Overview of the Viral Infection
Scientific name of flu is influenza. This viral disease is an infection which affects the upper organs (nasal cavity, throat, air pipe) of respiratory system. Symptoms of influenza include sore throat, dry cough, chills, nausea, fever, loss of appetite and vomiting. It is very contagious as it is a viral infection caused by airborne virus, therefore, influenza easily spreads from one person to another. It often lasts for 7 days.
Doctor conventionally recommend intake of fluids and bed rest for the treatment of influenza. But one must look forward to ultimate prevention and protection against flu. The best solution is building up immunity against influenza virus so that if the virus attacks, your body is equipped with all weapons and strategies to destroy the virus. If you are already under attack by the virus then here are some really good tips and recommendations for you that will help you get better quickly.
Make garlic use your cooking habit
Garlic is not only good for the treatment of flu but is healthy in general. Nutritionists suggest using garlic in daily cooking. Fresh garlic could be added into things soups, entrees or side dishes in either chopped or diced form. According to the university of Maryland Medical Center, your immune system will be boosted up this way. A chemical compound named allicin is found in garlic which has antiviral benefits and it aids the body to fight against influenza.
And if you are already sick, add some chicken noodles soup. Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians published a 2000 study, results of which show that a chicken soup made cooked in noodles show effect on the body which is anti-inflammatory in nature and it minimizes the swelling present in upper respiratory track.
Use of traditional Chinese medicine
According to University of Maryland Medical Center, a herb is found in eastern and northern regions of China which boosts immune system and immune system, in turn, destroy the virus. That herb is named as astragalus. Try taking it as a supplement. It also works against toxins which effect lever. In this way lever cleans the blood stream and eradicates all those substances which impact immune system in a negative way. As astragalus, sometimes, counteract the drugs which suppress immune system, therefore, you should consult a doctor before taking this herb.
Excessive intake of Vitamin C
As this thing works and is famous for its effectiveness, therefore, a lot of people might have heard about it. Vitamin C improves the efficiency of immune system and the body remains protected against Influenza. Grapefruit, alfalfa, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, watercress and strawberries are vitamin C enriched foods and these should be taken quite often. According to David Williams, M.D, “At the first sign of illness, take 500 to 1,000 mg of vitamin C every waking hour. To avoid possible gastrointestinal upset, build up gradually by taking 500 mg every two hours on the first day and moving up to the higher dose on the second day.”
Use of Ginkgo Biloba
A study was published in 2013 in the Journal of Natural Medicine. Research according to this journal says that leaf extracts of ginkgo biloba possess substances which are anti-influenza virus in nature. Along with this, it also clears blood flow in circulatory system. When circulatory system is efficient, transportation of minerals and vitamins, necessary for the proper working of immune system, also becomes swift. This herb is found in China and could be taken for the kicking out of flu.
Annual Vaccination against Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccination every season. If someone is quite young than the determined age or too old, the dose of vaccination becomes double. Because people belonging to extreme ages are always prone to catch the worst form of influenza which sometimes lead to hospitalization and in severe circumstances, could even cause death. While people are often afraid of injections and long syringes, but keeping in view the side effects of flu, getting a shot every year is not a bad option.
Tell us about yourself!
How often you catch flu? What are your treatments of tackling influenza? Do you take precautionary measures to prevent influenza in the first place? How did you do that? Did you every try the things we have kept on our list? Are you looking forward to try the things we have recommended? Share your experience, thoughts, views and the queries in the below comment section!