The flu is a real harass one this season! Multiple news sources are claiming that “this flu season keeps getting deadlier.” So what exactly is the flu? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. This virus is known as the influenza virus and is spread via the air from person to person. Signs and symptoms of the flu are common and include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Body aches
Typically the flu is treated with antiviral medication, vaccines, rest, plenty of fluids, and NOT antibiotics. So with my medical background and my natural lifestyle, I’ve come up with a few natural remedies to help prevent and treat the flu.
- Vitamin C – helps boost the immune system. I suggest 1000mg daily as preventative measurement and up to 4000mg (1000mg 4x/day) when experiencing signs and symptoms.
- Echinacea- is an anti-flammatory herb that helps your body fight of infections. I suggest 1000mg 3x/day upon first signs and symptoms.
- Zinc- helps support the immune system. I suggest 50mg daily as preventative measurements and up to 100mg (50mg 2x/day) when experiencing signs and symptoms.
- Elderberry- helps boost the immune system. I suggest 10ml daily upon first signs and symptoms.
- Water- hydration is important in flushing viruses out of the body. I suggest a warm green tea, black tea, hot water with lemon, ginger, and honey
- Bone Broth- chicken soup is an age old remedy for good reason. I suggest including plenty of garlic and onions in your bone broth.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- helps to fight off the cold and flu. I suggest diluting apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey to break up the acidity.
- Sleep- is important to reset the body. Not just during the flu but all year round. Adequate and quality sleep is imperative to a health and balanced immune system.
*Disclaimer: Seek medical attention to young children, adults over 65 years old, immunocompromised individuals, or whom are pregnant, as the flu could be more severe and serious to these individuals. While I do have a medical degree, I am not your healthcare provider, please consult with your primary medical doctor.