Wednesday, January 17, 2018

5 Flu Remedies to Help You Feel Better

OK. It's official we are in a nationwide Flu Epidemic. This I am sure has come at no surprise to you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pretty much where ever you live in the U.S. there are seemingly tons of people around you sick with the flu. No? I'm sure your doctor has already told you taking antibiotics are not an option. Antibiotics are used to fight infections caused by bacteria, but the flu is cause by a virus. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. So you are going to have to tough it out. To help you feel better I have made a short list of some home remedies that may help you feel better, even get better faster and better yet protect you from getting the flu again in the future.  

1. Drink Water 
You many be one of the millions who are not really interested in eating or drinking when you are sick with the flu onboard but in this case drink anyways. Your body needs water to function normally, to purge itself of toxins and waste whether you are sick or not. In fact, if you are congested in your upper and lower airways, feverish, vomiting or have diarrhea you need water even more. It's is well known water will even help speed up recovery. How much water should you drink? The amount varies based on your body size, type and activity level that being said in general most health authorities commonly recommend eight 8 oz. glasses, which comes to 2 liters, or a half a gallon. This is called the 8 x 8 rule keeps it easy. 

2. Use Steam 
Upper respiratory airways are often congested. A doctor friend of mine recommended this years ago and I have used this remedy ever since.  Almost instantly my upper airways become more clear. 

I boil 1-2 cups of water in a sauce pan then remove it from the heat. The add 1 tablespoon of each rosemary and oregano, both have antibacterial qualities. Cover the pan for 5 minutes with a lid. Then lean over the pot, cover your head with a towel, take the lid off (careful the pot is hot) and breath in the steam. Stay there as long as you can to loosen congestion, about 10 minutes. Repeat throughout the day. 

3.  Try Herbal Tea 
Ancient healers have been using herbal teas as remedies for a millennial.  I always recommend drinking organic blends, but they all work. These are the teas I drink most often however there is a huge list of medicinal teas at your disposal. 
  • Chamomile for it's relief of upset stomach and calming effect. Chamomile flower is used in may sleep aide type teas. 
  • Peppermint seems to relive digestive disturbances, and calming a fever. 
  • Ginger helps with nausea, vomiting and improves digestion. 
3. Jewish Chicken Soup
My Granny swore by this remedy.  Since I was a small child with my first sniffle out came the chicken soup. I have to admit I did feel better after a bowl or two. I wasn't totally sure if it was my soup or my Granny. Interestingly enough now-a-days medical science tells us what we already know chicken soup is a great cold and flu remedy; you can read all about it in the New York Times, The Science Behind Chicken Soup. Who knew? 

4. Sleep More  
There are lots of studies now on the healing power of sleep. While you sleep your body reboots every system of your body. If you don't get enough sleep your body will not have enough time to accomplish this task no matter how you feel when you wake up. According to David M. Rapoport, MD Director of Sleep Medicine Program at NYU Langone Medical Center we should be thinking of sleep as a 'tuneup' you need to run smoothly.  How much time does your body need to "tuneup'? He recommends 7 - 8 hours every night.  However, the National Sleep Foundation recommends more like 10 hours. Chances are you need to go back to bed right now!  

5.  Whole Food Nutritional Supplements all the Time 
While drinking lots of water, sleeping better and exercise are essential to cold and flu treatment and prevention along with a healthy and consistent diet rich in nutrients from fruits and vegetables. In fact the USDA now recommends 10 servings. I don't know about you but for me that is quite a load of produce! That's why hundreds of medical professionals reviewed the 38 medical research studies then began recommending Juice Plus+ to their clients and patients like Andrew Clark, MD recommends. Doctors all over the world now realized Juice Plus+ utilizes the nutrients from the 17 plus fruits, vegetables and grains to help boot the immune systems and reduce cold and flu symtoms by positively impacting the physicology of the body systems all year long.  

You might also consider having on hand Herbal Medicine Cabinet. If you are wondering what is a Herbal Medicine Cabinet and what do I put in it? Guess no longer Modern Alternative Health has some great ideas! 

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA 
Certified Health Coach 
Certified Wellness Coach 
Top 50 WELCOA Health Promotion Profession

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