You may have never heard about these strange and unusual remedies that can help ease your flu symptoms. It's something your grandmother would not have pulled out of her health toolbox, but it might very well work for you!
Magic Medicinal Mushrooms
Nope, these are not the hallucinogenic type of mushrooms, nor are they the white button kind that you put on top of your salad! Medicinal mushrooms lend crucial health benefits for supporting your immune system, and include reishi, shiitake, cordyceps, and maitake varieties. Dr. Mercola notes that medicinal mushrooms have strong antiviral properties that can fight the flu virus. Normally, you will only be able to find these varieties of mushroom in a supplement form, although you can try to grow your own.
Spoonful Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has certainly made headway in recent years in the world of natural health. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, studies have shown that the medium chain triglycerides (MCT's) such as those found in coconut oil are highly effective at killing off viruses such as influenza. Dr. Fife says it is okay to consume up to three tablespoons of coconut oil per day to get maximum health benefits. However, if you can't stomach swallowing pure oil, try incorporating it into your morning smoothie, or drizzle it on top of oatmeal, rice or sweet potatoes.
Consider Modified Citrus Pectin
Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is a shorter carbohydrate chain form of pectin that is more readily absorbable by the body. Regular pectin is a soluble fiber found in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits and apples, but you'd have to eat quite a bit of fruit to get the same amount that is found in a single MCP supplement. Thankfully, the supplement form still retains all the health-promoting properties of regular pectin, including making sure that natural killer (NK) cells are activated and ready for fight off the baddies in your body. Per Life Extension, NK cells can destroy the flu virus and teach your immune system to be on the lookout for it the next time it comes around.
Nix The Sugar
For those that have a sweet tooth, there's no easy way to break the news - sugar is an immune system killer! According to WebMD, eating or drinking too much sugar can suppress your immunity, which is something you don't want when foreign invaders like the flu are attacking your body! So ditch the sodas and cookies in favor of green smoothies and whole raw foods, which give your body all the nutrients it needs.
Wear Wet Socks
Although this sounds absolutely bizarre, this is actually a very cool way to trick your body into stimulating an immune response! This medically prescribed treatment is known as a "heating compress" and involves wearing a cold, wet sock to bed three nights in a row, at the first sign of illness. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jamey Wallace at Bastyr University notes that when you envelope your feet in wet and icy socks, your body is forced to heat itself up and increase blood circulation. The end result is that your immune system is revved up and ready to go. So don't be afraid to show that flu your new wet sock weapon!
Play In The Sunshine
Natural sunshine contains one of the most powerful immune boosters on the planet - Vitamin D! It's actually a hormone that is produced by your skin in the presence of sunlight. Dr. David Williams states that adequate amounts of this important vitamin are needed for your immune system to function properly. So make sure you get outside for some playtime, and remember that sunscreen prevents your skin from absorbing the UV rays that's used to make vitamin D. Bare skin is okay, and in fact quite necessary, in this case.
Relax, Laugh And Listen
Reducing stress can go a long way in helping your immune system ward off a viral infection. You might want to try yoga, laughter or listening to classical music as therapeutic remedies for your flu. All of these activities are proven to relieve stress, and can also help distract you while you're recuperating from the flu.
Ice Cubes Under Your Arms
It just so happens that your armpits contain large blood vessels that are very close to the surface of the skin. If you have a high fever due to a flu, putting ice cubes or an ice pack in your armpit will work quickly to reduce your body temperature. According to WebMD, this a typical emergency treatment protocol that is used for heatstroke victims. It works the same way to reduce your flu-related body heat. Once your fever is under control, you are one step closer to recovery.
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Although a bit unusual, many of these remedies are holistic in nature and support systemic whole body healing. Getting plenty of sunshine, relieving stress, and activating your immune response through wet socks or powerful supplements can all help heal your flu symptoms!