Is it Your Flu and Cold Season?

     The smell of a bonfire or burning leaves instantly brings me back to my childhood. As neighbors would routinely burn their leaf piles, the fall air held its unique smell. Fortunately, there is less leaf burning these days as awareness of air pollution has grown, yet flu and cold season is as present as ever this time of year.

     Since the flu shot benefits anywhere from 1 in 10 to 1 in 5, with unwelcome side effects traumatizing many, these can’t be counted on.

     So what causes us to be so vulnerable that there is even a “flu season” as if it’s a sport?

     1. Increased sugar intake: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s goodies full of sugar.
     2. Less activity as the darkness puts us indoors more hours each day.
     3. Less sunlight, particularly in the Northeast. Sunlight stimulates the production of Vitamin D which stimulates the immune system to work better.

     Keep in mind many medicines interfere with Vitamin D, such as over the counter anti-inflammatory meds (Advil, Ibuprofen) as well as prescription meds that aggravate your kidneys also make you more prone to colds and flu.

     Make this “flu season” your season of will power, self- discipline and, therefore, self-love!

     Keep adjusted to stimulate your nervous and immune systems to keep rocking through the end of the year!