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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases. The flu can affect your lungs when you have asthma. Having asthma puts you at risk of serious health problems from the flu.

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K8sMom2002 posted:

UniquelyMe, I really need to drink more water. I drink a lot of tea, but I'm not so good about water. How'd you first get in the habit of increasing your water intake?

I like this question because I was not strong in this area for years.  Water is so important but every time I drank it I was reminded of my childhood and how it was used to induce vomiting to bring up unpleasant fluids.  Thus I detested water- Ok truth be told I hated it!  It's not until I got married and watched my husband and step-son consume water like they were in a desert.  They noticed the reverse with me and said that's not good--you need to flush your kidneys   So I started a journey and I mean it was a journey.  I put on my electronic calendar a daily reminder to drink one 8 oz cup of water in the am and in the pm.  I couldn't do it without adding lemon to it or fruit.  Eventually I was able to get it up to 16 oz in the am and 16oz in the pm.  I did this until I could increase my intake.  I still struggle at times especially when its cold weather (for obvious reasons) but my body feels better, my skin looks great and my hair and nails have grown beyond what I could imagine.  Water does a body goooooood!

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