Fighting the Flu

Tips to Fight with Flu

Put it down to climate change, El Niño or any number of other factors, but the weather in Hyderabad has been anything but stable. Fluctuations in temperature, along with strong winds and varying levels of humidity, have made conditions perfect for illnesses like hay fever and the flu. This week, we tell you how to prepare your body to deal with the constant weather changes, and should you fail to keep harmful microorganisms out of your system, we’ve also got tips on how to make a quick recovery.
 
Prevention is better than cure.
 
Doctors, nurses, mothers and grandmothers around the world keep telling you that prevention is better than cure. This couldn’t be any closer to the truth. Avoiding the flu is probably the best way of minimising your suffering. Though it’s easier said than done, especially with a particularly strong strain, there are ways to go about it. Certain foods and supplements arm the immune system against a potential threat. Rich sources of antioxidants such as berries and spinach are examples of the former, while vitamins C and E are among the most crucial variants of the latter.
 
Foods and supplements to get releaf from flu 
 
Additionally, you can try avoiding the weather change directly, though this requires you to have little contact with the outside world. Insulation isn’t often possible and it’s very rarely feasible, but if you work from home or have time available to take off from work, we suggest you use those options, especially if it seems like everyone around you is falling ill. Keep your doors and windows closed to reduce the risk of pathogens from being transmitted by air. If possible, try to keep your surroundings temperature-controlled.
 
Avoiding people who show signs and symptoms of the flu is another good idea, but it’s often not enough. Airborne and waterborne pathogens can easily be transmitted without human contact, though you do decrease your risk of exposure if you cut back on interacting with people, especially those you know to have weakened or susceptible immune systems. We don’t suggest you prepare with antihistamines, but keep them handy so you can take a dose as soon as the first symptoms of allergies appear.
 
Fight fire with rest 
 
Fight fire with rest!
Should you come down with the flu, the only thing you can do is wait for it to pass. Seek medical attention if your fever goes higher than 103°F, if it doesn’t come down, or if you have any other conditions related to your immune system or vital organs. Other than that, the only way to get rid of the illness is with plenty of rest and sleep. Remember to stay hydrated, as your body will need more water than usual to flush out the toxins. Drink a minimum of three litres per day.
 
Starve a fever, but only of solid foods. A lack of energy will only cause dizziness and a lightheaded sensation. Clear soups and broths are ideal, and coconut water provides fantastic energy. Just be sure not to have too much of the latter as it’s quite high in potassium, a mineral that can cause lasting kidney damage in excessively high doses. Other than that, treat each symptom individually, with cold compresses for tendon stiffness and warm ones for muscle pain.
 
Solid foods to get releaf from flu 
 
Once your fever breaks and you hit the recovery phase, keep taking it easy. Your body has just been through a lot trying to fight off the illness that’s just leaving you, so fatigue and weakness may persist along with a residual cough and lower-than-normal temperatures for a few days. Remember to indulge your body’s need to rest, and you should be back to full health in no time!                    ..... Ashwin