Flu Survival Kit: A Self-Care Kit for Your Home
Keep these medicines and remedies on hand in case the flu bug bites.
Fluids to Rehydrate When You Have the Flu
What to Get: Options include plain water, bottled water,
sports-rehydrating drinks, children's rehydrating drinks such as Pedialyte,
ginger ale, flat soda, and chicken soup. Surviving the flu is more comfortable
if you stay hydrated.
What to Know, How to Take Them: When you are battling the flu, aim to
drink enough fluids to make your urine clear or light yellow, which indicates
proper hydration, suggests pharmacist Vibhuti Arya. Ginger ale or flat soda can
help calm stomach upset, says Arroyo. "Stay away from milk and orange
juice," King suggests, "because with the flu you tend to have nausea
and milk and citrus can aggravate nausea."
It could help to keep track of your fluid intake. "A lot of people think
they drink more [fluids] than they do," King says. Staying hydrated can
help loosen the secretions, some research suggests.
The medicinal effects of chicken soup on flu and colds have been discussed
and debated since the Middle Ages. But a study published in 2000 in the journal
Chest found that chicken soup reduced the migration of a kind of white
blood cell called a neutrophil, thought responsible for producing some of the
symptoms of flu, at least in the laboratory.