Swine Flu Outbreak – What can you do to protect yourself?

There isn’t a newscast which doesn’t talk about the spread of the swine flu and the mounting death tally. There is a lot of scare, but what can you do to protect yourself beside locking yourself up in your house?

There are the usual recommendations which every other newscast recommends: Washing your hands, not traveling to areas of Mexico, not coming into contact which someone who is infected, etc. But if you do catch the swine flu, or any other infectious disease including the common cold, then it is up to your own body to wage war against the invading virus, at best the antiviral drug Tamaflu can help.

It was said on the news several days ago that the best defense against the Swine flu is to strengthen your immune system, but they didn’t say how. The how is actually pretty straight forward. If your body is as healthy as it can possibly be, then your immune system will be very strong. So eat well, exercise, and follow all the other recommendations for leading a healthy lifestyle, but you also need optimal amounts of all the vitamins, minerals, and phyototchemicals that your body needs to build strong cells and a strong defense system. Unfortunately you just can’t get optimal amounts from food. It has been estimated to get the optimal amounts from food alone you’d have to consume about 22,000 calories per day. That is just unreasonable – You probably couldn’t eat that much in a day, let alone ever day! You’d be the next contestant on the Biggest Loser!

Taking a full spectrum top quality multivitamin can provide the optimal levels of nutrition though – without the extra 20,000 calories a day!