How to avoid the Flu

November 14, 2012

in ABC's of Healing, Tips & Tricks

As it gets colder out and we tend to stay inside more, we all become more susceptible to colds and influenza. But, just because you’re packed into a subway car with a bunch of sniffling and sneezing New Yorkers or your kid’s school class is singin’ the snotty blues doesn’t mean that you have to succumb to this season’s strain of the flu virus.

Here’s a couple things I do (and would recommend to anyone) to bolster immune defenses and show the flu who’s boss:


    Greens + non-starchy veggies- go seasonal (kale, chard,tat soi, bok choi, salad greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, ) maybe try the green smoothie in the morning, i love it.
    Proteins – wild (never farmed), coldwater fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), grass fed free range, organic meats no more than 2/week. Take it easy on the beef/pork. Add in more beans (make sure you soak overnight to get rid of hard to digest lectins)
    Make bone broth (from scratch) – roast a chicken, save the carcass, simmer it all night, throw in onion, carrot, celery root etc – check out this recipe. The most nutritious thing for winter, great for your immune system + gut.
    Fats/oils – only unrefined oils (olive oil for salads, coconut oil, ghee or sesame oil for high heat cooking) + whole fats (nuts/avocado/animals) You need fat to absorb vitamins/minerals!
    Seaweed – check out Kombu for soups/stews (esp with beans). Also, they have dulse + seaweed/salt mix you can use as salt alternative. Chock full of minerals hard to get anywhere else. (PS try Seasnax, I’m totally addicted)
    Sweetener – green stevia powder (or the whole leaf), xylitol, limited raw local honey, maple syrup, rapadura Sugar
    Fruit + Nuts/Seeds-Berries, pomegranates, lemon/lime as much as you want. Take it easy on the high sugar fruits (citrus/sweet apples).Avoid peanuts, go with Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts. Go for raw rather than roasted.
    Vinegar – Raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is best for salads. Also try brown rice vinegar
    Fermented foods – experiment with high quality miso paste for dressings and sauces (and soup!), tempeh + buy a good RAW unpasteurized saurkraut or kimchee. If ya can’t deal, get a high quality probiotic and rotate brands to get different strains. Probiotics are KEY o keeping you from getting sick.
    Herbs/Spices – especially ginger, turmeric + garlic


    Refined sugar (hiding in EVERYTHING, inc’l canned soup etc) learn to read labels!
    Polyunsaturated oils, seed oils (corn oil/soy bean/canola oil etc)
    Dairy – will cause excess mucus/promotes congestion. UNLESS you can get raw, unpasteurized milk/yoghurt/cream straight from the farm. (legal in some states, illegal in others. go figure)
    Refined flour (pasta/bread/baked goods/crackers etc). Experiment with sprouting or try a sprouted bread/wrap you can get in the frozen section of the healthfood store.
    Gluten – Wheat, Barley, Rye, Semolina, Spelt, Couscous and Bulgur. Try rice/buckwheat/quinoa/millet/almond flour based wraps/crackers/bread if you’re jonesing for baked stuff.
    Anything containing chemical food additives-if you’re grandma wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.
    Alcohol – if you must have a drink, go with low sugar alternative (Tequila on the rocks w a splash of lime? Yum.), or a dry wine.
    Soda-never a good idea, too much sugar. Duh. Again…Sugar = inflammation = sickness
    Caffeine (except green tea and dark choccolate)


    Add in a food based multi (take 2 with every meal), and Vitamin D3 (unless you get a ton of sun) and a high quality fish oil

Here’s a couple of herbal things that will help keep you from catching the bug (this straight from my naturopath extraordinaire, Dr. Doni Wilson)

    Triple Flu Defense:- Take 20 drops once per week throughout the flu season. When you’ve been exposed (or if you are going on an airplane) take TFD three times per day.
    To support your immune system in case you do get sick, get these 3 herbal formulas and swallow 2-3 of each, every 3-4 hours :EHB, HMC, and Astra Isatis

Let me know how you make out!


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