While there’s no cure for the flu, there are natural remedies that might help soothe flu symptoms. They may also help shorten how long a person has the flu.
Healthline recommends drinking plenty of water and other fluids, regardless of whether you have a respiratory flu or a stomach flu.
“Water helps to keep your nose, mouth and throat moist,” it says. “This helps your body get rid of built-up mucus and phlegm.”
Rest and sleep are also important. Sleeping helps boost the immune system, which helps fight off the flu virus.
It might sound a bit old-fashioned, but warm chicken or beef bone broth are a good way to stay hydrated. These soups also help to loosen and break up nose and sinus congestion.
Healthline says bone broth is also naturally high in protein and minerals such as sodium and potassium. Drinking broth is a good way to replenish these nutrients while you have the flu and protein is important for rebuilding immune cells.