Cold and flu season appears to be here a little early this year. It is so much easier to prevent the cold and flu than to treat it when it is full blown. The following list below are suggestions for prevention. If you end up catching a cold or flu despite your best efforts then it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis and individualized treatment. The sooner we address the illness we lower the likelihood of it lingering longer.
Here are a few tips to keep you as healthy as possible this year:
1- Herbal Biotic 1 capsule 2 x day. Contains numerous vitamins such as C, A, Zinc and herbs such as Garlic, Myrrh, Echinacea, which strengthen the immune system against viral and bacterial invaders. The Herbal Biotic should be taken at much higher doses at the first sign of the flu or colds.
2- Take a probiotic daily. I like orthomolecular’s orthobiotic 1 capsule a day. 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract which is why it is important to have the good bacteria in your gut on board.
3- Monthly immune injections. This special injection combines engystol, which is a homeopathic formula and Vitamin B12. Together they act to enhance and activate the immune system which is what makes it a great flu preventative.
4- Monthly Myer’s IVs or at first sign of cold. Myer’s IVs contains Vitamin C, B12, B6, B5, B complex, calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium in combination designed to boost your immune system while offering many other health benefits.
5- Eat a well balanced diet. An easy way to start your day is with a protein shake. Blend a combination of the following ingredients: 8 oz of water, 1 scoop of whey isolate protein (Jay Robb), rice or plant-based protein powder, 1 scoop of pHresh Harvest Super Green Food, ½ to ¾ cup of frozen organic berries or other organic fruits, 2-3 ice cubes, and 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds.
6- Get a good restful night’s sleep (Check out the Insomnia Blog Tab if you are struggling or schedule an appointment with your doctor)
If you have children or grandchildren please read Dr. Rittling’s blog on Cold and Flu Prevention for Kids as well.