Late winter and early spring is prime flu season, thanks to the shifting weather patterns and drastically changing temperatures. It’s tough to avoid flus completely, no matter how careful you are. Thankfully, we’ve found a few simple and effective ways that you can kick your flu as quickly as possible without the need for medication:
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is one of the best remedies to help you kick your flu. Not only can the warm fluid help to clear out your upper respiratory airways, but the high-antioxidant green tea will deliver a hefty dose of flu-fighting catechins and polyphenols. With a little bit of honey to sweeten the tea, you can soothe an aching throat or relieve serious coughs.
Dose Up on Electrolytes
One of the most important things to do when dealing with a flu is to drink as much liquid as possible. Fluid gives your body a better chance of eliminating the virus that is causing your flu. Electrolytes can help to keep you hydrated, and they may even be a good option if your flu is accompanied by nausea. The potassium and sodium in the electrolytes will keep your body working well and fighting the infection. Plus, you’ll get more calories for energy!
Eat Chicken Noodle Soup
Did you know that chicken broth (made from chicken meat and bones) contains a hefty dose of flu-fighting nutrients? Not only do you get zinc, sodium, and protein, but there is a special nutrient that enables your body to produce more white blood cells to fight off infection. The steam and heat of the soup can help to clear out your upper airways. If you make it with plenty of garlic, ginger, and onions, you’ll give your body the aromatic immune boost it needs!
Eat Bright Foods
The brighter the color of your fruits and veggies, the more antioxidants they contain. Blueberries, yellow and red bell peppers, oranges, and strawberries are all loaded with flu-fighting Vitamin C, along with other important antioxidants that will work with your immune system to kick your flu faster. All fruits and vegetables will be a good option when you’re feeling a bit sickly.
Try Legume Stew
There’s nothing like a nice hot bowl of soup to help you feel better after a day or two spend huddled under a blanket sneezing and sniffling. Soup will loosen up the phlegm, mucus, and snot in your respiratory tract, making it easier for you to expel. Protein-rich legume stews and soups—made with beans, lentils, chickpeas, and split peas—will do wonders to fortify your body and give it what it needs to fight off the flu.
Beef may be the last thing you want to eat when you’re feeling sickly, but it’s an amazing source of the mineral zinc. Zinc is one of the most effective immune-boosting nutrients around, and it will do wonders to fortify your body to fight off the infection. Zinc can help to reduce the duration of your cold or flu, helping you to get back on your feet faster.
Chug Orange Juice
Orange juice is one of the most common flu remedies, and one of the most effective. It contains a hefty dose of flu-fighting Vitamin C, and it’s loaded with other antioxidants that can strengthen your immune system. It’s also rich in calories, potassium, and sodium, so it will replenish lost nutrients. A cup or two of orange juice per day—diluted with water to make it easier on your digestive system—will go a long way towards helping you to recover more quickly.