Thinking Of Getting The Flu Shot? Do This Instead
It’s that time of year again here in Australia. Every time we turn on the telly we’re inundated with pleas to rush to the doctor to have a flu jab. God forbid we let our immune systems do their jobs! It peeves me off something fierce.
Our bodies are equipped for protection. When we do right by them, they’ll carry us through winter without too much of a hitch. Sure, we may get a minor cold, the sniffles, or a fever, but that isn’t really anything to panic over. These are just symptoms of our bodies cleansing themselves and bringing themselves back to homeostasis. When we suppress this process with drugs – or try to stop it from occurring altogether with a vaccine – we’re messing with a natural process that really only has our best interest at heart. The band-aid is applied and we haven’t dealt with the root cause.
We get sick when our immune systems aren’t functioning properly. So, it only makes sense that in order to prevent sickness, we should boost our immune systems. Right? I’m just a humble blogger who has trouble adding up without a calculator and even I can figure out that one.
What’s in the flu vaccine?
I want the rest of this post to be positive, so I’m not going to go into all of the nasty side effects associated to the list of chemicals contained in the flu vaccine. However, if you would like to see a list of what’s actually going into your body when you get the jab, click here and scroll to the last page. I ran all of the ingredients though Google and discovered this: They are ALL chemicals. They ALL have toxic effects (there’s not one drug on the planet that doesn’t). Some of them are carcinogenic – aka they cause cancer.
How to boost your immunity and naturally ward off colds and flus:
1. Eat tonnes of veggies
Fresh, organic vegetables are true superfoods when it comes to building up your immune system. Vitamin C loaded veggies are particularly powerful, so load up on capsicum, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and fruits like papaya, strawberries, kiwi fruit, oranges and lemons.
2. Drink veggie juices and smoothies every day
The quickest and best way to get the nutrients held in fresh veggies into your system is by juicing them. A juicer will turn your veggies into a potent, magical, life-boosting elixir.
Smoothies are also awesome, especially when you add superfoods like green powders, camu camu berry (high in vitamin C) and gubinge (super high in vitamin C).
3. Drink cold & flu fighting tonics
I love drinking teas made from lemon, ginger and honey in the cooler months. These ingredients are immunising, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.
4. The real flu shot
Combine this in a shot glass: Ginger juice, lemon juice, raw honey, and a drop of oregano oil. Shot it down and let it work its magic.
5. Essential oils
I add a drop or two of oregano oil to my coconut oil each morning when I do my oil pulling. Oil of oregano powerfully targets sinus congestion, colds, sore and throats.
I also love adding oils like peppermint, lavender or citrus to my diffuser and having them naturally medicate my air supply through the day.
6. Listen to your body
The biggest gift you can give your body during the cooler months is to listen to it. Generally, this is the season when we need more rest. We should ultimately go into a bit of hibernation – just like the bears. I always let my body sleep longer during winter, and I listen carefully when it starts telling me it needs rest. Grant it its wishes.
7. Get your daily dose of vitamin D
Vitamin D is super important for immunity – to ALL illnesses and diseases. Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean we should stop exposing our skin to sunlight. No sunlight? Ask your naturopath for a good vitamin D3 supplement.
8. Take some supplements
When your immune system is under threat, supplementation can be handy. Good ones in particular include zinc, vitamin C and a good probiotic. Click here to read my post on choosing the best supplements.
9. Eat loads of garlic
Garlic can help relieve symptoms from colds or other mild upper respiratory tract infections, supports general immune function and relieves mucous congestion and coughs. It also has a natural antibacterial and antifungal action, acts as an antiseptic, fights infection and contains chemicals that help to prevent cancer.
10. Visit a homeopath
If you’re really worried about contracting influenza this winter, visit a homeopath and have a discussion about homeopathic vaccinations.
What’s your opinion of the flu shot? How do you choose to build up your immune system? Talk to me by leaving a comment below.
Positive affirmation for the day: My body knows what it’s doing.
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