Flu season is just around the corner, and supporting your immune system won’t just reduce your risk of catching the virus — it can also prevent you from developing a devastating disease that robs you of your most basic body functions.
I’m talking about Parkinson’s disease.
According to a recently published study, catching one particular strain of flu may make you more susceptible to Parkinson’s down the road.
But the good news is, it’s preventable.
Exposure you want to avoid
Researchers observed the effects of the H1N1 influenza virus (more commonly known as the “swine flu”) on mice. They found that the mice infected with H1N1 were more susceptible to toxins known to trigger Parkinson’s disease later in life. And even long after the infection, the flu-exposed mice had more severe Parkinson’s symptoms than those who never contracted the flu.
Swine flu belongs to the very common Type A family of influenzas. Those are the strains we’re exposed to every year during flu season. So avoiding it could be a key part of reducing Parkinson’s risk, if this research pans out.
So should you give into the massive pressure to get a flu shot every year?
No. I’ve said it before, but the flu vaccine isn’t nearly as effective as the mainstream medical establishment has led you to believe.
Protection is key
There are much better ways to boost your immune system and avoid getting the flu.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for a full 30 seconds. Avoid antibacterial sanitizers which strip your skin of helpful, good bacteria.
- Cut sugar from your diet. This will not only boost your immunity, but will also curb inflammation, which research shows plays a large role in the development of Parkinson’s.
- Kickstart your immune system with a 24 to 48 hour fast. Do this at the onset of flu season. And simply drink water or plain tea to cleanse your system.
If you’re interested in taking it one step further, you can do a seven-day detox which gradually introduces power foods to clear the toxins in your system and rev up your metabolism. (I talk all about this in Chapter Two of my latest book, The A-List Diet.)
Lastly, add a few supplements to lay a solid foundation for your immune system to work at peak performance:
These steps will help put you on the fast track to building a solid foundation for a healthy, thriving immune system.
If you’d like more in-depth instructions on how to reboot your immune system, refer to my article, “Flu-proof your immune system in just three days,” which can be found in the October 2014 issue of Logical Health Alternatives.
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“Infection with seasonal flu may increase risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.” Science Daily (www.sciencedaily.com), 5/31/17