Prevent Viruses Naturally and Organically
Edited by Sobi, Eng, Grimm, Sean
Prevention is your first line of defense.
The study of viruses is called virology. Viruses are microorganisms that require a host cell to replicate. They insert themselves inside the hosts cell. With the host cell infected with the virus, the cell now reproduces viral protein and genetic material instead of its usual products. The virus is functioning like a parasite and may eventually kill or maim the host cell.
- Viruses can live out side the host for variable periods of time. Different viruses can live longer than others, and porous and nonporous surfaces makes a difference too. 
- Clean and disinfect areas frequently, especially high traffic areas and children's toys. High traffic areas are bathrooms, door knobs, tables, counters. The FDA recommends using EPA-registered detergent/disinfectants and follow manufactures instructions.
- If you are unable to find EPA-registered disinfectants, you can make your own solution. Add ¼ cup of bleach to a gallon of clean water, or 1 tablespoon of bleach to a quart of clean water. Apply to a cleaned surface, preferably with a cloth moistened with the bleach solution, and allow the surface to remain wet for minimally 3 – 5 minutes. Bleach can damage some surfaces and permanently change the colors in cloths, try an area that is out of site first to see how it affects the surface you intend to use it on. Instructions are in the link above.
- Viruses are usually spread by droplets between people. When someone coughs, sneezes or talks, these droplets are released into the air and they become like a fine mist and can contaminate any object, or be inhaled by someone nearby. If someone coughs, or sneezes into their hands, they can spread the virus by touching objects or shaking hands.
- 1Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow:Coughing or sneezing into your hands contaminates them and unless you are able to wash your hands right away, you have the potential to spread the virus on everything you touch. By using a tissue or the sleeve of your shirt at your elbow helps to prevent hand contamination and contains most of the virus in the tissue or your sleeve.Advertisement
- 2Wash your hands often:Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses. Plain soap and warm water are the most effective. Viruses are not bacteria so anti-bacterial soaps are ineffective against viruses. Studies have implied that triclosan , the main active ingredient in many antibacterial soaps, may facilitate the growth of resistant bacteria, and is no more effective than plain soap and water for cleaning your hands. Advertisement
- 3Don't touch your face:Studies show that people on average, touch their face 3-4 times an hour. To reduce the potential of a virus invading your body, refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- 4Avoid touching surfaces others touch:When using public bathrooms, use tissue or paper towels to flush the toilet, open & close doors, turning faucets off and on. Wipe the handles of grocery carts and wash hands with soap and water when you arrive at home. Wash children's toys often.
- 5Consider copper surfaces:Copper and copper alloys (brass, bronze) have antimicrobial properties that make them capable of reducing the spread of infection.Advertisement
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." ~~ Hippocrates
Your immune system usually works well on its own protecting your health. For it to function at its optimal level it requires good nutrition, some form of physical exercise, and minimal stress.
- Nutrients: The majority of our immune system is in our intestinal tract. Our bodies require a wide variety of nutrients for optimal health. Eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, along with meats, poultry, seafood, nuts, dairy, and whole grains allows healthy intestines to absorb the required nutrients. How to boost the Immune System through good Nutrition
- Get regular exercise: Physical movement boosts your immune system. Daily walks, yoga and simple exercise routines causes you to breath deeper, your body temperature to increase, and your heart rate to increase. If you are ill you do not want to over tax your immune system. Simple stretches may help to prevent stiffness. How to Exercise to Maintain a Healthy Immune System
- Herbs: Scientific research is limited regarding herbs and supplements being beneficial to the immune system. How Herbs and Supplements Aid in Preventing Viruses
- Stress and the immune system: Stress, especially chronic stress weakens the immune system.How to Decrease Stress to Aid in Strengthening the Immune System
- Always check with your health care provider before starting or changing any physical or nutritional routines, especially when ill.
- Consult with your health care provider and/or your pharmacist before using any herbs, or tinctures as they may not be compatible with your current medication or any illnesses you may have.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Health & Wellness
Recent edits by: Grimm, Eng, Sobi