How to stay healthy during the flu season

Issue: 30 - 17 Jun 2009
We have all been hearing the media hype about the swine flu and how it is in epidemic proportions in Australia at present. If we stop and have a think about what the swine flu really is, which is just another virus and not as bad as the usual winter flu we get every year. It then becomes easy to take some simple steps to boost the immune system so as to avoid getting sick. If you do start showing flu symptoms then it is easy to knock it on the head before it takes a hold.
What do we know about swine flu virus?
The flu is a very ancestrally old illness. It's a virus that has been around for thousands of years. It started off as an infection in birds and slowly over those thousands of years diversified to infect every single warm-blooded animal on Earth and a few cold-blooded ones, including snakes.
All these different organisms have their own forms of flu and periodically they can exchange them with other related animals. Birds can exchange their forms of flu with us, which then gives us bird flu and periodically spawns one type of pandemic. Also, pigs can exchange their form of flu with birds and perhaps other large mammals, including horses. Because pigs, as very big mammals and are so similar to humans, they can also exchange viruses with humans and this is why they think the present outbreak could have occurred.
As with other flu like illnesses, Swine flu is spread as follows:
  • Coughing 
  • Sneezing 
  • Kissing 
  • Touching infected objects 
  • Touching nose, mouth and/or eyes with infected hands
Prevention of Swine Flu
  • Covering nose and mouth with a tissue upon coughing and sneezing followed by proper disposal of the tissue. 
  • Avoiding contact with ill persons. 
  • Avoiding the urge to touch nose, mouth and eyes in general. 
  • Staying home from work and/or school upon onset and for the duration of symptoms. 
  • Assuring adequate and thorough hand washing and use of alcohol based hand cleansers (in the absence of proper hand washing facilities).
Supplements for all forms of flu & viruses:
  • Olive leaf extract as a preventative: 1 dessertspoon twice daily If you have any symptoms: 1 tablespoon in morning & 1 dessertspoon lunch and dinner 
  • Propolis liquid as directed (10 to 20 drops in warm water 3 times daily) you can also gargle with the Propolis before swallowing to assist with sore throats. 
  • Super Greens & Super Reds help boost immune system and give you all your vitamin, minerals and enzyme naturally.
Stress effect to immune system
Stress has an effect on the whole of your body; it is one of the major causes of disease.
DIS - EASE is best described as a body that is ill at ease with itself. One of the quickness ways to suppress the immune system is being under stress. Due to our diet, lifestyle, and environment, it can be a hard one to get under control, but if we make a concerted effort to improve our diet following the tips listed below and look at ways to change our lifestyle, such as doing a bit more exercise, which I find is one of the best stress releases after a hard day at work. Then there are always relaxation classes or just taking 20mins out of your day to listen to a relaxation tape or a piece of music that makes you feel good on the inside, and puts a smile back on your face. Meditation is another area to investigate, a lot of people will say that they can’t relax, focus, or sit still long enough to meditate, there are many moving meditations you could do like, Tai-Chi, walking and swimming all of which helps you to switch off your mind and relax. If all else fails a natural supplement called “Inositol” is excellent for stress and anxiety
The best thing to keep in mind is that the weather changes in winter, cold temperatures set in, and runny noses, sniffles, head colds and flu seem to be prevalent as we start getting increasing drops in temperature; this is a good time to boost your immune system so that you’re at optimum health throughout winter.
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Joan, Retired Nurse, QLD

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