There are plenty of alternatives to pill popping when you feel the flu setting in. Taking an offensive stance against getting sick will usually help you stay well. Of course, once in a while those pesky germs sneak through and before you know it, you feel like you could be starring in your own decongestant commercial. It is not a good idea to take a bunch of over the counter medication in the hopes of simply sleeping through your cold or flu. Sure it’s tempting but there are better ways to help yourself feel better and to get over your flu.

There are plenty of natural options to help people combat cold and flu symptoms. Try a few of the options presented in this article.

Healing Soup

Believe it or not–there has been some scientific evidence that chicken soup really does contain healing properties. Many people find that eating some chicken soup when they first feel sick is all they need to feel better, which makes sense because chicken soup is full of ingredients that are beneficial for your system (the vegetables and nutrients and the chicken are really good for you), so it is only natural that you reach for the soup first and the over the counter medications last.

Garlic Power

Getting rid of your toxins is easy when you eat garlic. If you want to get better fast, take 500 mgs of garlic thrice daily when you have a cold so that the garlic can really do its job. To get 500mgs into your system, eat one clove of garlic. If you don’t want to take a tablet to get your 500mgs, just include a clove of garlic into each meal you cook. It’s easy to keep garlic on hand-bottles of the spice are relatively inexpensive and garlic flowers are even cheaper. Taking in the extra garlic is great but don’t keep the regiment up longer than five days. You should consult your doctor if you are still very sick after five days.

Sugar Problem

Don’t eat sugar. Sugar slows down your immune system which makes it easier for colds and flues to take hold. Lots of people say that, after they stop eating sugar, they start to feel a lot better. Instead of choosing a sugary drink (which might taste better), choose water because water helps you flush out toxins and sugary drinks helps them get in. Sugar might taste great but it is terrible for your system and it can hinder all of hard work that your natural health remedies are doing to get you well.

Strengthening your immune system through natural health practices is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick at all. Using natural health methods to treat your colds and flues helps to strengthen your immune system, kill your current cold or flu and to keep new colds and flues from attacking you. Natural cures are almost always better for you than chemical cures which is why your body responds better to natural methods of treating illness.