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How to Increase Immunity to Prevent Swine Flu

It is important for flu prevention to keep your body strong, nourished, and ready to combat infection. Here is how you can prevent deadly infections such as swine flu by boosting your immune system.

Communicable Diseases By Himanshu Sharma / Feb 28, 2015

Swine Flu Prevention

Swine flu (H1N1) is a highly contagious condition and it spreads quickly from person to person. You can prevent deadly infections such as swine flu by boosting your immune system. It is important for flu prevention to keep your body strong, nourished and ready to combat infection.

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Healthy Diet

The first and foremost thing you need to do is to ensure that your diet is wholesome. Whole grains, colorful vegetables and vitamin-rich fruits are foods that can keep you strong from inside.

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Immunity Boosters

Foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and E build a strong immune system. You should also include foods rich in zinc and selenium to improve your immunity against infections and illnesses. Meat, sunflower seeds, brown rice, ginger and garlic help in flushing out toxins from the body.

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Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is an immune suppressant which you must avoid. Alcohol in the bloodstream lowers the resistance to viral infections like swine flu. To ensure your immune system remains strong, keep away from alcoholic drinks.

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Cover Coughs and Sneezes

When you sneeze or cough, you must cover your mouth and nose. To contain your coughs and sneezes, cough or sneeze into a tissue. Avoid contaminating your hands by sneezing or coughing onto them.

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Drink More Liquids

You must drink plenty of liquids when spread of swine flu is on the rise. Water, juice and warm soups prevent dehydration and keep immune system strong.

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Rest

When it comes to lack of sleep, it make us prone to catching colds and the flu including the H1N1 virus. Get more sleep to help your immune system fight infection. Proper rest is one of the things that can keep your immune system primed for attack.

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Probiotics

Probiotics are the bacteria that are not just good for your digestive system but can also improve your immunity. The probiotics create an acidic environment that prevents the growth of other harmful bacteria in the stomach. Including probiotics such as yoghurt will play a certain role in improving immunity.

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Manage Stress

Reduce stress; be it work stress or emotional stress. When you are stressed, your immune system can get affected severely. The release of the stress hormone affects the working of the thymus, which in turn affects the production of immune cells in the body.

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Exercising Regularly

You cannot ignore the health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity. When you engage in physical activity, it improves blood flow and aids in circulation of immune cells throughout the body. Moreover, there is a surge of endorphins that help in stimulating the lymphatic system for release of blood cells.

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