It’s official. Flu season has started.
It’s the earliest start to the season we’ve seen in a decade.
Just in time for the holidays.
If you’ve done everything you can to avoid catching the flu, but find yourself feeling like you’re coming down with a case of the virus I’ve got a t slick trick you’re going to want to try.
FEED it to death.
The latest research reveals a novel way to attack the flu using forks and knives instead of meds. And the best part of all is it involves eating a bunch of food you already love.
There’s one small catch, of course. But don’t worry, it’s not a deal breaker.
You can’t just eat any old thing you want. And you can’t turn to the carb-heavy comfort foods many of us load up on when we feel miserable.
In fact, doing that could ensure a longer, nastier infection. And a tougher battle.
But if you eat the RIGHT foods, you can give your body just the weapon it needs to give the virus the boot.
Beat the flu with this easy diet tweak
You know the old saying, feed a cold and starve a fever?
Kick it to the curb.
If you start to get that heavy, yucky feeling that the flu is invading – fever or no fever – new research shows how you could EAT IT into submission if you act fast.
They key is our old friend the high fat and low carb keto diet. And you’re going to want to be really strict about it too.
But, don’t worry, it’s not permanent. It’s just for a few days, because the study on mice shows how this temporary switch can trigger a remarkable process deep inside your body.
More specifically, it works inside the lungs, activating a set of immune system T cells that scientists had never before seen work against the flu.
Kill off this dreaded winter infection using keto
“Keto” is short for ketogenic. And it refers to the ketones the body starts to crank out when you’re on the diet.
Usually, eating leads to sugar in the blood from carbs. Which, in turns, triggers the release of insulin to help you either use that sugar for energy or store it as fat.
But when your sugar levels plunge, insulin levels drop as well and your body turns to burning fat instead. Your liver turns that fat into ketones, which are then shipped off into the blood to use as fuel in place of the missing glucose.
But the new study on mice infected with flu finds those ketones also stimulate the release of gamma delta T cells inside the lining of the lungs.
These T cells release mucus inside that lining, which traps the flu virus and forces it out before the infection has a chance to turn truly nasty.
The mice on this diet had less severe infections and much higher survival rates.
Of course we need human studies to see if it works the exact same way in us. But these early studies are super encouraging making taking this easy step worth a shot.
While you’re at it don’t forget to ALSO add in some of the tried-and-true flu-fighting strategies we already know can help.
That includes loading up on immune-boosting nutrients as well as elderberry and echinacea, a combo that in some cases is just as effective as flu drugs but without the side effects.