Getting sick is the worst. There’s nothing that can turn me into a grouchy baby faster than the flu. Although I usually try to whine my way through the upset stomach and achy body, I decided after this last bout with a stupid virus, I better do some research to see what would actually help me recover faster from the flu. Here are my findings...and remember to get a flu shot and wash your hands to prevent getting sick in the first place!
Drink plenty of fluids.
Sure, this is probably one your mom has told you over the years, but it actually works. Water is always your best bet, but you can also try orange juice (which will give you some vitamin C) or sports drinks like Gatorade. These are great to help restore electrolytes.
Another cure-all drink is hot tea. Green tea can boost your antioxidants, and if you add honey, that’ll include another ingredient that helps fight infection. Just try to stay away from sodas; they actually make you lose water. However, ginger ale is the exception; it’s one of my favorites for soothing an upset stomach!
Take Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is great at fighting off those icky germs! When you’re sick, it’s recommended you take one 500 mg tablet once or twice a day. NutriVine Vitamins has a ton of options for vitamin C tablets or powders you can mix in your drink of choice. Use a discount code at checkout, and the savings will help make you feel a little bit better!
Another option is to eat foods that are high in vitamin C. Fruits like oranges, lemons, kiwis, and papayas are a good alternative to taking a pill. If you’re not feeling sick to your stomach, you can also eat veggies like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, or brussels sprouts. However, if your stomach is a little queasy, you might want to stick to bland foods and just take a tablet.
Get lots of rest.
This is another maxim your mom probably preached to you when you were sick. But, it’s actually totally true! Your body needs plenty of sleep to get back to normal, so allow yourself the time to sleep in, go to bed early, or call in sick to work if you just need time to recuperate.
One of the worst parts of the flu is that generally achy feeling you get in your body. Take pain and fever relievers like Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin to help control those symptoms. Just make sure you take them with some food to avoid upsetting your stomach!
Stay away from germs.
It’s crucial to wash your hands and use sanitizer a ton when you’re sick (well, really any time), so that you’re not adding more germs into your system. You’re more likely to be symptom-free if you stop re-infecting yourself with icky bacteria.
Get some sun.
Most of the time when you’re sick, there’s nothing you’d rather do than sit in bed with the covers over your head. But, it could do you some good to get out in the sunshine for a little bit. Sun boosts your vitamin D levels, which can help you feel better faster. There’s no harm in getting a couple of rays if it’ll fight that virus that has a hold on you.
Call your doc.
If you have a high fever or your symptoms persist, you should go see your doctor. They might be able to prescribe an antiviral like Tamiflu. Don’t hesitate if you’re truly feeling awful - they could be able to help!
Hope these tips get you feeling better fast!