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Got The Flu? Fight It.

Natural Ways To Get Back On Your Feet Faster

by Luke Gibson in Luke's Blog
February 6, 2018

Intro:
Like so many other people, I got the flu this year. I’m writing this to share my experience as a college student who got the flu and what I did to help myself get better. It absolutely kicked my ass to a degree I didn’t even know was possible. Name a symptom and I had it. A 103-degree fever, horrible cough, congestion, body aches, and fatigue had me feeling so awful I even left college and went home just to try and rest and heal. I had already been sick for a few days by the time I went to the doctor (in the case of the flu, go to the doctor immediately people, this flu is no joke) there wasn’t much that they could do for me. It was too late to take any of the typical flu medicines, so they prescribed some cough medicine to help with sleep and told me there wasn’t much else they could do. So with that and the recommendation to drink as many fluids as possible, I was out the door.  With as sick as I was and I know other people are right now, that just wasn’t going to cut it. I’ve been lucky enough to work for and learn from a holistic wellness company for the past two years, so I got to work on making and taking things that I know would help me get better.

Teas:
Drinking tea is probably the most important thing that I did for myself when I had the flu.Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler 16-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)comes with four bags of four different teas, and they’re all awesome. I recommend making a mug of tea with one of each bag in the morning when you wake up and one before you go to bed. The echinacea in the Echinacea Plus and elderberry flower in the Gypsy Cold Care will help restrengthen your immune system while fighting off the full-on assault it’s currently facing. The licorice root in Throat Coat will soothe your sore throat. The eucalyptus and licorice in the Breathe Easy will help open up your airways and reduce coughing. Squeeze half of a lemon and put a small amount of honey in the tea to help boost your immune system even further.

The next tea I’m going to recommend killed three birds with one stone. Ginger and Turmeric are my two favorite roots. Ginger is a warming spice that is proven to be a powerful anti-nausea medicine, and turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories known to man. I drank a bag of this Rishi Turmeric Ginger Tea, Organic Caffeine-Free Herbal Sachet Bags, 15 Count in the morning and in the evening. When my fever was in full bloom, I was freezing. It didn’t matter how many layers of clothes and blankets I put on, I could not get warm. This tea helped warm me up from the inside and lower my fever. I was feeling constantly nauseous, and the ginger helped settle my stomach and alleviate chills. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric helped my entire immune system fight off the attack it was under.

 Supplements: 

Along with the tea I was drinking, there was a supplement I would take each day to help boost my immune system. Oil of Oregano is an incredibly powerful immune booster and natural anti-viral, and I took it while I was sick and still am during the week after to try and stay healthy. Gaia Herbs is one of the only brands that I trust when it comes to supplements. They have a high-quality product that never fails to impress. I know that the Oil of Oregano is expensive, but it’s worth every penny. Here’s the link: Gaia Herbs Oil of Oregano Liquid Phyto-Capsules, 120 Count.

The other supplement I took each day was turmeric. As mentioned above, turmeric is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory spice. Not only did I have the flu, it turned into pneumonia after a few days. Stopping some of the swelling and inflammation going on in your lungs can go a long way towards calming down a case of pneumonia, and turmeric is my go-to natural remedy for this issue. Turmeric may seem pricey as well, but I promise that if anything is worth it, turmeric is. If I could only take one supplement for the rest of my life, it’d be turmeric. Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength Liquid Phyto-Capsules, 120 Count.

Food:
What we eat makes a huge difference in how we feel and how healthy we are, and during a time of sickness, this becomes especially true. It’s critical to hydrate and fuel your body with things to help it heal and not damage it further when you’re sick. Sugar is one of the worst things you can eat when you’re sick because it will lower your bodies natural defenses against infection. Coconut water has less sugar and more electrolytes than your average sports drinks, and it’s a hydration lifesaver. I drank at least 12 ounces of this stuff a day to try and stay hydrated. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, I would put a few pieces of pineapple in the water and let some of the pineapple flavors diffuse into the water. Bonus: pineapple is a great expectorant for mucus and the other gross stuff going on in your sinuses. I get my coconut water here: C2O Pure Coconut Water, 16.3 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 8). Make sure you drink plenty of normal water as well.

Chicken noodle soup is everyone and their mothers (or grandmothers) cure for being sick, and there’s some merit behind it. Broth made from bone contains collagen, a powerful healing substance. In a pinch any can of soup will do, anything of substance that’s also hydrating is a major plus when you’re ill. However, we should always try and put the best quality food into our bodies that we can. This bone broth: Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth, Original Chicken, 8-Ounce Cartons, 12-Pack is organic and doesn’t contain all of the harmful MSG that normal soups do. I use this as a base for homemade chicken noodle soup or just as a plain broth drink.

Misc. Healing:
Eucalyptus is one of the best substances on the planet for clearing airways and helping with sinus issues. My mother (who owns Fruit of the Spirit and taught me everything I know) constantly had a diffuser pumping out eucalyptus oil, and I know it made a difference in my ability breathe comfortably and stay decongested. The diffuser she uses can be found here: NOW Ultrasonic Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser and the Eucalyptus she uses can be found here: NOW Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4-Ounce. If you’re interested in learning more about how I use essential oils, click here.

A warm bath when you’re sick can feel like the most amazing experience of your life. Take the experience to the next level and make the bath actually beneficial to your healing by adding some Epsom salts. An Epsom salt bath will help relax your achy flu muscles and also simply to just relax and rest, which is huge when you’re sick. Epsom Salt By Sky Organics (5 LBS)- 100% Pure Magnesium Sulfate-Natural, USP Grade, Kosher, Non-GMO – Laxative, Muscle Tension Relief , Foot soak, Soothe Aches, Cleanses Skin. Made in USA. Adding this Mustard Bath compound (Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath, 16 Ounce) to the bath can also really help when you’re sick. It warmed me up to the point I actually got sweaty and my fever broke for a few minutes, which felt like heaven compared to the freezing feeling I had been experiencing.

Conclusion:
The flu sucks. There isn’t always a ton that your doctor can do to make it better, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a week of absolute misery and suffering. People have been treating illnesses with things from nature for thousands of years, and there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be doing the same thing today.

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*Disclaimer:
I am not a medical professional or giving medical advice. Always consult your physician before making any health-related decisions and before taking a new supplement.

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