Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Flu Shot and Yogi Tea

Today I had my very first flu shot.  I've always been wary of unnecessary vaccinations and have avoided getting my yearly free shot.  However, last January I go the flu.  I've had it twice in my lifetime and pray that it will never happen again each time.  So today, as my coworkers began lining up I thought, "Why not"?  First, I was surprised at the amount of pain one little shot could cause when injected into your shoulder.  (Why don't they put it in a meatier spot I wondered to myself).  Then within hours I began to develop a headache, sore throat, fever, and aches.  My body appears to be reacting to something, hopefully my immune system will win.  To combat the virus I made a very healthy dinner including citrus glazed carrots and wild rice.  That'll show 'em who's boss.  I did a little research on the flu shot and it turns out that I was right to avoid it after all. Only three strains are used, which were guessed at my researches many, many moons ago.  It's level of effecitiveness isn't great even if you do get the exact strain covered by the immunization. So in short, its a lot of discomfort for no reward.  Not to mention that they put all kinds of bad things in those shots and I'm not talking about the virus either.  So to ease my achiness and fight off whatever is bearing down on my immune system I stopped at the store and picked up some yogi tea.  Their immunity tea has everything except the kitchen sink (including echniacea) and is quite tasty.  It was not very expensive, readily available, and full of good things.  I'll keep you posted on my battle with the bug. 

Here is some information on the tea I am drinking (on the website you can click the links to learn more about the herbs and their uses:
Echinacea Immune Support 
Tea for your body – Defense

Our blend of astragalus, elderberry and several species of echinacea can strengthen your defenses by stimulating production of immune system proteins. We complement this wellness formula with lively lemongrass and peppermint to help promote clear breathing while adding a fragrant essence and exquisite taste. It is sure to become an all-season favorite!*

When your immune system needs support, drink 2 to 3 cups per day. For a stronger effect, use 2 tea bags. For increased immune stimulation, drink up to 5 cups per day.*


Organic Peppermint LeafOrganic LemongrassOrganic Echinacea Root (Angustifolia, Purpurea, Pallida), Organic Cinnamon BarkOrganic Licorice RootOrganic Spearmint Leaf,Organic Fennel SeedOrganic Lemon FlavorOrganic Cardamom SeedEchinacea Purpurea Root Extract (Phenols 12%), Organic Rose HipOrganic Ginger RootOrganic 
Burdock Root
Organic Clove BudOrganic Mullein LeafStevia LeafOrganic Black PepperAstragalus Root ExtractEuropean Elderberry Extract (Anthocyanins 30%), Natural Cinnamon Oil,Natural Cardamom OilNatural Ginger Oil

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