Freshers Flu – How to Survive It (Kirsten Dhar)

The university year has started and it should not be long before Freshers Flu claims its first victims.  A combination of sleep deprivation and copious amounts of alcohol can take its toll on the most sturdy of immune systems.  And there is, in truth, not much at all one can do to avoid it.  If it strikes, it strikes …and the best one can hope for is to get over it as swiftly as possible.  Unfortunately, it can happen that the virus goes deeper and effects the glandular system which means that the illness drags on for much longer or may become latent with occasional flare-ups.
It is important not to put your health at risk and, if in any doubt, seek medical advice!  You may not be registered at a GP surgery yet, but the university can help out – they usually are affiliated to a local practice or may even have a campus GP.
In any event, the malady will have to take its course but you can do a few little things to  strengthen your immunity and so, hopefully, avoid prolonged suffering.
Firstly, do make sure you get enough sleep – this is essential for your immune system to recover.  You will also benefit from increased amounts of vitamin C, which aids repair in the body.  As with injury and trauma, the immune system under attack will require at least 1000mg a day during recovery.  Zinc is also helpful, but do not overdose – stick to the recommended daily allowance.  Another, rather potent, natural remedy is oregano oil (the variety for internal use!!!). A couple of drops, taken in warm water up to three times a day, serve as an effective anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.  The drops are not cheap but do last for a very long time and, in smaller dosages, also serve in a profilactic manner and strengthen the immunity.
There are many other useful substances that can help with your recovery such as fresh ginger root brewed as a tea or propolis from bee pollen, to name but a few.  However, as with all prolonged or worsening symptoms, do seek medical advice to be on the safe side.



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