Preventing Flu and Colds
How to Improve your Immunity without Getting a
Dr. Eileen Silva is a doctor of Natural Health & Naturopathy, in Southlake, Texas. Along with a practice in metabolic health, weight, and body balancing, Eileen has been treating teaching workshops on integrative medicine for over 18 years. Eileen has appeared on TV and radio talk shows coast-to-coast, lectured extensively, and developed a breakthrough-technology, computerized body-analysis program. As CEO of Hegan Center, Eileen has trained and certified medical doctors and chiropractors for almost a decade. Her innovative wellness techniques help thousands of individuals achieve weight loss and better fitness. Eileen's programs have also brought enhanced energy, weight balance, and longevity to professionals in corporate wellness programs. Her newly released book, A Healthier You, joins her best-selling, Fat Chance at Last! ---How to go Beyond Willpower, in offering lifestyle changes for better health results. Eileen is an active member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association, the American Holistic Health Association, and the Health Sciences Institute. You can experience Dr. Silva's customized health consultation by visiting www.dreileensilva.com.
Annual Flu Shots
For a number of years now, many people have rushed down tot he doctor's office or a clinic, and gotten a flu shot annually to prevent the onset of the flu. While that tactic was not without some risk of exposure to illness or contamination, most people felt that the positive outweighed the negative when getting the immunization.
Grandma was Right
But what can you do if getting a flu shot is not an option? Are there effective ways to prevent common virally transmitted illnesses . . . and if so, what are they? well, first, your grandmother was onto something with that chicken soup theory; non-substantiated research does show that chicken soup seems to help with weakened immunity. Chicken soup is particularly helpful if you have it instead of heavy foods that bog your system down.
Sensible Steps of Protection
You need to be drinking 8 or more glasses of pure water per day to detoxify your system and help maintain good oxygenations. You will undoubtedly want to take a good natural vitamin/mineral support system product as well. On June 19, 2002, the American Medical Association published the recommendation that Americans should be taking daily vitamins for "chronic disease prevention." You will want to eat 8 or more servings of vegetables and fruits, especially green ones. The more colorful your vegetables and fruits are, the better they will be for you.
Fruits and vegetables will also help you reach your goal of having an alkaline system. when you spit into a paper cup and dip a test strip of pH paper into your saliva first thing in the morning, before you have had anything to eat or drink, you should be 7.0 on the color chart. Every gradation drop off of 7.0 is a multiplication of 10x, so obviously you will be a lot more disease-free if you can elevate your pH from a low range like 6.0-7.0. This will not only help you avoid flu and colds, but it will also be a good anti-cancer regimen, as cancer always strikes those with an over-acid pH system. Avoiding the use of unnecessary prescription and over-the-counter drugs will help you to maintain a more alkaline system, as well.
Exercise and Sleep
You can further help with avoidance of flu and colds by exercising regularly, which helps oxygenate the body, improving your energy levels and helping over-all body systems (like elimination) function better. It is also important that you get plenty of sleep, and the same thing is true for your children.
It is also very important to wash your hands thoroughly with each bathroom use, as well as any time you have touched germ-laden objects (like doorknobs or telephones). It is a great idea to carry sanitized wipes so that before or after you handle anything, which is likely to be contaminates, you can be safe rather than sorry.
Using a maintenance parasite-controlling protocol is a sensible way to help the system maintain a good flora balance. And remember this: the same healthy choices (like eating nourishing foods, etc.) that help you keep you weight under control, also help you feel better, and help you become a disease fighter instead of a disease magnet.
12 Important Tips for Remaining Healthy
1. Drink at least 8 glasses or more of water daily
2. Keep your system in an alkaline range
3. Eat a healthy diet, including at least 8 servings of vegetables and fruits.
4. Take a multi-vitamin and mineral product daily
5. Exercise regularly
6. Get your recommended sleep allotment
7. Keep your body systems cleansed
8. Wash hands with soap often and practice good hygiene
9. Manage stress
10. Avoid unnecessary medications
11. Lose unnecessary weight
12. Avoid close indoor proximity to sick people when possible.
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