H1N1 Flu is a subtype of influenza A virus and was the most common cause of human influenza (flu) in 2009. Some strains of H1N1 Flu are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a small fraction of all seasonal influenza. H1N1 Flu strains caused a small percentage of all human flu infections in the previous years

Here are some natural ways to protect yourself from H1N1 Flu and other forms of flu.  As always, check with your doctor before doing anything that affects your body.

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 Flu in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

H1N1 Flu Protection Using Natural Way

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 Flu infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu)

H1N1 Flu Protection Using Natural Way Tips:

  • Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
  • “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (except to eat or bathe).
  • Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 Flu takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected o ne. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
  • Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water,which protects from H1N1 Flu. Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot to clean nasal cavities, but 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.
  • Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits [e.g. orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit]. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
  • Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can,which prevents from H1N1 Flu. 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.