What Are the Symptoms of the Flu and How Can Bone Broth Help

What Are the Symptoms of the Flu and How Can Bone Broth Help

There is a long tradition when it comes to using bone broth to reduce flu symptoms. This hot, nutritional liquid can be a comforting remedy when someone is ill. 

While bone broth is not a cure, it may help relieve symptoms to help you feel better more quickly.

Flu and Flu Symptoms

Seasonal influenza, or commonly known as the flu is still active and generally has an outbreak in winter or early spring. It’s a common respiratory infection caused by a virus that affects your nose, throat, and lungs and can last from 5 to 14 days. 

When it comes to seasonal flu symptoms, the most common are:

  • Fever and/or chills;
  • Cough and sore throat;
  • Exhaustion and appetite loss;
  • Headaches, body aches, and dizziness;
  • Runny or stuffy nose;
  • Diarrhea and vomiting.

People sometimes confuse the flu with a cold. It can also be confused with other illnesses that make you feel tired, achy and have a running fever. The real flu is a harsh respiratory infection that spreads easily from person to person, which means that is also contagious.

It happens swiftly and a person exposed to the virus will eventually become sick in 1 to 3 days. 

Most people who get the flu will get better in a week or two. But in some people, the flu can induce complications, including pneumonia. 

Most people with the flu get better without medical treatment. That’s why it’s important to stay home and get plenty of rest and fluids in your system. 

A cup of bone broth to help with the flu.

Relief of Flu Symptoms With Bone Broth 

Bone broth can’t cure the flu, but it can help your immune system to eventually fight off the infection.

1) It may help fight nausea;

Broth can come in handy when the flu has made you nauseated. When you are sick and running to the bathroom with gut issues, bone broth may help reduce these symptoms because it supports the gut health and the amino acids it contains may help reduce inflammation.

2) It may help when you’re dehydrated;

When we have the flu, drinking lots of fluids is very important. This is because of the fluid our body loses in an attempt to lower our temperature. Often, fever can cause you to sweat so much that if you don’t drink to replenish, you could end up dehydrated.

Broth is hydrating, and with the nutritional value it provides, it may help your body to absorb the water more easily. 

3) Therapeutic benefits;

Having something warm to drink can also feel comforting when fever leaves you with the chills. Bone broth is the ideal drink to make you feel better in dire times.

4) People who consumed soup experienced a mild reduction in flu symptoms.

University of Nebraska Medical Center physician and researcher Stephen Rennard, M.D., challenged an age-old folk remedy by taking chicken soup from the kitchen to the laboratory to see if it eases the flu symptoms.

The benefits were confirmed. Furthermore, bone broth has more nutritional value than the regular chicken soup, it’s just like the soup your grandma prepared for you when you were a kid. No wonder elderly people always have a natural remedy to help us feel better.

If your symptoms get better, and then days later get worse, you should contact your healthcare provider to check if you may have a bacterial infection.

And if you are sick for a longer period or if you experience worsening symptoms, professional medical care may be in order. This is necessary if you are experiencing chest pain or are having trouble breathing, as this may be a situation best handled at the hospital.

Woman sipping bone broth.

How Does the Flu Spread and How to Prevent It

The flu spreads from person to person, mostly through coughs and sneezes. It can also be spread by touching surfaces with flu viruses on it and then touching your mouth or nose. 

People with the flu can infect others 24 hours before they first have symptoms and for 7 days or more after they have symptoms. 

This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weak immune systems.

So, how can you take care of yourself?

Wash your hands before and after every meal, every time you use the bathroom, and after you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze. You should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Also, you should avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, especially your nose, mouth, and eyes.

If you already have the first symptoms of the flu it would be best if you don’t go out in public or to work for the next 5 to 7 days. 

And if you need to visit the hospital, wear a surgical face mask, so that you can protect yourself and other patients.

Don’t forget to cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. And to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How to wash your hands with soap and water.

Final Thoughts

Don’t trust any over-the-counter medications that promise to cure the flu itself, as opposed to treating symptoms. There’s no cure for the flu, but there are several natural remedies that might help soothe the flu symptoms. 

Broth by design’s Bone Broth is a nutritional liquid that may help you when you are feeling sick. It can supercharge your immune system and help you feel better.

Prepare a quick and healthy meal and enjoy our delicious bone broth while staying at home and getting plenty of rest.