You probably already know that washing your hands frequently during flu season is an outstanding idea. Often the flu virus gets transmitted by contact. But there are other useful things to know that may help you avoid the flu, even if everyone around you is getting it.
- Selenium is an essential trace element and a powerful antioxidant. It also helps the immune system recognize viruses and block them from entering the cells. Take 400 to 500 micrograms (mcg) a day in divided doses (about 150 mcg each dose) during the peak of flu season.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is also an outstanding antioxidant. It is particularly useful in supporting the immune system and helping keep the sinuses clear. In studies people taking NAC get far fewer and less severe colds and flues than people not taking it. 600 mg 3 times daily is considered a therapeutic dose.
If somehow the bug gets in, there are 2 excellent ways to speed recovery.
First, adults can take 1,000 mg of vitamin C every 1 to 2 waking hours. Children can take 250 every two waking hours. Be aware that this can cause intestinal gas and loose stools, so be prepared to cut back the dose if this occurs.
Second, some people feel that aside from the nose and mouth, the ears are another avenue through which a virus might enter. Many people swear by placing 3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into each ear as a preventive and also to speed recovery.
To do this, lay on one side and place the 3 drops carefully into your ear. You will hear loud popping and bubbling noises as it goes to work. This should quiet down after a few minutes. Wipe your ear off and then repeat the process on the other side.