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How To Get Rid Of The Flu Fast

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A lot of health professionals have given a big push in recent decades to get the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are important for young children, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone who has a compromised immune system. There are drawbacks to the vaccine, however. When you continue to inoculate yourself, your body loses the ability to fight foreign agents. It is also possible, in any given year, that they may choose the wrong strain of flu to vaccinate for, leaving you exposed unwittingly to contracting it anyway.

The best way to get rid of the flu is going to be through prevention. There are also some things that you can do to lessen the downtime once you contract the flu, and to make it less likely that it can lead to secondary and more serious infections and conditions. During cold and flu season, make sure to do the following.


12 ways to get rid of the flu


1. Get enough sleep

If the body does not have enough quality rest, it takes its toll on the immune system. Your immune system is the only defense that your body has against foreign agents such as colds and viruses. When possible, get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep a night to keep your immune system functioning optimally, especially during cold and flu season.

2. Boost your Vitamin C

The immune system needs vitamin C to function best. That is why you should eat a diet that is full of fresh foods and vegetables. Not only containing Vitamin C, fresh foods have antioxidants which are also important to maintain proper immune system functioning.

3. Hygiene

Washing your hands frequently is the best way to stop the transmission of the flu. Running some soap and water over your hands for a second or two is not going to do the trick. Wash your hands thoroughly for a minimum of 15 seconds with soap and water to kill cold and flu viruses that can live on hands and be transmitted to yourself and others.

4. Get plenty of fluids

If you do get the flu, it is very important to remain hydrated. Since one of the symptoms of the flu is fever, the fluid from your body is evaporated at a much quicker rate. That can lead to dehydration. Fluids are an important way to flush the virus from your body and to fight secondary infections like pneumonia. Make sure to drink fluids while sick, choosing those that have electrolytes to fight against dehydration. Stay away from sugary drinks, choosing instead sports drinks that contain less sugar or natural fruit drinks that have additional Vitamin C.

5. Sit in the sun

When possible, try to expose yourself to direct sunlight. Since the flu is usually something that circulates during the cold weather months that may be easier said than done. Sitting under a window that has direct sunlight will help your body absorb Vitamin D, which will help to beef up your immune system and fight against the flu virus.

6. Chicken noodle soup

There may be some truth behind the old wives tale about chicken broth and chicken noodle soup. There are natural properties found in chicken and chicken broth that aid in inflammation and can increase the production of white blood cells. White blood cells are responsible for the immune response, so the more you can have on hand, the better.

7. Use a humidifier

To keep the mucus in your lungs moist and easy to move through the system, use a humidifier to humidify your environment. If the mucus gets too thick, it can be hard to rid from the body and can lead to pneumonia. If you have a hard time with a dry cough, you can also use steam to make a cough more productive. Hold your head over a pot of steaming water, with a towel over your head, and breathe for about 10-15 minutes. Not only will it help with mucus in your lungs, it can also help with your nasal passages as well.

8. Echinacea

The herb Echinacea is a known immune booster. If you want to prevent yourself from getting the flu or help your body fight against it, beef up on Echinacea. It can be found in many over the counter supplements, or as an addition to tea.

9. Soak in a tub

The best way to help out with the aches that can come from the flu is to submerge your aching bones into a warm tub. Apply Epsom salt to the bath to help draw out the virus. Fill the tub with warm water and then add a cup of Epsom salt to ease sore muscles and to help expedite the time needed to recover from the flu.

10. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that is known to prevent the flu virus and to lessen the healing time if you do get it. It works to boost the immune system, but only for a short time, after which it can actual weaken it. That is why using Zinc lozenges are only good when you feel the flu coming on, or if you have contracted it already.

11. Garlic

Although not such a tasty treat, garlic is a known anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. The last thing you want to do when you don’t feel well is to suck on some garlic, but it may help. Try mixing some garlic with the foods you can get down, or take garlic supplements to help you through the rough parts of the flu. Just the fumes sometimes are enough to help with sore throats or nasal passages.

12. Elderberry

Elderberry may not be something that is common at your local grocery store, but it may be at your natural food store. It has been used throughout the centuries to fight colds, flu and viruses. Taking it three times a day can help you to fight the flu, or to lessen the time that you have it. Boosting the immune system, it helps your body go to war to fight off the foreign agents.

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