The flu always comes when you least expect it and that is exactly the case recently when I battled it as I was trying to care for my kids. Taking care of children takes a lot of energy even when you’re healthy, so imagine how depleted my vitals were with the flu looming over me. At any rate, I knew that I could not just stop everything and give in to these symptoms, so I battled tooth and nail to recover and get back to 100% health.
Surviving the flu involves a lot of coughing, sore throat, congestion of the nose, chills, and overall aches, and even more. Luckily, there are plenty of home remedies you can use to alleviate some of these symptoms, but just like with everything, some of them work better than others. In fact, I would say that some work and some do not for certain people. The following are just some of the natural ways you can heal your body of symptoms that are mild to the moderate.
Drink the Flu Away
If you are feeling thirsty, then you are already dehydrated, so when you are suffering from flu symptoms, you must drink as much as possible, especially if you have a case of diarrhea or are vomiting. It is so important to drink enough fluids as you can, even if it is only water. Fruit juices and fluids packed with electrolytes are great to drink up as well. You should ideally stay away from caffeinated drinks since they are a diuretic.
Tea with honey is also great for soothing a sore throat and if you are feeling nauseous, just remember to take small sips of water so you won’t throw up. To check to find out if you are getting enough fluids, check to see if your urine is next colorless. If not, you should be drinking, even more, fluids throughout the day. Word of advice? Avoid alcohol because it will not help you out at ALL when you have the flu. Trust me!
Soup Soup Soup!
It’s true and your grandmother was right – eating chicken noodle soup to alleviate flu symptoms actually does work, even studies have proven it can help with flu and respiratory tract infections. It is not just clinically proven, but emotionally, you will feel better too. If you end up eating only a few bites, that’s better than none at all.
Embrace the Couch
This is where it gets tricky. I have the flu but I also have to take care of my kids, but my body is clearly telling me to rest. It is so important to listen to the body and if you have been exercising, this is the best time to take a break and allow your body to recuperate. Don’t even worry about the chores as much if you can. Support your body in times like these; don’t fight against your health. At the end of the day, I made the decision, just as you will, to be better by treating myself better in every way to improve my health and rid my body of the flu.