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
Some of these flu remedy have been used for centuries.
Flu remedy with supplements or food
A good flu remedy, among the many aloe vera benefits
A natural antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic,
helps to prevent flu, healing, speeds up recovery of
Aloe 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
A natural detoxifier, helps cleans and protect the body from
Boost your immune system, as Polusaccharides have immuno-stimulant
Stimulate wound healing and hydrate the body, help soothes and heal sore
Rich in anti-oxidants and highly
nutritious, containing more than 200
Contains Lignins, a strong penetration agent, delivers nutrients to hard to
reach tissues, and nourish friendly bacteria.
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
Anthraquinone Complex has pain killing properties, stimulate wound
Reduces joint pain.
Essential vitamins - A, B complex (B1,B2, B3, B6), C, D,
Rich in enzymes that helps maintain a healthy digestive system and is needed in
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.
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 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
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
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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
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
A natural antibiotic, improve body's resistence against infections,
speed recovery. Contains 22 amino acids, B Complex
Bee propolis is one of the best and most
effective cough remedy and remedy for sore
Suck on the bee propolis tablet several times a
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Royal jelly benefits
Royal jelly is derived from pharyngeal glands of the honey
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
Royal jelly improve the body's immune
system, which helps speed up flu recovery, good to be taken throughout the
Honey, as with most bee products
boost the immune system. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial.
honey is usually opaque not transparent or translucent, still containing natural royal jelly and pollen,
so is nutrient packed.
is healing and soothing for the throat, a good cough remedy and remedy for sore
Special Precautions & Warnings on Bee
Bee pollen can cause liver damage and allergic reactions including
itching, swelling, problems with breathing, dizziness and death in people allergic to
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 below one and half years old should not consume bee
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
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
Anti-oxidant fruits and antioxidant drinks
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
food and supplements
Ensure sufficient intake of
vitamins, minerals and other nutrient from food and supplements.
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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Before modern antibiotics, thyme was used to medicate
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
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 herb is good expectorant and helps get rid of mucus.
Sage is also available as an extract.
Oregano herb is often used in pasta and
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
The leaves of basil (tulsi) are specific for many
leaves, boiled with tea, may help reduce fevers.
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
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
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 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
Garlic is available as whole, clove of garlic,
garlic powder, garlic spread, garlic oil benefits in the form of garlic supplement.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
or fish soup
Chicken and fish are easier to digest than red
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.
vegetables, garlic, onion and herbs such as oregano or basil to
boost your immunity.
Hot and spicy
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.
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 or cracker is easy to nimble,
especially nice and soft when dipped in soup, easy to swallow when having sore throat.
Banana is nourishing, filling, soft, easy to eat
and swallow, easy on the stomach.
Storage, preparation and cooking healthy
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
They are just as important to maintain and maximise the efficacy
and effectiveness of the active ingredients in these beneficial food.
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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By Chris Chew.