December and January are characterised by two things in Pakistan: weddings and the flu. By now, it just seems like everyone here is either attending a wedding or wrapped up in bed with hoards of used tissues around them.
Of course, being sick is not as much fun as shaking a leg to the latest Bollywood mixes. Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But hey, we’re here to make it easier for you!
Compiled from Times of India, here are some quick, easy and cost-effective ways to get rid of that flu just in time for the next big wedding.
Cold and Flu Causes and Treatment
A flu can severely dehydrate you, especially when accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea, so it’s important to consume fluids. Start with fruit juices rich in Vitamin C and if you’re not feeling up to the tangy taste, water will also do. Just stay away from caffeinated drinks as caffeine is a diuretic.
Other than this, chicken soup, herbal teas and warm milk are good options too. A particularly strong remedy is Golden Milk or haldi doodh as we call it in Pakistan. Just boil a glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric in it and it’ll clear up those sinuses in no time!
The best part about this remedy is that it can be done anywhere – even at a wedding. All you have to do is invest in a box of cough drop, lozenges or hard candy and make sure you have them at regular intervals to keep that bad throat in check.
But remember: these may look and taste like candy but they are not. This is a form of medicine you are taking that must be administered diligently for it to work. So be mindful of when and how much you need to have.