The H1N1 virus is still a huge concern – influenza viruses have 2 cycles, one in the fall and one in the spring. the H1N1 fall of 2009 in Idaho saw 821confirmed cases of H1N1, 378 hospitalised, 20 deaths and the spring flu season is just around the corner. If you haven’t had this strain of the flu, here are some tips to help you prevent it…
Wash your hands often and well – you should take at least 20 seconds wetting, soaping and rinsing under running water. When you get this routine down, teach the rest of your family! Did you know that 25% of people don’t wash their hands after they go to the bathroom…teach your kids to wash their hands and they will get sick less!
Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm to prevent the spread of germs. If you cough into your hands, then touch a surface, you have contaminated that surface and everyone that comes in contact with that surface will pick up those germs and get sick or worse, mutate those germs and pass them on!
Keep your hands away from your face. Putting your hands on your face is an open invitation for illness and some forms of Acne!
Exercise. The more oxygen you get the less likely it is that an acid-based virus will survive in your system.
Eat at least 5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables a day, the healthier your diet the less likely you will get sick because of phytonutrients in your system.
Emerging science is also studying the effects of Prebiotics and Probiotics on the immune system. Studies have shown that friendly bacteria not only help digestion, but also improve the immune system.
Prebiotics are soluble and insoluble fibers that Probiotic bacteria use as food. Probiotic bacteria also feed on some forms of dairy sugars to make their colonies grow. The more Probiotics you have in your system that is healthy and growing, the healthier you will be.
Jamba Juice offers Yogurt and Fruit Blend menus along with Steel-Cut Oatmeal that will give you a Prebiotic and Probiotic boost to your immune system to help you prevent illness in this cold and flu season.