Tips on Navigating the Flu

Flu-tea

The good news is that when I had the flu this year, I didn’t have to miss any work. The bad news is that I got the flu (Influenza B, and yes, I had the flu shot!) I was on vacation in Colorado with my family! So I missed a lot of outdoor fun.  But the cousins still had a great time!

Most people experience a loss of appetite during the flu. This is very normal. The most important thing to do when you have the flu – or other viruses that tend to cause fever – is to be as hydrated as possible. So while you don’t need to push the food, you do need to push fluids.

When you have a fever, your blood vessels dilate and your “tank” of fluid gets bigger. This can lead to dizziness when you stand up. Even being mildly dehydrated can lead to a headache – in addition to the headache from the flu! But staying hydrated will keep your symptoms from feeling worse.

Keeping the tank as full as possible also keeps fluids moving through your liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system, so your immune system can do its job of getting rid of the virus. And you want this to happen as fast as possible!


Fluids:

  • Teas and hot infusions feel great when you are sick and are perfect for keeping you hydrated.

My favorites are:

  • Ginger-lemon infusion

  • Minty-lime infusion

  • Turmeric root tea – If you have access to whole turmeric root, this is the time to get some! No need to peel. Just slice the root thinly, pour boiling water over it, and let steep for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. agave syrup.


Broths:

  • Better Than Bouillon chicken broth

  • Miso broth

  • Soup with tofu and spinach