Preventing the flu is your best option, but sometimes you just can’t avoid it. I like to use an immune support supplement and daily vitamins to keep my immune system ready to fight off any type of cold or flu that may come my way. If we take care of our bodies, we are less likely to get sick.
How to Fight the Flu Naturally by Taking Care of Yourself
Your best chance of fighting the flu naturally will be if you start to treat the symptoms as soon as possible rather than trying to wait them out. Boost your immune system at the onset of flu-like symptoms and your flu experience may be less severe – and last for a shorter period of time. Better yet, prevent the flu by keeping your immune system strong year round.
Always wash your hands – frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Yes, sing the alphabet song if you must, but don’t skimp on the length of time you spend washing your hands.
Exercise regularly – Groan. I know, that is probably not something you want to hear (especially if you are fighting off a cold or the flu), but regular exercise can help boost your immune system. While it hasn’t been proven, physical activity may help flush bacteria out of your lungs and airways, reducing your likelihood of getting sick. If nothing else, we do know that exercise helps us stay healthy and strong!
Get plenty of sleep – It’s easy to lose track of time or simply have such a busy day that you only get a few hours of sleep. If you do this on a regular basis, though, it can definitely take a toll on your body. Keep your system ready to fight off viruses by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. If you do get the flu, sleeping is one way to shorten the duration of symptoms and prevent spreading the virus to everyone. Quarantine yourself to the bedroom and enjoy the rest.
How to Fight off the Flu Naturally using Vitamins
Again, preventing the flu is going to be easier than fighting it, so be sure to take these vitamins on a regular basis to keep your immune system strong. If you do get sick, take them as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms for best results.
A pharmacist once suggested I try zinc and ginseng for fighting the flu naturally, because there was a Tamiflu shortage and a huge flu outbreak. While there’s not a whole lot of studies that have been done, zinc and ginseng can boost your immune system – which is always a good thing! However, too much zinc can cause side effects, so make sure you take the proper dose. The last two times I had a cold/flu I took Zicam, which is mostly about zinc and I definitely will be keeping it stocked this winter!
Vitamins C and D: Vitamin C is probably the most popular cold fighter, but don’t forget about Vitamin D! Vitamin D is an awesome flu warrior as well. Thus, it’s a great reason to take Airborne or a similar immune boosting supplement.
How to Fight the Flu Naturally with Herbs and Essential Oils
Have you ever tried Oregano essential oil? You can use oregano oil in a diffuser, in cleaning solutions, and applied topically to help fight off the flu germs. It’s a very hot oil, so make sure you follow the safety precautions and dilute before applying to the skin.
I highly recommend diffusing Immune Strength blend to fight off the flu germs as well. Diffuse for about 20 minutes at a time and then take a break. I also love the Ava Shield Hand Soap from Rocky Mountain Oils, which is made using the Immune Strength oils. It’s comparable to Thieves oil, and the smell of the hand soap is addicting! It’s so good.
Another great oil to diffuse or apply topically would be Frankincense.
Feeling nauseous? Perhaps you’ve eaten ginger candies while pregnant to help alleviate morning sickness symptoms. Ginger naturally combats nausea and vomiting, two major flu-like symptoms. There are ginger capsules, ginger candies, and even ginger tea.
How to Fight off the Flu Naturally with Liquids
If you have the flu or even just flu-like symptoms, chances are you won’t feel like eating much. However, staying hydrated is important so try some chicken noodle soup – or at the very least, some chicken broth. Drink Gatorade or other liquids with electrolytes to keep from getting dehydrated.
Green tea and elderberry tea are healthy options for combating the flu. Elderberry tea can reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Some swear by elderberry syrup or gummies for preventing the flu, and shortening the duration and severity if you do get sick.
How to Treat a Sore Throat
If you get the flu, you may feel as if your throat is on fire. There are many natural ways to treat a sore throat. Gargling with warm salt water can provide relief rather quickly. You can gargle with green tea. A spoonful of honey can also provide temporary relief.
Clearing a Stuffy Nose and Congestion
Congested? Stuffy nose? If you’ve never tried a Neti Pot or Sinus Rinse Bottle before, you may be skeptical – and even a little squeamish about it. Rinsing with a Neti Pot helps flush excess mucus out of your nasal passages. Taking a hot shower (with the bathroom door closed so it gets steamy) can also help.
When to Call the Doctor
Listen to your body and use your best judgement. If you’ve tried fighting the flu naturally and still feel awful, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.