CNN and many other media sources spread fear like wildfire through the homes of American citizens when they released information about 2014’s flu vaccination being less effective than previous years. Then fuel was added to that fire of fear when the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention released statements saying that the reason for the ineffective vaccine was the mutation of the virus. The flu strain has actually adapted from last year and become resistant to the current vaccine’s antibody. Essentially, the flu is playing survival of the fittest, and unfortunately it is far too late in the season to create and administer another round of vaccinations this year.
However, we don’t need to wear medical masks over our faces or decline social invitations for the next two months to avoid getting the flu. As always, the normal preventative precautions will keep many Americans healthy. Some of those include being very cognitive of washing your hands, especially after using the bathroom, being in a public restaurant, or shaking hands with anyone. Remember, a virus like the flu will not be held back my hand sanitizers, so be sure to use the real anti bacterial soap during the danger season. In addition, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking at least 80 ounces of water each day, and grab a bottle of multi-vitamins from any Walgreens, Wal-mart or your local grocery store to give your immune system an extra boost!
If you do happen to get the flu, just like every other year, there’s no magic antibiotic or steroid pack to kill that nasty virus. But there are some helpful home remedies that can suppress your symptoms and help you and your family get back on your feet faster!
• Fluids, Fluids, Fluids: Your mom always told you to drink lots and lots of water when you were sick as a child. As always, Mom knows best! Now, studies show that even the temperature of your water can be effective in helping your symptoms. Hot water with lemon and hot, herbal teas are easy ways to give your immune system an extra boost and help your body fight off those aches and chills! Also, make your own bone broths at home to keep, it’s much more effective for fighting the flu than Campbell’s. Just throw some water, lemon, celery, salt, pepper and a chicken breast into a pot and let it boil for about 20 minutes. Take the chicken out, and get it while it’s hot!
• Coconut Oil: One of the oldest oils available is just now catching on as a cooking craze, but that’s not all it’s good for. Take a spoon full of coconut oil, put it in your mouth and swish it around like mouthwash for 15-30 minutes. This is a technique called oil pulling, which neutralizes many of the harmful bacteria in your mouth. The oil also pulls bacteria from other deeper cells helping the body to expel it as waste. You can also use other kinds of oils, but coconut is believed to be the most effective. Don’t worry if you aren’t a huge coconut fan, after a few minutes you can barely taste it!
• Epson Salts: You might know Epson salts most commonly for soaking an injured foot, or pulling infection from a cut, but these magical salts are really very effective for reducing stress, improving circulation, and even detoxing the body. Light some candles, turn down the lights, and run a warm bath. Fill the water with plenty of those miraculous salts and relax while they pull the achy pain from your muscles.
• Elderberry: This is a less commonly known herb with countless health benefits! You can purchase this natural immune booster at Whole Foods and vitamin stores like GNC. This powerful herb was actually used in Panama a decade ago to treat a flu epidemic. You can take this helpful supplement as a cough medicine, drop it in your tea, water, or grab the extract to make it easy to add to just about anything.
• Ginger: Sipping on a glass of Gingerale when you feel nauseated is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but many people don’t even consider that the reason the drink works is because there is real ginger in it. An even more effective way to settle the nausea of the flu is to buy an actual ginger root. Cut small slices from it, and just chew. Ginger contains almost a dozen antiviral compounds in its raw form! If it’s too strong to chew on, add a slice to some boiling water with lemon, or shred a bit into your soup. The worst thing you can do for your body is add processed sugar to an already struggling immune system! Eliminate the soda; go straight to the root of the cure!
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