Even the Mountains Get the Flu
When you live on the outskirts and outside the city limits, it is even more important to be up to date on all of your health-related issues. I recently received a request from a reader regarding how to best care for yourself and others when you get the flu when living off the grid. What I have experienced since living so far out are less occurrences, but they still happen from time to time. I have made a list over the years for the best remedies you can get from home that can cure what ails you and help you to overcome the flu.
Staying at home and lying in bed isn’t fun, but that’s exactly what you are in for when the flu invades your body. With the combination of fever, body aches, nasal congestion, and chills, it is more than enough to make anyone feel their absolute worst. Fortunately, there are some flu remedies out there that actually work. In just a few days, you can be back to 100% as all symptoms are alleviated and you can get on with your normal life.
If you experience symptoms after a few weeks, then you should of course make an appointment to see your primary healthcare physician. And if you should happen to experience rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizzy spells, or other symptoms, you should seek out medical attention as quickly as possible. What many people forget is that there are remedies for the cold and flu that are literally sitting around your house.
Not only does it taste good, but chicken soup has been proven to heal what ails you when you are sick. Research has shown that chicken soup packed with vegetables can slow down the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells) that keep your body protected against infection.
The slower these neutrophils move, the more concentrated they remain in areas of your body that need them the most during the healing process. Studies have proven the power of chicken soup to reduce infections of the upper respiratory tract, while the sodium content in soup is packed with nutritional value and keeps your body hydrated. No matter what your health condition is, chicken soup is always a healthy option to consider.
Ginger has been used for its curative powers for centuries, and now there is scientific proof to back up the claims of many of this root as a natural healer. You only need a few slices of ginger root in hot water to soothe a sore throat or a cough. Studies have also shown that ginger root can keep influenza at bay as well. One study even discovered that ingesting just one gram of ginger can reduce clinical nausea.
Honey possesses several antimicrobial and antibacterial properties – drinking tea with honey and lemon is a great remedy for a sore throat and studies suggest that honey acts as an effective cough suppressant as well. Children that receive up to 10 grams of honey right before bedtime can reduce the symptoms of coughing and sleep more soundly. For those children that are under the age of 1 year old, honey is not advised.
The compound allicin has several antimicrobial properties, and as an additive in garlic, it can help reduce cold symptoms. It should be supplemented to your diet to avoid getting sick and to increase your body’s cold-fighting abilities. At the end of the day, adding a bit of garlic to your diet is easy to do.