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You don't have to be caught by... "the flu"!

STAYING HEALTHY AT HEARST CASTLE:

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
                
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach.  Resist all temptations to touch any part of your face (unless you want to eat, bathe, etc.).
                
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 or 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 the viral population.
                
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 they also contain Zinc to boost absorption.
                
6. Drink as many warm liquids (tea, coffee, 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.

If you remember nothing else: First thing ~ always, always wash your hands when you come in from your tour or contact with the public.  It's your best defense!  (...and try not to touch the handrails!)

Hydrate!

One of the best things you can do for your body is to drink lots of water.  Yes, it makes you want to run to the rest room a bit more, but that's better than being waken up in the middle of the night with a severe leg cramp!  Bananas help.  But WATER remains one of the best tools to keep those tired muscles from biting back.

Seek shaded areas.  Drink water often.  Keep your clothes loose.

At the end of each tour, WASH YOUR HANDS and DRINK SEVERAL ONCES OF WATER.  It's your best defense for staying healthy, no matter what the season.

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