It might seem like we’re out of the woods when it comes to getting the flu, but in reality, the CDC reports that flu season tends to peak in February. That means it’s not too late to get your flu shot! But if you do end up with the flu, here’s how to feel better.
#1: Drink Lots of Fluids to Fight the Flu
This is good advice any time, but it’s especially important when you’re fighting the flu. Water is the obvious option, but herbal teas (like peppermint, which can help ease congestion) and chicken broth can be soothing as well. Do steer clear of caffeinated liquids as much as you can, as they can be dehydrating and can interfere with rest.
#2: Take Supplements to Shorten the Duration of the Flu
You may have heard this advice for colds, but certain vitamins and supplements can also help your immune system fight the flu virus. It’s important to talk to your doctor first because supplements can interfere with some medications, but here are the ones to look into.
- Zinc: Some studies have suggested that zinc helps your immune system operate at optimum levels, thus reducing the duration of cold and flu.
- Probiotics: These are the good bacteria that help your gastrointestinal system ward off infection. Some studies have indicated that boosting this “good bacteria” can have strengthening effects on the immune system.
- Echinacea: Recent evidence is encouraging when it comes to this herb’s effectiveness in helping shorten cold and flu.
- Elderberry: Research on elderberry, especially an extract called Sambucus, has shown it might be able to significantly decrease the duration of the flu.
- Vitamin C and Vitamin D: These two vitamins are vital toward the proper function of the human body.
It’s the advice no one likes to hear: rest. That means putting off chores, setting aside the to do list, and maybe even asking for help so you can rest and your body can heal. It’s not easy, especially for those of us who tend to be a little “type A,” but it’s a vital part of feeling better when you have the flu.
#4: Ask Your Doctor if an Antiviral Medication is Appropriate
Antiviral medications like Tamiflu and Relenza have been shown to shorten the duration of the flu and improve symptoms when taken within 48 hours of flu onset. These drugs can be especially helpful for people who might be at risk for more severe complications of the flu, like high-risk children and the elderly.
#5: Consider a Myers’ Cocktail
A Myers’ Cocktail is an intravenous (IV) infusion of vitamins and minerals that can help hydrate you, boost your immune system, and get you feeling back to 100 percent. A Myers’ Cocktail can also help prevent the flu by making sure your body has the nutrients it needs to ward off viruses and other bugs that tend to circulate during the cold and flu season.
IV Treatments at IVX Health
With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive IV treatment at IVX Health while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. We’ll even provide refreshments.
We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at three convenient locations on either side of the state line in Kansas City (MO), Independence and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.