Every cold season such as during winter, our body is always vulnerable to a harsh environment. Cold temperature triggers a response into our body that can cause an allergic reaction. During the cold season, we usually experience health problems in our respiratory system. Our body triggers histamine and prostaglandin formation that could lead to respiratory problems that can easily increase the susceptibility of infection.

One sign of flu is when you start having a runny nose, sore throat, colds, and cough
Depending on your location, northern hemisphere experiences winter from January to March. While countries in the southern hemisphere experiences winter from June to August, which can trigger cold environment as influenced by the Earth's axis. If you start to develop a sore throat and then hoarseness of voice, you might be showing signs of flu. After several days, you will then develop colds, cough, and then dizziness, which will cause your immune system to activate in order to fight pathogenic microorganisms.

Flu indicates that your body is starting to experience lesser resistance. This is attributed to the cold environment wherein pathogens becomes more active when they are exposed to colder temperature, which is considered enough to cause infections. Upper respiratory infections are some of the most common diseases during the cold season. This is due to the position of our planet to the sun. Whenever this season starts each year, you should prepare to improve your body's defense with immune boosters so that you will not be experiencing consequences such as health risks or hazards whenever cold season starts.

What is flu?

Formally known as influenza, it is a communicable disease that is propagated by a virus. The process of infection can be observed if the infected person transmits the disease to the uninfected person through sneezing, coughing, or even just talking. The duration can last for up to two weeks, depending on the immune system of the person. If left untreated, this disease can leave a devastating consequence to health such as risking the person to be suffering from other opportunistic infections.

Signs and symptoms of flu include running nose, headache, cough, body weakness, and disorientation. Experiencing sore throat will be the first sign that can be experienced. But the worse thing that can happen to you is to develop a fever wherein your body temperature rises more than 37.7 degrees Celsius. If left untreated, patients could suffer from sinus infections, bacterial pneumonia, asthma, or even heart failure.

Interesting flu remedies to help your body recover from illness

1. Apply nasal drops to your nose:

nasal drops unclogs your nose
Nasal drops are effective to relieve flu. Just simply administer few drops to your nasal cavity. It contains naphazoline hydrochloride solution that helps to dilate your nasal cavity, limiting the amount of histamine as well as prostaglandin accumulation along your nasal cavity. You can apply nasal drops every four hours as needed in order to prevent your nasal cavity to allow prostaglandin and histamine to reform and clog your nose. 

2. Nebulize:

portable nebulizer can treat flu effectively
If you have a portable nebulizer at home, you can use it to treat your respiratory system so that it will help to dilate your lungs. Therapeutic inhalation from nebulizer is an inhalation route to administer vaporized medication that will kill pathogens and soothing your respiratory system. You can nebulize for at least three to four times a day as necessary in order to fasten your recovery.

3. Drink plenty of fluids:

drinking at least 12 glasses or more per day relives flu
As recommended, drinking at least more than 12 glasses of water everyday will allow mucus to be secreted out from your lungs. For every glass of water, it can liquefy mucus that are already accumulated inside your lungs that can cause further irritation to your respiratory system. You should only watch our for frequent urination especially during bed time.

4. Wear thick clothing:

jacket warms your body when suffering from flu
Wearing additional layer of clothing helps your body from harmful effects of the cold environment. Thick clothing provides extra insulation so that your body will have an additional protection that can prevent it from shivering. Covering your hands and feet can prevent any risk of frostbites during the cold season where temperature drops especially at night.

5. Fill your stomach with food:

Tasty breakfast meal can provide energy to your body
Our body needs food in order to produce energy because it internally insulates our body that prevents any additional allergic reaction. Having an empty stomach can risk our metabolism to have a lack of energy supply that should have been catabolized from the digestive system. In addition, filling your stomach with food provides essential nutrients to nourish all cells, tissues, and organs all over the body.

6. Rest: 

you can sleep at the sofa to regenerate your body
It is important that you should take a rest while you are suffering from flu. This includes sleeping for at least eight hours or more a day. When our body is suffering from any stress or disease, the immune system is on its low level as indicated by the hypothalamic response that increases our body's temperature. In this sense, our body can significantly suffer from weakness. headache, runny nose, cough, and fever.

7. Light exercise: If signs of flu is just starting, you can perform slight physical exercise that enhances blood circulation to be maximized. Increased blood circulation allows the blood products of your body to be distributing more white blood cells that will enable your body to prevent it from infection. Examples are yoga, walking, jogging for just few minutes, light treadmill, and simple aerobics exercise.

8. Flu vaccine: In recent years, a new breakthrough for treating respiratory diseases is now available. Vaccine will provide passive immunity against flu, which could protect yourself from any future infection from similar disease. Flue vaccine can also help to treat heart problems because antigens from the vaccine can disintegrate dislodged emboli along the walls of the blood vessel.

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