Swine Flu – Improve your Immunity and Follow Simple Instructions
Health officials issued a statewide alert over swine flu on Sunday evening with the wake of the death of a 70-year-old farmer near Coimbatore due to the suspected H1N1 virus and four patients having tested positive for the killer virus in Chennai in only a few days, which took the number of cases to 11 in the state. The state health department has advised people with symptoms of cold, cough and fever to consult doctors. It is not a reason to panic but a cause of concern for us.
Taking good care of your health can reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting the flu. The key is to keep your immune system strong by following these simple guidelines.
Lose Weight: New data has suggested that obesity, especially extreme obesity (BMI over 40), raises swine flu victims’ chance of dying. The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the cases of swine flu patients at a Michigan hospital, all of whom had to be placed on ventilators due to the severity of their illness. Being overweight reduces your immunity and therefore chances of contraction increases while recovery too becomes difficult.
Exercise: Blood circulation is required for your immune system to perform at its best for you. Spend 20-30 minutes daily by raising your heart beat to 130 beats per minute. Any form of exercise – running, weight training, playing sports like squash, tennis help.
Eliminate Sugar From your Diet: Apart from a number of health problems like cancer, sugar is also responsible for faster aging and reducing your immunity against diseases. Avoid all forms of white sugar starting today.
Stop Junk Food: Similar to Sugar, junk food has an immediate, weakening effect on your immune system.
Get Plenty of Sleep: Too little sleep may reduce levels of leptin, possibly causing people to gain weight, develop diabetes, and weaken your immune system. Getting around 7 hours of qood quality sleep is sufficient. Note that sleeping more than 8 hours is dangerous to your health.
Relax: If you feel overwhelmed by stress, your body will not have the reserves it needs to fight infection. Long-term stress causes excessive wear on the body and activates a deterioration of the immune system.
Eat Nutritious : Eat nutritious food including lot of citrus fruits.
Maintain Hygiene : Last but not least, keep washing your hands frequently.