Influenza or better known as the flu something that we probably all had at some point and time. More than likely we’ve had this more than once in their lifetime.
This is something you can be vaccinated for but it does not mean you won’t get it. The influenza virus is highly contagious and there are different types of it.
As we read this livegreaterhealth.com post we are going to learn what influenza is, what to do if we contract it, and some of the things we can do to keep from getting or preventing it.
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What is Influenza?
Influenza or better known as the flu is a virus that affects the respiratory system. What is scary about it for us is that it is highly contagious and in many cases is deadly.
Anywhere from 100,000 up to 500,000 have been known to die yearly from the effects of the flu.
We now can be vaccinated for it to stop an influenza pandemic
Nobody wants to get it but in many cases, it is sometimes unavoidable.
Signs and Symptoms
Many signs along with symptoms come with influenza some are as follows…
- a runny nose
- a headache
- a sore throat
- abdominal pain
Not all people have the same symptoms some are more common in children than adults and vice versa.
Some cases may be more severe than others. It might depend on how strong our immune system is or what kind of supplements and vitamins we regularly put into our diet.
It could be our overall health.
What types are there of influenza?
They are 3 types A, B, and C
Type A – this virus is mainly subject to birds and humans rarely catch this type.
For more info on this check out Wikipedia influenza A.
Type B – has only been found in humans and seals, oddly enough seals yep! seals. But only been found to be passed from human to human.
For more info on this check out Wikipedia influenza B.
Type C – is spread by humans the most common and the least damaging to our body.
For more info on this check out Wikipedia influenza C.
How is it Spread?
Influenza is can be spread in several ways the three top ways are…
- Airbourne – this way is pretty common around infected people. Coughing and sneezing that suspends its particles in the air.
- Direct transmission – if one that is infected coughs or sneezes in the face or on the hand of another person.
- By an infected person touching the hand or mouth of another person.
Treatments will come with whatever symptoms you are having.
What we mean by that if you are congested then you need a decongestant.
If you are sneezing with a runny nose and watery eyes then you need an Antihistamine.
So you see whatever the symptom use the appropriate treatment.
Your health care provider will help you with what you need for your condition.
Home Remedies and Preventions
When we have symptoms of the flu or any other illnesses our body reacts in different ways. These different ways are our bodies natural way of fighting the disease or sickness for us naturally.
What I want you to know is that prescription medication and over the counter medications may be alright for you to take but they only treat the symptoms!
What can you take at home that will help with the influenza virus? Taking these home remedies help with shortening the length of the illness and in many cases will keep you from contracting the virus altogether.
That’s why it’s important to stay on top of things and do these things on a daily basis.
Herbs and Vitamins are a must.
Vitamin C – helps boost the immune system and strengthens it. Which decreases the length of the flu.
Zinc – supports the immune system but should be taken with moderation for your body only needs so much. Zinc has anti-viral properties.
Echinacea – has anti-inflammatory properties that can be taken as a supplement on a daily basis to help fight infections. It is a herb that also works in our body reducing free radicals that cause us to age more quickly.
Vitamin D – is something our body needs every day and comes from sunlight and our immune system needs it.
Ginger – is a great herb for our body in that it helps in stomach ailments for calming the stomach from being upset and nauseated. It can be taken as a tea or ground on food. Ginger also is an immune system booster.
Olive leaf extract – great immune system booster also. It is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants.
Oregano extract – has been around a long time and been used to treat colds and flu for many years it is great for all respiratory conditions.
One thing we should always keep in mind is to stay hydrated drink plenty of water.
Probiotics – should be taken for our gut health. Probiotics is a strain of good bacteria that helps in boosting our immune system.
Reason for this Article
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We may not be able to stop all of them but we want to make everybody more prepared to face them when they come against us.
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Nice post on the dreaded flu, I drink 750ml of water + juice from half a lemon + tablespoon of Fire Cider first thing each morning I’ve had one bout of the “flu” in the 5 years since I started. I’m all for the ounce of prevention over the pound of cure everytime.
Thanks for the comment, Paul. I like the way you think something is better to be prevented than treated. Lemon and honey and apple cider vinegar make a good mix to soothe the throat. Many things in the fruit and herb line are good for many illnesses.
Thank you for this information.
I like to use Oregano oil and tea and find that it works wonders.
I have also used ginger, and probiotics.
Thanks for the comment. You should know that most herbs do the body good so why not take them if you can. These that you have mentioned here may be some of the best to take for colds and the flu.
Interesting post! Before i started to go to gym, I had colds quite often and I had hard time getting rid of them, but now days when i exercise regularly and eat a better diet, I usually get the cold only ones or twice a year. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the comment, Johnny. Not all colds lead to influenza we can have a common cold quite often. The influenza virus is how we get the flu. Doing things to help prevent that is what we must do. One of them is regular exercise.
Thank you for the post very informative as bad as the flu gets we need these kind of posts. Thank you. David
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Great information and breakdown Fred. Flu is really annoying and I hate when the congestion and runny nose sets in. I usually mix ginger, honey, and lemon together with some turmeric and then drink it. It works wonders for me.
Thank you for this alternatives.
Thank you, Edmond, for the comment. Making our own herbal medicines is the way to go. The only way for people to find out about these herbal recipes is for us to tell them.
Great article! I absolutely believe in healing colds and flu naturally. Have always used Olive Leaf extract to great benefit! People run to the doctor to quickly, and colds can’t be cured by antibiotics!
Very true Mariette. Antibiotics are not good for the body. But we sometimes need to take them to stay healthy. It’s best to naturally heal your body with herbs Gods medicine. Our bodies are made to heal themselves with the right care. Thanks for the commenting.
Thank you for information on remedies and vitamins. My son gets the flu almost every year even after getting the flu shot. I am big on vitamins and herbs so that information was most helpful. Thank you for sharing this info. Xoxo
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Hello, and thank you for the great post. I had no idea there were 3 strains to influenza. I knew about the 2. Also, what are you thoughts on the flu shot? I’ve actually never had one, but my sister keeps telling me I need to get one. Especially now that I’m getting older lol…
Thank you again 🙂
Thanks, for the comment Sabrina. There are 3 strains of the flu we don’t hear about them too much. When it comes to flu shots it is up to you. Some people want them and some don’t. I think it all depends on your health and maybe age also. In my case, I don’t take them but my wife does due to her health.
Oh goodness! I didn’t know that flu was short for Influenza! I never ever get the flu shot because I don’t like being injected with germs. Besides, I always knew it wouldn’t help stave off the flu. My mom and dad always relied on home remedies. My mother uses fresh garlic a lot. Thank you for an informative article.
Thanks for the comment. Yeah flu is short for influenza both one and the same. Natural remedies are the best way to prevent it. Eating right can make a big difference in whether or not you get the flu.
This is such a great article. I didn’t know so many people die from Influenza yearly. The figures are so staggering.
Now I know the ways flu is spread and many things are making sense now.
I would like to ask whether using medication like med-lemon is good for your body because I tend to use that a lot when I get sick?
I also use ginger but only on occasions. I also find that using garlic is a very preventative measure for influenza.
Thanks, Thabo for the comment pertaining to the question you asked about med-lemon truthfully I’ve never heard of it. There are several that are good as explained in the post that can be taken to help ease and prevent the flu.