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Surviving the flu – Issue

The current flu season is deadly serious. How aware are you of preventive options that can help you avoid the flu? Are you aware of the best hygiene practices that will help you not pass it on to those around you?

We are all familiar with the basic recommendations: (1) get a flu shot, (2) wash your hands frequently, and (3) stay away from those who are sick. But these are obviously not enough. Because the effectiveness of this year’s vaccination has been reported to be between 10 and 30 percent, now would be a good time to focus on your lifestyle choices, which include getting more sleep, decreasing your stress, and eating a healthy diet. There is evidence for the effectiveness of supplementing these with natural remedies. You and your healthcare provider may consider preventive and symptomatic strategies that include taking vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and homeopathic remedies.

ISSUE: Which flu prevention and treatment options work?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues and views knowledge as power. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following related articles were selected to serve as a foundation for researching this issue.

Flu Season From Hell Keeps Getting Worse (1/26/18)
by Michelle Cortez

How bad this flu season really is—and what you should do about it (1/30/18)
by Sara Chodosh
Popular Science

Preparing Yourself for the Flu Season Naturally
by Catherine Clinton, ND
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

12 Flu Natural Remedies (1/28/18)
Dr. Axe Food is Medicine

Pediatrician-Approved Natural Remedies for the Flu (11/20/17)
by Elisa Song, MD
Healthy Kids Happy Kids

Staying Healthy Through the Cold Flu Season with Natural Remedies (1/29/18)
Hybrid Rasta Mama

In height of flu season, alternative remedies sought for symptom relief (1/29/18)
by Meredith Stutz On Your Side

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