5 home remedies to help you beat the flu

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5 home remedies to help you beat the flu

With winter coming at us hard and fast this year, the inevitable worries about flu will be making its way into all our homes. Having the flu, or even a persistent cold, is something that we all dread, not because it is dangerous, but because it’s just an overall bad experience, and it will probably mean that we would miss a week’s worth of work or relaxation. 
The best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting vaccinated, but if that isn’t an option, or if you are simply caught unaware by a flu that’s being passed around in your community, there are some home remedies that can help you fight off the symptoms:
1. The flu is often accompanied by a high fever and will often lead to a headache too. Lowering the fever will help prevent dehydration and will cut down on the severe, shaking chills associated with fever. On the other hand, since a fever may actually help your body fight the bug, you may want to try to let the fever run its course if it’s safe for you to do so. Aspirin and ibuprofen are generally better at easing aches and pains; acetaminophen is most effective at fighting fever.
2. A tough cough can easily keep you and your family up at night. An easy way to manage that is to drink a honey mixture, which is incredibly simple to make. Mix a tablespoon of honey into a cup of hot water and stir well. Honey acts as a natural expectorant, promoting the flow of mucus. Feel free to add some more ingredients if you feel like something different, or if you don’t like the taste of honey just as it is.
3. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to a glass of water helps to alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside.
4. Because of its naturally high levels of lauric acid, which the body converts into a compound that has potent antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can help boost the immune system and ward off illness. It can be taken with food, melted into hot tea or eaten straight out of the jar.
5. Ginger helps block the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness, and it contains compounds call gingerols, which are natural cough suppressants.
Of course, a lot of sleep and some chicken noodle soup won’t hurt either, and after a few days, you should be well on your way to being back to normal.
Written by Wesley Geyer
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