how to fight the flu

writer: ona rihu
Picture: ona rihu

The temperatures are dropping and it seems like everyone around you is sick - what to do? Even if your throat feels dry and your nose is runny, there’s still a way to turn it around.
I’m one of those people who get sick very easily when exposed to temperature changes, stress and even an AC that’s set for a colder air temperature. But with these methods i’m about to share with you I almost always turn it around and recover before the flu even gets started. Note that I’m by no means an expert, I am simply sharing what works for me!

Prevention

You’ve probably heard this all before but it’s still very important to remember. 8+ hours of sleep, a balanced plant-based diet and excersize keeps your immune system strong and healthy. During the colder months it’s especially important to make sure your food is nutritious, and avoid inflammatory foods such as dairy, red meats and sugar.

vitamins

Vitamin C, D, B12 and zinc are my go-to’s when I feel like I’m coming down with something. Fresh juices are a great way of getting in vitamins naturally. Carrot, orange and ginger is one of my favorite combinations. Also a green juice with made with spinach, lemon and herbs can be great for your iron levels!

Extracts

I’ve been using Echinacea to treat my starting flu’s for a few years now. It’s my absolute favorite since I’ve seen it work a million times. I’ve recommended this to probably a zillion people and a few of my friends are now equally obsessed with it. Note, Echinacea is best used temporarily for short periods of time so your body doesn’t become immune to it.
Common yarrow is a new friend of mi ne, another potion that has really helped with my energy levels. Test a few different ones and find your favorite!

Mindset

Everyone knows that the mind and body work together, in symbiosis. It’s equally important to take care of your mental wellbeing, as your physical wellbeing. If you’re feeling stressed, tired or depressed it makes you more likely to get sick. So take care of yourself. Meditate, write a journal or just go outside and feel the nature. Find ways to ground yourself and remember to stop and be in the moment. If you’re already sick, try a gentle visualization of your cells working together, fighting the inflammation in your body. Or listen to some uplifting music and write down things you’re grateful for. Just get those endorphins flowing and you’re guaranteed to feel better.