The flu season is a dreadful time for everyone. You are constantly under pressure that every sore throat and every sneeze may be the influenza. Your body is used to constant attacks from bacteria and viruses, during these couple of months, its defense mechanisms may slow down and let some virus cause you troubles. The symptoms of the cold and flu may vary from mild, to moderate, to severe. The common cold and the flu are two different diseases, caused by different viruses (rhinovirus and influenza), but they share the same symptoms. The only difference is, with the flu, symptoms worsen faster, especially if you don’t use some of these natural home remedies for flu symptoms.
Natural Home Remedies For Flu And The Common Cold
Viruses are technically non living cells, meaning, they can’t reproduce without a host. They need a living cell organism, so they can use its machinery to reproduce. But once it invades your organism, viruses are tough to get rid of. The rhinovirus and influenza enter your body through the mouth, nose and eyes. When a person sneezes or coughs, they stick to little droplets in the air, from where they can enter your airways and cause flu symptoms. These cheap and natural home remedies for flu and the common cold, can help mild to moderate flu symptoms. In case you have constant high fever, that lasts longer than 24 hours, you should take the advice from a doctor and buy flu prescription pills. You can still use these flu remedies at home, as additional treatments.
Foods for the Flu
Your appetite will vanish once viruses attack your body. You will turn into a tired couch potato, because your body will use all its energy to produce antibodies to fight off the virus. Still food is essential when you’re sick, so try these foods for when you have the flu:
- Yogurt, Kefir, Kombucha –excellent probiotic foods, which will clean the digestive system of harmful bacteria
- Eggs – excellent protein source, which will help you maintain energy until the virus disappears from the body
- Garlic – great antiviral properties, which will prevent viruses from spreading
- Bananas – rich potassium source, which will help you replace the potassium your body lost because of dehydration
- Sauerkraut – highly anti-inflammatory fermented food, rich in minerals, vitamins and good bacteria
- Cultured veggies: pickles, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and etc. – for the good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria inside your body
- Rice – easily digestible, in case you have diarrhea and vomiting as symptoms
- Ginger – to help you sweat and ease stomach sickness
- Applesauce – homemade is best, follow our easy Applesauce Recipe
Teas for the Flu
A hot cup of tea is one of those great home remedies for flu and the common cold you should drink as a preventive. White tea, green tea and black tea all boost your immune system, so it can fight off the flu and the common cold more easily. But in case it’s too late for preventives, try these teas for flu symptoms relief:
- Sage – for swollen, painful nasal passages and coughs
- lemongrass – for germ killing purposes, stomach spasms, vomiting and diarrhea, and fever
- Lemon balm – for swollen airways, upset stomach, headaches
- Echinacea – to stop the reproduction of viruses and shorten the timeline of the infection
One to two cups of tea a day will be enough to help you fight off these viruses and bacteria. When you’re down with the flu, your airways may be painful and swollen, so sip your tea instead of gulping. Gulping can also induce vomiting, so stick to small sips while the tea is hot/warm. Always add lemon and honey to your tea, as well as ginger to enhance the taste and flu fighting properties.
Plenty of Electrolytes
Electrolytes are ions, with neither positive nor negative charge. When they come in contact with our bodily fluids, they become electrically charged. In our bodies, these come in the form of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. When we’re sick with the flu or the common cold, our body uses electrolytes more than on a healthy day, because we are excessively sweating. You need to supply your body with more of these energetic ions, even after the flu has passed, since an electrolyte imbalance can cause other health problems in the future. Here are some electrolyte food sources you can take during and after the flu, to help your body bounce back to its designed state:
- Bell peppers
- Citrus fruits
It may be a little hard for you to eat fresh veggies when you’re sick, so think of ways to implement these electrolyte foods in your meals. Add them to rice or a soup, or make them into a sauce.
Plenty of Liquids
Drinking liquids is a must when you’re sick. That way, your body can expel the harmful bugs that cause the flu and common cold. Water is fine, but you can also make teas, homemade juices, soups and broth to help your organism sweat out the virus. Your urine should be pale yellow, almost clear, which is a sign of good hydration.
Plenty of Rest
The flu and common cold are diseases caused by contagious viruses. You can easily spread them around, so stay at home and get some rest. It’s okay to be a couch potato for a day or two, so rent some movies and let your body rest. Stress is one of the top causes for impaired immune system, so stay in the clear and try to forget your worries for a day.
Warmth and Humidity
Fever is our body’s natural defense system against microorganisms. As soon as your white blood cells detect a virus, parts of the brain (the hypothalamus), heats up the body. The temperature rises in order to signal certain white blood cells (T-cells) to clean the body of the microorganisms found. It’s like a natural temperature alarm, and it’s quite beneficial. To help your body produce more T – cells, you need to stay warm. Stay under a blanket until you sweat, and take a shower to rinse the toxins. With the flu and common cold, the nasal pathways are the first to experience the symptoms. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re feverish and congested, so make a humidity tent and take a humid bath for your airways.
Humidity bath recipe: Boil a pot of water; Add some peppermint tea, sage, eucalyptus or chamomile; Place it on coffee table; Breathe over the hot pot with your head and shoulders covered with a towel.