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flu shot

Ultimately the question of are you getting a flu vaccination (shot) is a personal decision. The flu shot is usually highly recommended by your doctor if you are at high risk for complications if you get the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that almost everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccination.

The CDC does state reasons why you should check with your doctor before getting a flu shot:

People who should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot:

  • If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
  • If you are not feeling well. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm

flu season wash your hands

Here are some suggestions to prevent getting the flu and to help get less colds and other seasonal illnesses.

  1.  Wash wash wash those hands. We all know about germs but we have to make it a habit of reminding ourselves to wash our hands frequently to cut down on the nasties.
  2. Eat good food. Junk in and get junk (sick) out – as the saying goes. Antioxidants like vitamin C can help provide added defenses when your body is under attack from a virus.
  3. Get sleep. When your body is under stress from not sleeping well or not sleeping enough, your defenses go down which means your risk goes up for getting sick
  4. Remember your natural options for building your immune system:  immune building vitamins for daily use, probiotics, echinacea is an herbal supplement you can take when you are exposed to an illness or at the very first sign of feeling sick (or even tired because fatigue can be the first sign of illness), and there are immune building supplements that you can take every day (see below for details on each).

immune supplements

Immune Help from our favorite Shaklee – the brand with the science, quality ingredients, and delivery systems so that your body can absorb and use the nutrients – guaranteed! The brand my family has used for over 30 years.

Vitamin C – an antioxidant used by many people as immune support or when they are under physical stress.

Vitamin D – the focus of a lot of research on healthy immune system function. “Vitamin D plays a role in improving mucous membrane barrier functioning, the production of antimicrobial peptides (small proteins), and overall immune support” (source: Shaklee).

Probiotics – everyday support for your digestive track where 80% of your immune system resides.

Echinacea – with larch and elderberry, all traditionally used to support the immune system when exposed to illness

Nutriferon – a combination of plant extracts that naturally boost the body’s own production of interferon, part of your immune system that helps fight off viruses.

Vitalized Immunity – Shaklee’s newest immune supplement with 19 vitamins, minerals, and herbs that comes in a tablet you dissolve in water – a great option for everyone, including those who have trouble swallowing tablets.


Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency: It’s Time To Take Your Supplement

October 3, 2015

If you draw a line across the United States, and you live anywhere north of the line that connects Los Angeles, CA and Columbia South Carolina (I have also seen maps that connect between LA and Georgia), you may need MORE sunshine or more vitamin D, especially during the winter months. From October to April, many people […]

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The Food Babe Takes On Your Gluten Free Belly

October 2, 2015

Did you know that one of the common disadvantages of a gluten free diet is gaining weight, specifically in your belly? Do you eat gluten free foods? If so, because you have celiac disease or for another reason? Personally, I eat gluten free when the foods that I want to eat are made gluten free, […]

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Foods You Shouldn’t Eat

October 1, 2015

This week I read* two articles that discuss foods that nutritionists would never eat. I was not surprised by most of the foods on the list but that’s because I read about and learn about healthy foods and healthy living. I don’t always make the best food choices but I like to be informed, and […]

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Anti Aging Supplements: Celebrating 100 Years

August 26, 2015

To live younger longer, we  enjoy anti aging supplements that not only make us feel better and feel younger, but that they can help make you healthier and help you age better. Are you wondering, How Can I Feel Better? How Can I Get Healthier? How Can I Have More Energy? How Can I Age […]

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Healthy Living for 100 Years: Best Supplements in America

August 7, 2015

There’s important history being made in Cleveland, OH this August, 2015 – apart from the political scene. We are celebrating 100 years of Shaklee supplements:  the best supplements (in my opinion!). Do you want to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition every day? Do you want to improve your health and improve the health […]

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Beach Time and Amazon Prime

July 15, 2015

Do you get excited shopping for the beach? Personally, I would take an extra day on the beach over a shopping day, but there are always some necessities or just some fun purchases to make to get ready. This year Amazon Prime Day came just before my beach trip and I know I feel so […]

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I Prefer Food Based Supplements Over Drugs for Anti Aging

July 14, 2015

In reading some recent anti-aging news I came across an article about using medical drugs for anti aging benefits. Prescription drugs have their place of course, and if you have an illness that requires a prescription drug to manage it that’s one thing. But to use drugs that are intended to treat illnesses, and that […]

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Natural Remedies: Hot Flashes Stand Down

May 19, 2015

Have you been going through menopause for a while now but just started to get hot flashes? Or are you having hot flashes ahead of going through menopause? Menopause and pre-menopause is different for everyone. The symptoms you experience may or may not be what your mother, sister or friend experience. Hot flashes are one […]

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Anti Aging Face Mask: Paraben free and mineral based

April 9, 2015

You might like to use a facial masque to revitalize and condition the skin on your face. What you would not like is to use a face mask that can irritate your skin. So what kind of product do you look for that is safe and will provide the benefits you want? Are all face […]

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How to Burn Fat Fast

March 6, 2015

If you are wanting to lose weight you may be searching for ways to burn fat faster. We all want to lose the weight, or fat, as fast as we can right? And what about your shape.. does it get you excited to have your clothes fit better quickly? Today we look at a weight […]

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