Thursday, October 1, 2009
In our previous post we discussed the unique circumstances surrounding Swine Flu (H1N1). The difference between Swine Flu and Seasonal Flu is what happens in the lungs. H1N1 causes a Cytokine storm or over production which leads to Sudden Respiratory distress, pneumonia and other lung problems. Seasonal Flu however does not produce the same response. So to boost immunity for this Flu season one should be aware of these differences.
Things to stay away from, because they contribute to increased Cytokine production:
Honey, Chocolate, Spirilina, Algae, Elderberry, Echinacea
Things to eat, have been known to decrease Cytokine production:
Apples, Lemons, Cranberries, Chicken Soup
Research though limited, demonstrates certain herbals can reduce Cytokines and slow influenza production (Neuramidase Blocker).
Tumeric/curcumin, Golden Seal, Green Tea-(also inhibits Influenza)
Influenza Inhibitor (Neuramidase Blocker)
Resveratrol, Vitamin D, Skull Cap
Remember H1N1 reacts differently in the body because it is brand new and most have no natural immunity.
Refer to Flu.Gov for updates to this Influenza Season.
I have put together a kit which contains the herbals mentioned in this post.
Pandemic Flu Kit
I know I will keep a kit for my family this flu season.