5 Guaranteed Desi Totkay to combat flu effectively

Down with flu? Here are some time-tested remedies and quick herbal/desi fixes

1 – FLUID INTAKE

Drinking water and other fluids is even more important when you have the flu. This is true whether you have a respiratory flu or a stomach flu. Water helps to keep your nose, mouth, and throat moist. This helps your body get rid of built-up mucous and phlegm.

You can also get dehydrated if you aren’t eating or drinking normally. Diarrhoea and fever (two common symptoms of a flu), can also cause water loss.

You can stay hydrated by consuming plenty of:

  • water
  • coconut water
  • sports drinks
  • herbal tea
  • fresh juice
  • soup
  • broth
  • raw fruits and vegetables

You’ll know you’re drinking enough water and liquids if:

  • You have to urinate regularly
  • the colour of your urine is almost clear or pale yellow.

2 – DRINK WARM BROTH

Drinking warm chicken or beef bone broth is a good way to help you stay hydrated. It helps to loosen and break up nose and sinus congestion.

Bone broth is also naturally high in protein and minerals like sodium and potassium. Drinking broth is a good way to replenish these nutrients while you have the flu. Plus, protein is important for rebuilding immune cells.

3 – RINSE WITH SALT WATER

A warm water and salt rinse (sometimes called a salt water gargle) can soothe a sore throat. It can also help to clear mucous.

4 – Herbal Tea

You can make a flu-fighting herbal tea with star anise and other herbs like:

  • green or black tea
  • turmeric
  • fresh or dried ginger, or ginger paste
  • fresh garlic
  • cloves
  • Sweeten herbal teas with pure honey. Honey, royal jelly, and other bee products have been found to have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.

5 – HUMIDIFIER AND STEAM

These work like magic. Inhale steam and put a humidifier in your room. It will help unclog mucous and relieve fever and headache.

Avoid the following foods when down with flu.

  • milk
  • cheese
  • caffeine
  • meats
  • spicy foods
  • fried foods
  • fatty foods
  • alcohol
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