The flu is caused by the influenza virus that can attack the upper respiratory tract. These viruses are spread through the air from person to person.
People with a depressed immune system or nutrient deficiencies may be more prone to catching the flu or a cold. Stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to toxins can worsen flu symptoms.
Try these natural flu remedies to speed the recovery and decrease symptoms associated with the flu.
Top Foods for Flu Recovery
Light, easy to digest foods – Include soups with bone broth, cooked vegetables or herbal teas to help with digestion. Don’t force yourself to eat.
Water – Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every 2 hours.
Hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon – The honey and cinnamon cure prevent mucus buildup and keeps you hydrated.
Ginger – Make a ginger tea and add raw honey.
Garlic and onions – Both of these vegetable help boost immune function.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar – Decreases white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Fruit juices – Although orange juice contains some vitamin C, it is not as high in vitamin C as whole fruits or vegetables. If you want to drink juice, dilute it.
Conventional Dairy – Pasteurized milk and other processed dairy products are mucus producing.
Caffeine – Depletes the body of electrolytes, so it should be avoided.
Processed foods – Contain GMO’s, are nutrient deficient and can prolong flu symptoms.
Top 5 Flu Natural Remedies
Vitamin C (1,000mg 3-4x daily)
Vitamin C helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.
Echinacea (1,000mg 2-3x daily)
This herb can help your body fight off infections, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness.
Elderberry (10 mL daily)
It is believed that this herb can de-activate the flu virus and naturally boost immunity.
Oregano Oil (500mg 2x daily)
Oregano oil has a powerful antiviral effect.
Zinc (50-100mg daily)
Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness.
Essential Oils for Flu
Rubbing peppermint and frankincense essential oil to the neck and bottoms of the feet can naturally support the immune system. Also, clove oil can protect the body against infection and can speed recovery from the flu.
Dietary Strategies to Kick a Cold or Flu
The first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. This includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down as sugar in your body).
Ideally, you must address nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress issues the moment you first feel yourself getting a bug. This is when immune-enhancing strategies will be most effective. Foods that will help strengthen your immune response include:
Raw, grass-fed organic milk, and/or high-quality whey protein Fermented foods such as raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut Raw, organic eggs from pastured chickens Grass-fed beef Coconuts and coconut oil Organic vegetables Garlic. Ideally consumed raw and crushed just before eating Turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves Mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake