November 14, 2011

It is that time of year to discuss viral illness and prevention. This is another highly requested topic.

Top ten ways to avoid a winter viral illness:

1) Eat an anti inflammatory style diet - keeps the immune system humming

2) Keep your vitamin D level above 40 ng/dl. Vitamin D is highly necessary for immune function and seasonal mood

3) Wash Your hands and do not touch your face!!!!!!! (this is really #1)

4) Get adequate sleep. For most of us that is 7-8 hours per night. Children need 1 to 4 hours more

5) Keep your response to stress in check. Meditate, run, journal, listen to music, etc.. And yes kids should do this as well. Make efforts to control stress before it becomes overwhelming

6) Make sure that you have adequate amounts of zinc in your diet

7) Drink lots of vitamin C rich drinks and eat citrus fruit

8) Take an herbal complex with echinacea and astragalus in it to boost immune function when you are exposed to a virus or you start feeling ill. I like Deep Immune Support by Herbs for Kids

9) Limit your contact with people that are known to be sick

10) STAY POSITIVE. This keeps your immune system robust

My take home point today: Happy child = happy mom = no flu

Sleep soundly,

Dr. Magryta