This news came out today - the 2007 flu vaccine was only 44% effective against the strains of flu that people actually got. So how can you protect yourself against the flu if the vaccine doesn't work very well?
The answer to that is easy-boost your immune system to optimum levels and you avoid, not only the flu, but colds and other illnesses. Possibly even diseases like cancer.
I haven't had a flu shot in years and haven't had the flu either. I only very rarely even catch a cold. I put this down to having a super strong immune system and focusing on health.
I'll put some practical steps below to boosting your immune system but one of my "secrets" is that I focus totally on health. I don't ever say things like "The flu is bad this year, I'll probably catch it." "So and so has a bad cold so it's probably just a matter of time before I get it too." "I'm not feeling very well today, I'm probably getting that thing that's going around."
Like germs and illness is making a circle and I'm sure to get caught up because "everybody's getting it."
When it comes to getting sick, I don't talk about it, I don't think about it. I think instead, "My immune system is super strong and it takes care of me, no matter what."
Besides positive thinking, here are some positive actions I take to boost my immune system:
1. Start with basics- I get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and I drink lots of water to keep my system flushed out.
2. Eat lots of fruits and veggies! I know you've heard that before but it works. To help me get my 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies, I start my day with a green tea smoothie, made with a banana, yogurt, blueberries and a serving of Shakeology. Shakeology contains 70 whole food nutrients in an easy to blend mix.
3. I am a big believer in detoxing to keep my body clean and functioning in peak condition. For that I use Holy Tea a safe, gentle detoxing tea that you can drink every day.
4. I drink lots of green tea, which is full of antioxidants.
5. I take 1000mg of vitamin C every day.
6. I do sinus irrigation every morning. It keeps germs and allergens from gaining a foot hold in my system.
7. Practice relaxation and meditation. Studies have shown that meditation boost the immune system, while stress actively tears down your immune system.
If I do feel "something coming on" I swing into action.
1. I take Echinacea herbal extract several times a day.
2. I step up my detox and drink more water.
3. I add Cayenne pepper to everything I eat. According to Chinese medicine, if you have a cold or respiratory condition, you need to heat up your body. I make this Cayenne pepper lemonade recipe and drink it all day.
1 cup boiling water
Squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons
Honey to taste
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
Honey is also a natural anti-viral.
I make a batch of Tzadziki dip and eat it several times during the day. Fresh garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Tzadziki (Greek yogurt dip)
32 ounces plain regular yogurt, not low fat – purchase yogurt without additives
1 large English cucumber, peeled and shredded
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Directions for Tzadziki
1. Place a cheese cloth or double layer of paper towels over a colander. Place yogurt on paper towels with a bowl underneath and strain the yogurt 6 hours in the refrigerator, or over night. This will take out all the excess water and leave a thick, creamy yogurt for your Tzadziki.
2. Dice up garlic and cucumber and drain as much excess liquid from them as possible.
3. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until a thick mixture has formed.
Serve with crackers, French bread or veggies as a dip. Also use in Greek recipes calling for Tzadziki.
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Boosting your immune system simply involves being pro-active with your health, rather than sitting around letting things happen to you. Start with small steps like drinking more water and green tea and getting enough sleep. Once you start down that Path to Healthy Living, you never know where you'll end up!