Strategies to inspire healthy living 1 person at a time
Monday, October 24, 2016
Why doesn't everyone catch the flu bug?
not know this....
Despite what you are seeing on your favorite nightly news program according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Incidence of flu in the U.S. on any given day the is 4.5% in the general
population. The Situation Update reported the flu season varies from 13 - 19 weeks.
This number too has remained constant for the last 13 seasons although this
season started a little earlier than usual.
see the University of Michigan Study?
In a recent study performed by
University of Michigan researchers infected 17 healthy people with the flu
virus and discovered that everyone who is exposed to the flu actually is
affected by it, but their bodies just have a different way of reacting to it. Half of the study participants got sick;
the other half didn't notice a thing.
Why? Because each of us
has an "immune response which
accounts for the resistance to the flu of certain people getting
sick..." says Alfred Hero, professor at the University of
Michigan College of Engineering and author of the study, which was published
in the journal PLoS Genetics. read more
This year the flu vaccine was
only 23% effective - oops!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these findings are not surprising. In early December, CDC officials warned the vaccine probably
would not work very well because it was not well matched to a
strain that's been spreading widely.
How did this happen? Each year, the flu vaccine is reformulated, based on the experts' best guess at
which three or four strains will be the biggest problem for the following flu
season. Those decisions are usually made in February, months before the flu
season, to give companies that make flu shots and nasal spray vaccine enough
time to make enough doses. So getting a flu shot does not always mean you
will not get the flu.
This year of the ones who did receive the flu vaccine, if they were infected
by the projected flu virus 87% would have gotten the flu anyways. read more
A. Because some people have
stronger immune systems than others. Experts agree the best way is to protect
yourself from the flu is with a strong immune system.
Experts agree and you know too
being "stressed out" increases your likelihood of getting
sick whether it's flu season or not.
not know this ....
are 3 types of immune system stress:
1. Physical - an injury,inactivity, sleeplessness
2. Chemical (environmental toxins) - processed
foods, caffeine, sugar
3. Emotional - recent world events, work
conflicts, financial worries
The key to a strong immune system is to maintain and improve your health
through exercise, making good food choices, getting a good nights sleep
re-framing your worries and
conflicts to a vision of hopeful outlook or resolution.
With your body there is no neutral ... you are either building for
dis-ease each minute of each
6 strategies you can use to strengthen and protect your immune system.
1. Eat a
diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The USDA recommends
9 - 13 1/2 cup servings of a wide variety every day. This is equivalent to
eating 4 fruits and 5 vegetables which strengthens the immune system.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 6 - 8 hours per night.
During sleep your body heals itself, manages stress and replenishes for the
The article Exercise and Immunityreports
activity helps you to excrete germs and pathogens through the sweat glands.
It also activates the immune system.
a break - de - stress.
Experts have known for a long time
stress even the perception of stress impacts your immune system. What you can
do to de -stress effectively is very individual however, pretty much everyone
feels better when they remove themselves from the current stress. When ever
you feel overloaded ... walk away even it is just for a few minutes.