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10 Ways to Prevent the “Incurable”

November 15, 2006
In times of sickness the soul collects itself anew.
 ~Latin proverb

There’s just no getting around it – we all get sick. And with the winter months fast approaching and cold and flu season right upon us, now is the perfect time to hunker down and bolster our defenses.

So today I thought we could discuss a few all natural alternatives to drugs that will help keep you healthy even when everyone around you is getting sick. And hopefully we’ll get through this season unscathed.

I’m sure you’ve already heard of hundreds of tricks people use to kick the cold or flu. Some work OK but most are just old wives tales. So today I thought I’d help you separate some of the fact from the fiction.

Personally I hate to be sick… and if your elderly…have kids…a career…or even worse if you run your own business…

Getting sick just isn’t an option! So here’s my list of the top 10 REAL ways you can keep these stubborn germs at bay and safe guard your health all year long …

#10) Get Some Fresh Air

Regular doses of fresh air are critically important to dodging the cold and flu. Fresh air is the life blood of your body. Take walks…go to the park or the beach. But make sure you’re getting plenty of fresh air every day. Not to mention germs are more highly concentrated indoors. So make sure you’re getting out of the house regularly.

#9) Take a Sauna

Scientists aren’t exactly sure what role saunas play in fighting germs. But there are dozens of cultures around the globe that firmly believe in taking a regular “schvitz”. One theory is it’s too hot in the sauna for most cold and flu viruses to survive. So breathing in the hot steam – and the resulting increase in body temperature takes the fight right to them.

#8) Hands Off

The easiest way for cold and flu viruses to enter your body is through your mouth, nose and eyes. So hands off – and for goodness sakes, NO nail biting. You might as well be chewing on raw dirt and germs.

#7) Exercise Regularly

Not only does regular exercise strengthen your body -- and your immune system. But sweating is one of the best ways to eliminate impurities from your body.  It’s a great one-two punch that will knock out most cold and flu viruses before they ever have a chance to attack.

#6) Eat Plenty of Fresh Veggies

The vitamins and nutrients found in fresh vegetables are exactly what your body needs to super charge your immune system and fight off most colds. The dark leafy varieties work best – they’re overflowing with vitamins and rich in anti-oxidants! 3 – 5 servings a day will keep your body running at maximum efficiency. And if you own a juicer like I do you can get all 5 servings in one quick glass!

#5) No Smoking -- EVER

Statistics prove that smokers get more frequent and severe colds and flu’s than non-smokers. Actually, just being in a smoky room can zap your immune system considerably – so try and avoid them if possible. Smoking is probably the single worst thing you can do for your health. So don’t do it! And if you are a smoker…QUIT NOW. I know it’s hard – but if I can do it so can you.

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#4) Put Down the Booze

A couple drinks here and there won’t kill you. But heavy alcohol consumption can destroy your liver and wreak havoc on your immune system. Your liver is your body’s primary filtration system – so when it’s not functioning properly germs can start to collect in all kinds of places they shouldn’t be. So feel free to have an occasional drink – but try not to wake up in the driveway naked more than once a week…TOPS.

#3) Drink Plenty of Water

This is a BIG one – water is the giver of life. Water flushes out your system washing away all those nasty viruses—and it keeps you hydrated so your immune systems can run at maximum efficiency. If you’re not getting enough water on a daily basis you could be setting yourself up for all kinds of problems. I recommend drinking at least 8 glasses a day.

#2) Really Relax

And I don’t mean watching T.V. or sleeping. I’m talking about really relaxing – it can be tough to do at first. But you can teach yourself to do it fairly quickly with a little practice. Simply sit down in a nice quiet place and just focus on your breathing –let all the problems of the world slip away for 10 minutes. If you can teach yourself to truly relax it’s like being able to turn on your immune system at will.

#1) Wash Your Hands

My mom would be so proud to hear me say that! And it’s the best advice you’ll ever receive because most cold and flu viruses are passed on by person to person contact -- not air-born transfer. And you can pull germs from anywhere… door knobs…key boards…public telephones. And they can live for hours -- sometimes even weeks. So make sure you’re washing your hands regularly.

So try them out. It’s no cure of course – but it’s your first best chance to keep from getting sick year round. Until I figure out a cure that is.

Stay Healthy!

Doc Darville
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