Fighting the Flu Naturally

By Erika Mahoney

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite the continued availability of the flu shot across the Twin Tiers, not everyone agrees with the preventative method.

Mickey Bush said he's never had a flu shot.

"There's no guarantee that if I got the shot I wouldn't get the flu," Bush said.

Bush just recovered from the flu, and he said he fought it by drinking lots of tea and eating healthy.

"The preservatives that they have in the flu shot, I just don't think they are good for your body," he said.

Bush's chiropractor, Dr. Doug Sullivan, says there are many natural alternatives.

"One thing I always tell my patients is you really want to eat the rainbow of colors in fruits and vegetables," Sullivan said. "It's not a surprise vegetables increase your health, but you want to get things like reds, oranges, yellows and greens."

Eating garlic also boosts the immune system.

"If you use a lot of garlic, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial components," Sullivan said.

On the opposite end, cutting sugar from diets is important, especially with illnesses. Sullivan says avoiding soda and juices can help cut down on sugar. The best thing to drink is water.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, taking supplements like vitamin D can help.

"Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. Clearly in the Southern Tier, we don't have too much of that, so most people are pretty deficient and it has a huge impact on immune systems."

Sullivan says cutting down on stress and exercising is always a great way to boost the immune system.

Research also shows getting a chiropractic adjustment can strengthen the immune system.

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