One of the most effective ways to prevent the dreaded influenza is to eat healthy foods that boost the immune system, fighting off viral infections that cause the flu.
Another equally-effectual flu defense is avoiding foods which weaken the immune system. These immune-weakening foods include sugars, processed foods with preservatives, and foods which hurt the gut microbiome such as meats with antibiotics and produce/ meats with glyphosate a.k.a. Roundup (a ubiquitously-applied pesticide).
Please understand that antibiotics do not kill the flu viruses, as viruses are not “alive” in the sense that bacteria and fungi are (the purpose of antibiotics is to kill unwelcome bacteria and fungi in the body). Antibiotics also damage the critical microbiome (probiotics) which is the most important factor in strengthening the immune system!
70% of the immune system surrounds the gut and as such, foods and medicines that compromise the microbiome or the integrity of the gut-lining will make you more susceptible to the flu and other infections. The following foods will boost your immune system helping to fight many illnesses and infections, including influenza:
Foods rich in Vitamin C such as citrus, sweet potatoes, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red bell peppers and butternut squash
Bone broth provides lots of minerals and amino acids (protein building blocks) that accelerate tissue healing
Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchee, miso, traditionally-fermented pickles and unpasteurized sauerkraut are sources of healthy bacteria that increase immune system strength
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is anti- bacterial, anti- fungal, anti- viral and decreases inflammation. ACV also enhances the immune system by making your system more alkaline while decreasing inflammation
Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. For best immune-boosting results, it is best consumed raw
Organic vegetables such as dark greens (kale, spinach, chard, collards) possess several antioxidants and contain lots of vitamin C to fight infections. Blending, and to a lesser degree, juicing, is a very effective and powerful strategy to consume high concentrations of immune fighting substances
Foods with high levels of Vitamin A and Zinc–
High Zinc levels: meat, shellfish, legumes, lentils, mushrooms, tofu, oysters, seeds, nuts, dairy and eggs High Vitamin A levels: Cod liver oil, mackerel, eggs, salmon, liver, goat cheese, red peppers, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, many fruits
The best way to prevent the flu is to prepare in advance by consuming higher amounts of these foods as you approach the flu season in lieu of the controversial flu vaccine.
Always remember to Enjoy the Journey, Dr. Bob