What Natural Alternatives Are There for a Fever?

Getting sick is already a battle within itself, but having a fever may turn that battle into a war zone. A high body temperature or fever is one way our immune system tries to fight off an infection. The rise in body temperature helps combat an infection, but sometimes our temperature can rise too high, causing the fever to become more serious and lead to further complications.

If you or your child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or if you have had a fever for more than three days, call your doctor because there might be an underlying factor that could contribute to your fever. But if you are sweating, dehydrated, have the chills and shivers, headaches or are experiencing general weakness, try using some of these natural remedies to help you feel better.

Natural Remedies for a Fever

During the colder season, you tend to get sick a lot more and more often than not, your sickness will be accompanied by a fever to help fight off the infection. In a way, you should jump for joy because that fever is your body signaling that you’re one step closer to getting over being sick. But if you’re too weak to even get out of your bed in the morning, then you should try these natural remedies to help you get back to your old self.

Increase your calcium intake: One of the main functions of a fever is to pull the calcium out of your bones and draw it into your blood where it could effectively fight off the infection, which explains the body aches and why you feel weak in your bones. Try giving your body what it needs by providing it with high amounts of calcium, so you’ll have plenty to store in your bones. Doing so will speed the healing process of your fever while making your fever more tolerable.

Drink some bone broth: Your grandmother was onto something if she made you chicken noodle soup when you got a cold. Bone broth contains cartilage, which supports a healthy immune system by stimulating the white blood cells to provide a strong defense against unwanted microbes.

Take a bath with apple cider vinegar: This remedy has been practiced by your grandmother and probably your grandmother’s grandmother to help soothe fever symptoms. The acidic nature of vinegar helps draw the heat from your body leaving a cooling effect. There are also essential vitamins and minerals in apple cider vinegar that help replenish the body while drawing out toxins. Add a cup to a warm bath or mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water to drink at least two or three times a day to help you feel better.

These are just a few remedies that should help relieve your fever symptoms. If these home remedies don’t seem to be working for you and your temperature continues to rise, then it would be a good idea to contact a physician or doctor if your symptoms don’t get better within a day or two.

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