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Clearing the Air About Ebola
When it comes to Ebola, the first thing you should do is relax! Ebola isn’t airborne, and transmission requires close personal contact with an infected person or the person’s body fluids during the late stages of infection or after death. In West Africa, where the virus has wreaked so much havoc, those at greatest risk are people caring for sick relatives, health care workers, and those handling the deceased. So you don’t need to panic about walking down the street, entering a crowded room, or sending your kids to school.
Beyond that, the best thing you can do is make sure that your immune system is in peak condition. Remember that even with something as easy to catch as a cold, simply being exposed to the virus doesn’t mean you’ll catch it. If your immune system is strong, there’s a much better chance that you’ll be spared.
Here are some tips for helping your immune system ward off whatever comes its way.
What Grandma Always Said
- “Be sure to wash your hands before eating, after you sneeze or cough, and anytime you shake hands or touch another person. When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and then throw the tissue out after using it.” Do you remember being reminded about this stuff and thinking how silly it seemed? Well, it turns out Grandma wasn’t just a fuddy-duddy or a worrywart. She was an expert on stopping germs from spreading.
It’s also a great idea to carry around some hand sanitizer—in a tube or as wipes—for those times when you can’t get to a sink.
- “Are you drinking plenty of water?” Did you get asked this every time you had a cold? This is actually an important one as well. A viral or bacterial infection can lead to serious dehydration, which can be life-threatening. So drink lots of water—and if you (or a loved one who’s sick) can’t keep liquid down, call the doctor!
- “It’s Nap Time.” Do you remember hearing that and actually not wanting to take a nap? Looking back as a busy adult, the idea of fighting any chance to nap seems pretty funny. And when you’re sick, you definitely shouldn’t fight it. If you’re sick or think an illness might be coming on, get lots of rest.I know this is age-old, common sense stuff. But these days it’s more important than ever to actually do it.
Work It Out
Consistent, regular exercise not only strengthens your muscles, it also strengthens your immune system, and that plays a major role in helping you stay well.
The average American eats about 19 teaspoons worth of sugar every day. And did you know that just one teaspoon of sugar lowers your immunity for hours? It’s true, and here’s why. In the gut, sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungi, causing these things to grow and spread. That weakens your immune system in the digestive tract, where 80 percent of it is located. When your digestive tract is out of whack, there goes your immune system. (With all the sweets we eat, it’s no wonder Americans get so many colds.)
Pop Probiotics to Power the Peyer’s Patches
Within the lowest portion of your small intestine lie small masses of lymphatic cells known as Peyer’s patches. These cells monitor your intestinal bacteria and protect your intestine when infection occurs. A lot of people have never even heard of Peyer’s patches, but guess what? Studies have found that they may be responsible for up to 70 percent of the function of our immune system. That should give you an idea of just how important they are to keeping you healthy. But keeping them healthy is up to you. And how do you do that? The best way to protect the Peyer’s patches is to take a powerful probiotic daily. (ask me I have an amazing one)
Don’t be Deficient in Vitamin D
Many Americans are very deficient in Vitamin D, and that’s bad news because studies have found that those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D are the most likely to get colds and flu (a finding that no doubt is true for more serious contagious illnesses as well). Vitamin D does wonders for boosting immunity, and the tendency to catch viruses is often symptomatic of Vitamin D deficiency.
Of course you get Vitamin D from the sun, but all those overcast skies are part of why fall and winter are cold and flu season. The good news is that research shows taking a daily dose of Vitamin D is more effective for preventing the flu than getting a flu shot.
Have Less Stress
Too much emotional stress can profoundly weaken your immunity. Now, I realize that for a lot of people, just thinking about the scary viruses that are going around is stressful. And if you’re leading a busy life, raising kids, and so on, a certain amount of stress is unavoidable. But this is the season to be extra vigilant about self-care. From yoga and meditation to warm baths and curling up with a good book, there are many ways to slow down and let your worries slip away. Make time for your favorite decompression activities. This will keep you healthier and happier.
Other Household Precautions
Here are a few more things you can do in your home to maximize safety and minimize germs:
- Wash bed sheets every week.
- Make sure family members don’t share forks, spoons, or drinking glasses.
- Replace toothbrushes every three months (and whenever anyone in your home gets an illness that’s serious and contagious).
If someone in your family gets a serious illness, wash clothes, sheets, and dishes with the hottest water possible. You can also use hydrogen peroxide as necessary to decontaminate counters, furniture, and carpets.
We’re All In This Together
One of the scary things about viruses is that you can have them and be contagious for some time before you experience any symptoms. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do for our safety and the safety of others when we don’t know we’re sick. On the other hand, you can be contagious for up to seven days after you’re sick, and there’s a lot you can do about that.
For example, it’s critical to stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away. The same applies to keeping sick kids home from school.
And finally, if you forget everything else from this post, please remember these two things:
- If you or a loved one gets very ill and becomes weak, sluggish, and tired for more than 24 hours, it’s time to call your doctor.
- There are many people out there with weakened immune systems, and when we’re sick it’s up to us to protect them by staying away from the outside world until we’re better.
When you’re trying to keep away infections, it’s easy to fear other people. But the truth is, we’re all in this together—and it’s up to us to look out for each other.
Taken from DrKellyann.com
I would also suggest taking Vitamin C and Fish oil to help boost immunity! Zinc is also important and can easily be given to kids in a chew-able form! I sell all of this and Vitamin D in a dropper form if you need supplements for you and your family! Don’t buy the cheap stuff, it’s usually not the right form and not absorbed 100%!