Up until a year ago I had managed to keep the flu/common cold at bay until recently (children are a hub for germs and I managed to catch it from my niece who I was babysitting). So I tend to be one of those people that does not reach for Lemsip at the first sign of any symptoms instead I choose to seek natural remedies. That’s not to say that I don’t take any medicines to help but this only happens as a last resort.
I want to share with you all my Top 5 Tips on what you can do to help fight the flu below (I hope it helps):
Fluids, Fluids and more Fluids
When you’re sick you tend not to eat as much in fact the thought of food is very off putting. So drinking water is vital and make sure this is room temperature as drinking cold water will only aggravate your throat. I tend to get a 1.5 or 1 liter water bottle and work my way through that it’s an easier way to monitor how much your drinking when you can measure it. Well at least that’s the case for me.
Avoid Caffeine, Carbonated Drinks, Dairy and Fried Food
Drinking coffee will only dehydrate you, fizzy drinks are bad for the tummy, throat and very high in sugar which you don’t need. Dairy products will cause congestion and increase phlegm. Fried foods take longer to move through the digestive system, which can make nausea worse and trigger acid reflux.
Vitamin C is your Best Friend
I am a firm believer that one of the reasons why I did not get the flu last year was truly down to taking Vitamin C once a week until I stopped which was quite recent. Vitamin C helps support your immune system and essentially helps your body fight the flu off. Personally I don’t drink enough orange juice or eat enough satsumas to cover the daily dose of Vitamin C I would need therefore I tend to take it in a powder formula mixed with some water, Holland & Barratt do a great Vitamin C powder which I recommend.
Sleeping Beauty & Cat Naps
It’s hard to sleep when you’re sick , I mean how do you even get comfortable with all the sneezing and coughing, however any form of sleep while sick is vital in order for your body to rest and recuperate. Create a relaxing atmosphere by lighting a candle (Lavender if you have), grab a hot water bottle make yourself really cosy and try and just dose off. Try and free your evenings I am sure like me you won’t be heading out anytime soon while you are sick, take naps when you come back from work or for those of you who work from home etc. take a nap during the day. It really doesn’t matter how long you sleep as long as you take a break and take it easy.
Honey I’m Home with Ginger
So you’re not drinking any caffeinated drinks this tends to also include tea but you are still craving something warm to drink. I have two warm drinks here that will help. Lemon, Honey and Hot Water or Ginger, Lemon, and Hot Water for both drinks the quantity of the ingredients to use are down to you some like more honey some like more lemon, I tend to like more ginger. Lemon has vitamin C and is good at loosening any phlegm, Honey is good for stimulating your immune system and provides relief for sore throat and Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, helps you to sweat out toxins and also helps settle upset tummy.
Are there any natural remedies that you try that help fight off the flu?