Have you ever wondered why there is a “flu season?“
Why doesn’t the flu virus spread during Spring or Summer instead of the Autumn and Winter months?
I read a very interesting research study from MIT that showed why the flu virus is contagious.
This sort of answered my question.
While examining the H1N1 flu strain, the MIT researchers discovered that the soft palate — the soft tissue at the back of the roof of your mouth — plays a key role in the flu virus’s ability to travel through the air from one person to another.
What Makes The Flu Contagious
The research shows that the airborne transmissibility of the flu virus depends on whether the virus’ protein can bind to a specific type of receptor on the surface of human respiratory cells. Some viruses bind better than others, but here’s where the answer to the flu epidemic starts …
… it appears that receptors found primarily in humans bind more readily to the flu virus, while other animals, predominantly birds, are better adapted to these receptors.
Think about it: dogs, cats, horses, turtles, parrots and cows don’t catch the flu.
These animals also produce Vitamin C in their livers; humans and guinea pigs are the only two animals that don’t do that.
This wasn’t part of this study, and is a topic for another article.
Your Soft Palate’s Goblet Cells
According to this research, it appears that flu viruses spread through the air starting from the soft palate because the viruses embed themselves into mucus droplets produced by the cells in the soft palate, known as goblet cells.
So, if the flu virus buries itself within your soft palate, you can kill the virus using a saline nasal and mouth flush to balance the pH in your saliva and at the soft palate.
I have been doing this all of my life. If I feel a cold (or the flu) coming on, I start on a nasal flush.
Nasal Flush & pH Balance
Every year at the onset of the “flu season“, I post my Healthy Nasal Flush.
When I was a kid, I lived by the ocean in Jacksonville, Florida. My family would go to the beach every Sunday, and I had a regular weekly “nasal cleanse” every time a wave smacked me in the face.
During the winter months when the water was too cold to swim in Florida, my mother would make my sister and me snuff warm salt water up our nostrils if we had a glimmer of a head cold.
Yes, we both dreaded it, but we never got a cold, the flu, or allergies.
Now I know why. The pH of the saline destroyed the flu virus embedded in our soft palates.
The Benefits of Natural Salt
Salt is a natural detoxifier, and salt aids in the removal of toxins found anywhere in the body. When your body’s sodium levels are balanced, your digestive system is stimulated to flush toxins, from head to toe. Sodium serves as a brain stimulator, and healthy forms of salt supply your brain with the necessary trace minerals to stay healthy.
And, salt cleanses your sinuses of microorganisms that can cause allergies, stimulate colds, a stuffy nose, and the flu hiding in your soft palate.
Natural Nose Rinse Recipe
Do this as often as needed to remove toxins, allergens, and other microbes, especially the flu virus.
1-cup filtered or distilled water
1/2-tsp sea salt
- Mix approx 1/2 tsp sea salt in one cup warm water;
- Pour saline solution into the palm for your hand and sniff up one nostril at a time;
- Repeat as necessary to drain the nasal passages, and blow your nose as needed.
Avoid The Flu This Season
Can avoiding the flu really be this simple? Well, according to the research, yes it can.
I am living proof because I have done the saline nasal flush all of my life, at the first sign of a cold or flu, and I never get sick.
I also suggest getting a yearly hair analysis done to see if there are heavy metals or nutrient imbalances present, which can place additional stress on your immune system.
Open up and say “ah!”
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