There is an old Polish saying: “An untreated cold lasts 7 days. Treated lasts only 1 week.”
If you had a cold before, you know that is about right! However, these 7 days (or 1 week, depending which one you go with) can differ greatly in the way you feel, and that depends on how do you support your body during that time.
You can do nothing and feel miserable, or you can help your body to get over the flu by providing the right support.
My 8 Steps to Get Over The Flu:
- Slow cooked chicken soup.
Being polish I grew up with chicken soup almost continually simmering on the stove. According to my Mum, all my grandmas and aunties, there was nothing chicken soup couldn’t rectify. Cold or flu? Chicken soup! Run down? Here is some chicken soup! Broken heart? Have some chicken soup darlin’…
These women knew something! Make no bones about it; slowly cooked chicken soup is unbelievably nutritious and therapeutic. It’s choc a block packed with immune-boosting minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon and sulphur. What’s more, it delivers these nutrients in a form that’s super easy for a sick body to absorb. Chicken is especially rich in carnosine. Studies suggest that this compound helps reduce that stuffy, congested feeling in your nose and throat. Carnosine minimises inflammation in the upper respiratory tract by stopping the migration of white blood cells. Just grab the best quality chicken you can get your hands on (preferably organic). Boil in a big pot on slow heat with enough water to cover it together with onions, parsnip, turnip, carrots, celery, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Hot Ginger and Honey Tea.
Just remember this recipe while shivering next time you have the flu. You’ll be thanking me for it! All ingredients were put together due to their therapeutic properties. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties. Lemon juice is full of vitamin C. Honey has antimicrobial properties, and has been shown to be more effective in soothing a cough than the active ingredient in most cough syrups. Clove has anaesthetic properties, so it may be helpful to soothe your sore throat. Plus it’s good for your cough, as it acts as an expectorant. The cayenne pepper (if you’re game!) can help clear out your sinuses and the headache. How to: grab a piece of fresh ginger, the size of half of your thumb. Slice into thin slices and cover with hot (but not boiling anymore) water. Add 1-2 cloves. Let stip for a few minutes. Now add juice from half a lemon, teaspoon or two of good quality honey (Manuka, if you have!) and pinch of cayenne pepper, if using. Mix well and drink while it’s warm.
- Extra Vit C.
Vitamin C is absolutely crucial when trying to get over flu. It is a potent antioxidant with a powerful action on our white cells (they are the cells that make up the majority of the immune system). It helps them to combat infection and stay alert. Take 1,000 milligrams of Vit C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to 4,000 milligrams (1,000milligrams 4 times daily) when you are experiencing symptoms. If you are well enough to eat, have lots of oranges, kiwis, pawpaw (papaya), passionfruit or red capsicum.
- Garlic, Garlic, Garlic.
While sick, make garlic your best friend because no one else will come close to you anyway! Garlic is a triple threat against infections, having antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties! But here is the hunch: it needs to be raw! Smash one or two garlic cloves and either has it on its own or put it between two slices of an apple (like a little, mini sandwich) and eat every 3-4 hours.
5. Get some herbal support.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to support the immune system during cold or flu. The best are Echinacea, Elderberry, and Olive Leaf. There are some really good herbal supplements, visit your local health shop and ask for a formula that includes them.
Studies showed that zinc blocks the entry of cold viruses into the respiratory tract and also blocks their adherence to human cells. In addition, zinc inhibits the replication of cold viruses.
The beneficial microbiota in your digestive tract boosts your immune system immensely! Have a good, potent probiotic supplement with a wide range of probiotic strain (especially the Bacillus bacteria) daily.
Just do it. It’s self-explanatory and you know it as well as I do. Your body will recover much quicker if you take it slowly and sleep it off!