Tis the Season for Everyone to Feel Sick, aka Flu Season

January 10 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

Winter is the time of year where everyone cozies up at home, celebrates the holidays, and gets insanely sick. It is flu season, and it is awful. The flu is an infectious disease with symptoms including a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, sore muscles, headaches, lethargy, coughing, nausea and vomiting (the last two are more common in children). The flu is generally airborne and gets spread by being around other sick people and you become more susceptible if you have a lowered immune system for any reason, whether it is that you are already ill with something else or just unhealthy.  There is a vaccination for the flu, unfortunately not everyone remembers to get them, or they just do not want to. While this does make getting the flu inevitable, there are many things you can do to lessen some of the symptoms.  It is important to clear out some misconceptions about the flu, first of all, while the flu vaccination is incredibly useful, it won`t stop you from getting infected if you come into contact with it, it just reduces the chances by a lot. You also do not catch it from the cold weather. It is important to rest up, keep your body clean both inside and out and to consume healthy things.

First of all, it is important to eat things that are easy to digest and pass through the body. Soups, smoothies, natural juices and puree’s are all fantastic options that can help nourish your body as well as help to eliminate waste which can help to speed up the recovery process. It is also recommended to wash your hands regularly and frequently around flu season to prevent catching it from someone else. Consume foods like garlic which helps to support sinus health and is good for preventing and helping to get rid of congestion. Eating mushrooms (especially reishi, maitake and shiitake) help to strengthen the immune system and contain a lot of antioxidants. For children, make a weak infusion of a ginger tea to help prevent nausea and vomiting. Ginger is also a very warming root which can help balance your temperature and help you sweat out some of your illness. Drinking hot tea with organic honey is also known to work wonders since warm liquids will help to break up mucus in the throat and the organic honey acts as a natural antibiotic. Speaking of antibiotics, oregano oil is a very good supplement to have on hand in situations like these due to their natural antibiotic and decongesting properties. Vitamin C is absolutely crucial for your immune system and not just for when you have the flu either. Vitamin C is a known element in many antioxidants due to its natural energy producing capabilities as well as its immune boosting power. Most of all, get plenty of rest, relax with a book, take plenty of naps, take a warm bath and look after yourself, the flu is not fun to have, but with some self-care and the right natural resources, it can be much easier to manage.

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