How to Avoid Colds and the Flu
We all want to know the best actions to take to stay well
and avoid the flu and cold germs floating around us.
There is really nothing fancy or mysterious about it.
How to avoid colds and flu - good nutrition, as in your daily
diet, moderate exercise and sensible habits of cleanliness.
As the outside gets colder and wetter, we tend to stay
inside more. And the closer the environment, the more we can
share our germs. Tis the season to come in contact with sick
Supplements to avoid colds and flu
You may want to up the dosage on your vitamin C. You may
want to add a garlic supplement if you don't already take
one. Be aware that garlic is a blood thinner.
Vitamin C - get it fresh in fruit and juice, take a
supplement and carry vitamin C lozenges in your pocket or
Grapefruit seed extract, in capsule form, using the
suggested dosage on the label.
The advantage of GSE is that there are different forms
available, such as throat spray, ear drops, topical, etc.
Bio/chem Research in California, has done extensive
research on the antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and
antiparasitic properties of this amazing substance. Allan
You will probably want to take a probiotic when taking the
grapefruit seed extract to replace the good gut bacteria.
Yes it is that strong.
Echinacea is routinely used by thousands as a preventative
to colds and flu. Remember, you should not take it for
more than 6 weeks at a time without taking a 2-3 week
break. I notices that my bottle now carries a warning -
not recommended for individuals with autoimmune
Special note for children: no Echinacea, no garlic
supplements, yes on the probiotics, yes on the vitamin C -
especially fruit or fresh squeezed juice. Keep some chicken
boullion on hand. If your child starts sniffling or just gets
slow and sleepy or grumpy - let them sip a cup of chicken soup.
They will usually like that better than tea. The chicken broth
will help to open up the nasal passages. Emphasise the need to
wash their hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
Put a ban on sharing any glass or a bite of anyone else's
Of course, you must wash your hands - more now than any
other time of year. All those people that are sick or
getting sick are spreading their germs on door handles, grocery
carts, stair railings, the pens you sign electronic
documents/charges with, the backs of chairs in restaurants, or
even elevator buttons.
Don't over do it on the hand sanitizer. You will end
up with stronger germs that are hand sanitizer resistant. Warm
water and soap are still the best.
When shopping, go back to wearing gloves and use your own
pen when possible.
Breathe through your nose not your mouth. Your nose
was designed to filter the air and trap germs before they can
get to your lungs. Your lungs were not designed to get cold air
from your mouth so warm it up first - through the nose.
Warm dry air in your home can be a potential problem. If you
use a humidifier be vigilant about mold. Don't let your nose
get too dry. A spray saline solution can fix you up in no
If you have someone in your home with the sniffles, take
care disposing of the used Kleenex. Don't touch them with your
hands if possible. And always wash your own hands after
cleaning up after your patient.
Yes, tis the season for germs. Your best defense is your own
level of health. The stronger your own immune system, the less
those germs will stand any chance of taking up residence in
your nose or lungs.
Don't forget, along with diet, exercise, and cleanliness,
get enough sleep. Sleep time is when your body heals and builds
up its own defenses. If you exhaust yourself and your internal
resources, you may end up missing that Christmas party or
spending your Thanksgiving day in bed unable to even look at