13 Things You Can Do If You Get The Flu
13 Things You Can Do If You Get The Flu
Written by: Emilyn Gil
When I was a kid, getting the flu was like winning the lottery.
I mean sure, the sore throat was annoying and spending the majority of the day at the toilet wasn’t exactly a privilege. But the benefits always seemed to outweigh the actual flu itself. I didn’t have to go to school or do my chores, I got to eat meals in bed and watch my favorite movies and mom was there the whole time with a wet washcloth and juice boxes at the ready. As a kid, getting the flu was THE LIFE.
These days though, I’ve come to dread the flu like the monster it is. As an adult, getting the flu is just like any other day. You have work to do, places to be, a house to clean and on top of it all you feel like you were just dragged around the circumference of Antarctica by an army of angry polar bears.
So I’ve since learned to do all I can to keep the flu as far away as possible.
And you know the basics. Wash your hands, get lots of exercise, take your vitamins and eat your apple a day. But despite your best efforts, the flu somehow managed to stick its big ugly nose into your business and you are once again under its nasty spell.
What do you do now?
Here are 13 things you may not have tried before that can help you fight the polar bears. I mean the flu.
13 Things To Do If You Get The Flu
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Shot
Take an Apple Cider Vinegar shot once a day. A good mixture is 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar added to a little apple juice or lemonade, to make it palpable. Make sure the Apple Cider Vinegar you use contains “the mother,” which means the beneficial bacteria hasn’t been filtered out. You can take 2-3 shots a day if you need to.
2. Fermented Food
Eat at least 1 serving of fermented food every day. This includes saurkraut, kefir, kombucha, kevita, whole fat low sugar yogurt and others. Be sure they are good quality. If you absolutely hate fermented foods, you can replace them with a high quality probiotic.
Get enough sleep. Now don’t just scroll over this one, I know you’ve heard it a thousand times. But SERIOUSLY. Your body needs a good amount of rest in order to heal. And who doesn’t need an excuse to take a nap? Sleep!
4. Fresh Herbs
Use lots of fresh garlic, ginger, turmeric, oregano and cayenne pepper. Like, A LOT! They are incredibly healing and immune boosting. You can also juice them with veggies if you have a juicer. These herbs are great natural antibiotics that your body could seriously use when you’re down with the flu.
Find a high quality turmeric supplement and take 1000-2000 mg daily. Be sure it includes black pepper extract as this makes it more bio-available for your body. A great option is Organifi Gold, which has a full serving of turmeric and other remedying superfoods.
6. Fruits And Veggies
Don’t think I can’t see you scrolling past this one too, get back here! Fruits and veggies may be the last things on your list of things you want when you have the flu, but your body needs them and will thank you for them! Eat more veggies and fruit as well as raw nuts, seeds, healthy fats and protein.
7. Less Sugar, Dairy And Grains
Eat LESS sugar, dairy and grains. Your body has a built-in ability to heal itself and strengthen your immune system, but these types of foods will slow down that process. Leave them out of your diet as much as you can.
8. Reduce Stress
This is HUGE. You can do absolutely everything right with your diet and stress will destroy your efforts and make you susceptible to illness. Taking time to reduce stress is easier than taking time off to be sick. Take time to breathe. Nap with your kids. Stop saying yes to everything. Slow down. Take time for yourself. Get and give lots of hugs.
9. Essential Oils
Diffuse the following essential oils in your home: oregano, melaleuca, thyme and lemon. You can also dilute and use externally. I do not recommend taking any internally.
10. Sunshine Time
Make it a priority to get out in the sun for 20-90 minutes whenever it’s shining. You can go biking or walking, do some yoga, or even just sit in the sun for a bit, soaking it in. Even in the colder months, it’s important to get as much sun as possible.
Drink lots of water! It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re feeling sick, so make sure to keep a water bottle nearby to remind you to drink. Keeping hydrated is one of the best supports you can give your body while it’s healing.
12. Face Steam
A face steam is a great way to strengthen the immune system and kill viruses and bacteria. You can make it with kitchen herbs too in a pinch. Boil 2 cups of water in a large pot then remove it from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of thyme, rosemary and oregano. Cover for 5 minutes then put your face directly over the pot with a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Take deep breaths for 10 to 15 minutes.
13. Hot Liquids
It’s always a good idea to stock up on herbal teas so you’re ready whenever sickness hits. Hot lemon water is also a great option – and one of my favorites. The heat can help boost your immune system and the herbs are great for helping fight infection.
There’s really no other way to put it. Getting the flu is like being thrown off a cliff in Africa by a team of wild elephants… or maybe the polar bear idea was better?
Anyhow, these 13 things can brighten your sick day up just a bit and hopefully make tomorrow a healthier day and healthier you. Make sure to let us know in the comments how these ideas have helped or share any flu remedies you have at home that work for you!
And remember, we’re in this together.
Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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