Home remedies to battle the flu

Hi folks, so I have been seeing a lot of people come down with the awful flu that is going around. Many of my followers and friends have been looking for tips on how to battle the flu.

The Influenza virus /flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have it often feel some or all of the below symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Here are some steps you can take to getting yourself on the mend:

Blowing your nose often with a cold or flu is a good thing to get mucus out – but blowing too hard can push phlegm, and the germs it carries, into the tubes of the ears. This can cause ear problems. Try blowing your nose a nostril at a time by closing the other nostril with a finger and blowing gently into a tissue.

Keep your hands clean skin to skin contact can spread germs.

I personally find the Neti Pot to be great.  A salt water rinse for the nose – saline nasal rinse – is an effective way to ease nasal congestion and also helps clear out viruses and bacteria from the nose. You can buy this in any good pharmacy! You can also gargle salt water to help ease pain in the throat. Also while we are on the topic of stuffy noses, be sure to grab an extra pillow in bed and try keeping the head a bit higher can help relieve congested passages in the nose.

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Having warming drinks helps relieve stuffiness and helps soothe the nose and throat. Some cold and flu remedies are made with boiled water – but a nice cup of tea may also make you feel a bit better. The herbal teas you can easily buy that I would recommend would be Lemon and Ginger tea, Turmeric tea & Ginger and Honey. Absolutely no caffeine or sugary drinks as they will only add to your discomfort and will bring on dehydration when what we are trying to do is minimise discomfort.

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Lastly and of course: Eat well and your body will heal faster. It can be hard to think of healthy eating when you’ve got a cold or flu – but good nutrition helps the body fight infections. Fruits with ascorbic acid/vitamin C may be especially beneficial – and try to stick to your 5-a-day portions of fruit and veg rather than turning to comfort foods. Spicy dishes may help cut though congestion too. Avoid dairy products and heavy carbs, what you would benefit more is from protein and nutrient rich foods and hot soups.

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