The flu season is approaching and you better be careful because not only it is not a pleasant sickness but also, extremely dangerous.
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What is Flu?
The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses. These viruses can infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs - the organs responsible for providing us with oxygen and removing waste gases, like carbon dioxide. It is important to understand that respiratory illnesses, like the flu, affect our ability to get oxygen into our bodies.
Most healthcare professionals believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. You can catch the flu by touching a surface or object, like a countertop or doorknob, that has a flu virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth.
Adults are contagious 1-2 days before symptoms appear and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. Symptoms of the flu include:
• Muscle or body aches
• Vomiting and diarrhea
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
Don't use antibiotics because it is a viral infection. It is recommended to stay at home and avoid contact with other people so that you do not spread the virus. But if you feel extremely ill and have a high temperature, seek immediate medical attention. There are certain groups of people that fall into the high-risk group of possibly having serious flu-related complications. These people include:
• Young children
• Adults 65 and older
• Pregnant women
• People with medical conditions, including asthma, lung disease, kidney and liver disorders, blood disorders, HIV/AIDS and heart disease.
• Obese People
Some flu-related complications include:
• Sinus and ear and infections
• Inflammation of the heart (myocarditis)
• Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
• Inflammation of muscle tissues (myositis, rhabdomyolysis)
• Multi-organ failure (like respiratory and kidney failure)
• An extreme inflammatory response in the body that can lead to sepsis.
An immunity-boosting diet, rich in water and other essential nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, is a very effective way to avoid the flu. Some immune-boosting nutrients include:
• Vitamin C.
• Vitamin B6. Dietary sources of vitamin B6 include chickpeas, chicken breast, squash, spinach and beef liver and other organ meats.
• Zinc. Oysters are the highest source of zinc. You can also get zinc from red meat, poultry, crabs, shrimp, lobster, oatmeal, whole grains, cheeses, yogurt, beans, and nuts.
• Copper. Organ meats, shellfish, nuts, seeds, wheat-bran cereals and whole grain products are good sources of copper.
• And of course, make sure you have a balanced gut by ensuring you have an optimal amount of probiotics.
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