End Flu Symptoms Without Drugs
Cases of the flu bug are expected to reach an all-time high this season, so there’s a good chance that you could be one of the unlucky sufferers put out of commission by congestion, chills, and aches. And, if you’re surrounded by people who’ve taken ill, you may have already been exposed to the virus. So what should you do if you end up with the flu? Keep reading for seven tips to ease your symptoms.
As much as you try to avoid it, sometimes the flu catches up with you. If you do wind up coming down with the bug this season, try adding the following items to your stay-healthy lifestyle:
Water. Good old H20—and plenty of it—will help flush toxins out of your body and restore healthy immune levels. Around eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is ideal, but the good news is, it doesn’t all need to be pure, plain water. Citrus fruits are filled with water, as are leafy greens and other forms of produce. And, other beverages (such as fruit juices or drink-packets) add to your daily total.
Epsom Salt Baths. This old-fashioned remedy has been around for centuries precisely because it has been shown to relieve muscle aches and congestion. Add a few cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak in it for 15-20 minutes. Also, try adding anywhere from a half to a whole cup of salts to a bowl of hot water and leaning over it with a towel over your head to trap the vapors, inhaling and exhaling deeply for up to 10 minutes.
Vitamin C. This antioxidant can help to drastically reduce the length and severity of the flu. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, green vegetables and under the skin of potatoes, and is also available in supplements, pills, and powders.
Herbal Tea. Chock full of antioxidants, herbal teas are natural flu fighters. Ditch your regular black tea and go with sage, rosemary, ginseng, and peppermint for optimal benefits.
Garlic. This member of the onion family can boost your immunity and lower blood pressure. It can be consumed raw or cooked in recipes, be taken in a capsule, or used in an oil that can be applied directly to the skin and massaged into the body.
Raw Foods. Consumed as close to their natural state as possible, raw foods yield more of their vital nutrients than foods that have been processed, preserved, or cooked. The more of those essential nutrients that you can get into your system, the better able you will be to recover faster from the flu and lessen the severity of your flu symptoms.
Plenty of Rest. Eight hours a night is the ideal amount of sleep to maintain optimal health. Make sure you’re getting at least that amount if you’re fighting the flu. As a preventative measure, try going to bed and waking up at the same times every day to get yourself on a regular sleep schedule.
Hopefully you’ll avoid the flu bug this year . . . but if it does catch up with you, the above tips will get you on the road to recovery in no time.