All over town, and by town I mean Facebook I'm starting to see that people are again getting a cold/flu and are running for the pharmacy to pick up symptom suppressing drugs.
Here are simple tips to give your body the nutrients it needs to prevent sickness:
1. Vitamin C (preferably from fruits/veggies - but if not, get a whole food supplement)
2. Vitamin D
4. Fish oil
Make sure you consult with your local chiropractor/nutritionist regarding how much of each nutrient you should be taking. In my opinion, make sure you are taking significantly more than the RDA recommended levels.
I am happy to report that since I started being fully diligent about taking my supplements I have been cold/flu free for over 2 years! Yes. And this is coming from someone who used to be sick 3-4 times per year for at least 2 weeks at a time!.
What I've put up here is exactly what I take. I know that there are 1million things out there that you can take, so find what works for you, but this are four basic nutrients that if you are deficient your body will have a hard time fighting viruses and bacteria.
Often patients ask me what I think of the Flu Shot (vaccine) and my answer is always the same: I don't like it. There is no research to prove that a) it works, b) its safe (yes, there are potentially very serious side effects to the vaccine). And, why would you want to get a shot for something that good nutrition can fight, and if you do get it, a few days of taking it easy and chicken soup can help? Exactly, you wouldn't!
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Dr. Eric - Santa Monica Chiropractor