What is Influenza?

Old-fashioned "flu" occurs from infection with one of a particular group of influenza viruses, called in the broadest sense types A, B, and C. In its mildest form (usually type C), influenza resembles nothing more than a cold, but when you come down with a case of type A or B influenza virus, you know it. These viruses cause you to suffer an abrupt onset of high fever, shaking chills, muscle aches, cough, watery nose and eyes, and a feeling that you just can't get out of bed. Abrupt onset can mean over the course of a day or in the space of a few minutes. Flu victims can often pinpoint the onset of their symptoms with incredible precision.

InfluenzaFlu viruses strike more commonly in cold weather ("flu season") when temperatures drive us indoors into close quarters. Because you can predict that flu will sweep through, you can take precautions ahead of time—get your annual flu shot—to help reduce your likelihood of becoming infected. If you do become infected, what does nutrition have to offer? Again, the virus's assault and therefore, the burden of healing you, falls on your immune system. Doing everything you can to nourish your immune system will help you recover more quickly.

What helps it?

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•  Prevent dehydration by consuming plenty of fluids. Concentrate on fresh fruit juices, herbal teas, and quality water.

Influenza Herbal remedies

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What makes it worse?

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• Aspirin only irritates a sore throat. Do not chew aspirin gum or use aspirin gargles. Warning: It is especially dangerous to give aspirin to a child. The combination of aspirin and a viral illness has been linked to the development of Reye's syndrome, a potentially dangerous complication.



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