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Aussie flu, and how to best avoid it…



Practical solutions to help avoid the horrid viruses
As the flu stats hit the media and terrify us with statistics, I thought it would be productive to give you some real and researched ways to protect yourself and your family against the flu virus.  You want to stay well?

Wash you hands, regularly
Always wash your hands regularly with soap and water and use clean towels at home.  When you are out and about hand sanitisers can help, but don’t rely on them all the time.  Don’t touch your face.  It is thought that viruses are more likely to get through if we touch our face and eyes as these mucous barriers (eyes, nose and mouth) are where the virus penetrates into a nice warm moist environment to start their attack.

Vitamin D
Buy some vitamin D3 tablets and take them with a fatty meal to support absorption; read the instructions for dosage, but you can double it for 1 week, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means your body will store it.   Taking more initially can help protect you faster as your levels increase.  But only do this for a week or two and then continue as directed on the packet.  Those of us more likely to need vitamin D are those with darker skin, house bound or office bound, genetic variants can increase your need for vitamin D and it seems that auto-immunity also increases our need for vitamin D, whether it’s a genetic issue or a need caused by the disease it not yet known.  Make sure you buy vitamin D3!  Take them until April when the sun can make our skin produce its own vitamin D.

Zinc and vitamin C
Zinc supports the immune system, if we are low in zinc we are more likely to catch a virus.  Take it with Vitamin C and you have a bit more protection.  It is not advisable to take Zinc long-term on its own as it can reduce your copper and iron levels.  You can counter it by eating a diet high in iron like red meat, organ meats or lots of dark green vegetables.  Dark chocolate contains iron and copper.  Pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain copper and so do almonds and dried apricots.  All vegetables from peppers to cabbage contain vitamin C and are more beneficial to you than huge amounts of fruit.  2 or 3 pieces of fruit a day max. Make sure you buy Zinc citrate or picolinate. Here are some immune fighting foods to include

Prebiotics and probiotics
Your gut is the seat of health.  Supporting your gut will help support your immune system.  Eating lots of vegetables, reducing junk food, processed ready meals and snacks (the obvious stuff).  Probiotics are easy to come by now and also most on the market are good quality.  Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are also beneficial to the gut.  Inulin powder, a prebiotic, can be used to replace sugar in tea and coffee or sprinkled onto porridge, due to its sweet taste, the benefits are it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

Essential oils
Lavender and tea tree oil are  natural antiseptics.  When there are viruses around I will add a few drops around the house and in the bathroom to help protect the environment.  Be aware that essential oils may be poisonous to cats and other pets.

Where to buy?
For my past and current clients I would recommend Cytoplan food supplement products, available from The Natural Dispensary as discussed above.  Please feel free to use the Natural Dispensary with the code I have provided for the discount.  If you want the code again drop me an email.

Individual one on one support
Would you like more nutrition support?  contact me for an appointment.

(This information is not meant for those with serious illness, on drugs that may interact with the supplements, if in doubt contact your medical team).








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