Want to Avoid Swine Flu? Add These Healthy Foods in Your diet

The swine flu is creating havoc across the country including Delhi and other regions. There is an increase in the number of reported cases. Add these food in your diet

Want to Avoid Swine Flu? Add These Healthy Foods in Your diet
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The swine flu or H1N1 virus is creating havoc across the country including Delhi and other regions. There is an increase in the number of reported cases. 

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a subtype of influenza A virus that affects upper (potentially lower) respiratory tract, in the host it infects. It is highly contagious & spreads from person to person.

What are the symptoms of Swine Flu?

Common symptoms of H1N1 virus includes- fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, decreased appetite, fatigue etc.

How to avoid H1N1 virus?

  • Adopt simple hygiene practices such as- 
  • Proper Handwashing,
  • Don’t touch surfaces that may harbour virus,
  • Adopt good nutrition, 
  • Avoid crowded places, 
  • Sleep well, 
  • Adopt good hygiene practices.

What is the treatment of Swine Flu? 

  1. People who are affected by the H1N1 virus are usually treated with antiviral agents such as Oseltamivir, or more commonly Tamiflu. 
  2. Doctors suggest taking a flu vaccine once a year, which is the best way to prevent it.
  3. Foods to fight H1N1 virus:
  4. Add specific foods in your diet that boost your immunity & can help you and your family, avoid swine flu.

Some of the high immunity foods are:

Broccoli

It is an excellent source of vitamins C & E. It has powerful antioxidants such as sulforaphane, fibre, calcium and other nutrients which improve immunity and say good bye to colds.

Low-fat yogurt

The probiotics found in yogurt and other fermented food is very healthy for your health. Adding it in your diet is a good choice to make as it protects you from getting cold & other infections.

Spices and herbs

Spices and herbs such as ginger, garlic and turmeric have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They cure symptoms of an upset stomach, relieve a sore throat or nasal congestion by colds and the flu. It enhances your immune system & helps your body to fight off different viruses, influenza. 

Beans

Beans & legumes are one of the healthiest foods. They are a great source of protein and fibre. Add high protein foods in your diet such as chicken, eggs, fish, milk, nuts, seeds and soy-based foods.

Carrots

Add bright coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins, oranges which can strengthen the respiratory tract. Beta-carotene found in carrots helps in the production of healthy cells in your immune system. Foods rich in beta-carotene help to maintain mucous membrane, which lines the respiratory & intestinal tracts. Hence, protects your body from bacteria and germs.