Colds are one thing. Flu is quite another.
With colds, my practice has simply been to go on with my life. Usually I drink about double the amount of coffe I would normally drink, which perks me up. Eventually, the cold goes away.
With the flu, I just want to sleep. So I do. You’re not uncomfortable if you’re not conscious. I have always been a pretty “high fever” person, and I cover up and just kind of sweat it out while I’m asleep. My wife gets concerned about my fever, but it doesn’t seem to harm me.
But strangely, I have not had either a cold or the flu for several years. Nothing at all. I’m not sure why. I used to have them a lot. I did start eating one or two oranges every night a few years ago, because I like them; particularly those homely little Texas oranges that have thin skins, lots of seeds, and are sweet like candy. Sometimes, I get a real craving for them and eat three or four, one right after the other. I don’t know why that happens. In recent years, I have also worked outside more than I ever did before; regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, wind, whatever. Whether that bumps up one’s metabolism, enabling one to perhaps fight off disease better, I do not know. I just know that I haven’t had a cold or the flu in years, and that it corresponded in time with both my orange-eating and working outside in all weather.
Perhaps I should add that my wife makes homemade chicken soup a lot in the winter, with noodles that are so thick they’re almost dumplings. She boils the whole chicken; bones and all. (It takes me awhile to fish the bones out before she puts the chicken and the noodles together-my contribution to the recipe) Maybe that soup helps ward off colds.
Wish I could tell you something better. But if you live in the Philippines, you surely have lots of super-sweet oranges. That’s my best idea. Eat them every single day, whether you’re sick or not.