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Recently, the flu has plagued many students, and is being transmitted from student to student. When I got the flu, I remember thinking to myself how can I get rid of this terrible feeling overnight. Now you don’t have to think about it, you can take action that helps you ensure that you’ll be disease free by tomorrow. Firstly, eat a breakfast high in antioxidants. Antioxidant plays a key role in cell protection; they also boost your immune system, and prevent free radicals from harming healthy cells. Make sure that you eat a diet that is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a key ingredient that your immune system needs in order to function. It highly advised to cut out sugar since it its chemical compound is close to that of vitamin C meaning that sugar is able to take the vitamin C place that is located in the immune system allowing your immune system to be at a low. Important reminder is you should stay hydrated constantly, try your best to avoid caffeinated drinks since it may dehydrate rather than hydrated you. Give time for your body to heal, cut out any hard labor and physical activity and allow your body to rest. By allowing your body to rest your body and immune system can mainly focus on overcoming the cold. When you get the flu your nose is runny and your throat is soar, place your head above a steaming bowl of hot water or take a hot shower to help appease and clear the airways. Gargling with saltwater may help to soothe a sore throat. Allow yourself to get at least eight hours to keep your immune system in outstanding shape. Hopefully you wake up feeling fresh and new.

Karim Ghobrial

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine : History of Medicine The Cost Of The Common Cold & Influenza