Update on 2017/2018 Flu
Joy Lasseter, Ph.D. Nutritionist, Speaker, Author, Success Coach
The peculiar pattern of this year's flu has been that it keeps changing. First you have the flu (two types: gastro-intestional or respiratory). Then you get a sinus infection (headache, congestion, sore throat, fever) which can drop down into your lungs and BANG you have pneumonia!
Other cases have turned into sepsis! The beginning symptoms can be mistaken for flu. Be watchful for these sepsis symptoms: a high fever, inability to keep fluids down, rapid heart beat, rapid shallow breathing and/or shortness of breath, lethargy and/or confusion, slurred speech often resembling intoxication. Sepsis can kill! Get to the emergency room immediately if you have these symptoms!!!
Also, there is apparently some problem with side effects from Tamiflu as well. I will let you read all about this on the link. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/01/how-influenza-can-lead-to-sepsis.aspx (If this doesn't link for your computer, copy and paste into your browser.)
My focus is going to be on the nutrition aspects to keep you healthy.
First the basics:
Eat 3 healthy meals a day. (No fast foods or sodas!)
Drink 8 glasses of pure water or herbal teas to stay well hydrated.
Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep. (Your body heals while you sleep)
Balance work time with fun time and take "mental health break." (Relieves stress)
Don't take yourself too seriously. Enjoy life. Be grateful. (Happy thoughts increase your immune response!)
Now the Specifics:
Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, introduced the idea that Vitamin D deficiency may be a causative factor in getting the flu. In 2009 a large national study confirmed that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or flu. Since then several other studies have come to similar conclusions. In 2017 a study was published that concluded that Vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu.
I recommend Metagenics Vitamin D3 either 1000 or 5000 depending on patient's need. (This form is bioavailable and needs no conversion in our body.)
Other helpful supplements are Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and Zinc lozenges. Zinc boosts immune function and helps activate T cells, (our white blood cell "fighting soldiers.")
I recommend taking a B Complex formula with all the B Vitamins: Metagenics Glycogenics.
My Favorite Vitamin C formula for immune support is Metagenics Ultra Potent-C Chewable, providing 250 mg. of Vitamin C with several other nutrients for immune support. Use as a lozenge.
For zinc I prefer Metagenics Zinc A.G. tablets.
I have a blue link for Metagenics ordering on the "Why Supplements" page. If you have any questions let me know. I am here to help.
Disclaimer – Do you have a disease or use medications? Follow your doctor’s recommendation for your condition. Dr. Joy custom designs nutrition programs for individuals, provides seminars for companies and conferences, teaches nutrition workshops and sells high quality Metagenics medical and functional food supplements. (Click "Why Supplements" tab for more info.)
Joy's Nutrition Gathering 2018 Series
3rd Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 pm.
For details please click the Talk Topics tab.
Feb. 15 - Feed your Heart for Health
Mar. 15 - Overcoming Food Allergy Limitations
Apr. 19 - Relieve Joint Pain and Stiffness
May 17 - Get Rid of Your Bloat and Gas
June 21 - Magic Stress Busters Keep You Calm and Focused
Grow Your Organic Food in Your Yard, Patio, Balcony
March 24, 10 to 12 in private Vancouver garden, $40
Reserve you space early. Handouts are gathered from many different sources. Limited group size for maximum attention.
The foods you choose each day will determine your future health: energy, stamina, mental focus, physical mobility, and longevity.
Make wise food choices every day!
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