I've heard much about how coconut oil can kill flu virus. But when flu attacked me, I didn't know exactly how to fight back with coconut oil at first. I then tried taking various amount of coconut oil. And in the meantime, carried out some measures to supplement and complement my flu treatment with coconut oil whenever flu strikes me.
I also experimented and observed the oil's effect on my wife when she's down with flu. She's more prone to flu attack. "Thanks" to her highly-polluted workplace that's so densely populated with free radicals, viruses, bacteria and other malicious germs. Which allowed me the "honor" to perform several reality experiments.
The entire flu-fighting project spanned across almost a year. And I finally found a natural remedy for flu. It's exceptionally effective. And what's even better is that, you never have to suffer these flu symptoms anymore:
- Scratchy sore throat that makes you swallow even saliva painful, let alone enjoying your food.
- Loss of voice that makes you totally "speechless". You can't talk back when you need to.
- Runny nose that causes mucus to flow out like a running tap.
- Congested nose that forces you to breathe through your mouth like a fish.
- Rib-breaking cough that makes you lose your sleep, every night.
- Burning fever that triggers splitting headaches and makes you feel dizzy and weak, and shiver with cold for hours. Constipation may come along too.
To top it off, you won't need medication that makes you feel drowsy and spiritless all day long. Plus, you won't have to suffer the terrible side- and after-effects of medication. These are the benefits of using coconut oil to treat your flu.
However, don't expect to take coconut oil today and cure your flu tomorrow. Viruses are good at hiding in dark corners. So, it takes time for coconut oil to spot, fight and kill all flu viruses.
Do you know that coconut oil can help fix whatever internal damages (to the tissues and organs) the viruses have inflicted upon? That takes time as well.
Also, it largely depends on how weak your immunity has become after the viral attack and how much coconut oil you're taking as well as how far you're willing to go to get your flu cured.
It generally takes about 5–7 days to wipe out flu viruses with coconut oil and get your immunity back up to its self-defense state (you can sense its return). But you'll need an extra few days to completely recover as healing of inflamed tissues (especially the airway wall) normally takes a bit longer. And it gets draggy if you have a slow metabolism.
But that's not the point.
What matters most is that during the treatment, you can still enjoy your food without painful swallow, your voice may change but at least you can still speak loud and clear, you can still smell and taste delicious food, you'll still sleep well and you can still perform your job and go shopping as per normal... when you follow my lead.
1. How to kill your flu viruses with coconut oil
Here are the things you should do if you want to cure your flu without suffering from severe flu symptoms.
1.1 Detect onset of flu
You have to be extremely sharp at sensing the onset of flu symptoms signaled by your body.
It usually begins with an irritating dry throat (sometimes it could happen near the upper throat). And you thought it's a sign of thirst. So you start drinking lots of water. But the dryness just won't go away.
Chances are, you've been attacked by the notorious influenza viruses!
So, the false sign of thirst is the onset of flu symptoms. But sometimes the dryness may be too subtle for you to notice. It may also accompany with some "heaty" sensation (in the throat) which shows your body is very acidic.
Another way that may trigger the onset of flu is the growth of ulcer on or somewhere near your soft palate. That's because this is the sore spot that often inflames and encourages flu infection. The ulcer may stick around but be hidden from sight.
Anyway, listen closely to your body and look out for those telltale signs.
This is extremely crucial because at the onset of symptoms the viruses are still weak and in minimal quantity. And hence, of less threat. If you can catch the signs earlier, it'll be easier to strike the viruses at this point before they run wild and multiply ferociously.
If you don't fight the viruses as early as you can and let the symptom advances to sore throat, you won't be able to enjoy your food and swallow them without pain like you used to.
Also, you won't be able to sleep well as the excruciating pain may wake you up several times in the middle of the night when you swallow saliva.
But that's not the worst!
Have you ever gone through a cough that lasts for an entire month and when you cough, you feel an extreme sharp pain in your ribs?
That's the "red alert" signal of inflamed muscle tissues between ribs. Your rib bone may even break if your terrible cough persists. I've been there and I lost my sleep throughout that month. And I suspected my ribs have broken. One of the super terrible experiences I've had in my entire life!
But I was considered lucky because some people have had their lungs infected or even kidney damaged from persistent cough. Brain damage may even occur if coughing goes extreme.
What I'm trying to tell you is that, the last flu symptom you would ever want to deal with is cough, not sore throat.
Sore throat will eventually subside after few days when you're cautious about what you eat even without the help of coconut oil.
But cough is the real killer. It can climb up to the devastating level and the recovery is often slow and draggy. No other flu symptoms can turn out as lethally destructive as cough.
So, don't take the early symptoms lightly. Treat it as an emergency. And take action immediately before the flu viruses break out and start wrecking your body like hell.
1.2 Choose correct type of coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil packs a complete set of antimicrobials in it, consisting of mainly lauric acid (40–50%), capric acid (5–6%), caprylic acid (6–7.5%) and others. Lauric acid possesses the strongest antiviral prowess of all the virus-fighting components.
Hence, choose organic virgin coconut oil for your flu treatment.
Virgin coconut oil kills flu very effectively. Being organic helps you recover from flu faster. Storing in glass keeps you away from plastic leaching risk.
However, if you really can't stand its natural coconut scent (one of the disadvantages of virgin coconut oil), use organic RBD coconut oil instead. It's odorless but yet contains ALMOST as much antimicrobials as virgin coconut oil.
What's even better is that unlike many other refined coconut oils, RBD coconut oil does not have a smoky stench or funny smell.
Notice I said "ALMOST"?
No matter how good a refined coconut oil is, its antimicrobial properties can never be on a par with those in virgin coconut oil. But if you find hard to accept virgin coconut oil, then the next best option would be RBD coconut oil.
Processed from dried coconut meat that turns yellow upon drying due to presence of minerals, RBD coconut oil looks yellowish in liquid state. Such slight discoloration is normal. Not a sign of low quality.
1.3 Ingest adequate amount of coconut oil
Once you've caught the onset of flu symptoms and got yourself virgin or RBD coconut oil, follow these guidelines. But you're free to tweak and fine-tune the amount and dosage of coconut oil to suit your preference, body condition and lifestyle.
If you're already a seasoned coconut oil eater...
Take 1 TABLEspoon every 2 hours OR 1 to 1½ TEAspoon every hour during your waking hours. Mix it with some beverages (like juice, smoothies, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk etc) where possible. This will make it easier for you to swallow coconut oil.
As you need to consume every one or 2 hours, you don't need a big glass of beverage or it'll make you too full to take in coconut oil later on. For example, add coconut oil to probably just 100 ml of almond milk each time and stir well and then gulp down the mixture and you're done.
If you prefer to mix with solid food, go ahead. But make sure the food is in small portion so that you can continue to bring in coconut oil to fight flu throughout the day. That way you won't gain weight easily too.
By eating so much coconut oil on the first day, the flu symptoms may dramatically subside or even vanish within a day. I've achieved that several times.
However, if you feel that's too much and too frequent for you especially when you've gotten some side effects from coconut oil, you can reduce to taking ½ tablespoon every 3 hours. Or, at least take 3 tablespoons per day, every day and spread out the doses like this – 1 Tbsp added to breakfast, 1½ Tbsp to lunch and ½ Tbsp to dinner.
I recommend taking more coconut oil during the day than in the evening. Our metabolism maxes out during the day. This helps to quickly unleash more antimicrobials from coconut oil to fight and kill flu. So, you'll feel better when night falls.
Your antibodies are essentially outnumbered, so you need at least that quantity of coconut oil to step up your immunity. However, if you feel you can increase to 4 tablespoons or even more, by all means.
But make sure you spread out the amount. Taking 3 or 4 tablespoons (or even just 2 Tbsps) in one sitting may make you feel nauseous or cause some peculiar reaction in your stomach, even if you're a veteran coconut oil eater.
If you're a first-timer...
Take 2 tablespoons per day like this – introduce 1 Tbsp to your breakfast, the other to your lunch.
Although coconut oil tends to cause diarrhea on first-timers (because your body system has yet to adapt to its detox effect), as the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in the oil that fight flu viruses are the same as those that loosen your bowels, you should not feel the runs easily since most of the MCFAs are busy fighting and killing flu viruses, leaving very little behind to loosen your bowels.
Please note that because you're taking only 2 tablespoons per day, the flu-fighting power won't be as strong as when you take 3 tablespoons.
However, to play safe, consume only 2 tablespoons (with your meals) each day for the first 2 days and leave at least a few hour interval between each intake. And then observe your body for any unusual reaction.
If you feel okay with your stomach (no pain, no diarrhea-like symptom) and you don't feel queasy at all, you're safe and move on to raising the dosage to 3 tablespoons per day after that, like this – 1 Tbsp with breakfast, 1½ with lunch and ½ with dinner.
And stick to just 3 tablespoons daily until your flu is completely cured.
That's my recommendation for first-timers. But if you're desperate to kill flu and you want to get right into 3 or 4 tablespoons on the first day, by all means.
Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your body's reactions. If you sense something is wrong, reduce or even stop your coconut oil intake.
When our body is concentrating most of its resources on fighting flu, food digestion will become weaker and thus slower, and intestinal walls will not be as sensitive as they used to even though we eat lots of fiber and drink adequate water to create the bulk for stimulating bowel movement.
To make matters worse, when your body raises its temperature in an attempt to kill the viruses or bacteria that have infected your body, more fluid is lost through heat dissipation. Hence, we tend to feel a little constipated during flu infection.
If you take meat and other animal-based foods, your constipation can get worse during flu. So, I suggest that you take more soft but nutrient-dense and fiber-rich meals during this flu-fighting period. By the way, fiber-rich food can help soothe the discomfort caused by coconut oil.
1.4 Oil pulling with coconut oil
Hold a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish and gargle for 15–20 minutes.
By itself, coconut oil cannot kill flu. It's only when it reacts with the enzymes in our saliva (or in our stomach) that free up the fatty acids in coconut oil and make them the virus killer.
And not just flu viruses, harmful bacteria are "scared" of coconut oil too.
Our mouth contains also other bacteria that can weaken your immune system and make your flu symptoms worse. So, rinsing your mouth with coconut oil will definitely improve your flu symptoms (especially sore throat and runny nose).
Do at least once in the morning and once at night before bed.
But remember, after gargling and swishing coconut oil inside your mouth, don't swallow it because there will be thousands of "dead bodies" left (after bacteria and viruses are killed) and loads of smelly toxins (released by bacteria when they die) within the content. Spit it all out.
But if you happen to swallow a bit by accident, don't worry, that won't kill you.
You can skip this step if swishing oil in your mouth disgusts you. But you'll heal relatively slower unless you perform extremely well in the following few points.
1.5 Maintain good oral hygiene
Flu infection begins inside your mouth.
And if you compromise on your oral hygiene, it can further develop into flu complications such as sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia or even heart attacks.
Therefore, keep the bacterial count in your mouth as minimal as possible by brushing your teeth well (for at least 3–5 minutes) before and after sleep.
Remember to brush your tongue as well because the thin white coating (developed as a result of post food consumption) on your tongue is food for bacteria inside your mouth.
As important as oral hygiene, keep your hands germ-free with frequent washing.
1.6 Restore your pH
Did you know that flu viruses thrive in an acidic body?
When your body turns acidic, it means that you have taken in too much acid-forming substances that cause the pH level of your blood to drop from its usual slightly-alkaline (pH of 7.35–7.45) state.
When this occurs, your body system will attempt with all its might to purge the acidic components via your lungs and kidneys. At the same time, it'll pull the alkaline resources from your body or food intake to help elevate the pH value back to its performing level.
Why is this regulation of blood pH so important?
As red blood cells carry oxygen to other cells in your body, an acidic blood can cause red blood cells to clump together and paralyze the delivery of oxygen. When oxygen fails to reach those cells (trillions of them) in hour of need, you will die.
That explains why our body needs to constantly maintain its blood pH at its functional range.
However, frequent and resource-intensive lifting of your blood pH can vastly deplete the nutritional resources in your body. This will stress out your system over time and drastically weaken the functions of your key organs like spleen and liver that in turn, cause your immunity to nose-dive as a result.
When your immune system is compromised, it cannot produce sufficient antibodies in time to fight any pernicious intruders. This is where flu viruses start to thrive, infest and colonize.
Hence, to drive flu away and keep it at bay you have to alkalize your body. How?
Quit smoking if you're a smoker. Smoking imports countless free radicals into your body that damage your pH balance. A smoker's blood tends to turn acidic easily and that's why they're so much prone to flu infection. And when flu attacks them, they feel very much terrible and take very much longer to heal.
Okay, I know. Stubbing out your last cigarette can be a real challenge to a mentally weak addict like you. But at least learn to reduce the number of sticks per day since quitting cold turkey is definitely impossible for now.
Even if you're a non-smoker, avoid second-hand smoke. Inhaling second-hand smoke may damage your pH balance even more since you don't know how to breathe out some portion of the smoke.
Avoid alcohol because it increases your blood acidity level.
Avoid all kinds of animal meat (including fish, crabs and other sea animals).
Meat carries toxins and leaves behind tons of acidic ashes after digestion, which cause a meat-eater's body to be super acidic as a whole (see the pH scale above). That explains why flu and many other viruses and bacteria "favor" meat-eaters. They fall sick very easily.
Avoid fried food, sparkling water (carbonated drinks), caffeinated drinks and high-sugar (refined carb) food and beverages because they can dramatically lower your pH level. (Good news for you. You'll shed off some pounds when you avoid these junkies.)
In short, avoid anything that makes your body acidic so as to minimize the depletion of essential nutrients your body would need for building a powerful army of flu fighters.
Eat more dark leafy greens like Swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, baby spinach, kale and broccoli etc. These greens are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and especially minerals (such as calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium etc) that can alkalize your body exceptionally fast.
The easiest way to obtain most of their nutrients is to blend them into green smoothies. Eat them raw rather than cooked to reap as much nutrients as you can (heating can destroy certain percentage of nutrients in food).
If you find it troublesome to buy so much greens and blend them into smoothies, then try this green superfood powder, which provides a convenient way to alkalize your body in less than a minute.
Crafted with 7 alkalizing farm fresh greens and loaded with antioxidants, this powerhouse will alkalize your body super fast and fix your damaged cells quickly by neutralizing the rampant free radicals.
To speed things up, dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 200 ml of water and drink it right before an alkaline meal. If you find it too sour for you, add some more water. If you have gastric issue, sip it bit by bit during the meal to mellow its effect on your gastric.
Taking apple cider vinegar improves your body's ability to absorb nutrients. This can help you get more out of your dark leafy greens or superfood powder.
Make sure you choose one that is organic and raw, and contains the Mother culture in it, which are what make the apple cider vinegar beneficial. Also, choose one that is stored in glass container as it has a pH 4, which is quite corrosive (plastic may leach whereas glass is non-reactive).
Given its high concentration of acetic acid, this ACV can help you break down food more efficiently for greater nutrient absorption.
But I got to warn you, this type of cider is super smelly. The smellier it is, the better will be its quality. If you want to heal faster, pinch your nose and drink it.
As you need a variety of nutrients for recovery, consuming nuts and seeds (especially flaxseeds that carry lots of omega-3 which can help to speed up recovery) are essential. But because of their high content of unsaturated fats, eat them sparingly.
On the other hand, though coconut oil contains a very small quantity of free fatty acids that make it slightly acidic, its acidity won't make you more acidic as compared to meat, carbonated drinks and others as mentioned above. Moreover, its flu-killing power far outweighs its effect on your acidity level. So, don't worry about that.
Flaxseeds provide the most ALA omega-3 for conversion to DHA and EPA. Afraid not enough DHA and EPA conversion? Coconut oil improves conversion. Store ground flaxseeds in an opaque and airtight container. And keep them in fridge. These anti-oxidative measures help ground flaxseeds to maintain high levels of ALA omega-3.
1.7 No cold stuff
Flu virus not only thrives in an acidic body, but it thrives in a low-temp body too.
That's why you should never expose your body to cold drinks, cold food (such as ice-cream), cold shower or air-conditioned room no matter how hot the weather is at this point where you're at high risk of getting flu or already infected.
Although our body can adjust its temperature back to its norm (about 98.6 °F or 37 °C) whenever it detects a low temperature, setting your body temperature to 'Low' while drinking cold beverages, licking ice-cream, taking cold shower or staying in an air-conditioned room for even just a few minutes is long enough for influenza viruses to multiply like crazy.
Moreover, lifting temperature back up to its functional state may use up lots of nutritional resources (just like regulating blood pH as mentioned in section 1.6) that are required for our body to fight flu. So, keep cold stuff away at all costs.
1.8 Take multiple small meals
Taking multiple small meals can help relieve your digestive load since as said earlier, your digestive system won't be able to run at its best now. Burdening your digestive system can further weaken your immunity.
To give you an idea of "small meal", keep your satiety between 60 and 70%. This helps you avoid feeling too full and clumsy but yet at the same time, avoid getting hungry easily.
Even when you've healed, you should never exceed 70%, which is the ideal satiety to maintain optimal immunity.
Chew well to aid in digestion. But be careful of your mastication because sometimes you might accidentally bite your lips, tongue or the inside of your cheek while chewing food. This causes open wound in your mouth.
Open wound can easily get exposed to both bacterial and viral attacks and then develop into ulcers or something more complicated, which can aggravate your flu condition. Choking on food or drink can cause injury to your throat too.
Speaking of wound or injury, steaming hot food or beverages may scorch your skin and damage your tongue or other parts inside your mouth too.
Therefore, make sure you wait till the food or drink turns less hot before you consume.
Don't blow on hot food or drink because the carbon dioxide (CO2) that you blow out will react with the steam vapor (H2O) to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), which then falls back onto the food or drink.
CO2 + H2O → H2CO3
When you consume the food or drink that is tainted with carbonic acid, they increase your blood acidity level. Use fan to cool your hot food or drink.
1.9 Hold off hot chili
If you love chili, I know it's going to be tough to ask you not to eat it. But if you don't want your sore throat to aggravate, you don't want your runny nose to expel mucus like mini waterfall, you don't want to cough up your lungs, chili is a no-no until your flu is completely cured.
1.10 Keep your body hydrated
Adequate water intake can help to regulate your body temperature and reduce your discomfort when you got a fever in the event of fighting flu.
It also helps to keep your blood circulation at normal rate so nutrients can timely be delivered to help rebuild and replace cells that have been damaged by flu viruses and boost your immune system.
With sufficient flowing of fluid in your body, you can more easily purge toxins via sweating and bowel movements.
How do you know you have adequate water intake? By observing your urine color.
|Urine color||What it means||What you should do|
|Bright yellow||Low body fluid||Drink more water|
|Pale yellow or close to clear||Sufficient body fluid||Control your water intake to maintain at this color|
|Clear or transparent||Too much body fluid||Stop drinking water until it turns pale yellow|
But do remember to add some salt to your water when you start feeling groggy or having some degree of astringency (chalky or "sandpapery" sensation) on your tongue and lips.
That could be a warning to inform you that you have consumed too much water that causes your sodium level in blood to run low (i.e. hyponatremia).
1.11 Avoid outdoor activities
Avoid ALL outdoor activities as far as you can for the first 3 days.
If you really need to go out for working, running errands, or especially visiting your friend or family in hospital where nasty germs are literally everywhere, put on an effective respirator mask. This way you won't infect others. And at the same time you won't get yourself further intoxicated with more free radicals, bacteria, additional flu viruses and other invisible ghoulish microbes out there.
Put on this effective respirator to keep off more viruses and other pathogens, including dust, second-hand smoke and PM 2.5. It prevents your loved ones from getting infected by you too. Re-usable.
On top of that, take coconut oil with you so that you can continue to fight flu wherever you go.
1.12 Rest more
That goes without saying, right? But how many people do that? Do you?
You know what, when you overwork and your body doesn't get enough quality rest, it can't fix damaged cells timely and effectively to keep your body function normally. Result? Your body becomes exhausted and weak over time. And you become prone to flu.
So, be nice to your body. Let it rest well especially during flu infection so that you can gain quicker recovery from flu since the yields of making new cells and repairing damaged cells are higher during resting or sleeping.
Resting well also enables your body to get rid of acidic components more efficiently, thus restoring your pH balance and stepping up your immunity level.
Of course, you can still carry out light chores at home. You can even do some simple workouts such as yoga stretching, marching in place or arm swinging to help invigorate your cells for quicker healing especially on the 4th or 5th day when you feel a lot better.
But still, no strenuous exercises as they'll put a strain on your body while it's busy fighting flu. You should only resume strenuous workouts when you're at least 95% recovered.
1.13 Find inner peace
Negative emotions especially anger can trigger massive production of toxins in our body.
If our liver gets overloaded with these toxins, it can run into a disorder and affect its 400+ functions on us.
One of the functions affected is its ability to purge acidic components for balancing pH. Moreover, toxins are corrosively acidic by nature. So, that would make your body even more acidic and alkalizing it would require more work and effort.
Therefore, learn to manage your anger and cultivate peace in your mind so as to free up your liver. Easier said than done, right?
Created by Dr. Steve G. Jones, a veteran clinical hynotherapist, you'll learn from his program how you can effortlessly keep off your rage. Staying emotionally calm creates a robust immune system to fight flu.
Well, it takes time, honestly. I used to be super hot-tempered. But after years of learning the Way to contain my temper and finding inner peace, I realize the things that we get angry at most of the times are usually very tiny stuff. Not worth blowing your top.
Really. If you step back and take an honest look at your past disputes with others, you would understand what I'm saying.
1.14 Prevention is better than cure
Sounds like a broken record? But how many people practise that?
Why let flu viruses attack you in the first place then you start taking desperate measures to drive them out? Why not stop them dead in their tracks before they even get close to you?
As a matter of fact, detecting the onset of flu symptoms is not a flu prevention. It merely helps you prevent the flu viruses from inflicting further damages and spreading inflammation when you combat flu as early as possible.
Actually, there's a good way to truly prevent flu.
Observe for cold hands, especially when you're in a cool environment (like a mall or an office) or when you're in contact with water. That's the obvious signs of low immunity level, which means, you're NOW vulnerable to flu viruses and other harmful germs.
In other words, some flu viruses may have already entered your body and they're probably in their initial state of replication. Once the replication gets out of control, they'll begin to attack the weakest spot – your throat.
So, don't wait till the flu viruses break out and then start to take more coconut oil and apply the measures I shared above.
Even before the onset of flu symptoms, as soon as you feel your hands are cold, improve your diet by increasing your intake of greens, and at the same time, increasing your coconut oil intake plus applying the aforementioned tips from section 1.4 to 1.13 until your hands naturally return to their normal warmth when they come into contact with water or stay in cool environment.
Here's a simple tip to quickly warm up your hands anytime, anywhere – rub your hands together to create frictional heat in between. This may be just a stopgap measure, but good enough to prevent your immunity from dropping further.
Another tip to help prevent a dramatic drop in your immunity is, drink a glass of water to cool yourself down a bit before dashing into an air-conditioned room or jumping into a swimming pool in a hot weather.
The purpose of drinking water like that is to help reduce the drastic change to your body temperature, thereby minimizing the transitional shock your body has to undertake.
And it is usually in this "shock" state that a body becomes easily susceptible to a flu or cold attack. Just like handing/taking over of duties between security guards. It's the best timing to attack.
2. Special notes for you when treating flu with coconut oil
You should at all times try to reduce your exposure to more risk. These points will give you some ideas.
2.1 Are you on medication?
Coconut oil generally does not work against medicines. But if you're on special medication, please consult your doctor or specialist about taking coconut oil. Just to be on the safe side.
2.2 Coconut oil is a food
It doesn't matter whether to eat coconut oil before, during or after meal. You can literally mix it with all kinds of food and beverages since coconut oil is a food itself. In other words, you can eat coconut oil on its own or add it to food.
2.3 Don't be complacent
Your feeling better on the third day might make you think you can reduce the doses because you've had enough of coconut oil in the last couple of days.
DON'T do that.
The first few days are the most critical because your own immune system has not fully recovered to fight the viruses alone yet. If you get carried away and let your guard down at this juncture, the viruses will seize this opportunity to multiply and break out again.
2.4 Keep your guard up
Your sore throat may seem to improve when you're moving about (especially during daytime) because a warm body helps to keep virus in check.
But when your body temperature drops to prep for sleep, this almost always encourages flu viruses (without fail) to insanely grow and aggravate the soreness in your throat and cause pain as a result.
My point is, same as the previous point, never lower your defense against the virus when you feel the pain in your throat (or any other symptoms) subsiding. Continue to keep a close watch on the symptoms and be sure to discipline yourself on what you should or shouldn't do during this sensitive period.
2.5 Coconut oil can't fight cold
If you're hit by cold rather than flu, though coconut oil can't kill cold viruses, it does help to get rid of other harmful microbes that gain entry into your body. This relieves stress on your immune system so that your immune system can concentrate on fighting cold viruses.
In a way, coconut oil does help to fight cold, but indirectly. And because cold is generally less severe than flu, you tend to heal faster with coconut oil. Provided you begin the treatment earlier before it progresses to severe cold.
2.6 Best way to open your airways
Don't blow your nose too hard if it gets very runny or the mucus gets stuck inside that blocks your breathing.
Blow it gently to prevent damaging the delicate structures in the nasal lining. Damaged tissues can cause unnecessary bleeding and inflammation. It can even drive harmful microbes deeper into the nasal cavity, where they can further infect the body.
Or better, use an effective nasal spray to loosen your mucus and open up your airways.
I don't usually recommend products that contain some form of drugs. But if you really need a solution badly to relieve your congested nose and improve your sleep quality, then this nasal spray should help you.
2.7 Advice for severe cough
If unfortunately, your flu symptom has already advanced to severe cough by the time you read this piece, you must understand that right now it is the inflammation and intense damage to your respiratory system (rather than the flu viruses) that cause the severe cough and vice versa.
And the damage made can easily outdo the repair work that coconut oil is helping with if you were to take coconut oil at this point in time. Which means, taking coconut oil at this juncture does not seem to help much with relieving the cough.
The option you should take now is to seek help from a specialist. But that doesn't mean you should not take coconut oil at all. You should instead so that it can work hand-in-hand with the prescribed medication to help your body recover faster.
2.8 Keep eating coconut oil throughout flu
Even though you take more greens and whole foods, and go all out to restore your pH balance and carry out other measures, your flu won't heal as fast as it should.
That's because by improving your diet and restoring your pH, you're merely strengthening the production of your antibodies to fight the viruses alone. This is never enough especially when flu viruses have already taken hold.
Don't forget that free radicals will take this opportunity to strike and destroy even more cells and tissues.
So, it's important to maintain your coconut oil intake throughout the flu treatment since MCFAs are potent virus killers while the saturated fats in coconut oil are good at neutralizing free-radical reactions.
2.9 Keep yourself warm and avoid polluted places
It may take longer to cure your flu when weather turns cold because flu viruses become particularly active in low temperature. Or when you expose yourself to polluted air. Hence, do your best to keep yourself warm and stay away from polluted environment.
2.10 Eat healthily
Eating junk food will negate the effect of coconut oil on flu treatment. Therefore, choose only wholesome and healthy food to eat.
2.11 Avoid eating out where possible
Dine in as much as possible since you'll never get to know 100% how those outside eateries handle the food, the quality of ingredients they use and their hygiene levels (you never know they might pass more viruses and bacteria to you via their food preparation).