A Natural Approach To Health
Living With the Flu
I had a question the other day about the flu.
Influenza, commonly shortened to “flu”, is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus.
Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring.
The flu virus attacks your body by spreading through your respiratory tract.
The flu brings coughing, headache, and chest discomfort.
With the flu you are also likely to run a high fever for several days and have headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and weakness.
Complications from a severe case of flu can lead to an illness like pneumonia.
New strains of flu evolve every few years.
Since flu is viral, antibiotics can’t beat it.
“Stomach flu” is a popular term, but not a true medical diagnosis.
It’s common to mistake gastroenteritis, which is what stomach flu is, for the viral infection we commonly call “flu”.
Gastroenteritis refers to inflammation of your stomach and intestines.
With gastroenteritis, you may have symptoms like abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Symptoms of flu are similar to a cold except flu symptoms are much worse with fatigue, fever, headache, and respiratory congestion.
Flu symptoms come on so suddenly you may know the exact time you first came down with flu.
The flu virus is spread from person to person through respiratory secretions and typically goes through large groups of people who spend time in close contact, like in daycare facilities, school classrooms, college dormitories, military barracks, offices, and nursing homes.
Flu is spread when you inhale droplets in the air containing the flu virus, make direct contact with respiratory secretions through sharing drinks or utensils, or handle things contaminated by an infected person.
The flu virus on your skin can infect you when you touch or rub your eyes, nose, or mouth.
That’s why frequent and thorough hand washing is the main way to limit the spread of influenza.
Flu symptoms start to develop from 1-4 days after infection with the virus.
While anyone can get flu, infants, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and HIV are at highest risk for flu complications.
To prevent the flu, it’s beneficial to:
*Wash your hands with warm water and soap every time you shake hands or touch a surface that might be germ-covered.
*Use disinfectant wipes to clean any surfaces you’re about to touch.
*Take extra care to not touch your mouth, eyes, or nose without washing your hands first.
If you have the flu, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink plenty of water, with Performance, to remain hydrated and flush toxins.
*Explore the use of Tea Tree Oil and Oil of Oregano.
*Increase essential oils (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Look into complimentary alternatives (homeopathy, castor oil packs, herbs).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Investigate possible triggers/sensitivities.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
*Avoid dairy, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, smoking.
*Eliminate all refined sugar products (it “turns off” the immune system).
*Become educated regarding all views and possible side effects of any vaccinations or flu shots.
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