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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back to School Flu

August is here and those with kids are gearing up for school! Unfortunately, in most communities, school-age children are the first age group to get the flu and then bring it home and to places where they interact with other kids. With the new viral strains on the rise and threat of swine flu how can we protect ourselves?

1. STRESS will wear down your immune system. So organize you and your children’s lives now. Stick to a schedule and do not overbook yourselves. It is good to remain active, but make sure there is down time for your body to relax.

2. EAT a diet full of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Plan in advance to send kids with healthy snacks for after school sports and recreation. Sugar will immensely hinder the immune system to respond so steer clear from high sugar snacks.

3. IMMUNIZATIONS may be ineffective! There have been numerous studies showing the flu shot is not effective. Be careful! Do not take a flu shot containing thimersol (or mercury), and be informed before you decide to immunize you or your children!

WHAT IF I GET THE FLU? If you get the flu or cold symptoms immediately start supporting your immune system with Vitamin C, Bilberry, Astragalus, Echinacea, Goldenseal or other immune system boosters. The quicker you fortify your immune system the more likely you will recover sooner.

Your body was made to be able to fight off invaders. Help your body help itself by following these simple rules when preparing for Back To School!

This is Amanda Costello, CPhT, encouraging you to Live Well...Naturally!;

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