Easy, Natural Remedies for Seasonal Flu

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It’s that time of year again, when the cold and flu season is upon us. While there are many over-the-counter remedies available to help alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu, it can be difficult to know which ones work best. Fortunately, there are a number of easy, natural remedies for the seasonal flu that could help you feel better faster.

Natural Remedies I Recommend

The first thing to remember when dealing with a bout of the seasonal flu is to get plenty of rest. This will give your body time to fight off the virus and can also help ease some of the more uncomfortable symptoms. It may be tempting to try and push through your illness but this can actually make it worse in the long run.

Drinking lots of fluids is also important when suffering from a cold or flu as it helps keep you hydrated and prevents dehydration which can lead to other health problems. Water is always a great choice but if you find yourself needing something more interesting than black or green tea, then herbal teas such as ginger tea or chamomile tea can be very soothing and have antiviral properties that could help reduce your symptoms.

A good diet is also essential as eating nutritious foods will provide your body with all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to fight off infection while boosting immunity levels. Fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons are great sources of vitamin C which has been found to reduce both severity and duration of colds in certain cases. Vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli are also great sources of vitamins A, C & E which have antioxidant properties that could help combat viruses like those responsible for influenza outbreaks each winter.

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Essential oils like eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil can also be used for their antiviral properties when diffused into rooms or added directly into bathwater for steam inhalation therapy sessions. Just make sure not too add too much oil at once as this could cause skin irritation or even respiratory distress if inhaled directly from the bottle! If using topically on skin then dilute well first before application – once again check with your doctor or pharmacist if unsure about dosage amounts & safety precautions prior to use.

Finally a good old fashioned home remedy – chicken soup! It’s no secret that chicken soup has been used for centuries as an effective way to treat ailments ranging from head colds right up through full blown influenza infections… and it turns out there’s science behind its effectiveness! Studies have shown that hot liquids such as chicken broth help break up mucus congestion while providing vital nutrients needed by our bodies during times of sickness – just make sure whatever recipe you choose isn’t overly salty so not adding too much sodium into an already weakened immune system!

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Natural Supplements for Seasonal Flu

In addition to making sure you’re getting enough nutrients from your diet, you may want to consider taking supplements such as Vitamin D & Zinc as these have been found in some studies to reduce severity and duration of colds and flus. There are many different types available so speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any supplement regimen just in case there are any potential interactions with any medications or conditions you may currently have.

1. Elderberry

Elderberry is a natural supplement that has been used to help prevent and treat the symptoms of the seasonal flu. It contains antioxidants, flavonoids, and compounds that can help reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and prevent viral replication.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is full of Vitamin C and is so easy to take, mixed in with honey and hot water. Use the rind as well as the juice for maximum effect.

3. Oily fish or Eggs

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Oily fish or eggs are jam-packed with Vitamin D. Examples of fish are anchovies, salmon or sardines, which are both easy to incorporate into a meal or snack, and I can attest to how tasty they are!

4. Zinc

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in immune system functioning. Research suggests it can help reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms.

5. Echinacea

Echinacea is a common herb used to help treat colds and the flu. It may help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, boost immune function, and reduce the risk of complications.

6. Garlic

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Garlic contains antiviral and antibacterial compounds that can help fight off the flu virus and reduce symptoms. It may also help boost immune function.

7. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an herbal supplement that is thought to help reduce stress and emotional wellbeing, boost immune function, and reduce inflammation. It may also help reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms.

To Sum Up

So next time you catch a chill this winter why not try one (or all!) Of these easy , natural remedies for seasonal flu? You might just find yourself feeling better sooner than expected!

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