Flu Season 2020: Effective Ways To Dodge Virus Without Using Drugs

It is now flu season, and many of us are finding ways to counteract the effects of influenza on our health. Enter the antiviral drug Tamiflu, the second recommendation of the CDC's flu prevention and treatment list, next to the flu vaccine. A WHO-recommended drug, it has been stockpiled by governments around the world in preparation for a potential flu epidemic. 

Of course, as one Oregon mother recently found out, Tamiflu has potentially severe side effects, especially on children. When her son fell sick to flu, local station KKTV reported, Sarah Wells took him to the doctor where he was prescribed with the popular anti-flu medicine. Wells then said that her son started experiencing hallucinations, hearing voices and saying "everything is in fast forward" after taking it for a couple of days. 

Some of Tamiflu's side effects include convulsions, delusions and suicidal behavior, with at least 14 reported deaths among children and teenagers resulting from neuropsychiatric problems and brain infections. It is noted that its manufacturer, Roche, has refused to release data from 8 of the drug's 10 clinical trials since 2009, leading some to think that the same data could either reveal potential harms or, at the very least, confirm the drug's ineffectiveness. In addition, there is currently no established scientific basis for the WHO's recommendation to use Tamiflu as an anti-flu medicine.

Influenza may be deadly, but if you are okay health-wise, it only lasts a few days, requiring no special treatment or medications of questionable quality. Keeping the immune system healthy and functioning is the key to instant recovery, combined with some effective ways to support it and dodge flu (and other illnesses) this season.

Effective Ways To Dodge Flu Without Using Drugs

Exercise regularly 

While it helps fight viral and bacterial infections, regular exercise strengthens your immune system, keeping you healthy and reducing the likelihood of illness to strike you down. This is because the white blood cells, which fight off infections, goes through your body faster while improving their functions. Thirty minutes of moderate cardio such as walking, swimming, biking and running are needed to keep you active all day, as per

experts. Other benefits include reduced stress and better sleep, with the latter helping your body's defenses stay in good shape.

Get enough sleep

Deep sleep also protects you from flu. That is because it improves the function of T-Cells, which help in boosting the immune system. Sleep decreases the amount of stress hormones that hamper the T-Cells' ability to ward off pathogens, which include virus-causing cells and cancer cells.

Wash your hands often 

Germs, especially flu-causing germs, are everywhere. They can be at school, at the office or even at your favorite coffee shop, especially if there is someone who is infected in those places. The key, of course, is the time-tested method of handwashing; and by that, it means 15 to 20 seconds of rubbing soap and warm water all over your hands.

Find a stress-relieving practice 

If you have a activity that helps you relax such as meditation, yoga, prayer or whatever hobby that helps you lose stress, then it not only boosts your immune system, but also keeps major illnesses at bay.

Adopt a diet loaded with real food 

A diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, healthy fats and more provide a lot of vitamins and antioxidants that help boost your immune system.

Optimize vitamin D levels 

Vitamin D is basically the "universal flu vaccine" that we need. Aside from boosting immune function, it produces 200 to 300 various antimicrobial peptides that kill viruses, bacteria and fungi. 

Use natural immune boosters 

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes are all packed with vitamin C, which aid in the production of white blood cells. Other natural immunity boosters include broccoli, garlic, ginger, yogurt and almonds. 

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