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Maybe the “No Flu Shot” Approach?
We have a guest post!
This is something we have not tried before but I was so engaged by Kevin Struz that I asked him to share with us some of his knowledge about food and nutrition that he has learned over the years.
I met Kevin at one of our family caregiver support groups that we put on here in Phoenix. Kevin left the corporate world years ago because he was “killing himself” with the lifestyle that many times comes with climbing up the economic ladder. His daily diet was filled with nutrition-less calories, stress was peaking, sleep and exercise was almost non-existent. So if he was to see his 50th birthday he had to change.
One morning he walked in and told his boss he quit and he walked out the door and into the unknown (to him) world of proper nutrition and better living. He fully immersed himself into the science and the practicality of better nutrition and at our first meeting I sat wide eyed listening to him expound on how easy it can be.
We are not advocating that you do not have a flu shot but if you have decided, for whatever reason, not to get that shot then here are nutritional changes you need to look at possibly making. Kevin’s post is about educating you on how to help your body defend itself against those nasty bugs.
Teresa and I (both seniors) have not had a flu shot in many, many years and have not had the flu either. We realize that this is a controversial subject and strictly a personal decision but we want you to know some things if you decide not to have a flu shot.
Please leave your comments below or you can email Kevin.
Choose the No Flu Shot Approach
to this Cold & Flu Season.
By using your immune system instead of a Flu Shot is the better choice for our over all health.
What is the immune system?
Your immune system is like a finely tuned orchestra whose purpose is to defend your body from unhealthy attacks from the world around you. Like an orchestra, your immune system contains many different instruments that work harmoniously together with one goal, protecting you from foreign insults that can cause damage to your body. And, like an orchestra, the different parts of your immune system must be present, play their part at the right time, and then stop when they have completed their function.
By supporting your Orchestra with Nutrition, your immune system will be armed and able to fight foreign invaders to your body, like pathogenic bacteria and viruses, and also for destroying cells within your body when they become cancerous.
Choices Which Will Get Your Orchestra Out of Tune.
Sugars – It suppresses the immune system for about 4-6 hours. This can make you vulnerable to illness.
Processed Foods – Puts incredible stress on the body, particularly on the pancreas since it has to produce massive quantities of metabolic enzymes because the food lacks digestive enzymes. All the enzymes are destroyed in the cooking process.
Over Cooked Foods – Denatures the proteins, vitamins & minerals and they become unusable to our bodies. Basically it becomes “Dead Food”
Dehydration – Water regulates every single function in our bodies, from growth to metabolism, also your digestion to cardiovascular function. Numerous studies have been conducted on athletes since the 1940’s and they all demonstrated that even mild dehydration drastically impairs performance.
Sleep – Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems, including those that stem from an impaired immune system. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu and other ailments but when it is not functioning properly, it fails to do its job. The consequences can include more sick days.
Stress – The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the subsequent over exposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems. That’s why it’s so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.
Choices Which Will Get Your Orchestra Back in Tune.
When you choose to eat a little more raw fruits or vegetables before and with each meal you will find that this creates better digestion.
Eating a rainbow color of foods supports our bodies orchestra and reduces the stress on our immune system.
Eat smaller portions of animal protein at each meal and this will help lessen the stress on the digestion system.
Small changes can help a lot. A diet that is over 51% in raw foods will keep the immune system in tune & in the ready mode at all times.
Apples – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Today, this old proverb in backed up by science. Research suggests that due to the Vitamin C and other antioxidants in apples, this fruit may reduce risk of cancer by preventing DNA damage. Also, fibers control cholesterol levels, helping with heart disease and weight loss.
Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil’s antimicrobial effects reduce stress on the immune system, allowing the immune system to function more efficiently. The stronger our immune system is the better the body is able to defend itself against all types of illnesses, whether infectious or degenerative.
Water How much should I drink? – The rule of thumb is to drink about half an ounce of water per pound of body weight. If a person weighs one hundred pounds, then your daily water intake should be 50 ounces a day of water. Drink the greater part of your water in between meals. Drinking too much water with a meal dilutes your digestive juices, delays & blocks the digestive process considerably. When we drink enough water, our body can eliminate toxins much quicker.
Sleep – Seven to nine hours of sleep every night and going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time every morning will strengthen our immune system. By avoiding caffeine after lunch and not consuming any alcohol within six hours before going to bedtime sets up your body for a better night sleep. No computer or TV in the bedroom.
Cherries for Better Sleep- Tart cherries contain a significant amount of Melatonin, a hormone also produced in the brain’s pineal gland that regulates sleep and circadian rhythm. Melatonin has antioxidant properties and is especially beneficial because it is soluble in both fat and water, so it can enter cells that other antioxidants cannot.
Stress – By living in the present & looking at life from a humorous angle allows us to let go of stress & heal faster.
The Possibilities of a Smile- The simple action of a Smile can immediately switch you into a clam, Positive Awareness.
Try this for 10 Seconds & feel yourself change.
First, Think about Someone or Something that you LOVE, that always puts a Smile on your face,
Second, Now hold that thought & Smile for 10 Seconds.
The Longer we Choose to do this the Better it Gets.
NOW Life has the Possibility to become Very Good all Day!!!!
Supporting your Immune system with supplements
Digestive Enzymes – Offers a comprehensive blend of ten enzymes that enhances digestion (100% non-animal) that all function together to extract all the nutrients from the foods that we eat at breakfast, lunch, dinner and our snacks. Undigested foods will create inflammation and creates other health issues in our bodies.
Probiotics (beneficial bacteria) – Maintain the intestinal micro flora balance, promote good digestion, immune function, help us maintain healthy cholesterol levels & increase resistance to infections.
Colostrum is Life’s first food & is an Immune supplement. – Colostrum has a Virus Antibody that acts against viral invaders. Bovine colostrum, has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system as hormones of the Thymus gland. The colostrum immune factor not only boosts the under active immune system but it also works toward regulating the over active immune system.
Whole-food Vitamins – These are more readily and acceptable to the digestive system than processed multivitamins . With the additional benefits of using organic herbs and naturally occurring minerals, organic whole-food vitamins are a much better source of nutrition. Inorganic vitamins and minerals offer little or no absorption through the walls of the intestine. Most of this inorganic material will just pass through you.
Chlorophyll – This is a blood cell builder which helps the elimination of toxins from your body. It’s a nutritional aid for the immune system and one characteristic of chlorophyll is that it contains abundant minerals, vitamins, protein and trace elements. This is the reason why, as a food substance chlorophyll constitutes to be one of the richest food supplements known to us today. Chlorophyll is therefore essential to our vitality and well-being, ensuring that we stay and remain healthy.
So give your body the tools that it needs to fight off the flu and strengthen your immune system.
Any questions or comments email Kevin Struz
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