11/02/2012 08:00 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Five Ways to Fight Flu Season

Vaccinations are a hot, hot, and very heated topic. We all want to be healthy and we all want to do our best for ourselves and our family to maintain great health throughout the winter season.

Many people believe that vaccines are the way to go, while many others are adamantly opposed.

I wish I could tell you what to do and then your inquiring mind would be settled and you could just carry on your merry way. The challenge is that it is our personal responsibility to do the research and make the decision that we are most comfortable with. No one else can or should do that for you.

My best approach is to do all I can to keep the terrain, my body strong and healthy, and focus on prevention strategies.

Five Ways to Fight Flu Season

5 Ways To Fight Flu Season

Sleep: Optimal sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Keep it clean: Wash hands regularly, and use a neti pot to clean out the sinuses.

Take the right supplements: Immune modulators like Reishi mushroom is super for ensuring a strong and healthy terrain. Lactoferrin is another powerful immune modulator. It is advisable to take both in supplement form throughout cold and flu season as well as during periods of intense stress.

Avoid Sugar and Eat Well: Glucose and vitamin C compete for uptake. The more sugar we eat, the less we are able to absorb vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the activity of  our white blood cells including antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities. High dose on immune enhancing foods like red peppers and cucumber- both rich in vitamin C, and culinary mushrooms like shiitakes.

Manage Stress. There is no greater hinderance to our health than stress. That's where stress reduction activities come in. Watch a comedy, go for a walk, sit in a sauna, stretch and breathe deeply and boost your immune function. Mindfulness meditation has been shown in studies to increase circulating antibodies.

Whether you choose to get vaccinated or not, the above strategies will only work in your favour.

And if you do opt to get a vaccine, be sure to do your research and know exactly what is in that cocktail that is being injected into your blood stream. The recipe changes all the time and it is our right to know what we are being given.

Immune Power Latte

1 Tbsraw cacao power (super source of antioxidants)

1 TbsDandy Blend(liver cleansing + detoxifying

1 tsp reishi extract (or 3 capsules Peaceful Spirit)

1 Tbs hemp seeds (rich in great fats, protein and anti-inflammatory properties)

1 Tbs prepared Irish Moss (helps shed the body of mucous)

1 tsp buffered vitamin C powder (gets those white blood cells to work!)

Raw honey to taste (contains 5,000 live enzymes, a full range of vitamins, 22 amino acids and 27 minerals, is a powerful antioxidant, antiviral, contains natural antibiotics, stimulates the immune system into action)

2-3 cups warm or hot water or Longevity Tea

  • Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. With less powerful blenders, you may want to pour through a nut sack or fine mesh sieve to ensure a smooth drink.
  • Drink up!

Cook For Flu Prevention and Healing

Now if you are of the type that prefer to make your kitchen, your farm-acy of choice, try out this World Peace Mushroom Soup or a Superfood Power Broth. When it feels like the cold is getting the better of you, try a Cold Kicker Power Shake, and cook up an Immune Boosting Pizza.