Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Beating the 'flu

It’s been a bad season for the 'flu. I have never known so many people who are normally healthy who have been struck down by the bug this year, and not just struck down but knocked for six. So if you are one of those unfortunates, here are some tips to help you get back to health:

Rest: allow yourself to rest, and avoid stress, which can weaken your immune system

If you have a headache, don’t be in pain and try Paracetamol, but remember that painkillers should only be a short term solution: the maintaining causes need to be addressed! And don’t forget that antibiotics have no effect whatsoever on viral infections like the 'flu, and may even be detrimental to your health by weakening your immune system.

Sleep: it goes with our saying that as well as rest, sleep is a great healer. People who are usually healthy may find it incredibly difficult to accept that they are sick and that they need to rest and sleep more than usual.

Invest in Netflix: a friend suggested this tongue in cheek, but I think she is right. Watching a box set or two forces you to relax and rest!

Stay hydrated: drinking plenty of water helps to flush out your system, and can also help make your immune system stronger.

Wash your hands frequently and use tissues rather than hankerchiefs. Make sure you dispose of the tissues properly.

Lemon and honey: a hot drink made from lemon juice and honey can do wonders for all colds. Some people also swear by adding a drop of whisky to the mix, but you should not overdo the alcohol, which, like too much caffeine, can contribute to dehydration.

Eat well: 'flu often affects the appetite, but it is important that you eat well and avoid processed foods, refined sugar and caffeine. Fruits with vitamin C can be especially beneficial: try oranges, pineapples. Kiwis, strawberries, papayas or mangoes.

Keep warm and avoid drafts or cold air ventilation systems.

Boost the immune system: your local health store can suggest a number of products to help boost your immune system and help you to fight any infections.

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