Say ‘Goodbye’ to heavy antivirals that makes you feel drowsy and sleepy! Simply, go with these tips when having flu and get it cured naturally.
FLU – a common infection that makes you feel annoyed! It’s a good idea to visit your doctor at the first signs of flu. Antivirals drugs that are prescribed by your doctor may shorten your illness. However, you have to take them within 48 hours after the symptoms start.
Although, these antivirals give you with instant relief, overusing them can lead to several side-effects. Above all, these make you feel sleepy and lethargic.
Natural remedies have always been the best way to treat any ailment. So, here are 5 simple tips to take care of your flu. Have a look.
1. Take Fluids More
Often the flu leaves the sufferer dehydrated, especially if he/she has vomiting or diarrhea. Hence, ensuring that you take enough liquid.
Water, fruit juices, soda, and electrolyte beverages can work well. However, make sure to stay away from caffeinated drinks, as caffeine is a diuretic. You can take herbal tea with honey as it can appease a sore throat. In case you feel nauseated, try to take small sips of fluids instead of gulps that might cause you to throw up. You can determine whether the liquid intake is sufficient for you by urine which should be pale yellow, nearly colorless. And … just say NO to alcohol.
2. Be A Couch Potato
Take Rest… ample rest! If your body is telling you not to exercise, simply don’t. And if it wants you to spend all day in bed, do! Rest is just another way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection.
Also, never hold back on night time sleep. Try to take a sound sleep as a Good sleep cycle help the immune system work well. Hence, it’s important to get your full eight hours of sleep each night, especially when you’re affected with flu.
Gargling cane be the best way to moisten a sore throat bringing temporary relief. Simply, dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with it, four times daily.
If you’re feeling that tickling in your throat, try an astringent gargle, such as tea that contains tannins. This will tighten the membranes. You can also a thick, viscous gargle of honey, sage and cayenne pepper. Simply, steep fresh sage leaves with the cayenne in 100 ml of boiled water for 10 minutes. Put about 50 ml of honey into it. A pinch of salt and some cider vinegar can also be added to help loosen phlegm. Let it cool to room temperature before gargling.
4. Soup For The Soul
Thoughtful parents have been serving chicken soup to their kids in colds and flu for generations. According to a study published in the journal Chest reported that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like that in flu.
“I believe that chicken soup does help with symptoms,” says Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, professor of family medicine at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport. However, many other doctors don’t agree upon this finding. “When you lean over a bowl of hot chicken soup and the vapor gets up your nose, you feel better,” Schaffner says. “But some [of the benefit] is clearly emotional. It just makes you feel better having someone make soup for you.”
Inhalation of moist or warm air aids in easing nasal congestion and throat pain. One good way can be to pander to in a steamy shower 3-4 times a day. Or simply turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes and inhale the steam. If all this don’t work, just use a humidifier. However, clean it frequently to make sure it’s free of mildew and mold.
Bonus Tip: Body ache is common during flu. Hence, you can use a numbing cream to get instant relief from that painful body ache.