Being sick stinks. It stinks like a pig. And with a week or more of missed work it can also stink like free cheese, because that’s all you’ll be able to afford.
Plain and simple, if you want to prevent seasonal influenza (Flu) infections now and in the future you need to optimize your immune system. The most effective way to do that is to supplement with vitamins and minerals that support immune function (you can view a list of immune boosting nutrients, and the majority of them can be found in our Immuno Performance Protein). It is important to supplement with these nutrients year round in order to maintain optimal levels. You can also jump start the process or get added protection through nutrient IVs. Most Naturopathic medical offices will offer IV therapy, and they should already have recipes for preventing influenza infection.
There is sufficient scientific support for these ingredients as immune function boosters, and the benefits listed in the link above highlight their direct effects against the influenza virus. Anecdotally, the two people in our office who regularly supplement with many of these nutrients (including 2 scoops per day of our Immuno Performance Protein) haven’t gotten sick. The two people in our office who have gotten sick (they’re not sure if it’s Swine Flu) don’t supplement with these nutrients.
You can take that for what it’s worth.
A simple look around the internet reveals a great number of people who are scared of the Swine Flu, and just as many who are scared of the vaccine. The general consensus seems to be that choosing whether or not to get the vaccine is a lose/lose decision – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It doesn’t have to be that way. A few simple nutrients can keep you healthy without side effects or further risk to your health. In fact, these nutrients will not only help prevent influenza infection, they’ll also increase your energy, reduce your risk for several chronic diseases, and enhance your recovery from exercise.
At the end of the day, if you don’t want to get sick, you need to take consistent preventative measures. Those measures include eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and supplementing with immune boosting nutrients.