Examiner.com The fifth death from Swine flu was just reported in Orange County, when a 56 year old woman succumbed to the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting that two billion people could become sick during this ‘pandemic.’ Vaccines are being tested on humans even now, as the prediction of an early flu season is coming to pass. While WHO and other medical professionals are proponents of the vaccines to prevent flu, other professionals find natural remedies work much better without the fear of physical repercussions. Most people understand the common sense rules; wash your hands frequently, get plenty of rest and exercise. Local schools and businesses are armed with hand sanitizer and ‘stay home if you’re sick’ policies. Be practical, but you may want to take it a step further with some natural remedies.
Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com) recommends a daily dose of Vitamin D, and an increase omega-3 fats. Cod liver oil supplies both (your Mama was right!). Foods like shrimp, salmon, cod and organic mushrooms will build up the Vitamin D you need, or take a vitamin supplement. Flaxseed oil snuck into your favorite foods won’t add taste, but will add the necessary omega-3 oils. (See http://planetgreen.discovery.com for more information). Dr. Mercola stands by these natural remedies as a way to build your immune system, and prevent any type of flu. Stay away from sugar, as it will take you a step back.
Dire predictions of swine flu sweeping our world are prevalent. Even at the first symptom, put your feet up, drink lots of liquids, have a little chicken soup, and try these home remedies. Of course, call your doctor if symptoms worsen.
-One tablespoon of honey with a half teaspoon of cinnamon will help with a cold, sore throat and nasal congestion.
-Add basil to steaming water and inhale for lung congestion.
-Drink some soothing lemon or green tea to clear your head and throat.
-Chew on garlic if you can stand it.
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While the flu season is inevitable, take a dose of common sense determined by a surge of education. Get involved in your own prevention or cure. Ask your health care professional to make sure you’re doing all the right things, and of course if the flu catches up with you.