- Health and Wellness
Here at Aspen Academy, we have had an exceptional amount of illnesses and absences, the majority of them from the flu. Though many of our faculty, staff, and students have received their flu shots, this sickness seems to be one that cannot be stopped! Aspen parent, Dr. Mark R. Carney, offered to shed some light on the topic with inexpensive tips and tricks on flu prevention this holiday season:
"Lately, my patients have been asking me what can be done to prevent the flu besides getting the flu shot. The good news is there are several very simple, low cost or free things that we can all do to bolster our immune system, and I'll discuss Vitamin D, probiotics, anti-viral herbs and stress reduction.
1. To begin, there is a strong correlation with low Vitamin D levels increasing our risk of getting the flu and it is extremely common for people to be low in Vitamin D. Vitamin D supplements are inexpensive and are safe to use when a blood test has confirmed that levels are low.
2. Another example involves the healthy flora in our digestive tracts. These are the good bacteria that are found in cultured foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. Also, these can be supplemented and have good data that suggests probiotics lower the risk of getting the flu.
3. There are many wonderful immune boosting herbs such as Echinacea, elderberry, garlic, oregano, olive leaf, and several others that each have anti-viral properties. These can be taken as teas, capsules, and liquid drops.
4. On a final note, one of the best defenses against viral infections is to lower our stress levels because stress weakens our immune system. Since the holiday season tends to raise our stress levels, I routinely recommend that my patients ramp up their meditation, yoga, journaling, exercise, laughter, or whatever strategies work best for unwinding life's daily tensions.
As you can see, we have a great amount of control over flu prevention."
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Dr. Mark R. Carney is an internationally-renowned naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist practicing in Denver, Colorado at Thriveology. He is an expert in holistic medicine and acupuncture, and he works with all aspects of family practice such as weight loss, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, and cancer patients.