How to Treat the Flu

How to Treat the Flu

We are all susceptible to the flu. For most, it comes lurking once or twice a year, sucks the body of energy, empties the stomach, and leaves without so much as a "thank you." This year will be different. You can be ready when the nasty little bug comes calling with a nauseated feeling or an achy head.

Tips

1. Get to bed and stay there. The number one way to kick the stomach flu to the curb is to get plenty of rest. Contrary to popular belief, you can't get rid of sickness by running your body ragged.

2. Hide your stimulants and depressants. The flu will feed on cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol. Stay sober to soothe your stomach.

3. Drink up. Although nausea can leave you feeling too uneasy to ingest anything, hydration is essential when treating the flu. Drink water, clear soda or sports drinks. Sip at your beverage. Gulping down liquid will upset your stomach causing you to vomit, which will cause you to be dehydrated, which will put you right back where you started.

4. Treat heavy pains and aches with an over-the-counter dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The stomach flu will go away without any medication, but if the pain is keeping you from sleeping, it's a good idea to take a dose every 4 to 6 hours.

5. Wash your hands constantly. The flu will leave you much faster (and probably not come back) if you wash your hands frequently. No other action is better for the health of your body.

6. Eliminate stress. Stress on your body will almost certainly extend the period of aches, pains and an upset stomach. Skip work or school. Put aside obligations. Everyone gets sick, so everyone will understand the need for you to slow down for 24 to 48 hours.