It’s that time of year where advertisements for the flu vaccine are everywhere – on the front of shopping carts staring you down as you walk the aisles, on posters out on sidewalks of shopping areas, and even on television shows (funny how they sneak that in there).
The truth is that when you subject yourself to the flu vaccine, you are allowing yourself to be injected with heavy metals and toxins with no guarantee you won’t get the flu. Heck, how many people do you know who have said they got the shot and then got the flu within the next 2 weeks of receiving it? Of course, this isn’t so surprising considering that the actual package insert that comes with the vaccine states, “there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL(FLULAVAL package insert – photo included at the bottom of this post).” Even more disturbing is the fact that flu vaccines DO STILL CONTAIN MERCURY! As unbelievable as this may seem, it is confirmed in an official document from the New York State Health Department (paragraph 3). This is why natural flu prevention is key.
Natural flu prevention is actually quite easy if you follow these simple steps.
Everything mentioned below are practices that I use with my own family. When applicable, I have included affiliate links for what I use. These links don’t cost you anything extra, but they do give back a small percentage to Raising Natural Kids, which goes to the upkeep and maintenance of this blog. Thank you so much for your support.
1. Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day…
…especially before eating. This should be self explanatory, but for those unsure, hand washing removes viruses and bacteria from your hands so they cannot transfer to your ears, nose or mouth where they can then enter the body.
2. Cut way down on the refined sugar.
Sugar suppresses the immune system, making it hard for the body to fight off any viruses or bacteria that may try to attack it. It’s no wonder why so many people end up sick right after Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with all of the sugary treats involved with each of these holidays.
3. Add lots of greens to your diet.
This includes earth and sea greens, both of which provide key nutrients while also helping the body to detox out anything that may be causing stress or inflammation in the body.
4. Add a quality vitamin C to your diet.
Vitamin C both helps to prevent the flu and to lesson symptoms if you have it. According to a 1999 study, “vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group:(pubmed). In addition, it has been found that vitamin C, together with Red Ginseng, “increase immune cell activity and decrease lung inflammation induced by influenza A virus/H1N1 infection”(pubmed).
It’s important to note that not all vitamin C is created equal. Make sure that the vitamin C you purchase is plant based and NOT ascorbic acid. “Ascorbic acid is an isolate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, and other components. If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C, no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to try and make up the differences, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C”(The Doctor Within).
I use a great plant based vitamin C that comes in capsules. My older kids swallow them and I open the capsule and put the contents in a green drink with lemon water for my four year old. This is it: C From Nature If you have never purchased from this online superfood store before, you’ll need a referral code: raisingnaturalkids . If you spend more that $75 on your first order, this code will give you $50 off the order.
5. Add a quality vitamin D to your diet.
There are many studies indicating that vitamin D helps with the prevention of both the flu and respiratory illness in general. This includes supplementing pregnant mothers to protect their newborns. You can check some of the studies out HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. I like Carlson’s D drops as I add them to my kids’ green drink each morning.
6. Use homeopathic prevention.
The homeopathic, Influenzinum, can be taken as a preventative. Take two to three pellets at one time, once a week under the tongue. If you do come down with flu like symptoms, take Oscillococcinum at the very first signs of it. This has been shown to decrease the severity and length of the symptoms. In fact, it works so well, that the medical community can’t deny it as you’ll find it in most pharmacies. (Stores seem to run out of Influenzinum quickly, so you may need to search for it. If you can’t find it, the Triple Flu Defense is another great option. You’ll have to search their website to find a location that sells it near you).
7. Use an herbal immune booster.
There are many herbal combinations designed to prevent illness. Most combinations include elderberry and/or echinacea. “Elderberries are an excellent general immune system booster. The berries contain chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immunostimulant effects. Elderberry extract has been shown to be a safe, efficient and cost-effective treatment for both cold and flu symptoms”(Dr. Axe). Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. I prefer to use elderberry for a general preventative and to add echinacea when symptoms start to appear.
Some herbal combinations to consider (you only need one!): Immune Shield (you’ll need a referral code for your first time – raisingnaturalkids), Immune Builder (this is for kids with weak immunity already), plain elderberry (usually enough on its own). Many people make their own elderberry syrup. I am not one of those people but feel free to send me some if you are :).
8. Invest in an essential oil blend aimed at increasing immunity.
There are a ton of blends that work well for immunity. There isn’t just one best one, though some companies will claim otherwise. Often times, scents can be individual. If there is an oil you don’t like the smell of at any particular moment, it may not be what your body needs at that time. As far as the top immune boosting, germ killing essential oils, here they are: tea tree, lemon, rosemary, frankincense, clove and cinnamon. Many immune boosting blends may also contain peppermint and/or eucalyptus.
If you are an adult you can use a blend that contains peppermint and eucalyptus. If it’s for a child under 10, don’t. For a full explanation see Essential Oil Safety for Kids. I think that most readers here know someone selling oils and most likely use them themselves, so I am not going to list any particular brand or blend, but if you would like ideas, please leave a comment and I will share some.