What is the Fastest Home Remedy for Flu and Cold?
Did you know that a lot of pharmaceuticals are based off of organic compounds found in nature? The pharmaceutical industry will create its own copy that can also be absorbed by the body in order to patent the formulation. A good example of this is aspirin, which is actually a man-made copy of willow tree bark extract. That’s where we get salicylic acid (aspirin) from, which is also helpful topically for acne! Essentially, the active ingredient in Aspirin has already been used by humans for over 3500 hundred years as a pain reliever. Science has yet to beat nature’s gifts even after millennium (ie modern life is all about hype).
As you can see, natural remedies are powerful. They also have side effects, the same as pharmaceuticals, so check with your doctor before trying any of the following natural remedies.
You may ask, ‘what is the fastest home remedy for flu?’. Any good doctor will tell you that medicine is an art and not a science, so use your own intuition. That being said, here are some of the fastest home remedies for flu and cold:
1. Let’s start with the basics. Sleep as much as possible! Sleep is the fastest home remedy there is for the flu. Eat and drink enough. You need to consume ample fluids to produce enough thin mucus to flush out the virus and you need enough protein and nutrients to be able to produce a good immune response to the invaders. Reduce stress as the cortisol your body produces during stress drastically lowers your immunity by reducing the production of lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). What is the fastest home remedy for flu? Rest and care!!!
2. Now for the real DIY recipes and fast home remedy tricks! For a head cold, I swear by drinking hot tea all day – preferably fresh mint tea with a lot of honey. Chamomile or dried mint with honey is a good substitute if you’re unable to do fresh mint. Raw honey is better as well since it has probiotics that will compete with any bad bacteria in your throat. I would pair this with lots of rest; never let yourself get cold (particularly on your throat and chest where your thymus gland is located). Wear a scarf if you need to. Other people swear by drinking onion tea due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, definitely avoid dairy as this tends to increase thick mucus production and inflammation.
3. Take hot baths! Even better with Epsom salt to replace lost nutrients and ease aching muscles. This can help to break a low fever or boost your immune system enough to start your recovery. There’s even evidence that a daily bath can significantly reduce cardiovascular incidence over the long term. Obviously you shouldn’t take a hot bath if you have a dangerously high fever; in that case you may want to call 911 and get in an ice bath temporarily.
4. Have spicy food! I would recommend Indian due to all the healthy spices, such as tumeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon etc. and also the high calorie content. The beneficial spices in this common takeout food are the easiest and fastest home remedy for a flu!
5. For improved energy drink electrolytes. When we’re sick and perhaps sweating a lot (or if we have digestive upset) we tend to lose a lot of electrolytes. When our electrolytes get low we can feel lethargic, foggy or even dizzy. The best way to replace them is by adding some to our water. This will keep our electric system in top shape. You can also replace electrolytes through drinking broth or pedialyte.
6. Rub eucalyptus gel (like Vicks Vaporub) on your chest, throat and lungs. I used to think that this was only useful for its scent but I’ve come to realize that it actually seems to get absorbed and helps generate relaxation as well as healing to those tissues. Eucalyptus oil has antiviral and antimicrobial properties; it’s a traditional home remedy.
7. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment! If you take probiotics or eat a diet rich in probiotics it reduces your chance of catching a bag bug. There’s increasing evidence that our microbial flora plays a large role in modulating our immune system. Lastly, you can actually gargle with salt water if you feel you’ve been exposed to a bug, or right at the very beginning of the flu. This may be enough to avoid getting sick altogether. The idea is that gargling salt water actually pulls viral fluids out from the throat area via osmosis. Use a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle it twice a day. This will of course soothe a sore throat if you’re already sick as well.
Bonus: some great immunity supporting vitamins to take are zinc, vit C, and vit D. Low vitamin D is very common and is shown to be associated with many different types of illness. The only herbal support I’ve ever found useful is fairly cheap and comprised of Indian spice, Fenugreek Seed, along with several other herbs like Marshmallow Root, NAC, Skullcap, Mullein and more: “Nature’s Secret, Respiratory Support and Defense”.
What is the fastest home remedy for the flu? The remedy you’ll actually do! It takes dedication to take care of yourself so you can be back to fight another day.
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