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How to Get Better Faster When You Have the Flu

Oct 15, 2007
When you have the flu, your first priority is getting well. Here are some things that you can try in order to get better from the flu:

Stay at home. There are limits to the air filtration systems in almost all settings. When you are in a store, you may also leave behind virus particles that can infect other people. As an example, one person going to work while suffering with the flu can infect everyone else in the office in a matter of hours. Your co-workers and supervisors will appreciate it more if you take the proper care of yourself, and at the same time, refrain from passing the flu on to them.

The flu is often accompanied by fatigue and muscles aches. Unnecessary stress should not be made on the body during this time. Bed rest is often advisable. While you may want to take a leisurely walk, this is not the time to start an intensive fitness regime. If at all possible, try to let the sunshine and fresh air into your room. Not only will this brighten up the atmosphere, it will help clear out the flu particles from the air. Avoid becoming chilled; as reduced temperature will slow down your circulation, and therefore, decrease the speed at which white blood cells can get to infected areas. While being warm is very important, you should also combine that with plenty of rest in order to conserve energy.

Get treatment as soon as possible. As soon as you think that you are coming down with the flu, make it your business to get tested. Waiting until you are sure that you have the flu makes little sense. By the time you are sure, the virus has already gotten a good 2 - 3 days jump start on any medication you might be given.

Make a few lifestyle changes. While you are trying to keep warm and resting in bed, you have the perfect opportunity to stop drinking alcohol or stop smoking. Both alcohol and nicotine wreak havoc on the entire body. Weakening the immune system with these drugs leaves you more vulnerable to the attacks of the flu virus and many other diseases.

Take your vitamins regularly. Vitamin C is a wonderful supplement for the immune system. Even if you do not have the flu, taking Vitamin C each day will improve your body's capacity to fight infection, and put you on the road to recovery when necessary.

Drink plenty of fluids. This allows your body to do a better job of disposing of toxins. It also facilitates a number of your bodily processes. When you have a fever, the body becomes dehydrated. Water, fruit juices, and soup are all great candidates to help your body recover. Even if you don't feel thirsty, sip water regularly.

Take paracetamol aspirin, or ibuprofen. These drugs will relieve your headaches and any inflammations, aches, and pains. Decongestants, cough medicines, gargles, and lozenges can all serve to alleviate respiratory symptoms.

By using these common sense methods to beat the flu, you should be able to get up and running before you know it. Last but not least, perhaps the most sensible "cures" for the flu are the ones that happen before you come in contact with the virus. Washing you hands and being mindful of what touches the mucus membranes of your eyes, nose, and mouth can go a long way towards preventing the flu virus from getting into your body. Yearly vaccination is also a very important weapon in the arsenal against the flu. Not only may you have reduced symptoms, you may not get sick at all!
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on The Flu.
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