the University of Florida and the University of Iowa reported in the Journal of
    Psychosomatic Medicine (May, 2001).  Students
    who reported having a lot of pain and stress were more likely to become
    sick that those who claimed to have only a little pain and stress.   

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