The swine flu, also known as H1N1, is wreaking havoc across the country with many regions, including the National Capital, reporting a surge in the number of cases. Basically, swine flu is a subtype of influenza A virus that affects upper (potentially lower) respiratory tract in the host it infects. Common symptoms of H1N1 virus infection are fever, chills, decreased appetite, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue, etc.
Swine flu is highly contagious and it spreads from person to person. But simple hygiene practices – like proper handwashing, not touching surfaces that may harbour virus – and good nutrition can help reduce the severity of illness or even prevent contracting seasonal flu viruses, including H1N1. People affected by the H1N1 virus are usually treated with antiviral agents such as Oseltamivir, or more commonly Tamiflu. However, doctors suggest taking a flu vaccine once a year, which is the best way to prevent it.
Foods that may fight seasonal flu (H1N1)
Apart from the basics, adding specific foods that boost immunity to your daily diet can help you and your family avoid swine flu.
Beans and legumes are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are a great source of protein and fibre that can support your immune system. Building immunity is one of the most critical functions of protein in your body. So, getting enough of this nutrient will help your body build a barrier against viral infections such as swine flu. Chicken, eggs, fish, milk, nuts, seeds and soy-based foods are all high in proteins.