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Fortify Your Body against the Flu (Influenza)

By Dr. Chris D. Meletis

Each year, up to 20 percent of the population will contract the flu (influenza), which affects the respiratory tract. This can take the form of the typical seasonal influenza, bird flu, or swine flu. In the United States, more than 200,000 citizens are hospitalized annually due to the ravages of the very contagious influenza virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year there are 3-5 million severe cases of flu throughout the world.

 

How it Spreads

Influenza can be an airborne or tactile virus. It travels on invisible little drops of moisture from coughs and sneezes. Being in close proximity to people that are ill puts you at a much higher risk. You can also be exposed to the flu virus by touching contaminated surfaces with these droplets on them, such as office equipment, elevators, bathroom doors, handles, elevator buttons, computer keyboards, toilets and more.

From the very first day of being infected, even before flu symptoms develop, right through to about five days after getting ill, a person can potentially spread this virus to everyone around them.

 

Symptoms of the Flu

Once you are exposed to the influenza virus, you will experience symptoms one to four days later, depending on your level of susceptibility and immune system strength. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough and runny nose
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches

Symptoms will typically pass within 7 to 10 days.

However, secondary infections such as bacterial infections can settle in both because of the body’s resistance has become worn down and also from the inflammation and mucus production that have arisen from the viral infection. These secondary infections can include:

  • Bronchitis/Pneumonia
  • Sinus infection
  • Ear infections
  • Aggravation of autoimmune disease
  • Activation or worsening of pre-existing health concerns

 

Prevention Tips

It is not always possible to avoid large crowds during the cold and flu season, yet you can take some common sense preventive approaches.

  • Never touch your eyes or nose or lips/mouth without washing your hands first
  • Stay well rested
  • Ensure proper hydration 64 ounces/2 liters of liquid per day
  • Support immune health: vitamin D, vitamin C, mushrooms, immune botanicals, green tea, etc.
  • Don’t eat without washing your hands
  • Avoid sharing drinks
  • Kissing and hugging can spread flu virus as well
  • Working out at the gym, swimming, sauna and spas are also sources of potential infection
  • Wash your hands after coming in contact with others
  • Minimizing touching high traffic “touch areas,” such as elevator buttons, etc.
  • Some healthcare providers propose the annual flu vaccine

 

Fortifying the Body with Fortris10™ Extreme Antioxidant

Fortifying the body with an extremely effective combination of antioxidants can help support an individuals’ resistance to acquiring a viral infection such as the flu.

When the human body becomes involved in combat with virtually any virus, there is a strong inflammatory response that arises. This causes free radical damage requiring antioxidants such as selenium, N-acetyl cysteine, lipoic acid and other such powerful glutathione building blocks. Glutathione is crucially important for respiratory health, the target of cold and flu viruses. Vitamin A and carotenoids have long been used to support the resilience and health of skin but also as important for immune support. Green tea extract has been long proclaimed for its ability to bolster antioxidant protection and also providing immune support. Fortris10™ contains all these essential antioxidants, making it the perfect companion during the flu season.

 

The Flu Vaccine Option

The standard offering of the westernized medical community is the flu vaccine. When the medical epidemiologists have made the correct educated guess as to which versions of flu virus will be prevalent in a given year, the vaccine is said to offer a degree of protection. If you are allergic to eggs, make sure you consult your doctor before getting the shot, as you could have a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Other individuals that are susceptible either genetically or individually may also contract a life threatening condition that affects the nervous system called the Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS). This condition can lead to the inability to use one’s muscles and even breathe.

 

Dr. Meletis’s Best Advice:

Take all reasonable, possible precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to the flu virus through using common sense, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth when in public, and by washing your hands thoroughly before eating. Wash your hands for 25 to 30 seconds, covering the front and back with lots of running water and soap.

Stay well hydrated, get plenty of sleep, stay well-nourished, supplement your diet with sufficient vitamins and antioxidants, and minimize your stress levels.

 

© 2014 Dr. Chris Meletis

Foods that Lower Cholesterol

Your food can be part of your medicine, depending on how high your cholesterol has soared.  Remember the goal is to use food as your first approach and use as little medicine as possible and towards optimized wellness.

These are the foods to eat to help manage cholesterol:

1.)    Fiber is your best friend

  1. Oatmeal and oat bran
  2. Ground flaxseed
  3. Apples with their skin
  4. Kidney beads
  5. Lots of fresh veggies (the chewier the better)

2.)    Omega-3 fats

  1. Clean fish oil that is mercury, PCB and radiation-free
  2. Supplemental fish oil, 2,000 mg per day
  3. Vegetarians may wish to use 2,000 mg of cold pressed flaxseed oil instead

3.)    Go nuts for nuts— Incorporate 2 ounces or about 60 grams of raw or lightly roasted non-salted (not in oil) to support healthy cardiovascular health. Focus on walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and pistachio nuts.

4.)    Oil of choice: Olive oil approximately 2 tablespoons per day, uncooked and unheated, placed on salads, veggies or your entrée.

Summary:

Lessen greasy foods, eliminate fried foods whenever possible, and eat plenty of fresh veggies and a high fiber diet. Also make sure to have 2 to 3 bowel movements per day to flush toxins and cholesterol out of your system.

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