So whats the truth?
The truth, according to researchers, suggests that eating less during the early stages of an infection can actually be dangerous. “The body requires large amounts of energy to create and assemble the large number of immune cells necessary to fight the enemy. Good nutrition and calories provide this energy. Most experts dismiss starve-a-fever as folklore. In addition, fevers often decrease appetite naturally as part of the body’s defense system, so your immune system can focus its energy on fighting the cold and flu pathogens.
How to tell the difference between Flu and a cold
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
- a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
- an aching body
- feeling tired or exhausted
- a dry cough
- a sore throat
- a headache
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- diarrhoea or tummy pain
- feeling sick and being sick
The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
A cold comes on gradually, affects mainly your nose and throat and you can still function.
How to treat flu yourself
To help you get better more quickly:
- rest and sleep
- Let the fever do its work to kill the virus, the fever is your immune system working. If your symptoms become unbearable then try one of the remedies listed below.
- keep warm
- drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)
Aconite – at the first sign of a cold or fever. Anxious. Exposure to cold winds.
Arsenicum Alb – flu with vomiting and diarheoa, high fever, restless, anxiety and fear, want small sips of water.
Belladonna – Sudden frighteningly high fever, face flushed, pupils dialated, hands and feets icy and thirstless .
Bryonia – slow progressing flu, worse movement, want to be left alone, everything hurts very thirsty. Bear with a sore head.
Eup perf – High fever and unbearable aching, sore in the bones, bed too hard, eyes hurt, this is probably the remedy for man flu 🙂
Gelsemium – slow, gradual onset, chills alternating with flushes of heat, weak, drowsy, sleepy, and dizzy, heaviness of limbs, head and eyelids, low spirited and foggy
Hepar sulph – hypersensitive to touch, pain and drafts, splinter like pain in the throat, loose barking cough.
Mercury sol – bad breath, sore throat with lots of spit, periodic sweating.
Pulsatilla – changeable and weepy and want you to stay with them, full on head cold.
Rhus tox – flu with aching, stiffness and restlessness, pains better for movement, better from warm drinks and food.
There are many other remedies and if you need to check potency or how often to give the remedy them give me a call on 07734069371.
The Everyday Homeopathy Brighton Acute clinic runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 am and 10.30 but if you need a chat before school or work just get in touch.
Or just text or call to book a 15 minute consultation, you don’t even need to leave the house!
And always consult a doctor if your symptoms become serious.