Natural Ways To Help Prevent and Treat the Flu.

The flu has made national headlines because of the severity of a certain strain called H1N1 or Swine Flu. However, in the midst of this severe outbreak the regular flu virus is just as much of a threat and precautions should be taken.

What is the Flu Virus?

The flu is caused by the influenza virus and is highly contagious. It can cause severe cold like symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose and a high fever. The main difference between a cold and the flu virus is the fact that the flu cause severe fever and body aches and can quickly escalate into a life threatening illness. .

Protecting Yourself

  • Hand Washing ? We all learned this lesson as children and it is perhaps the best way to ward off germ causing illnesses and help reduce the risk of contracting the flu. To properly wash your hands they must be washed using plenty of soap and by vigorously washing them for at least 20 seconds under warm to hot water to properly rid them of germs.
  • Vitamins ? Take your vitamins! This is something we all have heard from our parents, teachers and doctors and how very true it is. Vitamin C is a natural immune booster that not only protects the body it can help relieve the symptoms of cols and flu. A good multivitamin is a great way to get your daily requirement.
  • Nutrition ? A diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables can help boost the body's natural defense system. Protein also helps in increasing immune defense, so eating lean protein such as chicken, egg whites and turkey are a great way to achieve maximum benefits. 
  • Rest ? Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on the body. When the body doesn?'t receive adequate rest it can become more susceptible to illness because the immune system becomes suppressed. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to give the body time to regenerate.


Natural Flu Remedies

If you are looking for herbal products to help ward off or treat flu symptoms you have a myriad of supplements and natural products available to you on the market today.

  • Echinacea ? Known for warding off virus's and infection, this herb can be taken in tea-form or by supplement.
  • Elderberry Extract ? This natural anti-inflammatory is rich with antioxidants that have been tested to reduce severe flu symptoms such as body aches and pains.
  • Garlic ? This smelly little guy is known to help prevent colds and the flu. It is a natural immune booster and is known to have antibacterial properties.
  • Green Tea ? Rich in antioxidants, green tea can help reduce getting the cold and flu by 23%.

The key to protecting yourself is proper nutrition and rest. Taking the necessary precautions and boosting your body's natural defense can insure you remain sickness free this season.

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