It seems all you hear on the news is the New York Flu Epidemic.  Governor Cuomo recently declared a statewide public health emergency.  Even Sarasota Florida emergency rooms are filled with patients suffering from a severe strain of the flu said to have come from the New York virus.  It is scary hearing about death and illness in relation to this flu strain epidemic. 

The CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, are investigating if the flu vaccine has been effective this 2013 Flu Season.  So far the flu epidemic research is showing that you will be just as sick with colds and the flu if you received the vaccine or if you did not receive it.  So why are they telling you to get the flu vaccine?  The vaccine is a one size fits all solution that does not resolve every flu.  This year the flu shot does not seem to be helping with the New York Flu Strain.

What can you do to protect yourself?  The most important thing you can do is to keep your immune system strong.  The best way I know to strengthen your immune system is to increase the amount of antioxidants that you eat.  Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables as well as Cold Pressed Chocolate like XO Healthy Chocolate products.

According to the article Foods, Antioxidants, Vitamins & Supplements for Immune System Health on Web MD, “Experts say a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you ward off infections like colds and flu. That’s because these super foods contain immune-boosting antioxidants.”   With a large flu season outbreak like what we are seeing today, it is important to do everything you can to keep your family healthy.

My three children, including my son in college and my husband and I are all receiving our antioxidants in the form of XO Healthy Chocolate.  Just three little dark chocolate power squares are giving us each 1,740 flavonoids (mg) and 49,464 in a total ORACfn score verified by Brunswick Labs.

Keep your family healthy this flu season.  You may not enjoy eating 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, but I honestly don’t know anyone who has a problem with eating chocolate.  And for those concerned with calories, each power square is just 33 calories each.

Preferred customers receive 20% off and free shipping on their entire order.  Order now and stay healthy this cold & flu season.

Lynette Henk can be reached directly at 941-216-5727, by email at lynette @ or at her site,