January 14, 2019
Take care of your body when you have a flu
During this flu season, if you find yourself with a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, vomiting or diarrhea, you should see a doctor immediately. If you catch the influenza, you should quarantine yourself, avoid school and work, stay home and rest until you are better to avoid spreading the flu. When you have the flu, it is important to rest and eat properly. Some people may make chicken soup or tonic soup for those who are sick, but this will achieve the opposite result. Keep a light diet, keep warm appropriately, ensure air is circulating when indoors to help with recovery from influenza.
Influenza care from diet perspective:
– eat things that are nutritious yet easy to digest such as plain congee, steamed pork cake and vegetables.
– Drink warm water and rice water frequently. You can also try lemon water.
– Avoid tonic food, avoid chicken, ginseng, codonopsis root type of warm tonic ingredients.
– Avoid cold and raw foods
– Avoid oily and fried food, or things with additives and heavy flavoured
– Those with cold-wind type of flu should avoid oranges, bananas, pears, water chestnuts, and seafood that are cold in nature.
– Those with hot-wind type of flu should avoid hot natured food such as peach, ginger, Chinese dates
– Those with damp-wind tpe of flu should avoid fatty ingredients such as snow fungus, milk, and fish maw.
Influenza care from lifestyle perspective:
– Rest and keep warm, but don’t wear so many layers that you begin to sweat
– Ensure air is circulating when indoors but avoid getting blown on directly
– If you sweat, be sure to change into dry clothes as soon as possible