You’ll Be Surprised To Know The Best Way To Overcome The Flu.
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA — Okay so you have the flu too. Now your friends are blowing up your phone telling you the best ways to get over the flu. Who’s right? What is the most effective way to get better, and to get better quickly? Vitamin C, antibiotics, echinacea? DreamCloud critiques 5 popular flu-busters.
NO. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which is invincible to antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics can makes things worse by killing off the good bacteria that help keep your body’s defenses in balance. Penicillin, "Z-Packs," won't put a dent in that bug. Preventative measures are key, such as getting that annual flu shot, and sneezing into the bend of your elbow to prevent others from catching the flu.
IT DEPENDS. Vitamins are essential for the body's recovery. But where are you getting them? Remember that vitamins from natural sources like fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and legumes are far better for you body than processed vitamins at the drug store. Gummy vitamins are full of sugars and preservatives and may be doing more harm than good.
Hot Water? Tea?
YES. Drinking plenty of fluids is important, but a lot of people don't know why! It's more than about staying hydrated, it's about flushing out the toxins and replenishing your body with clean, fresh water to fuel and recharge your body. Be careful about adding too much lemon or ginger to your tea, strong acidic additives can make your sore throat feeling worse.
IT DEPENDS. Chicken soup is great if you are losing electrolytes from vomiting or diarrhea, but processed chicken soups contain tons of sodium which can leave you feeling more dehydrated and sick. Stick with the real stuff. Get some low-sodium organic chicken broth, add some carrots, celery, and a simple starch like rice or noodles, and let it simmer for 20 minutes while you binge watch your favorite show. Enjoy!
THE BEST WAY TO OVERCOME THE FLU IS... sleep!
Think of your immune system as an army of soldiers fighting a battle. It takes tremendous amounts of energy to fight the war. By sleeping, you appropriate resources unconsciously to fighting the illness that you cannot delegate even when resting. Your body’s autonomous functions are at their all-time low when sleeping so your immune system will be at peak performance when you’re getting shut-eye. In addition to giving your immune system extra resources, sleep has the distinct advantage of letting you pass through your illness without even realizing that you’re sick.
SO put on your jammies and go back to bed!
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC