It is important to protect the adrenal glands as they are one of the key responders to flu and are important in the body’s response and recovery.
The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. Your propensity to develop certain kinds of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands.
During the severe flu epidemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50-100 million worldwide, 103 of 126 autopsies revealed that the adrenals had been severely affected. In fact, it was postulated that the reason for death may have been adrenal exhaustion rather than the pathogen itself. In another study from the same epidemic, people taking adrenal extracts fare much better through the course of the disease than those who did not.
Additional measures that help protect against infectious disease include following the usual precautions of washing hands after handling money or shaking hands, and avoiding people who have the flue or are likely carriers of infection.
If someone in the family has the flu, it is especially important to:
- Wash your hands after contact
- Wash all dishes using chlorine bleach (one tablespoon per gallon) in very hot water or the sanitize cycle on the dish washer
- Use separate towels and keep the sick person away from other family members when at all possible
The most common ways to spread infectious disease, besides sneezing and coughing in close proximity, is through commom:
- Handling of telephone,
- Remote controls,
- Doorknobs, and
- Bathroom sink handles
These should be disinfected daily during this time, especially if they are shared.
When traveling, it can really make a difference to:
- Take along moist sterilizing pads
- Wipe down the above items in the hotel room with the sterilizing pads
- Wear a mask while in flight
Supporting and strengthening adrenal function and your immune system is a good idea, especially if adrenal fatigue or other related health concerns are present. For more information, visit our website at http://www.adrenalfatigue.org