Bug-A-Boo About the Flu
Prevention & What You Can Do If You Get It
The flu is caused by a virus called Influenza A, B, or C. Symptoms of the flu can be sore throat, muscle aches and pains, stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea.
The virus is spread person to person in many ways.
Coughed or sneezed into the air
Drinking after or kissing someone who is infected
Touching cups, doorknobs, keyboards, telephones or eating utensils that have been infected
Antibiotics are completely useless when dealing with a virus. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections and do nothing to limit the flu virus
Not everyone who is exposed to a viral particle develops the flu. A person with a healthy immune system can mount a very quick response and prevent the flu virus from entering cells or slow the replication of the virus. This happens a number of ways.
The Immune System & Viruses
Our immune systems are very capable of dealing with a virus and here is the defenses our bodies are designed to mount.
Fever: By increasing the body temperature even a couple degrees the virus is inhibited by creating interferons. These guys surround cells that have the virus and stimulate an enzyme that stops it from multiplying, and it destroys the infected cells.
Our Innate Immune System: This part of our immune system kicks in and calls white blood cells in to fight, clear away dead cells and activates our adaptive immune system.
Our Adaptive Immune System: Remembers the invader and makes antibodies to prevent future invaders. This IgM antibody is very good at eliminating viruses and is produced for a couple of weeks after exposure. IgG another antibody made does not have a time limit and is around indefinitely to respond to future exposures.
Our immune system is always active, and it is at work daily clearing viruses we are exposed to.
Flu Prevention/Immune Support
There are several ways to prevent a flu infection. Some involve things you do daily and there are things you can take as prevention.
Basic hand washing. Don't eat or touch your eyes or nose without washing your hands.
Limit exposure to large crowds and avoid high risk areas. If you have to go to the doctor for routine visit be sure to ask when the best time is to come to avoid exposure. Wear a mask in high risk areas.
Maintain a STRONG Immune System by eating a whole foods diet, minimizing sugar and white flour intake, maintain nutrition levels with supplementation and get enough rest.
Multivitamins - Probiotics - Fish Oils
· Eat warm foods like soup to adjust to cooler weather.
Ginger Root: Helps with nausea, warming, mild pain reliever. Add a little lemon or honey to enhance benefits.
Chamomile Tea: Relaxes the body and supports immune function
Elderberry: Direct immune modulator, reduces spread of the virus
Ashwagandah: Boosts immune function and help reduce recovery time
Echinacea: Blood cleaner, immune support
Aconite 30C: Restless, thirsty, sudden fever of chills, fear of death. Sudden onset of symptoms
Arsenicum 30C: Extreme physical weakness, a bit restless in the mind. Vomiting & diarrhea at the same time followed by weakness. Thirsty for very cold water.
Byronia 30C: For person who feels better completely still or much worse with movement. Very thirsty, mouth and other mucous membranes could be very dry. Throbbing headache and wants to be left alone
Gelsemium 30C: Weakness, sense of heaviness and trembling. Great chills may need help standing. Symptoms come on slowly.
Nux Vomica: Chills predominate, cold draft intolerable. Better when covered, worse when uncovered. Sensitive to a lot of noise and light.
Soup: Any homemade, clear broth soup, add organic meat, veggies and rice. No creamy soups, no pasta.
Ginger Ale: Homemade water, fresh ground ginger, sip at room temperature.
Rice: White or brown organic steamed. Can add a little cinnamon and almond milk.
**No heavy meals, no fried foods, no ice cream or chips, candy etc.**
For cough, earaches, chest congestion, fever: Homemade garlic oil: peel 1 clove of garlic cut in half, place in 1/4 cup of olive oil, let sit for 15 minutes. Apply oil to chest and bottom of feet as often as needed.
Soup can be a soothing meal that warms your entire body. Instead of eating a heavy, cream-based soup that packs on the calories, why not have one that makes you healthier? Our featured recipe this month is just that, a soup that includes a trio of powerful superfoods: broccoli, kale and spinach, that makes for a delicious and healthy combination. With just these three vegetables, stock, garlic and paprika, you’ll be on your way to a fresh, tasty soup the likes of which you could never find in a can!
Souper Food Soup
( Serves 2)
1 cup of fresh kale, chopped
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
1 garlic clove smashed and kept whole
1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon for drizzling
1 teaspoon paprika
4 cups water or vegetable stock
Wash the vegetables in clear water, dry and chop them roughly.
In a deep pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil with the garlic clove whole on a very low fire.
When the oil is hot and infused with the garlic, discard the clove. Add the vegetables, a generous pinch of salt and stir well to coat them in the oil.
Allow the vegetables to cook down and release their moisture, stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups of water or vegetable stock, when half has been absorbed, add the remaining 2 cups. Close the pot and simmer until all vegetables are tender. When cooked thoroughly, make sure there is enough cooking liquid to form a “soup” otherwise add a little more water. Transfer the soup to a food processor and mix until smooth.
Serve the soup with a drizzle of olive oil and some paprika to taste.
This recipe can be customized with toppings right for your type like sour cream, kale chips, seeds or homemade croutons.