I know its something I have to take seriously to a certain extent but I feel so saturated with the media and everyone talking about H1N1. I can’t take it anymore. And of course we all get this question almost on a daily basis know: Are you going to get the vaccine?

Well I have been thinking about it, did my research, talked to people. Last week I went to a party where most of the people present work in a hospital and they said they were refusing it. They told me why as well. The whole major debate is over the added squalene adjuvant.

Anyways I am not writing this post to be controversal…but as you can guess probably I have decided to NOT get the vaccine. So then what can I, or you, do to prevent getting the H1N1 virus? I found some great info:

Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet. Sugar consumption has an immediate, debilitating effect on your immune system.
– Take a high quality source of animal-based omega 3 fats like Krill Oil.
Optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is the likely cause of seasonal flu viruses. Getting an optimal level of vitamin D will help you fight infections of all kinds.
Exercise. Your immune system needs good circulation in order to perform at its best for you.
– Get plenty of good quality sleep.
Deal with stress effectively. If you feel overwhelmed by stress, your body will not have the reserves it needs to fight infection.
Wash your hands. But not with an antibacterial soap. Use a pure, chemical-free soap.

Finally a site that says the antibacterial stuff is not good. YAY. I have avoided the stuff for ever because you need to be in contact with everyday bacteria to build general, everyday antibodies.

FoodPic_Vitamin_DSo back tot he food recommendations. First one is easy and obvious. But the other two…where can you find animal-based omega 3 and more vitamin D in your diet?

Find animal-based omega 3 in: anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardines. Krill oil and green-lipped mussel oil capsules sold in pharmacies. Eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt and meat from grass fed animals.

Find vitamin D in: well its pretty similar to omega 3…herring, mackerel, salmon and tuna, egg yolks, beef liver. Also fortified foods (added vit D see package) like margarine, breakfast cereals, orange juice, soy milk  and  milk. But of course the best source of vitamin D is the ultraviolet B rays of the sun….so go outside and take in some sunlight (without sunscreen) in the fall and winter for 15-30 min.

Stay healthy!

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