7 Tips to Fight the Flu and Feel Better Fast

While we both typically ward off many of the nasty bugs that float around this time of year by drinking lots of green smoothies and eating a clean diet, we both have battled colds, sore throats, and even the flu this year.


Being sick is no fun! And with the flu being at an all-time high, we thought it would be good to share some of our secrets to staying flu-free.

The good news is that it is possible to cut the duration of an illness in half with some super simple tips. Check out the tips below and leave us a comment.

Have you been sick this season? What are your tried and true tips for fighting nasty colds and flu bugs?

With bug fighting power,

Jo & Jules

7 Tips to Fight the Flu and Feel Better Fast

  • Rest, rest, rest! We can’t emphasize this enough. While cliché, this is truly THE most important thing you can do when you first get sick. If you don’t take this time to slow down, you’ll end up paying the price with a lingering cold or flu. Clear your calendar and rest. Everything else in your life can wait.
  • Cut the white stuff out. Sugar suppresses your immune system. Just 75-100 grams of sugar per day (i.e. – just two cans of soda), can cause a 50% drop in the ability of white blood cells to kill off those nasty little bugs. So while you’re sick be especially diligent to remove all sugars, even the so-called healthy ones like honey, agave syrup, beet sugar, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
  • Get a dose of “Happy Juice” vitamin D. In the winter we’re more susceptible to getting cold and flu bugs because we don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. In a recent study, influenza was reduced by over 42% when participants were taking 1,200 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. When you’re under the weather increase your daily dose of vitamin D3 to help you get back into your life, feeling your best, fast. Our favorite is Source Naturals Liquid Vitamin D3.
  • Pop a vial of Oscillococcinum. This homeopathic remedy is something that Jules and her family swear by! She uses it as flu prevention, and it also helped the family rebound much faster when they got sick a few weeks ago. Take 1 vial of Oscillococcinum 2-3 times per day when you feel any symptoms coming on.
  • Infuse your body with vitamin C. In a recent study, participants who took mega doses of vitamin C during the first 6 hours of feeling sick, reported fewer cold and flu symptoms. Oranges, papayas, broccoli, pineapple and Brussels sprouts are veggies and fruits high in naturally occurring vitamin C. When you’re under the weather make sure to supplement with at least 2,000- 3,000 mg of vitamin C per day. Jo swears by this remedy and takes up to 5,000 mg when she feels rundown. Our favorite whole foods vitamin C supplement is MegaFood Ultra C-400.
  • Eat like an Italian minus, the pasta, bread and dairy that is. We’re completely in love with oregano, specifically oregano essential oil. Oregano oil is a potent antimicrobial agent. Our favorite way to use oregano oil is by steaming and inhaling oregano oil that has been added to boiling water. Add boiling water to your sink with 1-2 drops of oregano oil, lean over the sink and place a towel over your head to seal in the steam. Inhale deeply over the sink for 5 minutes to bring the air into your lungs.
  • Load up on elderberry. This potent cold and flu remedy has been shown to improve influenza symptoms within 2 days of taking this supplement. We have Gaia Herbs Elderberry Capsules in our medicine cabinet and when we’re feeling under the weather we take 2 capsules 3 times per day. This is a must have this season!
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  • Scottie Spurzem

    I’ve had a flu for 3 days now and have not been sick in years. I think rest and drinking even more water than 1/2 body weight on oz is key. Lost 2 more pounds and have only had the aches, chills and runny nose flu/ cold. Feel better! Thank you for the tips. I will up my D and C for sure!

    • Jo Schaalman

      Hi Scottie,

      Yes, it happens to even the healthiest of the bunch. Resting is definitely the key. I hope you feel better!

  • Brenda Tyler

    Thanks for the tips to prevent and fight the flu. I haven’t gotten it so far this year and hope I don’t. From all I have heard it is a doozie this year!
    Btw, not trying to criticize, but the word for the tube of Oscillococcinum is vial, not vile. Vile means bad or evil. 😊
    Thanks again, for all your care and concern and immense help in trying to make people’s lives healthier!

    • Jo and Jules

      Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for catching that for us! We do truly appreciate it. Yay for staying healthy during this crazy flu season! XO, J&J

  • Jessica Kochik

    Great ideas! I’ve been a long time fan of Oscillococcinum so I’m glad to hear you guys promote that. Don’t forget about matcha tea too! <3

    • Jo and Jules

      Hi Jessica, You’re right! We love our matcha tea. Packed with antioxidants it’s a great wellness drink! Here’s our favorite: http://bit.ly/2aP2Q4a. XO, J&J

  • Julia

    I agree with every tip of this article, except Oscillococcinum! It is nothing more but a placebo and false marketing hoax. There is absolutely no science behind it. Please read how it was invented and what it’s made of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscillococcinum. The company that manufactures it has made millions of dollars by false advertising and mislabeling and had settled multiple lawsuits.

    • Jo and Jules

      Hi Julia, Thank you for sharing this. We’ve personally have had great results using Oscillococcinum for ourselves and our family. We will check out the link you provided. XO, J&J

  • Susan Conner

    I have the worst flu, if only someone would come make the green smoothies for me! Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sending someone to the store for D & Elderberry later!

    • Jo and Jules

      Oh no, Susan! We hope you get to feeling better soon and that these tips help you! Remember to REST, so important! XO, J&J

  • Tara

    Is it okay to put oregano oil in a vaporizer? Will it work the same?

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