12 Things You Can Do To Prevent All Kinds Of Flu
When was the last time you turned on the news and didn’t get overwhelmed with negative reports of some sort? It seems pretty much impossible these days, does it not? While there are obviously some areas where we do not have enough influence to change things, there are other areas, where we do not have to stand by silently and let things happen to us.
One of those areas is our health. Poor health, low immunity and autoimmune diseases and even allergies don’t “just happen”. Instead, they are allowed through our (or our parents) dietary and lifestyle choices. In the recent years we have been hearing a lot about all sorts of flu pandemics (out of control influenza viruses, bird flu, swine flu,.…) that have gotten the world worried. But does that mean you have to be worried? Absolutely not! As long as you understand some basics about your body, health and nutrition, and as long as you turn this knowledge into practice, you have no reason to worry about getting ill, not even during the flu season. Sure, you may get a cold here or there, but it won’t stay long and it won’t be serious.
The human body has an inherent inner wisdom that strives to defend itself and to survive. Symptoms of illness are not simply something "wrong" with the person. Instead, symptoms are responses and efforts of the body to defend itself against infection and/or stress in order to heal. Whereas we cannot prevent all stress we encounter in life, we can make conscious efforts to control it and not to let it ruin our health.
We are constantly surrounded by bacteria and viruses. No matter how had you tried you could not escape them. To protect ourselves from them, God gave us an immune system, an intricate network of “soldiers” (blood and lymph cells, tissues, and organs) that work together to protect the body.
As far as bacteria and viruses are concerned, the portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global flu pandemic as we are supposedly facing now and which so many people are afraid of, it is almost impossible to avoid coming in contact with the feared virus despite all precautions. However, contact with the virus is not so much of a problem as proliferation. Here are some very practical ways to prevent proliferation and cut down recovery time:
1. Wash hands frequently. However, do not use anti-bacterial soap! This kind of soap is very aggressive. And since it gets absorbed into your skin, it gets into your blood stream, where it can not only kill the harmful bacteria on your hands, but also the good bacteria in your intestines. Without a healthy intestinal flora, your entire health can become compromised. Instead of using anti-bacterial soap, use a natural soap that is enhanced with essential lavender or tee tree oil, which have natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well.
2. Keep hands off the face. Resist all temptations to touch your face (unless you want to eat or wash).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (preferably use sea salt, rock salt or Himalayan crystal salt.) Most viruses takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Gargling with warm salt water seriously cuts your risk of prevents proliferation. And even if you get infected, doing so, will help kill the microbes in the throat, thus aid in speeding up the healing process. So, please don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful, preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (effective Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very helpful in reducing viral populations.
5. Pursue healthy eating habits
➢ Eat simple meals, not combining more than 3 food groups. Eat unprocessed, slow burning carbohydrates, lightly cooked vegetables, some fresh fruit or some raw vegetables, raw nuts and seeds as well as some (preferably vegetarian or organically raised) protein sources, such as fish or poultry.
➢ Reduce your consumption of carbonated beverages
➢ Fried foods
➢ Caffeinated beverages
➢ Very cold foods and drinks
➢ Eliminate artificial dyes, colorings, and flavorings
6. Drink warm liquids
Drinking warm liquids (best herbal teas) has the same effect as gargling, but in the other direction. Warm liquids wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach, where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
7. Exercise daily for about 30 minutes
According to David C. Nieman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and a former president of the International Society of Exercise Immunology, research shows that moderate exercise (about 30 minutes at least 5 times per week) increases the recirculation of important immune cells, especially from bone marrow, the lungs and the spleen.
8. Air out your house or office daily. Germ concentrations are mostly found in confined spaces, such as in a bedroom, office or car.
9. Spend at least 30 minutes every day outside. People don’t get sick from cold air but from germs that manage to attack our bodies. Spending time outside allows you to absorb Vitamin D through your skin, improve your moods, refresh your mind and strengthens your immune system.
10. Get enough rest. People’s needs for sleep are very individual. However, it is a good idea to be in tune with nature. Thus, fall and winter are times where the body needs more rest. Try to go to bed a bit earlier and allow yourself a little nap on a weekend afternoon, if you are not in the habit of doing so. In average, adults need 8-10 hours of sleep and children between 10 and 12.
11. Boost your natural immunity by enjoying a healthy diet, super foods and powerful immune boosters (Choose according to your budget and the gaps in your diet.) Any of those suggested supplements will strengthen your defense system and reduce your risk to get sick.
• C-From Nature or Alma-C-Plus ( www.phporder.com/happycells )
• Vir-U-Sure and / or Immuno Max ( www.phporder.com/happycells )
• More Greens ( www.phporder.com/happycells )
• Phyto Defense or Carotenoid Complex ( www.gnld.net/happycells )
12. Learn what your body really needs to be strong and healthy - based on the principle of cellular nutrition and regeneration, understand your immune system, how to naturally increase your energy, how to help the body to heal itself by eating certain healthy foods, get healthy tips, quick, easy and healthy recipes for nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, healthy snacks and much more, read the book “What About That Rainbow” (www.whataboutthatrainbow.com).
Note: Psycho-neuro-immunology is a fancy word for the power of positive thinking. So enjoy the little things in life. Be grateful, smile, laugh, love and eliminate stress, anger, jealousy and fear. Think about good things and forgive those who offend you, pray and know that everything is going to be all right!
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