Updated: Feb 24
I hate the cold & Flu Season,
How many times have you been sick? The kids? The Husband? Pretty much everyone in your household is sick with the flu or a cold. Now What? This season fight back with some great prevention tips! Flu season typically begins in October, peaks between December and February and lasts well into March although activity can last as late as May. Every season, flu sickens millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands and kills an estimated tens of thousands, according to the CDC. Last year, the CDC estimated there were between 36,400 and 61,200 flu-related deaths in the U.S. During the 2017-2018 season, the CDC estimated there were 61,000 flu-related U.S. deaths. Look at those numbers! Are you worried yet? Check out my top 7 Immune boosting flu fighting remedies!!!
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses. Lemon (and lime) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to stay well, build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing if you do succumb.
All berries have antioxidants that are powerful in fighting the flu. However, blueberries have antioxidants in higher concentrations than other berries. Make sure to stock up on fresh blueberries if possible. If you're sick during winter months, you can substitute frozen blueberries. Frozen blueberries are also great for soothing a sore throat.
3. Cayenne Pepper
The element in cayenne that gives it that fiery flavor—capsaicin—is a great natural decongestant. Kill two birds with one stone and combine cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and honey in a cup of hot water. Drink daily until your cold subsides. The best Medicine ever!
Oscillococcinum has secured a slot as one of the top over-the-counter supplements used to treat and reduce symptoms of the flu. Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation made from an ingredient extracted from the heart and liver of a certain kind of duck.(Not for Vegans) It’s believed to help treat symptoms of the flu.
5. Olive Leaf Extract
The bioactive phytochemicals in olive leaf extract, especially oleuropein, are said to enhance the immune system in multiple ways. Firstly, they may improve immune function by attacking the flu virus once symptoms are present. Additionally, the replication of viruses responsible for the common cold and flu may be interfered with by the bioactive phytochemicals in olive leaf extract. However, although there is some laboratory evidence for these effects, clinical evidence in humans is inconclusive.
Olive leaf can be taken as a liquid concentrate, dried leaf tea, powder, or capsule. The leaf extracts can be taken in powder, liquid concentrate, or capsule form.
6. Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; if you do develop a sore or scratchy throat, honey will soothe and help heal. Use it in your tea, coffee, plain hot water or by itself. If you are suffering from a sore throat, manuka honey may help provide some relief.Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can reduce inflammation and attack the bacteria that cause pain.
Garlic may be known to ward off vampires, but it can also ward off colds and flu. Garlic contains the immune-boosting compound allicin, also know to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Chop or crush 1-2 gloves of fresh garlic and “steep” them in hot water; then, drink it like a tea. This helps preventing further spread of the virus.