Now that summer has come to an end, we all know what that means: flu season is starting. It is starting, and there is nothing that any of us can do about it? Or is there…? Well, technically none of us can control the weather, but there are ways that we can make our immune systems stronger against the oncoming germ attacks.
One of the key steps, is to make sure we eat enough protein. Protein is the foundation for our immune systems, and allows us to build things like T-cells and B-cells to protect the body. Then, we want to add in extra nutrients and antioxidants. These extra nutrients include: selenium, zinc, copper, and silver. Antioxidants are measured in a unit called ORAC. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This indicates the amount of carcinogens, pathogens, and free-radicals that a certain amount of antioxidants can counter. Normally, a person should get 20,000 ORAC units every day. This has been shown in many long-living societies to be the number that they (mostly by chance) consume. Clinicians, doctors, and researchers have also seen great medical benefit in using as much as 100,000 ORAC units in people with conditions such as cancer, and M.S. ORAC helps boost the immune system so that these problems are minimized, then the protein-derivatives are responsible for any bacterial or viral leftover.
However, it is best to reduce the bacterial and viral leftovers. How do we do this? Well, by washing your hands, of course!
Use warm water to rinse your hands first; this water should be 100-105 degrees in temperature. Then, apply soap and lather for 20-30 seconds, remembering to get under nails, between fingers, and on the wrists (if not all the way up the forearms). Rinse the soap off, then and dry your hands. Do not touch the sink with your now-clean hands! Use a dry, unused paper towel to turn off the sink.
Taking out certain foods are imperative, as well. Gluten, fried food, oil in a bottle, BPA, preservatives in meat, well-done meat, and processed sugar can all cause significant damage to the immune system, and the body. While most are free-radicals and carcinogens, gluten works against the body’s immune system to suppress it, and produce histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and other effects which minimize the ability of the body to properly combat illness.
Eat the right foods, stay away from the wrong foods, and wash your hands. Seems pretty easy when you look at it like that.