Stomach flu isn’t really a flu. It’s a form of digestive upset which is caused by a virus. It’s very like food poisoning, but that’s caused by a bacteria.
Medically, flu is also considered to be caused by a virus, hence the name of stomach flu.
Symptoms are typically nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, but really any digestive symptoms can be present.
If you are prone to stomach flu, it shows two things. One is that your immune system is not strong enough to prevent a virus taking hold. The second is that your weakness is your stomach.
Everyone has a weakness. For some it’s their lungs. For others, it’s their joints. Maybe yours is your digestive system.
So to avoid further bouts of stomach flu, you need to address these two aspects. The following lists effective ways to improve these areas:
- Raw food. This is all important. Make sure at least 50% (preferably more) is raw fruit and vegetables. Enzymes are destroyed by cooking, but are essential to a healthy gastrointestinal system.
- Cut back on the acid making foods. These include processed food (white sugar, artificial sweeteners, white flour, white rice, packets, fast food, etc) and animal protein (meat, chicken, eggs, dairy).
- Digestive problems are telling you your liver is struggling. Medical drugs, vaccines, OTC drugs, recreational drugs all put your liver under strain to a greater or lesser degree. Avoid them as much as you can. Avoid excessive alcohol for the same reason. Try to avoid chemicals in your home.
- Practice having a positive, optimistic frame of mind. This will go a long way to improving your overall health. Negative or pessimistic people are more unhealthy. Let go of those friends or colleagues who drag you down.
- Get out into nature. Become part of it. Delight in the way the raindrops fall, the sun rises, the buds fill out, the leaves change colour, the aerobatic of the birds…
- Exercise in some way. It could be walking your dog regularly, or going to the gym, or taking up yoga. Anything that you will enjoy, so you will do regularly and happily.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. You optimum amount may be three hours or eight hours. Only you know how much you need to be alert. Make sure you get it.
- Get enough sun. You need at least an hour’s exposure to sunlight every day to keep you healthy. The sun also converts cholesterol into vitamin D. Exposure should be on naked skin (no sun block) and naked eyes. Just don’t frazzle or overdo it in the middle of the day in summer.
- Buy yourself a homeopathic home prescribing kit which includes medicines for stomach flu. That way you can nip it in the bud if a bout does come along.
Stomach flu doesn’t have to be a serious illness. But it could be a wake up call for you to take remedial action. Taking proactive action now will bode well for your future health. Allow it to continue, and you can expect your health to deteriorate.