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How to Fight the Flu and Recover Faster

According to CNN, we are on track for one of the worst flu seasons on record.

Because the flu is widespread this winter, and we bet you know someone who is really suffering. While there is no cure, there are some ways you can relieve your symptoms.

Here’s how to fight the flu and recover faster.

Congestion Relief

Besides feeling terrible, your congestion is probably driving you crazy.

One very old, but useful solution, is to use the steam from hot water to clear your congestion. While you could boil a pot of water and lean over it to clear your nasal passages, you can also make use of your hot tub.

Not only is a hot tub soothing a relaxing, but the hot tub steam can keep your congestion at bay. In addition, because the steam covers such a large area, there’s more of it. This means it can get to work clearing your nose and throat and make your breathing easier.

Do make sure your hot tub water is balanced and properly maintained before getting in.

How to Fight the Flu and Recover Faster

Aching Body Relief

With the flu comes a fever, and that means your body aches.

Spending a little bit of time in your hot tub can make you feel better. The warm, massaging water and its buoyancy help alleviate your muscles aches and body pains.

We recommend asking your doctor first, though, especially if you are running a fever.

Gentle Sleep

Sleep is hard to come by when you have the flu. You may have a hard time breathing, or perhaps you’re taking a decongestant that makes it hard to sleep.

You can try a hot tub soak for 15-20 minutes about two hours before you’re ready to go to bed.

This helps you relax your mind and body while dropping your body temperature so you fall asleep quicker and sleep better.

Stress Relief

Being sick in bed with the flu is stressful especially if you have the pressure of work and your family’s routine.

Stress isn’t helpful for your body, especially when you’re trying to fight the flu.

Reduce your stress levels by soaking in your hot tub. This may be just what your body needs to fight the flu and recover faster.

To Conclude

Finally, you want to stay hydrated when your sick. This is even more important if you’re using your hot tub.

Keep your spa clean and don’t soak for more than 15-20 minutes at one time. Let someone know when you’re getting in so they can check on you in case you fall asleep.

It’s also important to keep your hot tub water clean. Make sure someone in your household is testing and balancing the water so you have the safest, most therapeutic experience possible.

Please note that this information is not doctor’s advice, and you should consult with your physician first.