Catching the Flu – and Avoiding Catching It!

THE FIVE MOST COMMON WAYS TO CATCH A COLD OR THE FLU

  • A handshake. If you’re doing public appearances, wash your hands often, and above all, don’t touch your face.
  • A telephone. Those cold viruses can lie in wait just about anywhere.
  • A close-range sneeze. Medical experts have been saying lately that if you have to sneeze or cough, do it into the inside of your elbow.
  • Eating from common utensils – like sharing a straw, fork, spoon, etc.
  • A kiss.

  

PREVENT THE FLU – SOME GOOD ADVICE

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. So follow these simple steps!

1. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine. *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one.  Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive, and powerful preventative method.

2. Blow the nose hard once a day and swab both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

3. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

4. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction.  They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

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