Christmas Bells are ready to ring and planning’s for celebration is getting momentum. Delicious cakes and those tiny bells on the Christmas tree. Christmas brings along with itself pleasure happiness and most importantly smiles on everyone’s faces. It is that time when no one is busy and everyone is there for everyone. The celebration…the cakes…the gifts, and going for Holidaying!
But there is one thing I would like to share with you all. Year 2009 was rocked with the deadly Swine Flu. I know you will cringe that at this time I am talking about swine flu and all but believe me…this cannot be ignored. Christmas comes in the month of December when it is cold and as we all know by now that H1N1 virus spreads faster in cold and humid weather when the air molecules are closer. It becomes easier for this tiny virus to travel in such weather. To make our Christmas safe and merrier, I’m sharing a little info as precautionary steps that will certainly help you while you holidaying…
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. . "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (except to eat or bathe).
3. Gargle twice 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/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Gargling prevents proliferation. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
Sure this simple but very effective precaution will keep you hale hearty all the way to your great festive celebration… So MERRY CHRISTMAS! Make The Best Of It.