I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of people are dropping like flies this month from viruses and the flu. I asked on all of my social channels (the hive mind) about how best to prevent or get rid of the flu this season and I thought I’d put the most common answers here for our reference.
This is not medical advice. Always do your own research and check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking anything new, especially if you already on prescription medications.
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Oscillococcinum for Flu remedy
This was a big one! Teachers, nurses and some gals who work in a doctor’s office recommended this one so I figure they know a thing or 10 about staying well during the flu season! Apparently this over the counter, difficult to pronounce homeopathic medicine is one of the most trusted and most effective remedies for the flu. It reduces the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue. Unlike other flu medicines, Oscillococcinum is non-drowsy, has no known interactions with other medications or supplements and it won’t mask symptoms that may develop or indicate a more serious condition. You can get it at Target, Walgreens, Safeway or on Amazon. I just ordered some to have on hand!
High Doses of Vitamin C
Taking Vitamin C at the first onset of feeling unwell has helped some of you to shorten the duration of a cold or prevent it altogether. Several followers mentioned Emergen-C. Echinacea and Zinc were also mentioned for helping at the first onset of illness.
One follower has her family take Vitamin D daily (1,000 iu per 25# of body weight), plus a K2 (MK-7 derived) to go along with it. They’ve not been sick since adopting this protocol and one of them works in the hospital. At the first hint of something coming on, they up the Vit D dosage for 3 days and then back down to maintenance doses.
Many followers swear by essential oils. They say to use Thieves oil daily during the flu season. They diffuse it as well as using it on the bottoms of their feet for an extra boost of immunity. My very sweet essential oil guru is a wealth of knowledge and can be contacted here- her name is Megan, and she the knower of all the oil things.
Elderberry in syrup or elixir form was also highly recommended. Elderberry is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can boost your immune system. It can help tame inflammation and can help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms. This is quite the powerhouse when it comes to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects! You can order it on Amazon and find it in most box stores.
Other Flu Remedy Recommendations
Staying hydrated goes without saying and yet we all need to hear it! Drink, drink drink! Ther-a-flu was suggested. Sipping a quality bone broth may help you to get on the mend faster. You can make it yourself here, have it delivered already made here or pick it up at your local grocery store. Followers also shared things like, pineapple, chocolate, asparagus and other foods that are anti-inflammatory in nature for helping the immune system and staying healthy during flu season.
These were the main recommendations on my channels. If you have any helpful advice on staying from or getting over the flu, I’d love it if you’d leave it in the comments below. Sometimes reading through the comments on a post like this is more helpful than the actual post! Thanks so much for reading and sharing this post- hopefully this will help you and your loved ones to stay healthy this flu and cold season.