Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of yourself, you end up getting sick with the flu. Here is a list of 7 things to do and not do to get healthy fast and get back into the swing.
1. Do stay home and sleep.
The most important thing you can do when you have the flu is rest and let your body heal itself, which it does quite well during sleep.
2. Don’t try to be a hero and tough it out at work if you’re sick.
When you allow your body to rest, your available energy will be used by your immune system to fight the infection. It will take longer to get over the flu if you’re active, and you’ll end up passing the germs on to others.
3. Do fast if you have a fever.
Our bodies have a finite amount of energy. When we eat, a good portion of our vital energy is occupied with digesting food. After the fever breaks, have a big bowl of hot soup. During the fever stage, it’s much better to fast with only water and healing herbal tea. My two favorite teas are Cold Relief Tea or Flu-Berry, both of which are mega-helpful in kicking your immune system into gear.
4. Don’t consume sugar.
Sugar depresses your immune function for up to 5 hours after consuming. This not only means no popsicles and ginger ale, it also means no fruits and fruit juices, and no teas sweetened with sugar or honey. No sugar means no sugar.
5. Do an herbal steam.
Open up congested sinuses with Sinus Relief Tea. The combination of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and other herbs and spices kills germs and helps you breathe more easily. Place a glass or ceramic bowl on the table and add one or two tablespoons of Sinus Relief tea. Pour boiling water over the tea, lean your head over the bowl, and make a little tent by covering both your head and the bowl with a large towel. Inhale the aromatic steam for several minutes. You can repeat this process as often as you like. Side benefit: you’re giving yourself a facial while you inhale the steam.
6. Don’t get dehydrated.
Drink lots of water, plus either one of these teas:
Cold Relief Tea, based on a Chinese formula for cold and flu symptoms, is ideal for colds that begin in the throat, with accompanying runny nose and fever.
7. Do take a bath.
Soaking in the tub is relaxing, and encourages your body to sweat out toxins. To increase both the relaxing benefits of a hot bath, as well as boost the healing process, add 4 cups of Dreaming True Tea to the bath water. The ingredients in Dreaming True not only help you relax; they also help kill germs and support the immune system. It may even be helpful for headache and sinus congestion.
Follow these guidelines, try not to stress about anything, and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.