The Flu: What REALLY Happens
The flu came in like a wrecking ball this year. Recently, it seemed like nearly EVERYONE was sick.
Cases are still surging in many places. And to be perfectly clear, the flu is never “just the flu.”
This virus is serious business. In fact, it’s often a killer.
Up to 50,000 people die yearly from the flu, many of whom are seniors.
Even worse? This year we’ve been faced with what’s been called the “tridemic” or “tripledemic.”
The label refers to the simultaneous surge of three viruses: influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19.
Unlike the other two viruses, which tend to come on gradually, the flu typically hits you fast and furious. And when this nasty virus takes hold… you’ll know it.
That’s why it’s essential to understand precisely HOW influenza attacks and what you can do to avoid becoming the bug’s next victim.
Today, I’ll reveal both.
Typical flu symptoms are exactly what you’d expect. The main ones include cough, muscle aches, headache, and fever.
But what’s BEHIND those symptoms, simmering beneath the surface, is disturbing. It turns out the flu bug is a big bully.
The virus first hitches a ride inside on your inhaled breath. It immediately kidnaps some of your cells, setting up a forced labor camp inside each one.
The cells are bullied into churning out bunches of flu virus copies.
And that’s when those nasty symptoms hit. They’re an outward sign that your body’s immune system is hard at work, fighting back.
You see, while the flu virus typically sticks to your lung cells, your immune system treats your ENTIRE body. It pumps out white blood cells and inflammatory chemicals that attack and kill the infected cells.
This causes you to feel downright MISERABLE from head to toe.
So, obviously, your best bet is to avoid catching the flu in the first place. And I can help you do precisely that.
- Diet: During flu season, I include lots of garlic and onions in my meals. Garlic is a natural inflammation fighter. Plus, the sulfur compounds in the spice support the immune system and detoxify the body. Onions are brimming with the antioxidant quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory that supports the immune system.
- Vitamin D: Beginning in November and straight through to spring, I take 3,000 to 5,000 IUs of vitamin D daily. I make every effort to get outside in winter. But my body still needs more immune-supporting vitamin D.
- Supplements: The herbs berberine, turmeric, and olive leaf can give your immune system the boost it needs to help kick the flu virus to the curb.
- Probiotics and prebiotics: Several clinical trials have found that probiotics and prebiotics protect against influenza. I take mine in a super-food blend, so I get both gut health benefits and the added antioxidant power of plant foods.
“Aging augments the impact of influenza respiratory tract infection on mobility impairments, muscle-localized inflammation, and muscle atrophy.” Aging (Albany NY). 2016 Feb 7; 8:620-635. https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.100882
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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