Good article, but I agree with Karate_Kid that there should have been a mention of the flu shot, along with all the other suggestions. For those above a certain age, or with certain health conditions, it's a really, really good idea, and not a "quick fix". And I believe getting regular immunizations is part of taking care of our bodies, IMO.
All good ideas but a passing mention of the flu shot would be nice. I've had influenza once when I was working in a nursing home and it went through residents and staff like wildfire. It's not just a bad cold; it's a debilitating illness that kills people. I've had my annual flu shot ever since (15+ years) and no more influenza.
Noticeably absent from this article is all the research that has come out in the last 5 years on the absolutely inarguable link between Vit D and flue / cold / cancer, etc. There is now a ton of scientific proof about Vit D and beating and preventing the flu.
Personally I use Cold-FX when I am starting to feel like I am coming down with something (along with hyper-loading myself with echinacea and vitamin C). Cold-FX has been shown in independent clinical trials to improve the efficiency of the immune system. Not sure if it is available in the USA or not, but for Canadians - load up on it.
Having studied BLOOD TYPE diet, and not believing 100% in it, still for my type Echenicia does nothing for me. I HAVE used it, and found that to be so. I take alot of antioxidants, drink my water, and exercise daily. I do NOT take flu shots either.
I agree with JTBARRINGER re sugar not only in juice, but any dietary sugar (sugars can come from grains also). From what I've read, sugar disrupts your gut bacteria promoting dysbiosis. Continued dysbiosis (from food intolerances, medications, poor diet for example) promotes leaky gut. Probiotics help populate the gut lining which prevents bad bacteria/viruses from adhering or gaining access to the bloodstream.
Eating greens and non-pasteurized fermented foods are "pre-biotic" which means they feed the probiotic, so eating well all the time is crucial to immunity. For some overview:
It's surprising how much vitamin C there is in tomatoes and peppers (or any other Solanaceae). Quite sufficient to meet the 250 mg recommendation without supplements.
Also, on hand washing. One thing people often don't realize is that when you turn on the tap, you can contaminate the handle, then recontaminate your nice clean hands when you turn the water off. That's why so many public restrooms nowadays have motion sensor activated faucets. If you're using a manually operated faucet, try to turn it off with our wrist or elbow if possible to keep your hands clean.
I like most parts of the article. In response to the Echinacea, you did say that it may, not that it would impact illness, so I appreciate that aspect of it. However, I am concerned about drinking plenty of orange/grapefruit juice. Vit C has been studied and has found to only be effective in people who are exposed to extreme conditions. Also, juices tend to be very high in sugar, which can be detremental in fighting off infection. If Vit. C was taken, I would recommend the supplement route or an alternative food source for it. I do thank you for the article and will use most of the information in it.
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