If you never get enough sleep, or if you’re constantly under a lot of stress, chances are your immune system is going to take a hit – most likely because you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs to function! This is going to make you prone to catching a cold or even the flu. The weaker your immune system has become, the longer it might take you to recover.

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Anyone can get the flu since it’s caused by a contagious virus that can be spread through the air, and from person to person. That’s why it’s so important to find ways that can both stop it and strengthen your immune system.

Symptoms include colds, cough, body and headaches, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and fatigue. Here are six natural ways you can get rid of the flu – without going to the doctor or taking any medicine.

Honey

It’s not only antibacterial but if you get your hands on a high-quality, unfiltered honey, then you’re in for a treat. These raw, unfiltered ones are rich in antioxidants like organic acids, flavonoids, phenols, and other enzymes and compounds. There are also studies on buckwheat honey that prove it has the power to increase the number of antioxidants in the blood (you can check them out here and here).

Probiotics

First, let’s acknowledge the fact that yes when we speak of probiotics, we’re talking about bacteria – albeit “good” bacteria. It plays a vital role in balancing your gut flora and makes sure the digestive system is working properly. It also supports the immune system and reduces the risk of thyroid issues, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, and many more.

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It lines the digestive tract and helps the body absorb more nutrients from the food we consume. A probiotic strain called bacillus bacteria has shown to act against the influenza activity and can actually fight the virus 100%. Time to load up on Yakult or some greek yogurt.  Other foods rich in probiotic are kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut.

Ginger 

You’re probably not surprised that it’s even on the list. We’ve known about its health benefits for years, and we have scientific studies to back it up. It’s one of the best remedies to soothe an itchy or a sore throat and can help manage a cough. Add a few slices of ginger to boiling water and drink! Bonus: it can also get rid of nausea.

Don’t get it confused with turmeric, which of course has its own array of health benefits! Find out why it’s being touted as the master of medicinal herbs and spices, and how it can help you manage gout pain.

Vitamin C

Probably the most accessible weapon against the flu, vitamin C not only protects the immune system, but its rich antioxidant content also fights against skin aging. It’s present in leafy green vegetables, fruits like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits. When you’re sick, it’s important to load up on vitamin C to help your body fight against respiratory tract infections. 

Elderberry

Elderberry is believed to be a herb that can cancel out, or deactivate the flu virus! Preliminary studies found that taking 15 mL of elderberry syrup four times a day for five consecutive days were able to easily get rid of the symptoms of the influenza virus. Its flowers and berries can treat sinus pain, flu symptoms, and give your immune system a boost.

Sleep

This one won’t cost you anything at all – there’s no food you need to buy, no worries about having to go to the store to grab a bottle of supplement or a pack of oranges. Whenever you’re down with the flu, remember to let your body rest! The more you push your body to move when you don’t have the energy to do so, the more you’re going to aggravate your immune system because you’re forcing it to operate on an already battered condition. Here’s what happens to your brain when you never get enough sleep.

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