My name is Lynnette. I am a mother to two great kids, a wife and lover of all things healthy. I believe balance is the key to a happy, healthy life! Some of my favorite things in life are my family, books...I could read all day, yoga, and green drinks!!! I forgot to add coffee to that list...all things in moderation, right?
So, for the first time in my life I got the dreaded flu. I always wondered what the big fuss was about. I just thought my doctor liked harassing me every year about getting a flu shot. Since I rarely get sick I always turn him down. Well, this was the year I finally got it and it was pretty bad. Now I know what the big fuss is about! It felt like someone took a baseball bat to my entire body. I wasn’t the only one who got it….the whole family took turns. So, after 3 weeks of being tortured by the flu, we are working on helping our immune systems to recover. For the most part, I try to do things as natural as possible, so here are a few things we did to help with the symptoms and the aftermath.
First off, we rested and I mean we rested. My husband got it first. After lying in bed for three days he started to feel better. Then it was my turn. It took me longer to recover. I did not leave the house for 7 days straight, except to take the kids to school. I could barely stand up. My body was telling me to lie down and rest, so I did. As soon as I started feeling better the kids got it. This is the most we have ever laid around, but by listening to our bodies, we probably shortened the duration by 3 or 4 days. Rest is so important when you are fighting off illness. Honor your body by giving it what it needs, especially in times of sickness.
Because we all had fevers, I knew we needed to stay hydrated. Besides water and coconut water, I made a pitcher of warm lemon-honey water. I got this awesome recipe last year from FitPiglet:
- 2 sliced lemons
- 3 tbsp. of honey
- 4 cups of water
DIRECTIONS: - Boil the water. Put the sliced lemons and honey in a glass pitcher. Pour the boiling water over the lemons and honey and let sit for 10 minutes. You can always add more water, lemons, or honey. I usually add more lemons and honey. You could also add ginger which helps fight infections and eases muscle tension.
Honey has high antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and really helped to soothe our throats. Try to use raw, local honey if you can. I love lemons and have found that they are so good for so many things. The lemon helped boost our vitamin C levels, which helps to strengthen immune function.
I don’t like using medicine and really try to avoid it when I can. I gave the kids Elderberry syrup instead of traditional cough syrup. Elderberry has been shown to prevent and treat upper respiratory infections. We ended up using ibuprofen to help with the body aches and fever. Because the ibuprofen can aggravate the stomach lining and actually reduce your immune function, I added a probiotic supplement to our smoothies. Make sure you use a good quality probiotic with at least 50 billion microorganisms.
We did not have an appetite, so as far as nutrition I concentrated on juicing and smoothies. They are easy to make and easy on digestion. You can also sneak a lot of healthy goodness into them. Green leafy vegetables have a lot of beta carotene that converts to vitamin A and helps with immune function and fruit offers a high level of healing antioxidants. Because protein helps the body to recover faster, I also added a rice protein powder and hemp seeds.
Even though we are pretty much back to ourselves, I have continued all the natural remedies, to ensure that our immune systems are fully functioning again. Although, I would still say no to the flu shot, I will definitely make sure that I pump up our immune systems BEFORE next flu season.
I would love to hear how you avoid getting the dreaded flu or how you handle the symptoms once you get it. WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH THIS FLU SEASON!
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