‘Tis the season…..for the flu that is. Why is it that everyone says it is “flu season?” Last time I checked there were 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and the dreaded (in my case) Winter. This winter has proven to take a toll on everyone. But really, is the flu season like deer season? Do people need to get a license? Because if that is the case people should boycott flu season. 😉
Flu usually goes away without complications, but sometimes the infection moves into the lungs, causing viral or bacterial pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to stop the flu as quickly as you can. If your symptoms last more than 5 days or if your flu is accompanied by an extremely high fever (104°F or higher), chest pain, blood in your nasal mucus, or phlegm that is brown, green, or bloody, go to a doctor right away. With that being said, I do not recommend trying to suppress a fever of 99° or 100°F because a low-grade fever causes your immune system to increase its activity and helps it fight the flu more effectively.
Our bodies have the ability to heal themselves…..it is called innate. All we have to do is remove the interference.
So how do we do this? I thought you would never ask!!!!
WATER: You’ll need a lot! Fighting the flu puts your metabolism into overdrive. Your body throws off water in huge amounts. You have to replace that water because your body needs it to expel toxins produced by your immune system as it’s destroying the virus. To make sure that you’re getting enough water, drink two-thirds of your body weight in ounces of water per day when you have the flu. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces per day as the bare minimum for maintenance when you aren’t sick.
FOOD: Wait for dairy until you are feeling better! Dairy foods increase mucus production, which makes the nasal congestion caused by the flu even worse. Also, since many people are sensitive to dairy products, your body may be wasting immune cells on the food instead of fighting the virus. So avoid dairy products until you kick the flu.
GINGER: Good for what ails you! Ginger tea fights the flu on a number of fronts. It helps relieve nasal congestion. It can improve blood flow through the muscles and the rest of the body, helping to eliminate chills and muscle aches and allowing immune cells to circulate more effectively. It even helps reduce the pain of sore throat. Have a cup every 2-3 hours until your flu is better.
VITAMIN C: Keeps your body strong! When you have the flu, your virus-fighting white blood cells need vitamin C to be most effective. The vitamin also revs up your adrenal glands, which help your body resist the stress of the infection. It’s best to use the buffered form because it is easier on the stomach. You can take this several months during “flu season”.
STEAM: Force out the virus! Coughing is essential when you have the flu. Otherwise, virus-laden mucus that isn’t expelled may harden and travel to the lungs, possibly leading to pneumonia. Using a steamer or humidifier to keep mucus moist and moving out of your body will help prevent this. It’s best to keep a steamer or humidifier running in your bedroom until the flu is gone. Add six to eight drops of essential oil to the water. I recommend doTERRA’s On Guard, however, thyme, eucalyptus, or rose geranium may be used as well.
As you can see there are several things that we can do for ourselves before seeing a doctor. I am sure there are other remedies that people have been using for decades and I encourage all of you to share what has worked for you and your family.