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Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies | MeghanTV

 

How is it that we have named a season after the fact that our immune systems get overwhelmed during a time of seasonal changes? It’s not right.

You’d think by now we would be aware enough about “cold and flu season” to start acting well in advance to stay on our game — our health game, that is.

Vaccines have somehow become the prevention method of choice. It seems easier to get a shot than to take the necessary steps to work towards truly preventing getting sick by supporting our natural defences. Year after year, there are studies that demonstrate the lack of efficacy of the flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season. The vaccine’s effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and 2) the similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community. During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed. 

In the last few years alone, studies have shown that the flu vaccine had no impact on healthcare workers (working with people 60+ years of age). The question really is, how often do the dudes in lab coats make the match between strain of the flu and the vaccine? That is a bit of a political question and I was unable to find the answer.

Whether you get the vaccine or not is your choice, but real prevention will always be your best defence. Today on Meghan TV, our functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis shares his top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies.

5 tips to fight the flu (sneezing into your elbow- not on the list) via  @JoshGitalis @MeghanTelpner #MeghanTV

Now, I know you are your very own fountain of knowledge.

What are your best tips for keeping the immune system strong and disease out of your home?

Please share your top tips below. I read and respond to every comment!

35 Responses to “Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies | MeghanTV”

  1. perrinerenard said…
    Great video! How about Maca? I thought it was one of the best adaptogen? Would it help when it comes to the flu as well? Thank you both! PS: You look totally adorable
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Great suggestion! Yes, it would help cope with stress and as such, keep the immune system strong. Not sure I'd put it in the top 5 thought for this purpose.
  2. Marianne said…
    You guys do such a great job together! Informative, easy to understand and fun to watch. Perfect mix. Thank you.
  3. Layali said…
    I need to watch the video first, but what about all the pressure pregnant women get to get the shot?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      It's a very personal choice and every woman really should do the research and decide for themselves. I can't really offer a generalized opinion.
  4. slpstanley said…
    thanks for such an easy to understand and implement plan to prevent flu. i think that's one of your (many!) special talents - passing on info in informative/entertaining/easy to digest ways. well done you!
  5. Fantastic suggestions! These are definitely my go-to remedies. I swear by the raw garlic. At the slightest hint of a cold I take a chopped up clove in a teaspoon of raw honey (much easier to get down this way!) following an amazing green, cold-kicking smoothie. Colds don't last long around our house anymore. :)
  6. Lindalou said…
    Great suggestions. I take oil of oregano if I start feeling any symptoms of illness or if I am around sick people. And when I have a cold, I eat a clove of raw garlic chopped up (don't chew, just swallow it and wash it down with a glass of cold water). And of course drink lots of water and get more sleep!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Another great one! We keep that in our medicine kit when we travel.
  7. lisamessina said…
    i wish i saw this 12 days ago. i've been suffering! i imagine it's still wise to use those remedies now to help me through the final phase even though i sadly had to turn to prescribed antibiotics?
  8. Mar said…
    Hi Meghan! Would you put chaga mushrooms next in that list? Thanks for the nice video!
  9. Loved the video! I have Fibromyalgia but with lifestyle change and healthy organic eating I supplement daily all year with these: slippery elm for digestion, milk thistle for liver support, vitamin c nightly, liquorice root my life saver, omega 3 for heart, daily green powder and probiotics. Life is wonderful and fulfilling xx
  10. Helene Diesbourg said…
    Loved the video. Just getting over a cold. On another note have you come up with something to use up the almond pulp after making the milk?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Face scrubs, or dehydrate/bake and use as a gluten-free bread crumb
  11. Jane said…
    Thank you Meghan and Josh! Very informative.
  12. Steph said…
    Great tips as I sit here with a sore throat! Going to get some garlic now! Oh and I can't believe no one has mentioned your coordinating outfits - too cute ;)
  13. vsheren said…
    Ginger all the way! I make lemonade with it (steep ginger and green stevia together and add lemon juice when cool), add it to smoothies, drink it as tea with cayenne...I swear by that glorious little root :)
  14. Nina Castle said…
    Just found your website and it's great. One question: where can I get the Klaire Labs probiotics in Canada (online or in Southwest Ontario) Thanks!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Welcome Nina- These probiotics are tough to find. Josh brings them in and you can find them on his website: http://www.joshgitalis.com/shop/there-biotic-complete-powder/
  15. Steph said…
    I love your videos and have been following you for over a year now. You totally inspire me to be healthier!! Question: the past few years I've been getting coldsores on my lip about every 6mos-1 year (yuck!). I know it's a virus that will always be there, but as far as prevention, could these suggestions aid the prevention as well? Any other suggestions/supplements for preventing these ugly things from recurring?? Thank you!!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Absolutely- it's about keeping the immune system strong, stress levels managed and also identifying if there is an additional trigger. Every six months though sounds like season change time which does place an extra burden on the immune system.
    • Erika said…
      My fiance gets these and he keeps them at bay by taking L-Lysine during stressful times or when he knows he's fighting something else (cold, strained muscle) that might tax the immune system and cause the virus to become active.
  16. Erika said…
    Vitamin D!!! I live in the American northeast, where the nights are long and cold from November to March. As soon as the days get dark and short, I start taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D every morning. I work in an office and have been successfully able to avoid the flu, despite half the department being out with it last year.
  17. tadiulus said…
    In addition to the increased Vitamin C and D, proper sleep usually helps me ward off that feeling of getting sick. Also, pretty much what is in your creed - having a positive attitude works wonders as well!
  18. Monica said…
    I'd love to know if you have any suggestions for flu prevention in 2-3 year olds? It's easy enough Vitamin C and probiotics into my daughter's system, but I doubt she'd readily consume raw garlic or chaga mushroom. Thoughts, suggestions, etc would be much appreciated!
  19. Genevieve said…
    I discovered oregano oil and I love it! Even my non-natural remedy boyfriend uses it when he feels something is coming! That is THAT effective! 🌿 🌿 🌿
  20. Carrie said…
    Very good tips and they work! I’ve done most of these before. I also drink apple cider vinegar in hot water and jump in an epsom salt bath the minute I feel something coming on. Take a supplement with zinc, aloe vera and olive leaf in it. Coconut oil, oregano oil, as well as some essential oils. These things can knock it out or at least lessen the severity if I do get sick.

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