The Swine Flu and You: 5 steps to a strong immune system

Everyone is freaking out about the swine flu! I think the pandemic may have broken out on a slow news day or something but it seems that everyone is scared silly…At the gym I overheard a woman talking about how she was going to stop eating pork because of the swine flu.  I practically got my head bitten off because after my 5 minute warm-up, I forgot to disinfect the elliptical machine and I could potentially be spreading deadly germs. 

First off, let me set the record straight. You can’t get this flu from eating pork. You can get all sorts of nasty parasites and hormones from eating pork that hasn’t been raised properly or cooked right. You can get stomach cancer from eating sodium nitrate treated bacon for years on end….but you won’t get the swine flu from eating pork. This flu is communicated from human beings, in the same way that other flus are (coughing, sneezing, etc.)
Second, yes, it’s true that to avoid getting sick you need to wash your hands frequently, and try not to touch your face too often if you’re touching lots of communal things (telephone receivers, computers, door handles, etc.). But our national obsession with anti-bacterial soap and wipes has got to stop though. It’s actually making us more likely to get sicker from super-bugs in the long run. 
If you really want to protect yourself, the best thing that you can do is to boost your immune system. Here’s what to do:
Number 1: Quit Stressing!!!!! High cortisol levels will make you much more susceptible to getting sick. 
Number 2: Get out in this gorgeous Spring weather and get some Vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D boosts your immune system too! Plus some sunshine might help you to destress! 
Number 3: Get your 8 hours of sleep in. Try to get a few hours in before midnight so that your body can really get recharged. 
Number 4: Cut refined sugar out from your diet. White sugar suppresses your immune system for up to 5 hours after you eat it. It’s just really, really bad stuff…sorry! Email me if you need help getting off sugar. Sugar can be more addictive than cocaine….
Number 5: Recruit the good bugs to fight the bad ones. In other words, get lots of probiotics in. I recommend taking a high potency probiotic supplement as well as eating probiotic rich foods such as yogurt, fermented sauerkraut, kim-chee, kiefer, kombucha etc. Most of your immune system is actually in your gut. To maintain a healthy gut, you’ve got to keep the probiotics flowing. If you’ve been eating lots of sugar, drinking too much alcohol, or taking anti-biotics, you really are in dire need of a supplement. 
Remember how scared everyone was about SARS? Anthrax poisoning? West Nile? Avian Flu? Y2K? Let’s move on and stop wasting our time worrying! Yours in health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE

About nutritionthatworks

Sylvie Nalezny has a Master's degree in Holistic Health Education and is a certified Nutrition Educator. She has worked as a Nutritionist specializing in weight loss and overcoming sugar addiction and as a Wellness Coach, helping people to create healthy habits.

7 responses to “The Swine Flu and You: 5 steps to a strong immune system”

  1. Anasuya says :

    Yay Sylvie! You are so right! Good for you for getting some real information out there! I’ve had some clients be extremely anxious about this. I wonder how many people died of the regular flu this year? 13,000 since January according to the Centers for disease control. Now there’s a little perspective. Keep writing Sylvie!

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