The flu appears to be on everybody’s mind (or in the body…).

Here are a few more tips to help ward off this season’s epidemic.

Exercise boosts flu shot efficacy:

We already know that fitter people tend to have better immune systems and exercise has a immune-boosting effect, but new studies indicated that exercising immediately after a flu shot has proven to double the efficacy.

Those volunteers who had exercised after being inoculated, it turned out, exhibited “nearly double the antibody response” of the sedentary group, said Marian Kohut, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State who oversaw the study, which is being prepared for publication. They also had higher blood levels of certain immune system cells that help the body fight off infection.

Read more at the NY Times: Exercise Can Boost Flu Shots Potency

Natural Flu Prevention Methods

Secondly: I recently listened to an episode of Dr. David Naimon’s excellent Healthwatch radio show devoted entirely to natural means of flu prevention and immune boosting. Dr. Naimon is a naturopath and I highly recommend his show, which you can listen to in podcast form off of iTunes. See the January 14th ‘Preventing the Flu Naturally with Dr. Gary Weiner’ show or listen to it via Dr Naimon’s website here.

Stay healthy out there!