What is it?
Flu is caused by a virus. If you catch flu you’ll probably feel very ill with a headache, fever, chills, and aches. But most people get better without needing any treatment. Flu is an infection of your airways. It’s caused by an influenza virus. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but just a lot more severe. Flu is most common in the late autumn, winter, and early spring.
What are the symptoms?
If you have flu you may get a fever (about 38°C to 40°C), chills, a dry cough, muscle aches, a headache, and a sore throat. You will probably also feel generally unwell and very tired. Flu can make you feel terrible for a few days, but it isn’t usually serious. But you should see a doctor if you get flu if and you are: • an older person • pregnant, or • you have a long-term medical condition, such as heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
- Light, easy-to-digest foods: Include soups with bone broth, cooked vegetables or herbal teas to help with digestion. Don’t force yourself to eat.
- Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Fluid helps your body to flush bacteria and viruses from your system.
- Hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon: Honey and cinnamon helps prevent mucus buildup and keeps you hydrated.
- Make a ginger tea and add raw honey.
- Both of these vegetable help boost immune function.
- Since you are contagious with the flu from a day before symptoms start until 5 to 7 days after you get sick, it’s important to be aware of who you come into contact with.
- Stay away from sugary drinks like soda or sports drinks, and put down the pint of ice cream.
- Stay away from diuretics like caffeinated coffee, which can contribute to dehydration.
- Put down the hot toddy. Alcohol is a diuretic just like caffeine, and you don’t want to play with dehydration when you have the flu.
- Highly fatty foods — processed meat, stuff that contains vegetable oil or trans fats, and so on — can cause inflammation and suppress your immune system.
Things to watch out for
You should also see a doctor if you feel very ill, have difficulty breathing, or are ill for more than a few days. If you have young children and you think they might have flu, you should take them to see a doctor.