Thursday, July 15, 2010

10 Practical Ways to avoid FLU!

Flu like symptoms are starting to be vibrant again in this rainy season. Colds, sneezing, headache, runny nose, sore throat, fever and body weakness are commonly seen to people infected by this viral illness. Since it is viral in nature, most people feel better after 1 or 2 weeks. But for some, the flu leads to serious diseases, such as pneumonia. That's why it is important for us to take care of our bodies and prevent infection to occur especially to our dear love ones or family. Here are some tips that will help us avoid such infection to occur:

1. Wash Your Hands
Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Someone who has the flu sneezes onto their hand, and then touches the telephone, the keyboard, a kitchen glass. The germs can live for hours -- in some cases weeks -- only to be picked up by the next person who touches the same object. So wash your hands often.
2. Don't Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands
When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue, then throw it away immediately.

3. Don't Touch Your Face
Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds, and a key way they pass colds on to their parents.
4. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. How can you tell if you're getting enough liquid? If the color of your urine runs close to clear, you're getting enough. If it's deep yellow, you need more fluids.
5. Take a Sauna
When you take a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, a temperature too hot for cold and flu viruses to survive.
6. Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly
Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood; makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood; and makes you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells.

7. Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals
"Phyto" means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So put away the vitamin pill, and eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.
8. Don't Smoke
Statistics show that heavy smokers get more severe colds and more frequent ones.
Even being around smoke profoundly zaps the immune system. Smoke dries out your nasal passages and paralyzes cilia which sweeps cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages. Experts contend that one cigarette can paralyze cilia for as long as 30 to 40 minutes.
9. Cut Alcohol Consumption
Heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system in a variety of ways. Alcohol also dehydrates the body -- it actually causes more fluid loss from your system than it puts in.
10. Relax
If you can teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand. Train yourself to picture an image you find pleasant or calming. Do this 30 minutes a day for several months. Keep in mind, relaxation is a learnable skill, but it is not doing nothing at all. 


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