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Anti-Flu Juices

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Although you can contract flu in the summer, it is far more common in the winter, when strains move steadily around the globe. Flu is caused by a virus, but, as in the case of colds, it is not always the same one. That is why, although you may have had flu before, you can contract it again because your body has not built up an immunity to the new strain.

Symptoms of flu include sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches and pains, fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. A sore throat benefits from the soothing effects of juice, which also provides essential vitamin ะก and beta-carotene.

Juices should be drunk diluted if you have flu and are not eating – this is because the high levels of natural sugar contained in fruits and some vegetables can make you feel a little dizzy if drunk on an empty stomach.

Here are some excellent anti-flu juices:

2 large carrots
1/2 leek
2oz/50g parsley

or

2oz/50g Brussels sprouts
2 tomatoes
1/4 cucumber

Or

4 tangerines
1 papaya

or

small bunch of grapes
2 kiwi-fruit 1 apple

Each recipe makes approx. one 8fl oz/230ml glass of juice. Adults can drink up to three glasses daily, but do vary the juice combinations for maxiumum benefit (for children see page 186). Dilute with water if you prefer. Juice each ingredient then blend using a spoon.

Some Tips to Start Flu Treatment

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

It is of vital importance to start flu treatment from the very first hours of indisposition. Here are some tips that could bring you some comfort and relief.

1. Try to drink as much water as possible. It’s advisable to drink 2-2,5 litres of water a day.

2. Take in 2,5 gr of ascorbic acid on the first day of the disease. Then, the doze should make just 1 gr a day. Remember that ascorbic acid collapses very easily in case of high temperature, agitation and excessive light.

3. Such antiviral agents as remantadin, arbidol and others should be taken in from the very beginning when you have been diagnosed with flu. Anyways, it will do only good. Remember the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’?

4. A dose of febrifuges for adults should depend not only on high temperature, but on the general condition of the patient. If your fever ends pretty soon, don’t hasten to take in febrifuges.

Most various diseases can hide under the mask of flu: a hepatites, measles, AIDS, etc. In these cases self-treatment is fraught with serious risks for you health.

Symptoms of Flu

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The pathogen of the flu is Mixovirus influenzae virus. It is a small ball containing RNA molecule and two superficial albumens – neuraminidase and hemagglutinin. This pathogenic agent is very unstable under the action of environmental aspects.

It quickly perishes in a dry room, under the influence of disinfectants, heating and the sun. But at low temperatures (-25C up to -70C) it can survive for several years.

During a contact to the patient the virus gets into the respiratory system through inhaling and takes root in epithelium cells (mainly in tracheas and large bronchial tubes).

The flu virus has ability to reproduce very quickly, therefore, the beginning of illness is usually sudden, in 12-48 hours from the moment of infection.

1. Virus parts reproduce, destroy the struck cell and go out immediately infecting next cells. That’s the reason of pain and smarts behind the sternum and dry coughing.

2. At the same time the virus results in the allocation of biologically active substances and products of cell disintegration, many of which are toxic for nervous, cardiovascular and other systems of the organism. The symptoms of intoxication are weakness, weariness, head and eyeball aches, especially when moving them and pressing on them; ache in muscles and joints, photophobia. High temperature, palpitations, tachypnoe, low blood pressure, puffiness are bleeding sickness are the other disturbing symptoms of the flue.

3. Virus attack results in decrease of immunity, occurrence of “holes” in the defensive systems of the organism. That’s why the flu frequently comes together with exacerbation of chronic diseases, bacterial complications such as cold, pneumonia, antritis, kidney defeat, etc. Quite often flu is accompanied with herpes and thrush.

In typical cases these symptoms start to regress after 5-7 days of illness and gradually disappear.