What Is A Flu Virus?
There are four types of flu virus, three of which can infect humans. Types A,B, and C are viral infections, they aren’t bacterial and they won’t be affected by antibiotics. All of them are highly contagious and they attack the respiratory system, upper or lower or both. The viruses can be spread by airborne contact or physical contact. Many flu viruses can live for days on surfaces so it’s important to wash your hands often and avoid contact with those who have the flu, a directive that’s easier given than implemented.
Recovery And Diet
The age-old advice of getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated has proven to be one of the best basic remedies for fighting the flu. Chicken soup, grandma’s remedy, has proven to be beneficial because it’s easily digestible, contains lots of water, and has protein, which your body needs to effect repairs. The body uses cysteine, an amino acid in chicken, to thin and eliminate the mucus in the lungs, and the warmth of the soup is beneficial to your lungs and stomach. It’s important to eat when you have the flu even though you may not want food; chicken soup can help maintain your nutritional requirements yet not tax your digestive system.
Temperature And The Flu
One of the first symptoms of the flu is feeling cold; you may be bundled in blankets and flannel yet still feel very cold. There’s a scientific reason for this: The flu virus cannot survive in a hot environment so it reduces your body temperature in order to facilitate its survival in your body. Once your body has started to recuperate from the onslaught of the virus, your immune system starts to fight back by increasing your core body temperature. Viruses require cold temperatures to survive so by increasing your core temperature, your immune system begins to kill the invaders. During your recovery process, particularly when you have a fever, it’s especially important to drink ample amounts of water so that your body can eliminate all the metabolic toxins it’s generating.
Many flu remedies tout fever reduction as one of their benefits but is this really beneficial? No. In fact, it may result in harm to your body. Your immune system uses a fever to combat germs and viruses it perceives as invaders, which helps restore your health.
Can I Speed This Up?
The best way to eliminate the virus from your body is by elevating your core temperature. A sauna is a pleasant and excellent method for elevating your temperature. Far infrared saunas are more effective than other types of saunas at elevating your core temperature because they heat from the inside out. If there’s a far infrared sauna available to you, avail yourself of it. Other saunas heat your body from the outside in, but either type of sauna can be beneficial as long as you have no health issues that would contraindicate the use of a sauna.
If you use a sauna when you’re starting to feel the adverse effects of the flu, you mays shorten the duration of the infection by eliminating the virus early.
If You Already Have A Fever…
If you already have a fever, do not under any circumstances go to a sauna without prior approval from your doctor. An extremely high core temperature can be very dangerous or even fatal so you need to exercise caution when using a sauna, whether you’re sick or well. However, using a sauna at the first sign of the flu may lessen both the duration and the severity of the illness.