Flu and other Remedies for Boosting Your Immune System
If you’ve been fortunate enough to have avoided the bug going around during the festive period, then you may still get it. Flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill. According to the NHS, it’s important to get the flu vaccine if you’re advised to. However, there are plenty of other remedies you can try to help boost your immune system.
Healthline has the following to say:
1. Stay home:
Your body needs time and energy to fight off the flu virus, which means that your daily routine should be put on the back burner. You may be tempted to go grocery shopping or get ahead on laundry for the week, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Stay home from work or school to help you recover and prevent spreading the flu to other people in your community or workplace.
One symptom of the flu is a high fever, which can lead to sweating. Drink plenty of fluids to replace lost liquids and fight off the infection. Water is best, but you can also drink herbal teas or tea with honey. These can soothe your symptoms while keeping you hydrated.
3. Sleep as much as possible:
Sleep is the best medicine for your body while fighting the flu. Go to bed earlier than usual and sleep in. Rest and sleep reduce your risk of serious flu complications, like pneumonia.
4. Ease your breathing:
It can be difficult to sleep with a stuffy nose and cough. Use an extra pillow to prop up your head and ease sinus pressure. Sleep with a humidifier or vaporizer in the room, or take a hot bath or shower before bed.
5. Eat healthy foods:
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen your immune system as it fights off the virus. It’s important to eat regular meals to maintain your strength even if you don’t have much of an appetite.
6. Have a spoonful of honey to soothe a cough:
Honey is a common natural remedy for soothing a sore throat or cough. Mixing honey with tea is a great way to stay hydrated while also treating your flu symptoms.
In a study, researchers found that honey was more effective at controlling a night time cough than common cough suppressants in children ages two to 18 years with upper respiratory tract infections. However, note that honey shouldn’t be given to children who are younger than a year old.