Like you, I'm concerned about the health of my family. I've discovered the best way to address my concerns is to arm myself with knowledge. And when it comes to flu vaccinations, I do just that by reading vaccination ingredients, asking questions, seeking out the facts as well as all natural preventative measures. So, needless to say, when I discovered toxic levels of mercury and adjuvants (known to cause auto-immune diseases) were included as part of the flu vaccination ingredients, I made a personal decision not to vaccinate me and my family. Instead, we take simple steps to prevent the flu and any other illness that may be lurking about. Afterall, it has never been more important to focus on doing all you can to protect your health—beginning with immune function and starting today. Your ability to stay well rests upon the vibrant functioning of your immune system. And while I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should get a flu shot, here are a few simple things you can do to help prevent the flu:
- Clean with non-toxic cleaners. From my "postpartum care...who's cleaning" blog post, you'll read how toxic cleaners wreaked havoc on my young son. The fact of the matter is that most conventional cleaners are toxic. Introducing added toxicity in our lives only weakens our immune system and makes us more vulnerable to illnesses like the flu. Clean responsibility with all natural green cleaners. My preferred cleaners are Get Clean.
- Eat a healthy diet, full of antioxidants and immune supporting nutrients. This means avoiding fast food restaurants (generally empty calories) and committing to eating at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
- Get plenty of rest. Your immune system can be very negatively impacted by inadequate sleep. Be sure to get at least seven hours per night (7 ½ to 8 ½ is ideal).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands frequently. You don’t need antibacterial soaps; in fact, many experts are concerned that the widespread use of antibacterial products may contribute to the increasing prevalence of resistant bacteria that antibiotics do not work against! So, use plain ordinary soap, warm water, and wash your arms and wrists and lather up for 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing off. When hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizers are an option.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Wash down your countertops, bathroom wash areas, and other hard, non-porous surfaces that your hands contact with an effective germicidal product. My preferred choice is Shaklee Basic-G®. Basic-G has been tested and shown to be effective in neutralizing influenza type A viruses as well as a host of other microorganisms and the EPA has issued a statement that it believes, based on available scientific information, that the currently registered influenza A virus products will be effective against the 2009 – H1N1 flu strain and other influenza A virus strains on hard, non-porous surfaces.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
While these seem like "no brainers", the fact of the matter is that when you practice these "small acts" you have big outcomes....like preventing the spread of disease.
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