The 24 Hour Flu is a common expression we use for a bout of the flu that is short lived in its symptoms.
It doesn't refer to the flu incubation period or how long you are contagious.
The effects or symptoms of the flu may or may not literally last for 24 hours, but if we catch a flu bug that comes and goes within a day or so, we tend to refer to it as an influenza strain that falls into the 24 hour variety.
In fact, sometimes this is actually gastroenteritis.
One of the common symptoms that help us identify a short term flu infection is nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting. We also refer to this as the "stomach flu."
In influenza viruses that last several days,
the nausea is less common.
Other symptoms of the flu include headaches, fever, chills, muscle aches and pains, sore throat, coughing, and fatigue. Basically, you feel pretty miserable!
Unfortunately, it is not at all difficult to catch the flu bug.
The flu is usually contracted from airborne viruses from sneezing and coughing, but it can also be "caught" from the transfer of germs when touching contaminated surfaces - doorknobs, shopping carts, toys, etc.
There are many different flu viruses, and each year more strains develop. Pharmaceutical companies are constantly developing "vaccines" that are supposed to keep us from getting the newest strains, but in reality we are actually allowing the virus to be injected into us if we subject ourselves to these vaccines.
I'm NOT a big fan of flu vaccines. It means big bucks for the pharmaceutical companies, so they benefit, but I personally don't believe we benefit. In fact, I'm convinced that many people are much worse off when getting the flu vaccine.
I believe it's better to strengthen your body rather than weaken it. It makes much more sense to give your body more immune boosting nutrients through good food and nutritional supplements (like vitamins, minerals, and probiotics). Some of my favorites are:
If I know I've been around someone who has had the flu, I use Herbal Fiberblend for several days to cover the flu incubation period and flush out possible contaminants I may have picked up. I've had good success with this. I also use the HFB if I actually get the flu to get rid of it quickly.
Of course, there are other precautions you can and should take to try avoid getting the 24 hour flu or other flu virus. Something simple but effective is to wash your hands regularly, especially if you've been out and about. Make a conscious effort not to touch your face, eyes, mouth, nose, etc. until you do get a chance to wash your hands.
Obviously, you want to wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose, too, so that you don't pass it on to others if you're the carrier.
By taking simple and sensible precautions, you can reduce your chances of catching and passing the flu or cold. By acting quickly, you can also help deal with the symptoms of the flu as well.
To your good health!
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