As we are now in the COVID-19 pandemic, what you don’t want to be having is flu because it does share similar symptoms.
While there is another group of individuals who are more concerned over the possibilities of weight loss from the ‘Work From Home’ rituals and still look great after going back to the real world, this article is to provide you some of the simple and powerful solutions of what you can do at home before going to the clinics or hospitals.
These 9 Powerful Natural Remedies I am about to share is for you if you currently suffer from Stress, lack of sleep and exposure to toxins as it can worsen flu symptoms. People with a depressed immune system or nutrient deficiencies may be more prone to catching the flu or a cold.
WHAT IS THE FLU?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. These viruses spread through the air from person to person.
Signs and symptoms of flu may include:
- Runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
Although anyone can get the flu, young children, pregnant women and adults 65 years old and older are at greater risk of developing serious flu-related complications. This is why it is important for you and your loved ones to apply these remedies knowing it has zero side effects.
Here is my Top 9 Powerful Flu Natural Remedies for you!
So, how do you get rid of the flu naturally? Home remedies for the flu include vitamins C and D, herbal supplements, essential oils, probiotics and eating healthy. Try these flu natural remedies to help relieve your symptoms.
#1 – VITAMIN C (1,000 MG 3–4X DAILY)
Vitamin C helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells. Research shows that vitamin C has shortened the duration of colds and can decrease the number of colds in physically active people.
Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to 4,000 milligrams daily when you are experiencing symptoms. For the most dietary vitamin C, eat whole fruits and vegetables instead of supplements.
#2 – VITAMIN D3 (2,000 IU DAILY)
Vitamin D is produced in the body by sunlight and regulates the expression of over 2,000 genes, including those of the immune system. Unfortunately, up to 90 percent of people are deficient in vitamin D. Recent research shows that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections.
Many physicians believe that current recommended daily amounts of vitamin D are far too low, and that 2,000 units rather than 200–400 units per day is a better choice. You can also order home testing kits to test your vitamin D levels.
#3 – ECHINACEA (1,000 MG 2–3X DAILY)
This herb can help your body fight off infections, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness.
An extract of echinacea was tested in a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial in 2013. Researchers found that the echinacea effectively treated respiratory tract infections in the short and long term, and didn’t cause the same resistance as a popular flu medication, oseltamivir, often causes when treating this illness.
A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study conducted in 2000 indicates that drinking five to six cups of echinacea tea per day as soon as upper respiratory symptoms developed, and reducing the number to one cup of tea over a 5-day period, was effective for relieving cold and flu symptoms.
Echinacea acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce bronchial symptoms of cold and flu. It directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus.
Different preparations have different concentrations of echinacea. Some common preparations and dosages include:
- 900 milligrams of echinacea root tincture daily
- Five to six cups of echinacea tea on the first day of symptoms, and then 1 cup a day thereafter.
#4 – ELDERBERRY (10 ML DAILY)
It is believed that this herb can deactivate the flu virus and naturally boost immunity. The flowers and berries of elderberry are said to boost the immune system, treat flu and relieve sinus pain.
Elderberry does seem to attack flu viruses and reduce bronchial inflammation. A preliminary study found that when 15 milliliters of elderberry syrup was taken four times daily for a five-day period, it relieved symptoms of influenza an average of four days earlier than those taking a placebo.
#5 – OREGANO OIL (500 MG 2X DAILY)
Oregano Oil has a powerful antiviral effect. I like to use oregano oil to fight viral infections and although there aren’t studies evaluating the efficacy of oregano on influenza specifically, there is research that indicates the powerful antiviral properties of the essential oil.
#6 – ZINC (50–100 MG DAILY)
Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness. Zinc may lessen the symptoms of the cold virus, but excessive amounts aren’t good for you. Zinc pills and sprays do not seem to be effective, therefore obtain your Zinc through natural sources in your food.
Take 50–100 milligrams of zinc daily to ward off or treat cold and flu symptoms.
#7 – BREWER’S YEAST
This popular supplement contains B vitamins, chromium and protein. It is used for cold, flu and other respiratory tract infections. In fish, brewer’s yeast stimulates immunity by positively influence the microbiome, which may also improve digestive function.
Research conducted at the University of Michigan Medical Center found that a yeast supplement was able to reduce cold and flu symptom severity, and lead to significantly shorter duration of symptoms in patients.
#8 – ESSENTIAL OILS FOR FLU
Rubbing peppermint and frankincense essential oil into the neck and bottoms of the feet can naturally support the immune system.
I also like to use clove oil to protect my body against infection and speed recovery from the flu. Research confirms that clove oil has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
#9 – PROBIOTICS
Restoring the beneficial bacteria in your gut can help boost your immune system considerably.
A lab study conducted in 2017 showed that a particular strain of probiotics, Bacillus bacteria, demonstrated anti-influenza activity, with complete inhibition of the influenza virus.
A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials evaluated the effects of probiotics and prebiotics on the immune response to the influenza vaccination. The results showed that participants who took probiotics and prebiotics showed significant improvements in the H1N1 and H3N2 strain protection rates. This suggests that taking probiotics may elevate your immunity. You may get your natural sources of probiotics from fermented foods such as Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Yogurt and Tempeh.
If you or a loved one experience complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, or have a high fever that won’t go down, see your healthcare provider right away. If you catch the flu and you have a chronic condition, such as asthma, or you are pregnant, see your doctor.
I trust these natural remedies will be valuable and beneficial for you.
Do apply the above methods whenever necessary and below are the 4 things you need to remember:
- The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
- Conventional flu treatment includes antiviral drugs and vaccines.
- Try flu natural remedies to help relieve your symptoms.
- See your doctor right away if you get the flu and you have a chronic medical condition or you are pregnant. Also, get medical care if you experience flu complications, such as pneumonia.
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