Walgreens recently announced a new arrival to its gift card collection: The gift of vaccine. That’s right. For just one low payment of $29.99 you can stuff a loved-one’s stocking with a free pass to be injected with neurotoxic chemicals that have little to no effect on preventing the flu. Or for free, you can read on to learn how to avoid the flu naturally.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 1
The best step to take in preventing the flu naturally is to nourish your body with a wide variety of healthy, organic fruits, vegetables, grains and lean meats. During flu season, the body needs extra helpings of vitamins A, B6, C & E. So, trade in that fast-food burger for a salad rich in leafy greens and you’ll be a step ahead of your coworkers this winter.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 2
Spice up your diet with garlic. Garlic is a powerful natural antiviral which can help prevent infection, shorten the duration of colds and boost immunity. To reap the most benefits from garlic, it is best served fresh, raw and chopped. Sprinkle some on your salad, add some to a glass of tomato juice or include some on a burger to add a zesty, healthy kick.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 3
A few of cups of tea a day can keep the doctor away. Both green and black tea is praised for its antioxidant properties and studies show that drinking it boosts levels of the virus-fighting chemical, interferon, in the body by 10 times.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 4
Dry skin brushing is a natural method used to detoxify the body through gentle massage with a dry, long-handled, soft-bristled brush. It works by moving lymph throughout the circulatory system. Lymph is responsible for picking up toxins and other unwanted materials and filtering them through the lymphatic system. Regular dry skin brushing can work to prevent the flu by ensuring toxins you’ve been exposed to throughout the day do not build up in the system.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 5
In addition to dry skin brushing, bathing in Epsom salt is a cheap, easy way to reduce the build-up of harmful toxins in your body. Epsom salt is not salt at all. It’s magnesium sulfate, which is responsible for balancing the body’s electrolytes which improves nervous system function and induces restful sleep. It is important to note that if you are pregnant or allergic to sulfur, you should not use Epsom salt.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 6
Deep, restful sleep is underrated. Most adults need 7-8 hours of shut-eye a night to keep their minds sharp and their immune systems strong. If you’re usually the one burning the midnight oil, you could be compromising your health. Scale back on projects and take time to rest and recharge. Your body will thank you.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 7
Relaxing in a sauna can help prevent flu by improving circulation and encouraging the body to sweat out toxins. Those who cannot tolerate a dry heat can use a steam room with the same effect.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 8
Excessive alcohol consumption wrecks havoc on the liver, the body’s primary filtering organ. If the body cannot filter out toxins fast enough, they will remain, causing infection and compromising the immune system.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 9
Reducing stress is much easier said than done. If you have a high-pressure job and/or multiple family responsibilities, be sure to schedule some ‘you-time’ into your routine. Get a massage, take a yoga class or join a gym to help your worried mind calm and re-center. Studies show that calm people enjoy more health and wellness than their stressed counterparts.
Natural Flu Prevention Tip # 10
During cold and flu season, your immune system may require an extra infection-fighting boost. Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and astragalus all have excellent natural immune system-supporting properties. It is important to note that echinacea is not be used for any longer than two weeks at a time.
These ten tips should help you avoid both the flu and the shot this season. And as far as a stocking stuffer goes, there are plenty of other gift cards to choose from.