Why Does the Flu Make Us Feel So Crummy?

Why Does the Flu Make Us Feel So Crummy?

Researchers recently studied why it is that we feel so crummy when we get the flu. We may lose our appetite and feel lethargic and down. But that isn’t the infection causing this; it’s our brain. So what exactly is happening? The study found “a cluster of nerve cells in the back of the throat that detects a virus’ presence and sends signals to the brain, triggering symptoms that respond to the infection.” The study investigated mice to better understand the brain signaling. They found that a “cluster of neurons in the back of the throat that connects the upper airways to the brain” is what sends the signals to our brain and mice that lacked these receptors “didn’t act sick when they got the flu.” 


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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.