Nothing is as famous as the flu, at least in terms of the facade that rolls out before each fall and winter season. No other disease or health condition gets its own season – the most they usually get is a day or maybe a week. But for the flu, its become like Christmas for those manufacturing flu products, due to the amount of customers that roll through the doors at the local clinic or pharmacy to get their token remedies.

However, the bigger question we need to ask ourselves is does the flu season exist because certain strains of viruses come out of the woodwork to attack us during the cooler months, OR does it exist for some other extraneous factors that are not noticeable, but palpable, in homes across North America during these months? And is it complete luck whether we get it, or do we have some control over avoiding it?

To begin to answer those questions, let me address a couple relevant theories.

Germ vs terrain theory

If you are familiar with the germ vs terrain theory, you’ll understand that the former states that there are fixed, external germs which invade the body that cause disease and symptoms, and the latter believes the quality of our internal terrain and the elements it faces determines our susceptibility to disease. The first theory leaves sickness completely out of our control and random, and the latter intimates that our health is largely in our control and a result of how we have cultivated our internal milieu.

I’m a firm believer in the terrain theory, where the germ does NOT cause the disease, but the terrain in which the germ is found. Anyone who has avoided the flu naturally every year aren’t “lucky” – they’re internally prepared. There’s a big difference.

So then, what are the factors that contribute to the flu having its own season, and what can we do on our end to avoid this years strain? Turns out there are several and they’re relatively easy to remedy, if you truly want to avoid the flu (and any other sickness) this year.

1. More time spent indoors

Since the flu season is typically associated with the cooler months of the year in northern climates (November to February), it is a time that is typically spent mostly indoors. This can facilitate the flu virus taking root in your body, for several reasons.

First of all, indoor air is typically more contaminated than outdoor air. With VOC’s, off gassing, furnaces and ventilation systems, and a higher concentration of biological threats in the air, your chances of suppressing your immune system and being directly exposed to and contracting the flu virus increases. To clean this up, consider an indoor air purification system or cold diffuse essential oils in the main areas of the home, that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

Another major factor with the cooler months is the sun starts to disappear, and even when it does come out, it’s often too cold to get reasonable exposure. With vitamin D being a major immune booster, the lack of this nutrient can lower immune system function, leaving you more exposed to various biological pathogens. You can mitigate that issue by supplementing with a quality vitamin D product.

It is also important to consider that EMF exposure goes up with more time spent in buildings, due to coming into closer range of various electronics and electricity in general, which will also depress the immune system and leave you more susceptible to these chaotic frequencies. However, you can easily fight that battle by investing in EMF protective technology, and you can find several pieces to suit your needs with these highly effective products.

Most people believe the cooler weather is the main cause of sickness like flu, but unless you’re not dressing for the weather, the effect it has is negligible in most cases. Your core body temperature would need to drop a few degrees to leave you in a more vulnerable state to biological threats.

2. Excessive eating and drinking (and poor choices)

With the cooler months comes a few holidays and occasions that ramp up the eating and indulging that suffocates the digestive and immune systems, and leaves the door wide open for viruses and bacteria to invade and take hold.

It starts for many with Halloween, as the kids (and adults) snack on sugary and toxic filled candy for days and even months, not fully realizing that this processed sugar is one of the biggest immune challenges anyone can face. This then leads directly into American Thanksgiving a few weeks later, which is often a festival of eating of dramatic proportions, with many of these foods not being whole, organic, or nutritious. If that wasn’t enough, here comes Christmas a month later, and the body undergoes another digestive nightmare with excessive food and much of it not desirable, which puts continuous pressure on the immune system to function properly.

Any one of these events can depress an immune system, but put all of them together and you’ve created a recipe that is bound to leave you open to a foreign invader like the flu virus.

If the food wasn’t enough, the amount of alcohol often consumed around these months also rises, and this puts additional pressure on what is usually an already compromised liver. The liver is the primary internal detoxification organ, and it’s working overtime to deal with excessive (and poor) food choices of these months, so the alcohol can become the knock out punch.

The simple answer during the holidays? Go easy on the sugar, non-organic food, and alcohol during these times of year, and choose to eat less at mealtime, and overall. Your digestion and immunity will thank you, and keep you better protected against any foreign pathogens.

3. Increased stress

Chronic stress is a growing concern these days, and it seems that the busier we get, the worse it gets. Traveling and get togethers can often increase, and while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can put strain on the family network through late nights and endless activities.

Also, ’tis the time to max out the credit cards with Black Friday and Christmas shopping, which can leave your finances with a serious hangover. Sure, it seems like fun at the time to put yourself into debt while you attempt to endear others to you through material gifts, but once the credit card bill comes due, stress levels often start to rise proportionately.

The best way to deal with these things is to not overcommit to holiday get togethers if you find that too many stress you out, take a time out when needed around family, and look for more thoughtful ways to show your family and friends you love them without excessive spending that you have difficulty keeping up with later.

4. Getting the flu shot

Last but not least, the flu has a season because many willingly submit themselves to be injected with multiple pathogens to avoid getting the “full dose” of the flu later, and the adjuvants in this shot can completely overwhelm the immune system and leave it incapable of warding off any viruses it may encounter sometime after. This may seem rather foolish to some, but others claim it’s their best opportunity to avoid the flu.

With these flu shots being very popular and insanely marketed through various media channels, it attracts many people to its shaky promises. In the end, many people end up getting the flu (or flu like symptoms) after these shots, which creates further credence to there being a flu season.

There are many other reasons the flu has its own season, but these factors encapsulate the bigger components that leave people suffering from the flu. If you want to avoid the flu naturally, limit your exposure to poor food and beverage choices (and don’t overdo it), supplement with vitamin C and D daily (get some excellent sources here for best protection), and use the Antibiotic Tonic as a daily preventative against all things bacterial and viral.

Now, if we could all take these precautions and adjust our lifestyle accordingly, we can say good bye to a flu season, and hello to good health throughout the entire year.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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