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Flu remedy

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When you're down with flu or cold, often you do not feel like eating and may have no appetite. 

However, it is crucial at this time to still take good healthy food including flu remedy to boost your immune system, help sustain our energy, nourish the body. This will help to speed up the recovery.

Some of these flu remedy have been used for centuries.

Flu remedy with supplements or food

Aloe vera

A good flu remedy, among the many aloe vera benefits include: 

A natural antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic, helps to prevent flu, healing, speeds up recovery of flu.

aloe vera benefitsAloe vera minimise flu symptoms as it heals lining of the throat, which providing a good remedy for sore throat and coughing. It is packed with nutrient.

Saponins, a natural cleansing agent also helps protect the body from toxins.

A natural detoxifier, helps cleans and protect the body from toxins.

Boost your immune system, as Polusaccharides have immuno-stimulant properties.

Stimulate wound healing and hydrate the body, help soothes and heal sore throat.

Rich in anti-oxidants and highly nutritious, containing more than 200 pytonutrients.

Contains Lignins, a strong penetration agent, delivers nutrients to hard to reach tissues, and nourish friendly bacteria.

Has wide spectrum of Minerals including calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, manganese, Zinc, copper, chromium, magnesium, iron.

Protein - contains 18 out of 20 amino acids, including 8 essential ones.

Anthraquinone Complex has pain killing properties, stimulate wound healing.  Reduces joint pain.

Essential vitamins - A, B complex (B1,B2, B3, B6), C, D, E.

Rich in enzymes that helps maintain a healthy digestive system and is needed in cell activities. 

Aloe vera is one of the oldest recognised botanicals in the world. Record of aloe vera plant exist on Sumerian clay tablets from as early as 2200 BC. The potency of aloe, aloe vera benefits such including its cosmetic and medicinal benefits were prized by ancient civiliations as far as Egypt, China Greece, Rome, India and Arabia.

Aloe's leaves are filled with hundreds of nutritional compounds that benefit the body inside and out. Aloe vera has long being well known for its healing, medicinal, soothing, moisturising, and nurturing abilities.

Aloe also acts as an excellent natural skin care that aids your skin's ability to regenerate itself making it one of the best skin care products, and healing balm for the skin, including your throat.

Cold aloe vera gel, aloe vera juice and aloe vera drink is easy to swallow, very refreshing for the throat and nutrients easily absorbed by the body.

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Bee Products

Bee products is has also long being used by the ancients, such as bee pollen, bee propolis, royal jelly and honey. Find a product that has no preservatives, artificial colours or flavors

Bee pollen benefits

Bee Pollen is a good alternative to vitamin supplements as it is rich in multi-vitamin and multi mineral, energy and stamina booster, increase metabolic rate.

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Bee propolis benefits

A sticky resin, collected and metabolised by honey bees, which they then line their hive to protect and keep it safe from germs and bacteria. Used by the Assyrians and Greeks, 5000 year old history.

Bee propolis, a bee resin is one of the most broad spectrum and strong antimicrobial compound that aid in immune response and even fight cancer, boost immune system, and support body's natural defences.

sore throat cureA natural antibiotic, improve body's resistence against infections, speed recovery. Contains 22 amino acids, B Complex vitamins.

Bee propolis is one of the best and most effective cough remedy and remedy for sore throat. 

 

Suck on the bee propolis tablet several times a day.  

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Royal jelly benefits

Royal jelly is derived from pharyngeal glands of the honey bee.

A super food blended with enzymes, fit for the queen bee throughout her productive life. Boost energy, support immune system. Nutritious and promote youthful skin and hair. Easily absorbed and readily digestible by the body.

Royal jelly improve the body's immune system, which helps speed up flu recovery, good to be taken throughout the year.

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Benefits of Honey

benefits of honey

Honey, as with most bee products boost the immune system. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial.

A good honey is usually opaque not transparent or translucent, still containing natural royal jelly and pollen, so is nutrient packed.

Honey is healing and soothing for the throat, a good cough remedy and remedy for sore throat.

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Special Precautions & Warnings on Bee Products

Bee pollen can cause liver damage and allergic reactions including itching, swelling, problems with breathing, dizziness and death in people allergic to pollen.

Pregnancy and Breast feeding

Taking bee products is possibly unsafe during pregnancy. There is some concern that it may stimulate the uterus and threaten the pregnancy, refrain from use at this time. Also avoid during breast feeding.

Children 

Children below one and half years old should not consume bee products.

Pollen allergies

Patients with pollen allergies who take bee pollen are at risk for serious allergic responses including itching, swelling, shortness of breath, light headedness, and severe whole body reactions (anaphylaxis).

Test first

If unsure, test your tolerance over a week or so. Cut a small piece, like a quarter tablet and touch on a small portion of your hand. Next day, try a bigger portion. If no reaction for several days, take a quarter or less of the tablet, and touch your lips, if still no reaction, then leave in the mouth, and wait. If still alright, then can swallow, and wait a few days more.
Best to get a professional test, if chances are that you could be allergic to any bee products.  

Anti-oxidant fruits and antioxidant drinks or juice

Most of the dark coloured fruits have high ORAC value such as pomegranate, blue berries, mangosteen, cherries, blackberries, raspberries etc. 

Strengthen the body's immune system, increase white blood cells to fight invaders, built resistance and help body prevent flu and overcome flu. 

antioxidant fruits and antioxidant drinks

Nutritious food and supplements

Ensure sufficient intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrient from food and supplements.

Convenient supplements that fight infections well with antibacterial, antiviral or antiseptic properties or that increase your immune system such as aloe vera, bee products, garlic, echinacea, antioxidant fruit or fruit juices and certain herbal teas or green tea.

A short term high dose or higher dose of Vitamin C might be helpful.

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Home remedies for flu

Herbs

Thyme

remedy for fluBefore modern antibiotics, thyme was used to medicate bandages.

Ingesting thyme stimulates the digestive system and serves as an intestinal antiseptic.

Treatment of respiratory infections. An excellent pulmonary disinfectant, thyme is useful for flu, sore throats, asthma, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, whooping cough, and bronchitis, nose, throat, and chest infections.

As an expectorant and to increase mucus secretions to relieve dry coughs. Treating chronic infections that linger in the sinuses.

Regaining strength after illness, help insomnia as its effects are balancing. It revives, strengthens, and balances both mind and body.

The essential oil of thyme is antibacterial, acting on the bacteria's enzymes, long been used in soapy solutions for disinfecting hands before surgery, being a stronger antiseptic than most used in hospitals. 

Echinacea

echinacea

Echinacea is said to help boost the immune system, and in shortening the duration of the flu.

Echinacea should not be given to children under 12 years old.

Echinacea should not be taken more than 14 days consecutively.

Some believe that echinacea helps prevent flu.

 

Sage

 sage herb

Sage herb is good expectorant and helps get rid of mucus.

Sage is also available as an extract.  

 

 

 

 

 

Oregano

oregano benefits

Oregano herb is often used in pasta and spaghetti. 

Oregano has an active anti-microbial agent, with multiple uses, including used for many centuries to speed up flu recovery.

Works well to minimise or stop running nose.  

 

Basil

 holy basilThe leaves of basil (tulsi) are specific for many fevers. 

Tender leaves, boiled with tea, may help reduce fevers.

In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

The juice of basil leaves can also be used to bring down fever.

Extract of basil leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours.

As an alternative cough syrups and expectorants, mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat or used as a gargle.

A decoction (concentrate, boil down) of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for respiratory disorder such as bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold.

A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza.

They should be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is left.

Garlic benefits

Garlic benefits are known for centuries and are among the top home remedies for flu. Health benefits of garlic are many, it is a naturally anti-microbial that helps kills bacteria, virus, and fungi, and help improve the immune system, and speed up recovery.

Garlic is available as whole, clove of garlic, garlic powder, garlic spread, garlic oil benefits in the form of garlic supplement.

Benefits of Ginger

A well known home remedy for flu, health benefits of ginger include easing flu symptoms and as it minimise nausea, soothes stomach upsets, muscle aches and helps relieve inflammation.

Ginger chicken recipe and ginger tea recipe are great ways to add ginger.

Mushroom 

Especially reishi, shiitake and maitake, which contains beta glucans, a naturally occurring polysaccharides with immune enhancing properties, that enhances macrophages and natural killer cell function, and the killing of microbial invaders.

Salt water gargle

A well known flu remedy, salt water gargle helps soothe sore throat, keeps the throat moist, clears up invading pathogens. If possible, use sea salt.

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dissolved in an 8 ounce (a cup) of glass of warm water around 4 times a day can relieve a sore or scratchy throat. Salt acts as a mild antiseptic and clear phlegm.

Plenty of fluids

This is the time to drink lots of fluids such as water, tea, juices and beverages. Especially if symptoms include watery running nose, as lots of fluids are lost and our body needs replenishment.

Water

Water loosen mucus and prevents dehydration. Cold fluids can lower fever. Chinese practices discourages consuming cold or ice water during flu, whereas western views may suggest fruit or vegetable frozen pops or slushy drinks to hydrate and reduce fever.

Tea

home remedies for flu

Chamomile has calming properties, will help promote sleep. Peppermint helps with nose congestion. Teas like green tea, oolong tea, or black tea or pur-er are high in anti-oxidant which boost the immune system.

A good old tea remedy would be hot tea, with honey, lemon and grated or pounded ginger with its juices, helps soothes the throat when coughing or having sore throat.

Fresh or dried thyme has many medicinal uses, can be added to the honey lemon ginger tea above Thyme makes an excellent chest cold remedy. It relax the lungs and promotes expectoration of mucus.

Ginger help fight inflammation, and lemon is high in vitamin C and soothes the throat. Ginger and lemon also helps improve the immune system. Salt can be added too.

Honey, as with most bee products boost the immune system. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial.

Licorice tea soothes a sore throat.

Vegetable Juices

Many vegetables are packed with beneficial nutrient and anti-oxidants.  Flu may induce lack of appetite, Vegetable juices provide an easy way to intake nourishment. Do look out for sodium content of certain packed juices, such as certain tomato juices which may have higher sodium.

Fruit Juices

Fruit juices especially citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, tangerine and lemon, elderberry are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost immunity. A stronger immunity speeds up recovery. Too much sugar suppresses immunity, so opt for "no sugar added juices".

Vegetable soup

Cabbage soup are great expectorant to expel phlegm. It is also high in anti-oxidants that helps boost the immune system.

Other vegetable soups might be beneficial in some ways as well.

Meal replacement Drinks

Meal replacement drinks are great as they can be temporary complete meals, especially when the throat is very sore or lack of appetite or nausea.  It is easy to swallow, yet giving nutrient, essential vitamins and calories.

Hot porridge

Hot porridge and porridge chicken soup is great during flu. It helps our body stay hydrated, is easy to swallow, soothes the throat, calms the sinus, the heat help break sweat, is nourishing and may help promote sleep.

Hot chicken or fish soup

home remedy for fluChicken and fish are easier to digest than red meat.

Hot chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that inhibits the immune cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response, may reduce sneezing and running nose.

The soup also speeds up the movement of mucus, hence helps relieve congestion.

Protein helps with cell growth, tissue repairs and energy production. The amino acids from protein takes longer to break down and provides a longer lasting form of energy than carbohydrates.

Add on vegetables, garlic, onion and herbs such as oregano or basil to boost your immunity.

Hot and spicy food

Hot and spicy food like various types of chillies and capsicum are rich in vitamin C and helps built immunity. Spicy food may help ease congestion. 

Turmeric is one of the common ingredients in curry powder. Turmeric has  natural anti-inflammatory properties which could help relieve congestion and sneezing. The effectiveness of turmeric is enhance when consume together with black powdered pepper.

Yogurt

yoghurt with antioxidant benefits

Probiotics, the good bacteria in yoghurt helps cure flu by enhancing the immune system. 

Especially when consuming antibiotics, as it kills both good and bad bacteria in the gut. 

Taking yoghurt helps increase back the biological equilibrium of good bacteria.

Lactobacillus seems the more effective species, at the least ensure label states "live and active cultures".

Plain yoghurt with actual fruits or unsweetened fruit jam, topped with honey or maple syrup is better than over the counter, else search for low sugar content.

 

Toast

Toast or cracker is easy to nimble, especially nice and soft when dipped in soup, easy to swallow when having sore throat.

Banana

Banana is nourishing, filling, soft, easy to eat and swallow, easy on the stomach.

 

Storage, preparation and cooking healthy food 

healthy eating habits

These and other foods and methods, good combinations, as well as some food preparation, cooking and storage will be dealt with in more detail in our eZine.

They are just as important to maintain and maximise the efficacy and effectiveness of the active ingredients in these beneficial food. 

 

good eating habits

Incorrect handling, storage, preparation or cooking health food, may reduce the effectiveness of the active ingredients.

Not properly handled, certain ones may even end up not so good for our health.

 

 

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The information contained above have not been evaluated by the FDA. Items, food or products discussed are not intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure or prevent a specific disease or class of diseases. You should consult your family physician if you are experiencing a medical problem. 

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Had a very bad and lengthy case of flu, cough, sore throat.  

Then, I tried the bee propolis and aloe vera suggested here, it worked so well and help me recovered so quickly, what a relief ! 

Unexpected bonus, no more constipation, turns out the aloe vera had so many healing properties and benefits.

Highly recommended.  

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