Top 8 Home Remedies to Beat the Flu!
A lot of people think that the flu is just a bad cold, but it really is not. You are likely to feel unwell for the best part of a week, but that said, it should be treatable without having to seek medical.
The symptoms of flu can come on incredibly quickly, and symptoms can include; a sudden fever; an aching body, feeling tired or exhausted; a dry or a chesty cough, a sore throat, headache; difficulty sleeping; loss of appetite; diarrhoea or tummy pain; nausea and being sick.
Although there is not a lot that you can do, other than letting it past, there are a number of home remedies that you make up at home that will help to reduce your symptoms.
Ginger makes it into another home remedy list, showing just how effective it can be at healing certain ailments.
Put a few slices of raw ginger root into a cup of boiling water to help soothe a cough or a sore throat.
On top of this, ginger can stop the underlying sickness that we, unfortunately, goes alongside flu. Just one gram of ginger can alleviate clinical nausea of diverse causes.
Honey is an ingredient that has many soothing properties, not to mention it is full of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Adding some honey in some warm water with a slice of lemon can help to ease sore throat pain that comes with flu, and some research even suggests that it is an effective cough suppressant as well.
One study showed that giving children just 10 grams of honey at bedtime helped to reduce the severity of their cough symptoms. It was reported that they slept much more soundly as well, which in itself will help to reduce the symptoms of flu. However; it should be noted that honey should not be given to children under a year old.
Ok, so this one might be a cliché, but a bowl of chicken soup really is a great option when you are not feeling very well. Chicken soup, especially when has been prepared from scratch and packed full of vegetables will slow the movement of neutrophils in the body, which help protect your body from infection. By moving slower, they can stay concentrated in the areas of your body which require the most healing.
Studies have also shown that chicken soup was effective for reducing symptoms of upper respiratory infections, as well as helping you keep hydrated. If all it does is provide some comfort when you are not feeling very well, it has to be worth a try, right?
Garlic is a really good immune booster, as it contains the compound allicin, which is considered to have antimicrobial properties. So, by adding extra garlic to your diet, or by taking a garlic supplement, you can help reduce the severity of your flu symptoms.
Some research suggests that taking this supplement every day could stave off infections and stop you from getting sick in the first place.
Now, it should come as no surprise that vitamin C plays a very important role in your health and the immune system. Getting an extra boost of vitamin C when you are feeling unwell, or are suffering from flu symptoms could be exactly what your body needs.
Although you can take a vitamin C supplement, it can be found in abundance in certain fruit and vegetables, including; limes, oranges, grapefruits, leafy greens and lemons. This is why drinking honey and lemon when you are unwell is particularly effective.
This on its own is unlikely to be a complete saviour from the perils of flu; however, they will definitely give your immune system a much-needed boost at the time and help you to stave off the symptoms quicker than perhaps you would have done.
The flu virus thrives in dry environments, so creating some humidity in your home could reduce your exposure to this virus. On top of this, if you are already suffering from the symptoms of flu, increasing the humidity could help to reduce nasal inflammation, making it easier to breathe.
Flu strikes more people in the winter when we are keeping our homes nice and cosy with the heating on full blast, which can actually exacerbate the symptoms. It should be noted though that the water in the humidifiers should be changed on a daily basis in order to stop the mould from growing.
If you do not have a humidifier, taking a warm steamy shower or bath can have the same effect.
Much like vitamin C, zinc is absolutely imperative in order for the immune system to function effectively. It has an antiviral effect, which is why it is so effective at treating symptoms of flu and is best taken when you first suspect that you are becoming unwell.
It should be noted that you should be careful of the amount of zinc that you are taken. Whilst it is really effective at lessening the symptoms of cold and flu, excessive amounts are not that good for you, so if you have any worries or concerns about how much you should be taking, make sure you consult a health professional first.
Finally, make sure you are drinking plenty of water whilst you are unwell, even if you do not feel like it. This is one of the easiest, natural remedies that can make such a difference to how you are feeling. Whilst we are not suggesting that you will recover overnight, but keeping hydrated will flush the virus out of your system much quicker.
You should be aiming to drink approximately half of your body weight in ounces daily of water. Green tea is pack full of antioxidants, and are a great option if you want something different than just plain water. You should try and drink at least eight ounces every two hours.