Guided Imagery to Help You Gear up for Flu Season

The flu and winter cold season is expected to come early this year and stay late, according to the CDC's research from Australia and New Zealand. Talk about an unwelcome guest!

For tips on preventing and treating flu, read the CDC's What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season.

It has been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Given the escalating cost of today's pound of cure, we would all be wise to arm ourselves with whatever holistic preventive measures we have, while making use of what medical science has to offer in the way of prevention, including a flu shot.

Call it common sense, intuition or keen observation, but our parents and grandparents didn't need the results of scientific studies to know that some things were good for us and would keep us healthy. We were told to wash our hands, eat our vegetables and think kind thoughts.

Turns out, they were not wrong. Numerous studies have shown that the best way to prevent flu, colds and food-borne illnesses from spreading is frequent hand-washing, the number of vegetables and fruits we are told to eat daily has risen to seven servings and recent research is establishing a connection between emotional well-being and physical immunity.

"Stressed out? Lonely or depressed? Don't be surprised if you come down with something. Psychologists in the field of "psychoneuroimmunology" have shown that state of mind affects one's state of health," according to the American Psychological Association.

Once again, we are reminded that physical health depends on safeguarding both our physical and emotional well-being, and learn about one more way we can be harmed by excessive stress, as if we didn't know at least a dozen others. There are things we can do to boost our chances of staying well and bouncing back quickly from anything that does knock us down.

The earliest physician, Hippocrates, established that true healing and optimum health (homeostasis) is a result of the body's natural healing forces. For example, most antibiotics don't actually kill harmful bacteria. They simply keep the pathogens from reproducing, allowing the immune system to provide fighter cells that surround and kill the invading forces.

In Health Journeys' Healthy Immune System Belleruth's rich imagery helps listeners make the most of those healing forces. The audio program is a favorite of people who want to preserve their good health, others who are facing physical challenges and those who are recovering after illness or surgery. According to Belleruth, numerous studies show that imagining immune cell activity in the blood actually enhances it.

Guided imagery has been proven to help listeners feel calm and relaxed, an excellent antidote for excessive stress. If stress is the problem, then guided imagery is surely one of the solutions.

For more tips on preventing and treating flu, read Belleruth's Ten Tips for Fast Flu-Fighting.

In his book, Spontaneous Healing, Andrew Weil said, "Health is an inner state of resilience and balance that allows you to move through life and not get hurt by all the things that have the potential to hurt you. If you are healthy, you can interact with germs and not be infected; you can interact with allergies and not get allergic responses; you can interact with toxins and not be harmed; you can interact with carcinogens and not develop malignancies."

If you find this hard to believe, watch Flu Attack! It's a cartoon video that shows the immune system responding to an invasion by the flu virus.

You can do it, beat the flu, colds, sore throats, wet feet, winter blues and whatever else the season throws at you. Remember, a little guided imagery is a great way to end a stressful day. Tell us your stories and please share your own tried and true flu and cold remedies. We love hearing from you.

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