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Flu Tips

November 16, 2009

Whether you decide to get the H1N1 vaccination or not, you can take precautions to avoid the flu or to help reduce symptoms once you recognize them.  Below are some suggestions to lower your risk and ease the onslaught of those symptoms.

Wash hands frequently, especially when arriving at work, after shaking hands, using a phone, handling money, etc.

Gargle 2-3 times 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 to proliferate and show symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful method.

Boost natural immunity with foods and supplements. See this for immune boosting tips.

Use supplements Vitamin C, E, and Zinc, as well as Oreganol (wild oregano oil), 5 drops (no more) in some water taken 2-3 times per day can wipe out flu virus when symptoms start to come on.

Drink warm liquids often. These will drown the virus out of the throat and into the stomach where they die and leave you free to be healthy and happy.

Use hypoallergenic natural hand sanitizers.

Use sanitizing towelettes to clean work surfaces such as phones, chair arms, desks, computer keyboards, door handles, door knobs, etc.

Cover your mouth with your arm while coughing or sneezing and promptly wash your hands afterward.

Minimize exposure to others who are ill.

Elderberry syrup aka Sambucol is a very good immune booster for flu.

Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy, works very well for many once you’ve come down with the flu.

Here are some other alternative remedies for flu + cold.

How are you dealing with flu season?  Do you have any recommendations?