The winter has set in and with the temperature gradually dipping, it’s time to take care of our health and stay protected from various winter ailments. Here are a few simple yet effective tips you should be aware of to deal with flu and viral fever this winter.
Eat healthy: Foods that might help in quick recovery from viral fever during winter include immune boosting foods like garlic and ginger, spicy foods (natural decongestants) and easily digestible foods like hot soup, tea, khichdi and fresh fruits.
Get plenty of rest: It is advisable to stay indoors and get sufficient rest to get relief from winter flu. It not only improves your immune resistance but also boosts your overall health.
Natural remedies: Home remedies to get rid of flu and its allied symptoms such as headache, cough, cold and fever include honey and ginger mixture, turmeric milk (haldi doodh), tulsi leaves and coriander decoction.
Drink plenty of water: It is important for people suffering from viral fever or flu to stay hydrated. This can be achieved by drinking warm fluids like rice starch, hot soup, green tea, hot water and lemon.
Vaccinations: The influenza vaccine is one of the most effective precautionary measures to prevent flu or respiratory illness. It is important to get vaccinated and consult the doctor from time to time about various vaccines being available to prevent viral disease.
Alternative measures: Steam inhalation, gargling with hot water and salt and inhaling eucalyptus oil steam can help reduce congestion.
Wear warm clothes: Winter clothes such as sweaters, scarves, shawls, monkey caps (for children and older people) and socks are the first things you should buy as winter is setting in.
Prevent spread: You should follow simple tips like always covering your mouth with tissue or handkerchief when you cough, avoiding crowded or polluted areas and washing your hands properly. Also, stay away from stress as it may deteriorate your condition.
Medications: Analgesics and antipyretics are commonly used to relieve body pain and fever. Antihistamines and decongestants work best to reduce runny and stuffy nose. However, antibiotics have no effect against viral infections.
Exercise: Although exercising is a good way to boost your metabolism and promote your immune functioning, stay away from strenuous exercises. You can perform simple physical activities like walking in the morning, do some yoga asanas and stretches.