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How to protect yourself from the Swine Flu without getting vaccinated


The H1N1 vaccine, helpful
or hurtful? 

A lot of information has been circulating recently regarding the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination. Many researchers and medical professionals are not advising the public to receive the vaccination. Breaking news stories have been covering the latest research on the vaccine, and much of the information is frightening to many. Click here for information regarding the vaccination's many risks. So how can we protect ourselves from the H1N1 virus without being vaccinated?


Get Plenty of Vitamin D
While vitamin D is essential for bone growth and healthy teeth, new research has suggested it may also help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases. The recommended amount of vitamin D is 400-800 IU (international units) per day. Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun, foods, and supplements. This healthy vitamin can be found in foods like milk, eggs, and fish.

Be sure to get enough sleep

Research has found that the average adult needs between 7 and 10 hours of sleep. Getting too little sleep can lead to such things as depression, memory problems, increased pain perception, and especially a weakening of the immune system causing you to become more likely to get sick.

Exercise Regularly
Research has shown that there is a link between moderate exercise and a strong immune system. However, there have also been studies showing that too much exercise can lead to a weaker immune system. Click here for more information regarding these studies. 

Avoid processed foods

Processing foods often takes the nutrients out of nutrient-rich foods. Thus, your body is deprived of essential nutrients that help keep your body (and immune system) strong.

Eat garlic
For many decades garlic has been used as a remedy to protect against infections. Studies have shown that garlic has been proven to protect against colds, the flu, and stomach viruses.

Use waterless hand sanitizer
to protect yourself

Wash you hands often or use a waterless hand sanitizer
Get into the habit of washing your hands numerous times a day. Germs can stay on surfaces for up to 8 hours. This is a surprisingly common way that infections can be spread. If you share anything with others like a work area, be sure to clean it before use. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer and use after sneezing, blowing your nose, before eating, or anytime a sink is not available.
Make an appointment with your doctor
Be sure to keep regular doctor appointments. General check ups can help you become more hands on with your health. You can also discuss with your doctor any questions you may have regarding the H1N1 flu virus. They can also provide good insight and tips.

 For more info: Click here for recent updates on the swine flu vaccination and how to help yourself stay safe.