How To Help Ward Off The Influenza

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It’s that time of year where we can all use some tips how to ward off the Influenza in our homes, right? I just talked to a very close friend who had to rush his cute daughter to the hospital. They are waiting for the test results but she is very dehydrated, I mean extremely dehydrated. Thank goodness, they took her to the hospital to get the process of rehydrating her ASAP! Please keep in mind I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. Some things we all know for sure when it comes to seeing a child or adult that has a fever (sometimes), shiny red or very cracked lips. They are usually dehydrated and they need water or some type of liquid like Pedialyte or Gatorade. If it’s really bad they need an IV at the hospital like my good friend’s little princess, I mentioned above.

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Sometimes, I think I am somewhat of a germaphobic because I wash my hands constantly. I believe most people wash their hands but I sure wish some churches had those hand sanitizer contraptions on the walls. I have seen them at the doctor’s offices, the schools and most public places. I guess some churches can’t afford to buy them but good grief with all the hand shaking, come on people, step up your game. Should we all demand that they install them or should we just quit shaking hands? It’s really frustrating when you go to a movie or to a store and people are sneezing and coughing. In Japan, it is common courtesy to wear a face mask similar to the ones I suggest for emergencies like these when they have a communicable sickness: New CM PM2.5 N95 Adult Face Masks Hot Air Cotton Masks Dust Allergy Flu Masks for Breathe Healthy Filters Dust, Pollen, Allergens, Flu Germs 10 Pieces Please stay home if you are sick, let’s not spread the germs or bacteria. If you have more ideas, I will gladly add your tips to my list, let’s get started.

Ward off the Influenza tips:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Drink a lot of water
  3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably Organic/Non-GMO)
  4. Build up your immune system to stay healthy
  5. Wash your hands, yes this is a repeat
  6. Use Clorox wipes to clean TV remotes, computer parts where applicable
  7. Use Clorox wipes to clean door knobs, phones, and light switches
  8. Keep your bathrooms as clean as possible
  9. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible
  10. Throw out food that is no longer acceptable to eat in your refrigerator or pantry
  11. Make chicken noodle soup with lots of vegetables in the broth
  12. Hot/warm green tea with a little honey and Organic lemon juice or freshly squeezed lemon rocks, this is my favorite one: Yogi Teas Super Antioxidant Green Tea, 16 Count (Pack of 6)
  13. Keep Vicks VapoRub on hand Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant Chest and Throat Topical Analgesic Ointment, 1.76 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  14. Print out my first aid kit list if you need one: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms
  15. Replace the expired over the counter cold medicines you have stored BEFORE you need them
  16. Check your stash of fever reducers if you use them
  17. Drink a lot of fluids and have fresh chapstick ready, if needed
  18. Use essential oils to soothe the sick people in your family
  19. In the winter when the furnace is running, you may want to invest in a humidifier or vaporizer: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected before you need to be, you’ll be glad you are prepared. May God bless your family, please stay well.

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6 thoughts on “How To Help Ward Off The Influenza

  • December 29, 2016 at 11:57 am
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    Coconut water is very good for hydrating/rehydrating the body and can often be tolerated better than Gatorade or Powerade when you have nausea. It has electrolytes and antioxidants, but doesn’t have dyes.

    Clean your phones and also your computer keyboards, both at home and at work. They are filthy…

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    • December 30, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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      Deanna, I have coconut water in my refrigerator, great reminder! Yes, the phones and keyboards are filthy!! Linda

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  • December 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    Great tips! I just recovered from a really bad cold. Thankfully it wasn’t flu, but it really knocked me out. First one I’ve had like that in 4-5 years.
    Have a new toothbrush and a new chapstick on hand for after you recover. Toss out your old ones once you’re feeling better.
    Take lots of proboitics, too. 🙂

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    • December 30, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      Christine, that is a great reminder, throw out the toothbrushes and buy new chapstick! Linda

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  • December 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm
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    While I don’t have the flu, both my husband and I picked up bad colds over the holidays. I have been cleaning my remotes like crazy. We found out that we were out of cough syrup, (we are trying not to buy for one month, to see how we do) so we did had to pick some up, and of course a prescription. Even sick we are eating better than we ever have. Everything has to be made from scratch, so Allrecipes is my best friend.

    I use hand sanitizer between hand washings. I also put fractionated coconut oil into my liquid hand soap, so that my hands won’t turn into alligators hands.

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    • December 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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      Oh Janet, the coconut oil in the hand sanitizer is a great tip! Linda

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