For most people, the flu means a few days of feeling miserable, while for others (very young children and the elderly) this cold can be more dangerous.
So, how are you feeling lately?
I’m asking because my niece came to visit us and after two days of staying in, she started showing the following symptoms:
- Body aches
- A dry cough
- A headache
- A sore throat
- Stuffy nose
It was clear as day that she had the flu, which for this season is very common.
Unfortunately, the flu is highly contagious, and if you’re around someone who coughs or sneezes, or simply touch any object already touched by someone contaminated with the flu, you’re bound to contract the infection.
However, there are a few things that you can do to prevent catching the flu bug:
- If there is flu epidemic in the air, avoid crowded places like cinema halls, theaters, shopping centers, etc. as a virus spreads quickly.
- Keep distance from people who sneeze and cough.
- Give up smoking and drinking alcohol as it can injure your respiratory tract and impair your resistance, making you more susceptible to cold and flu.
- Wash your hands frequently to reduce your chance of infection.
- Reduce stress as stressed people are more prone to falling ill quickly.
- Have a low sweet diet and avoid fried foods.
- Avoid exposure to dust, chemicals as well as sudden and extreme temperature changes.
Besides these preventive tips, you can strengthen your immunity against common winter diseases (cold and flu) with just a few natural and simple but effective remedies.
Several studies and researchers from the University of Connecticut have arrived at the conclusion that ginseng is “a safe, natural mean for preventing acute respiratory illness“.
To make yourself immune to such diseases, simply take daily a tea of about one teaspoon ginseng steeped in a cup (8 oz.) of boiling water.
This spice contains capsaicin, an active ingredient that can beat congestion, letting you breathe freely once more.
You can sprinkle some in your soup or on top of other meals.
Maitake, reishi, and shiitake boost your immune system tenfold and defend you against many viruses.
You should order dried Maitake, also known as the king of mushrooms because they aren’t easy to find fresh.
You can take Reishi mushrooms as capsules because they have an unpleasant taste and aren’t used as food.
But Shiitakes are delicious and besides being extremely healthy, they also make you feel full of energy.
It is also called eleuthero and no; it’s not closely related to ginseng. However, it has a powerful immune-boosting antiviral effect.
Drink a cup of tea of Siberian Ginseng daily. Just put one teaspoon of eleuthero root steeped in one cup (8 oz.) of boiling water.
This common herb has an excellent compound that wards off colds and helps open blocked sinuses.
A sulfur compound known as Allicin is generated when you crush or cut a garlic clove.
Beside its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it also has an entire healing repertoire. It is good to know that Allicin is available only from raw garlic.
So, add garlic at the end of cooking to tap its full medicinal power.
Related: Keeping Diseases at Bay with Garlic
But besides these natural remedies, I want to offer you extra tips on how to boost your immunity and get rid of the cold and flu faster:
- Add 10-20 drops of either tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon or lavender oil to your hot water bath. It helps your immune system fight the viral infection and eases your symptoms.
- Take one tbsp. of lukewarm honey mixed with ¼ tsp. of cinnamon powder daily for 3-4 days. It strengthens your immune system and protects your body from bacterial and viral attacks.
- I recommend you to drink apple, pear, cranberry, pomegranate, and dark grapes juices as they (accelerate your recovery) combat the flu and have healing properties that work against congestion and runny nose.
Avoid using any of the remedies if you are allergic to one of the ingredients.
Have you ever tried any of these remedies?
Do you have other home remedies that have worked for you?
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To your health!