Monday, December 27, 2010

Dont Let the Flu Ruin Your Holiday Break

Make no mistake, it's cold and flu season. It's nearly impossible to escape exposure -- but here are the best ways to avoid being struck down.

Echinacea is an antibacterial and antiviral herb that can turn into a healthy brew. Try just three grams a day if you feel sick. A recent study shows three cloves of garlic a day could help fight those nasty ailments. If you don't like the taste, experts recommend mixing it with olive oil and lemon juice and putting it on your salad.

How about ginger? The root can act as an antihistamine and decongestant. One simple tea recipe with ginger, honey, and a hint of lemon and you can help clear nasty congestion. You can't go wrong with olive leaf extract. It is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. By putting only three to five drops in warm water, you can help get rid of a sore throat.

Experts say that no matter what you use as treatment, you should start taking it right away. Viruses duplicate within the first 48 hours of symptoms.