How to beat the flu (when you aren’t sure what to do):

By Heather Gurecki

Over the weekend I woke up with a cough: the kind you know is going to get worse before it gets better. I knew I was about to embark on a harrowing journey. It wasn’t until the next day I had full-fledged influenza: chills, dehydration, fever, loss of appetite, body aches and sweating. I was couch-ridden, sweating through my clothes trying to sit or lay in any position to relieve discomfort, but to no avail. I knew what I had to do: sweat it out and give my body everything it needed to beat the flu. I only wish I had followed this how-to before I got the flu, which you could do too by packing your cabinets with the following ingredients or taking them as a preventative (common colds also applicable).

 

Ride it Out!

If your fever isn’t deadly (over 103 or over 3 days) then the best thing to do is wait for it to break.  A fever is your body making its environment unbearable for the flu. Taking a pill to reduce your fever may make you more comfortable, but it will do the same to the flu!

Citrus, citrus and more citrus!

Vitamin C will also make the environment unbearable for the flu. So drinking lots of fresh squeezed lemon juice and honey, and eating some oranges will knock the flu down far faster than say, coffee and cereal. By now you may be thinking “What about just taking Tamiflu and being done with it?”, well let’s just compare some side effects shall we:

Tamiflu- Prevents the virus from replicating and spreading, but comes with confusion and abnormal behavior not the mention the vomiting, headaches, nosebleeds, insomnia, and coughing. I don’t know about you but I can barely handle the flu and I most certainly don’t want the possibility of adding MORE symptoms. Vitamin C- Strengthens immune system, inhibits the virus from replicating and spreading, no negative side effects, can be taken in many tasty forms.

Colloidal Silver

It’s not as scary as it sounds: a clear liquid that looks and tastes like water that can be found in any natural food store. Colloidal silver is antibacterial, and unlike over-the-counter drugs, the bacteria it kills does not evolve to become immune to it! It’s also antiviral, anti-inflammatory and of course, a flu-fighter. Take a tablespoon up to 7 times a day. (For more information on colloidal silver you can look at this study from the American Society for Microbiology or this one from FEMS Microbiology Reviews).

Echinacea Superior. This herbal supplement was widely accepted in the medical field before the invention of antibiotics, which quickly took hold in the healthcare industry. It’s a North American flower but its effects have traveled all the way to Germany where it has been an approved natural remedy for UTI’s, colds, and more. The best form of Echinacea would be liquid from the flower not the root, taken multiple times a day (it can be mixed with your favorite juice).

These 4 steps are by no means the only ones you can take in your fight against flu season but a small fraction of all the natural remedies out there. These are the steps I found worked for me, I preferred this method over what I could get at CVS because I know it’s all benefitting and no damaging. If you come down with the flu and find your health rapidly declining (temperature over 103, extremely weak, excessive vomiting), seek medical attention immediately. It could be a sign that your immune system is becoming overwhelmed. This how-to gives some insight on how to combat sickness, the au naturel way.