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Preparing Your Immune System for a Healthy Flu Season

Oct 01, 2014 08:54AM
by Dr. Isabel Sharkar

Giving your immune system a boost is the surest way to combat the cold and flu season. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Don’t wait to act, start boosting your immune system today.

Take non-corn based vitamin C regularly to boost your immune system and check your vitamin D3 levels. Zinc is highly beneficial in repairing cells while probiotics strengthen your gut, which comprises 70 percent of your immune system. The homeopathic, Influenzinum, is a great alternative to the flu vaccine and its preventative effect has been clinically evaluated. Also, have olive leaf extract, Oscillococcinum, BioVegetarian and Oregano oil on standby for the first onset of symptoms. Add immune boosting foods like garlic, onion, ginger and turmeric to your meals.

To rid the body of toxins and combat getting sick, it is important to stay hydrated. If you find yourself drinking a lot of water and still feeling thirsty, chances are your body is not absorbing it. Sole water therapy is very beneficial and should be researched by all. Alcohol, processed food and refined sugar suppress the immune system and are best avoided. Did you know that 75 grams of sugar (about 2 cans of Coca-Cola) inhibits the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria for five hours? The effectiveness of toxic flu shots, some containing mercury and formaldehyde, is yet to be proven, so exploring alternative ways to boost the immune system is highly useful.

If you feel a cold or flu coming on, you must act straight away. Every moment you delay boosting your immune system, you are allowing the virus to replicate and cause havoc. Natural therapies work and you must be aggressive in using them. Consult with your naturopathic doctor for the best cold and flu prevention plan.

Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit


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