Six Ways to Slay the Flu

Since Liz works in Public Health, the house is full of talk about HINI.  To vaccinate, or not? How dangerous is this going to be for healthy kids? More than likely, Ms. Connie had it last year during those days when most of the Hernández either stayed home or came to school and coughed all day. The nation’s oldest public school closed for a week in May, a move that most people saw as an overreaction.

Today, Liz’s nephew sent along a pretty simple approach for flu prevention. He didn’t say where this came from (probably the salt lobby), but it’s based on the idea that you won’t be able to avoid exposure. Some simple steps might, however, keep the bug from proliferating. Since it made sense to Liz the NP, too, the Parent Imperfect will include it here.

1. Frequent hand-washing.
       
2.
“Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (except to eat or bathe).
       
3. *
Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. 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.

       
4. Similar to 3 above, *
clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot 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 effective in bringing down viral population.* 
       
5.. *Boost your natural immunity with
foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
               
6. *
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.   

Make sense? The last one seems a little shaky to the PI, but that may just be his aversion to hot liquids.

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