A Natural News article details why the flu shot is not always the best solution to combat seasonal flu or influenza. Every year, thousands of physicians and pharmacists stress on the need to inoculate as many people as possible with the shot.
However, this shot is not always as lifesaving as the general masses are led to believe. For instance, the American Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reported that children who received a flu shot had no difference in flu in comparison to those who did not get one.
Depend on your own immune system
There are a rising number of reports that present the negative effects linked to the flu vaccine. It is said to contain toxic ingredients such as thimerosal (mercury), MSG (monosodium glutamate), formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals. These properties if inserted into our systems, can weaken our immunity and defense mechanisms.
According to a study from the health policy and administration department at Pennsylvania State University, children who may have come into contact with alternative medicine, had lower odds of requiring the flu vaccine in the first place.
Further, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that there was no difference in deaths from the flu and pneumonia among the older population, although there has been a 15% rise in flu shots among the elderly from 1980 to the present.
Five natural alternatives to the flu shot
1. Increase vitamin C
Vitamin C has been known to boost the human immune system by preventing infections and bringing down the duration of a cold or flu.
2. Rid the body of inflammation
According to Natural Blaze, the root cause of modern diseases can be chronic inflammation. This makes defending colds or the seasonal flu more challenging.
3. Remove the opportunity for viruses to thrive
Strengthening the immune system can increase our resistance against all such sicknesses and eliminate the opportunity for viruses to survive.
4. De-stress your life
According to Dr. Scott Graves, stress results in a weakened immune system. Keeping away from negative emotions and engaging in stress management strategies, are helpful when combating the common cold or flu.
5. Keep clean and strengthen the immune system
Foods with sugar could lower your immunity by 40-50% for 24 hours. Dr. Graves, writing for Natural Blaze, also mentions that everyone’s immune system is already functioning below 50 percent with the daily sugar intake these days. Such foods need to be replaced with fresh vegetables to prevent diseases.