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The Best Defense is a Good Offense

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Flu season is here and it has quickly become an epidemic. If you truly want to avoid illness and disease, then it is up to you to take a look at your daily choices and consider what changes you could make to advance your health. Your best ‘insurance’ against illness is to transition from reactive symptom- based care to a proactive, wellness-driven lifestyle. To help you obtain this lifestyle, we would like to provide you with some simple ways in increase you immunity this season!

Wash your hands often!
Your hands are home to bacteria and potentially dangerous germs from time to time, such as staph, strep, and the intestinal bacteria that cause food poisoning and diarrhea. Public places are notorious for bacteria! Viruses are also able to spread from contact and cause diarrhea and respiratory infections from the sniffles to the flu so be sure to wash your hands frequently.

Receive a B12 shot once a month!
The reported benefits of regular doses of Vitamin B12 Injections are more energy & stamina for daily life activities, healthier or improved immune system, improved sleep patterns, reduced allergies, reduced stress, reduced depression, improved moods and less frequent and severe headaches. Vitamin B is an essential vitamin that your body needs to maintain good health and overall wellbeing!

Take Chinese Herbal Formulas or Homeopathics!
Herbs are commonly prescribed during a change of season to help a person adapt to the changing weather. By planning ahead and taking herbs accordingly, one can drastically reduce the frequency and severity of catching the common cold or the flu. Engystol homeopathic injections are available during the winter months as well. They work like a flu shot without any side effects!

Commit to Acupuncture!
Acupuncture is primarily a preventive form of medicine—it makes us stronger so that we can avoid disease rather than dealing with it after it happens. There are specific points that will strengthen your immunity and improve your chances of avoiding the flu this year or prevent a recurrence if you have already suffered through the flu.