How to fight of the flu

Flu symptoms can leave you feeling really rundown and worse for wear

With flu season around the corner there’s no better time to take a look at the different remedies available and how they can help. From natural cures to herbal teas here are the best ways to prevent you feeling under the weather this autumn. 

Honey helps keep you healthy 
Honey is a natural solution for your cold and cough symptoms and is used to treat children and adults around the world. It contains a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and is a cheap and simple home remedy to help you get back on your feet. Try stirring some honey into hot water to soothe a sore throat or cough while adding lemon provides extra flavour and vitamin C to help boost your body’s natural immune system. 

Drink up
From herbal teas and good old fashioned water, staying properly hydrated is a simple and effective way to reduce your flu symptoms. Coconut water is another drink you should consider with research suggesting it doesn’t contain nearly as much sugar and salt as standard sports drinks and that it may be just as hydrating and cause less stomach distress. Hot drinks are also a good choice as the hot steam they produce can relieve congestion.

Echinacea
Native Americans have used the herb and root of the echinacea plant to treat infections for more than 400 years.  Its active ingredients include flavonoids, chemicals that have many therapeutic effects on the body. Flavonoids can boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. It may also reduce the length of a cold.

Ginger
Ginger is a versatile superfood that hosts a wealth of health benefits and is packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Packed with immune-boosting nutrients and anti-microbial properties that can help relieve pain and soothe your symptoms, ginger tea is an excellent remedy for treating various ailments. It also has an ability to calm an upset stomach because it can reduce nausea. Ginger is easily available to buy in a number of forms including capsules, powder or even in a ginger shot!