This year, the flu is no joke. Flu season this year can be incredibly dangerous if you are living with high blood pressure or heart disease. While the flu shot might scare you, it’s necessary to protect yourself from the potential dangers of the flu.

Did you know that one of the best ways to prevent the flu, and other seasonal illnesses, is by improving your circulation? Healthy, strong circulation of blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body is a great way to boost your immune system. And one of the best ways to improve circulation is through exercise, mindfulness and L-Arginine.

L-Arginine has been clinically proven to improve blood flow by widening the arteries throughout your body. By widening the arteries, nutrients that every cell in your body needs to remain healthy are easily delivered, thus potentially improving your immune system.

So, as you contemplate getting that flu shot, consider talking to your doctor about the many benefits of L-Arginine not only for blood pressure, but for flu season as well…

Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms hit suddenly — within a matter of hours. Symptoms include: fever, feverish chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness. Children with the flu could also vomit and have diarrhea, according to the CDC.

Flu can cause inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues; and multiple organ failure.