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tips for preventing H1N1 infection

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Oct 27, 2009

My focus on this site is that when you don’t dump toxins and their byproducts (mycotoxins) into your body en masse in the form of processed foods, animal products, etc., you are stronger in the face of viral and bacterial infections.

But these are some interesting, simple, natural suggestions by Dr. Vinay Goyal, who has 20 years of clinical experience in hospitals:

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications)

2. Hands-off-the-face approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population. [Robyn’s note: we have a neti pot that you can get at health food stores. My kids use it for occasional head congestion, without my telling them to, because it is so effective. Use warm salt water.]

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids (herbal tea, etc.) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

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  1. I have been using a neti pot for years. Tried it with my 4.5 yr old with some success and then came across Nasaline (a big syringe) and it works like a charm on the kids! We have been doing it everyday and it has really helped in clearing up her congestion.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mooreganics – Do you have your kids tilt their heads so it drains out the other nostril? How young were your kids when you started this? My little guy has a cold and nasal congestion and I wish I could do something for him. But he is a bit too young (15 months).

  3. Anonymous says:

    My mom always wanted me to gargle every day after school. (I didn’t really comply.) What percentage of salt to water do you recommend? Is it the same percentage for nasal cleansing? Thank you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I never worry about it. The salt will not dissolve if you have too much (I believe about a 4:1 water:salt ratio is the highest concentration you can get, though I don’t use anywhere near that much.) I just dump a fairly random amount of salt in warm water for the neti pot or gargling. Maybe someone else could be more precise for you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I swallow 3 mouthfuls of salt sea water daily as i live close to the shore, seems to keep bugs at bay.

  6. technically you put 9 grams of salt per liter of water

  7. Anonymous says:

    We use nasal rinse bottle, which seems to work best for us. Tried neti pot but I think the bottle works better especially if you’re stuffed up. All my kids use it too. My youngest started when she was about 20 months, so I don’t think 15 months is too early. Just make it fun so they enjoy it. My daughter always laughed when the warm water dripped from her nose. Have him tilt his head slightly and open his mouth (sometimes the water will run at the back of their throat and into their mouth – just have him spit it out).

    Since I read that Xylitol has some antibacterial properties, I came up with my own mix: about 2/3 cup of salt, 1/3 cup of Xylitol and a couple tbsp of baking soda to buffer it (the amounts are not critical). Mix it all well and store in an air tight container. Put about a teaspoon or two of this mix into a rinse bottle (8oz.) or a neti pot, add warm water and mix well. Use as often as necessary. Works great!

  8. Anonymous says:

    excellent! thank you

    I have passed this along to family. Connie

  9. Anonymous says:

    I use a bottle too. I purchased an AYR Saline Nasal Rinse Kit (approx $12 at the drugstore) recommended by my Ear, Nose & Throat doctor. It is much easier than my neti pot and comes with 100 premeasured packets. You simply lean over your sink, tilt your head down a bit, insert into your nostril and squeeze. I haven’t had any problems with water going into my throat as I do with the neti pot. I think this would definitely be easier for kids.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Our family gargles with Hydrogen Peroxide at the 1st sign of a sore throat. What I like about using the Hydrogen Peroxide is my daughter can see / feel the foam which means its killing germs and she’s more likely to gargle that way.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good info!! Thanks Robyn and everyone!!

  12. We have used the Sinus Irrigator by Grossan for years when my son was getting chronic sinus infections. More expensive, I know, but with extra attachments the whole family can use and makes it super easy for the

    kids – sinus irrigation and cutting out dairy really cut the sinus infections to maybe only 1 a year!

  13. Anonymous says:

    You might want to look up this advice on Snopes.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is so good this site. also a question to ask.Would you know what causes a saltiness taste in your mouth.This situation i have had for 2 weeks now and it is bothering me.Whatever i eat or drink it seems to be tasteless and sweet things seem to be salty ???????? got me puzzled

  15. Anonymous says:

    We use a nasal mist that contains xyletol. It works quite well for my two and three year old boys. it has a sweet taste if it drains to the mouth. Just a note on salt plus water for nasal rinsing. I like to use 1/2 teaspoon per 8oz water. if I use more than that my nose runs. I guess too much salt draws out water from the tissues in your body.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Check out on you tube. This link is the 1st video of 6.


    Very informative information about the virus.

  17. Using a steamer with 1 oz. 35%( food grade h2o2 hydrogen peroxide) to 1 Gal. water and let it steam away constantly. Caution do not let kids handle

    the peroxide as it will burn your skin unless diluted.Regular 3% should not be used internally as it has stabilizers which is poisonous. Onl 35% food grade should be used. Look up the One minute cure for more serious conditions. In April of this year my friend and myself were having coffee,2 days later he was in intensive care and died 2 months later, I took the one minute cure and defeated the illness and

    Im hear to write about it. Thank you

  18. Anonymous says:

    Got this off of the Nasaline website:

    When making the saline solution, why is it important to use 1 tsp of salt and 2 cups of warm water?

    By mixing 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water creates a physiological saline solution. This solution is now isotonic – 0.9% salt content – which is the same salt content the body naturally produces. This is important for several reasons:

    1.As not to disturb the natural production of salt in the body.

    2.To prevent any stinging sensation. If too little (hypotonic) or too much (hypertonic) salt is used, a slight stinging feeling can be experienced.

    3.By using a saline solution that contains less than 0.9% salt, will also tend to have the mucous membranes absorb the water from the saline, and hence you will experience swelling of the mucous membranes. Conversely, using a little more salt (which is sometimes recommended by doctors) tends to shrink the membranes slightly, shrinking the mucous membranes, and hence improve breathing by allowing air to better flow through the nostrils.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Kelly, thanks for finding that info, which is interesting and helpful! (I knew I shouldn’t be so lazy — read: busy — but had a feeling a smart reader would do a little research; y’all never let me down.)

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