The photo text I received from my sister Cindy was one of her oldest daughter, athletic basketball player laying on an exam table in sweats… it’s the flu, pray, this is a BIG week!
As most of you know if you have read this blog for any time, I don’t get the flu shot. (see previous post from 2013) I fought not to for many reasons, but suffice it to say as a medical professional my stance is not popular. Having said that I am sure that most of you have heard the reports, or felt the pain of taking a flu shot only to get the flu.
‘Tis the season. We are closed in, less time outdoors, “sharing” a little too much personal space and wearing ourselves out with to do list. It could happen to any of us, BUT there is hope.
It’s been awhile since I had the flu… honestly I dig bag into my memory and I think it was before I even started hiding the gray hairs, that I spent a Christmas in a semi zombie state of fog. I know it is quite unpleasant though, and you want it over quick, which for most means they will go to the doc, praying for a pill, shot, antibiotic or something to zip them back into life in the fast lane.
YOUR body is calling a halt, time out, bench sitting for a quarter or two. It’s begging you for some basics, and not a band-aid. YOUR body knows how to heal itself, and yes there are things you can do that will help those aches, pains, fever and nausea. SLEEP, yep, find that comfy blanket, favorite pillow and watch all the Christmas movies in between naps. Plenty of water, not ice water, warm water with lemon and maybe ginger for the queasy stomach.Lemon has Vitamin C and warmed on the stove instead of “nuked” keeps you from killing all the benefits. If you get organic, eat some of the inner peel, or let it soak in the water, this contains quercetin, CoQ10 and hesperdin bioflavoinoids, which are all better than any expensive store-bought vitamin. Adding organic raw honey is also like adding in extra fighters, dark honey has many trace minerals that help fight, and build the immune system.
Raw veggies are best, but may not be tolerated, so if you can juice ‘em up!
SOUP! not from a can, come on a good veggie broth with onions and garlic, maybe a kick of cayenne (all natural antibiotics and more powerful than the drugs) Check out my post for Flu Shot October 2013!
This soup will build you up, warm you up and just plain taste good! Don’t forget ginger for its benefit if your stomach is the least bit queasy. Slicing up a few strips of fresh ginger, brewing up your own tea an adding organic honey can give you a boost.
There are some over the counter, homeopathic remedies (some I have used with great results) that I would also suggest to move through this easier, and hopefully quicker. Oscilococcinum, Sambucol (elderberry, which is anti-viral), Emer’gen-C, high dose of Vitamin C, which of course the body likes! Herbal teas, I can’t say enough about good teas. I like the brand Traditional Medicine. I buy their Seasonal pack that has Echinacea, Throat Coat, Breathe easy (peppermint tea) and Gypsy Cold Care. At the slightest bit of feeling off, I start drinking the tea!
I mentioned sleep, another often over looked flu fighter (really any illness fighter) to healing and surviving the flu… attitude. Thinking positive. I have been in healthcare long enough to know that attitude, is a game changer. Yes you feel miserable, and if you focus only on feeling miserable, that’s all you have. Think this way…I know I am miserable now, but this too will pass, so I’ll just sleep it off, drink like crazy (all the things above) and soon I will be back in the saddle.
Listening to your body and not pushing it beyond its limits is key. We have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” the bodies knows what it needs. At the first sign of a sniffle, cough, or even because we know it ’tis the season, implement your plan of attack. I start my day with a warm cup of lemon water, and in the winter I add the cayenne. I also up my game on tea in the winter with good local honey added. I make up a batch of “Flu soup.”