Catching the flu is the worst thing that can happen and How to get rid of the flu through Natural Ways is the best topic. You would never appreciate an unblocked nose until you’re down with a horrible flu!
While going to the doctor and using prescription medicine can ease symptoms, you can also count on several home remedies for treating mild flu without the side effects of prescription medicines! So if you’ve been nursing the terrible flu for a while now, here are a few natural remedies that might work!
How to get rid of the flu through 5 Natural Ways?
Get some Rest
Flu is your body’s way of telling you to slow down. So skip the gym for once and enjoy some downtime at home. When you’re down with the flu, your immune system requires time to start the healing process.
Consider taking the day off from work to become a couch potato. Don’t worry about ‘missing in action’ for a few days. Getting some rest will shorten the duration of your illness and will give you the chance to catch up on sleep.
Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep during nighttime. Good sleep steers away illnesses and bucks up the immune system. So if you haven’t been getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, it’s time to catch up on the ZZZ’s.
Use a saline water solution
Ever notice how a warm shower can help you feel better when you’re down with a cold? Well, rinsing your nose with saline water might just do the trick.
Using salt water rinse is one of the most effective ways to clear nasal congestion that is keeping you down. While there are ready-made solutions available in the pharmacy, you can also fix something up on your own at home.
To make your own saline solution, boil a pint of water and then allow it to cool down. Dissolve about a half teaspoon of salt and then use the solution to rinse your nose. You can also use a similar solution to ease your sore throat. Only this time, gargle the solution instead. You’ll instantly feel better.
If saline water is not working for you, you can invest in a bulb syringe to get the job done. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty!
Did you know humidity levels can plunge as low as about 10% during the winters? That’s practically as a dry as the Sahara Desert! What’s worse is that people are likely to spend most of their time indoors to avoid the extreme cold. This is a major problem as low humidity often contributes to the flu’s survival.
The good news is that breathing moist air can ease your sore throat and nasal congestion. One easy way out is to jump into a steamy shower several times a day. This remedy is better suited for people in the summers. Alternatively, if you’re not up for taking multiple showers, open hot water tap in the bathroom and just inhale the steam for a while.
If you’re prone to catching a cold, consider investing in a humidifier or a vaporizer. However, we advise you clean the device regularly to ensure it doesn’t serve as a breeding ground for mold.
Wash bedding and towels
This perhaps is the best way to speed up your recovery. You’re aware of how germs thrive on every surface. Well, flu viruses can survive on surfaces between 2 to 8 hours. In fact, they survive longer on porous materials such as washcloths, linens, and towels – fabrics in direct contact with our skin, yikes!
You don’t have to worry about washing linens, just make sure you don’t share your bed sheets with someone while you’re still ill. Take the time out to wash and disinfect clothes, towels, and bedding. Ensure you have a nice soapy mixture and don’t forget to wash your hands afterward.
Chow down a bowl of soup
So it turns out – chicken soup is good for the soul, and for battling flu. For decades, parents have been comforting their sick children by serving them hot bowls of delicious chicken soup. Chicken soup helps alleviate several symptoms such as a cough, congestion and respiratory tract infections.
If you don’t believe us, try leaning your head over a warm bowl of soup and you’ll instantly feel better. However, some doctors urge that the benefits might be more emotional. For one thing, it’s always comforting to know someone cares for you enough to make you a warm bowl of soup!
Wrapping it up
Out of all these remedies, it’s best you get plenty of sleep. However, if your flu symptoms worsen, seek medical help instead of waiting around. You can also schedule an online appointment with your doc via a HIPAA compliant ‘telemedicine’ app for a quick consultation. Good luck!
James Crook is a passionate blogger who loves to write on health and fitness related topics. Currently, he is a working as a blogger for a telemedicine app ‘Mend Family’. Follow us twitter @jamescrook911 for more updates.
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