Flu Season – What you should really do

Chinese Medicine

Every where you look in Austin, there are signs for getting the flu shot or some other vaccine. If you happen to be a senior citizen, they will give you a super dose! Despite this push, there has been no decline in the number of people getting the flu. NONE! That should tell you something about the efficacy of these particular vaccines. Did you know that the vaccines are based on last year’s flu viruses? There is no way to predict what will make its way around to us this year so it becomes a bit of a guessing game. Are you aware that when you get the flu vaccine, they are actually giving a form of the flu virus?! If you have a strong immune system, the flu shot probably won’t bother you much. For others that don’t, they will get the flu and feel bad for about 2 weeks after the vaccine. Plus, it still won’t guarantee you wont get the flu later on. Regardless of your decision to get a flu shot or not, there are steps you can take to make sure you have a strong immune system. Bacteria and viruses can only take hold and wreak havoc if your system is weak!
First, you need to take care of yourself. Reduce or eliminate all refined flours and processed sugars. Excessive sugar intake depresses the immune system.
Second, get plenty of rest. Our body goes through a lot of recovery and repair when we sleep.
Third, learn to manage your stress and keep some form of exercise going in your life no matter how busy you get. Excessive stress takes a major toll on our immune system. Acupuncture is another great way to reduce stress.
Clinical nutrition support and herbal support through the winter months are a fantastic way to help your immune system resist the onslaught of viral and bacterial infection.
Don’t let this season get you down! Take care of yourself. See how much better you can feel and literally breeze through the upcoming months.
Yours in Health
Vanessa