Public health officials have been scrambling to get information out about how to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus…
And virtually ignoring the far bigger threat: the flu virus that’s already killed more than 18,000 Americans this season.
There are more than 200 viruses out there that can show up with influenza-like symptoms. They come with all the hits like scratchy throat, fever, headache, runny nose, fatigue and a general feeling of malaise.
But warding off all of these threats is manageable. You just need to take the right precautions.
I’ve never developed the flu during my decades of practicing medicine, despite caring for thousands of patients with viral infections.
My secret? I have always applied the following strategies to help ward off early viral attacks.
- Vitamin D3: Take a daily dose at night of 3,000 to 5,000 international units (IU). And it never hurts to get your vitamin D levels checked. Ideally, folks want to be in the range of 50 to 80 nanograms per milliliter. And if you start to feel signs of an illness coming on, you can boost your intake of D3 to 25,000 IU… but for three days only.
- Zinc: Take 25 to 50 milligrams each morning. I prefer chelated zinc supplements because they have better absorption rates, but regular zinc will work fine too. This will act as a major immune system booster to help fight off sickness.
- Vitamin C: A gram or two a day is all it takes to give a little bump to the immune system. And if you feel something coming on, you can bump it up to a gram every six hours. But if this upsets your stomach or gives your diarrhea (in rare cases, it’s been known to), stop immediately.
- Olive leaf spray: It’s the easiest natural way to fend off sinus congestion, early illness or sore throat. As a preventive measure (like before flying or spending time in a large group of people) take a couple of squirts of olive leaf spray in each nostril or right into your throat. And if you already feel an illness coming on, take a dose every four hours on the day it shows up. And then take it three times daily for several days.
Hands down, the best defense against the flu (or any virus for that matter) is a strong offense. So take care of yourself with the tips above.
As long as you do these and make sure you’re getting plenty of water and enough rest, your immune system will be ready for any virus that comes your way.