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Flu Prevention Overview


While ailments such as the flu and the common cold are not usually life-threatening, they can instantly provide a disappointment for your weekend plans and make you feel as though Death itself wouldn't even touch you. Furthermore, because these viruses are so contagious, you'll want to do everything you can to avoid them so that it doesn't just float from one person to the next and return to you.

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In addition, the bird flu is another virus that has become a concern. This potentially deadly sickness hasn't reached the United States... yet, but it's important to know all the facts so that you can help prevent any kind of flu virus from spreading.


Symptoms of The Flu

Fever, shivering, chills, malaise, dry cough, loss of appetite, and body aches. A runny nose or stuffy nose does not always occur with flu whereas it usually does for a common cold. These symptoms are similar to the body's general method of reacting to a serious infection and are called ""flu-like" simply because the flu is the most common of such infections.

Preventing the Flu

One way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
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Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.


  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat nutritious food

Treating the Flu

Regrettably, once you have the flu, you'll just have to take the age-old advice mothers all over the country have been teaching. Drink lots of fluid and get plenty of rest. Warm liquids, such as chicken soup, can be very soothing to the throat.

Many people who have combined western medicine with the benefits of all natural medicine have experienced positive results. People spend billions of dollars every year trying to fight off the misery of the common cold.


All Natural Remedies

One supposed symptom breaker is a simple clove of garlic. Online supporters say to take a large clove, peel and keep it in your mouth. Bite down every so-often to release the natural juices. Replace with a new clove every four or five hours. Your cold symptoms are reported to be to gone in twenty four, to forty eight hours.
Other recommended fusions include

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  • Hot Orange & Ginger water
  • Hot Lemon water
  • Drinking cayenne tea
  • Using Eucalyptus oil in a vaporizer

Echinacea
Taken at the first sign of symptoms, Echinacea can reduce a cold's intensity and duration, often even preventing it from becoming a full-fledged infection.

Goldenseal
Goldenseal helps clear mucus from the throat. It also contains the natural antibiotic berberine, which can help prevent bacterial infections that often follow colds.

Kombucha
Drink 1 bottle of Kombucha in the morning and one at night to reduce the flu's duration Learn what Kombucha is and how it is used»»

Herbal Fever Remedy

1 ounce dried Elder Flowers
1 ounce dried Peppermint Leaves
1/2 pint distilled water

Mix the herbs. Place in a quart saucepan. Pour 1/2 pints of distilled boiling water over it. Cover and allow to steep in a hot place for 10 to 15 minutes (do not boil). When ready, strain into another saucepan. Sweeten with honey if desired.

Children's Herbal Formula

2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon echinacea root
1/2 teaspoon licorice root and
1/2 teaspoon barberry bark (or Oregon grape root)

Place water and herbs in a saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and steep for about 20 minutes. Strain out herbs. For a child weighing appx 50 lbs, give 1 cup of tea or half a dropperful (30 drops) of tincture daily. To improve the flavor, the tea can be mixed with an equal amount of juice. In fact, homemade apple and grape juice, unlike bottled juices, contain strong antiviral agents that fight colds and flu.

Other Helpful Information

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibrupofen (Advil) work well for fever and muscle aches. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin with a fever, as it could lead to Ryes syndrome, a dangerous and often fatal illness. Over the counter decongestants, expectorants and cough suppressants can often ease symptoms and make the flu easier to live with while you wait for it to pass through your system.

Your health care provider may be able to prescribe one of the recently available flu drugs that are said to lessen the length of your illness. These medicines are generally most effective if taken early. However, for some people the flu shot may bring on a case of the flu. I've been told this is rare but it should be noted that has happened. A few years ago, I received a flu shot while being 100% healthy. Within 24 hours, I developed a fever of 102 and was sick for two weeks. Since than I haven't gotten a flue shot and treat most of my colds and the flu naturally. On average, the natural preventions and remedies have proved to be just as effective as pills and shots. If the natural remedies do not help, I than go to the doctor for antibiotics type medication.

I do not endorse not getting the flu shot; I endorse information in making a decision that is best for each person.

(NOTE: This is NOT advice or counsel from a certified and medical expert or naturopathic. All information was found online or is from my personal experience and a doctor/naturopathic should be consulted for all medical questions and concerns.)

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