By Diane Angela Fong, ND
Right around this time every year, patients always ask me about flu vaccine alternatives and immune-boosting supplements. Good overall health is the best “vaccine alternative” for preventing the flu - so if you are one of my patients, you are already working on this! But for those of you who aren't a patient of mine or those who need a little reminder, here are my 11 immune-boosting tips:
1. Address Underlying Health Issues
Bodily stress from underlying health issues can decrease immune system function and leave you susceptible to disease. Underlying issues include: Food Sensitivities/Allergies, Chronic Infections, Nutrient Deficiencies, Neurotransmitter Abnormalities, Genetic Mutations, Environmental Toxins, Stress and Adrenal Fatigue, Hormonal Dysfunction, Autoimmune Disease, Blood Sugar Regulation Issues or Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and more.
2. Eat the Rainbow!
Food is the best medicine. Maintaining a healthy diet all winter long is your best preventative measure against the flu. Natural antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables prevent cell damage against free radicals and are critical for maintaining optimum health. The antioxidants contained in fruits and vegetables are what bring the colors out of the foods, so make sure that you are getting a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables throughout the week!
3. Avoid Inflammatory, Non-Organic, GMO Food & Food Sensitivities/Allergies