Flu remedies from your pantry
The flu is widespread over most of the nation this year, and Delaware is no exception. According to the DPH, reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearly double from the same period last year! If you’re already showing flu-like symptoms you’re a little late for a flu shot, but here are a few flu remedies that can offer you some relief! However, please consult your doctor before trying any new regimen.
Good ol’ Elderberry syrup
Elderberry syrup has long been touted as a flu remedy and the studies add up – but make sure to start within 24 hours of noticing symptoms! Elderberry has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help shorten the duration and severity of your symptoms.
Eat your soup!
That can of Campbells as “sick food” champions that title for a reason: a study from 2000 shows that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties and can help thin the mucus your body produces as a response to both a cold and the flu.
Take in plenty of fluids
Being sick is dehydrating! Make sure you’re taking in plenty of fluids. If you’re experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, be sure to incorporate some electrolytes with your fluids (like with a sports drink, Pedialyte or coconut water).
Eat foods rich in Zinc
Zinc is can also help ease your flu symptoms. Foods rich in zinc include meat, eggs, legumes (like lentils and beans) as well as strawberries! So throw a can of beans in your chicken soup!
Oregano oil is a great natural remedy for respiratory symptoms and it’s an anti-inflammatory. Whether you’re using a strong oil or supplements, be careful how you administer and dose it. You can also add a few oil drops to a humidifier or vaporizer (or simply a steaming bowl of hot water to lean over and inhale) to help ease stuffy and inflamed sinuses.
Additionally, if you’re having flu-like symptoms, the DPH recommends the following actions:
- Practice social distancing by keeping your distance from well people if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of tissues immediately; if no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your inner elbow.
Luckily, we’ve just about rounded the corner on the peak of flu season. Take extra precautions, get a flu shot if you haven’t yet and stay well!
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