As the summer begins to come to a close, and the kids are back in those stuffy classrooms where they share more than just notes, flu season begins to kick into high gear. You typically see flu season activity begin around October and last through the winter, and consequently, it’s wise to do everything possible to minimize the risk of contracting the virus yourself. As one of the most deadly infectious diseases, researchers have estimated that the flu causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the US every year!
There are several ways you can maximize your chances of making it through the flu season without becoming a victim. Every year you hear the news stories about thousands of people lining up for flu shots. The flu vaccine should be pursued if you are 65 or older, have a weak immune system or chronic medical condition, are pregnant in your second or third trimester, you smoke, or you work in a health-care setting. If none of these apply to you, good nutrition and exercise is your best defense, as well as taking some general precautionary measures. You should frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs or sneezes, and keep your distance from others who are sick.
Often, our customers ask what are the best vitamins and minerals for flu prevention. In these situations, we frequently endorse our preferred Life Extension suggested list, available on our website, as it not only provides you with what to take, but also how much. A few highlights include the obvious choices like vitamin C, which we offer in multiple forms such as Empirical Labs Liposomal Vitamin C liquid, zinc, or vitamin D. However, the list also includes some less common choices, like elderberry or selenium. As always, we can make personalized recommendations, such as taking Life Extension’s Echinacea Extract to shorten the duration, reduce symptoms, and reduce the odds of getting a cold if you leave us a comment here, or use the contact information listed on our website.
In the spirit of staying ahead of the flu curve, there are a number of things you can do to try and prevent this dangerous, infectious disease. We hope you found this article helpful! As always, if you have specific concerns or conditions, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to make more specific vitamin or supplement recommendations for you.
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions