For most of us, going through the cold and flu season unscathed is a pipe dream. Many hope to simply get through it without having to be sick for weeks on end, or even worse, ending up in hospital with a prescription for gut destroying antibiotics.
Well, if you are determined to make this a year where you largely avoid these infections, or simply limit their stranglehold on your household, then get this 3 point system in place to give you the absolute best opportunity of getting through the season with limited kleenex, and less chills and hacking.
Cold and Flu Prevention
The first point of protection to avoid being taken down by a cold or flu infection is to balance your immune system so that you have enough power to fight off a bug in the first place! This can be best accomplished by avoiding or severely limiting immune system depressors, as well as adding in nutrients, foods, and herbs that help strengthen in it.
Immune system depressors to avoid or severely limit:
- Processed sugar
- White flour and gluten
- Dairy (especially non-organic)
- Excessive EMFs (from electronics)
In addition to largely avoiding those immune system depressors, you should strongly consider a strong whole foods diet, rich in produce and anti-bacterial properties. Foods to frequently consider include:
- Low sugar fruit like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
- Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, cucumber, garlic, squash, celery, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. Soups are a great way to incorporate these foods – see some great ones here.
- Properly filtered water (see this guide to drinking water)
In addition to focusing on those foods, supplementing with the following is also very important:
- Vitamin D
- Probiotics (these foods are highly recommended)
- Medicinal mushrooms (like reishi and chaga)
- Nutrient dense greens powder
It would also be a great idea to invest in essential oils and a cold diffuser, so you can infuse the air with natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral scents that will uplift your mood as well as destroy many airborne pathogenic microorganisms that may be lurking in your home environment. Oils to consider include lavender, cinnamon, lemon, and chamomile.
Symptoms are starting to set in
If you feel you have been directly exposed to rogue bacteria or you are starting to feel symptoms come on, it is a good idea to naturally remove the bacteria through antibacterial and immune modulating nutrients and herbs, such as:
- Vitamin C (see some great food sources here)
- Ginger (in a tea works nicely)
It is also crucial to completely avoid the immune system depressors above, at least until you get the infection knocked out.
Fighting a rooted infection
When a cold or flu has really set in, there are number of natural solutions that will help the body remove symptoms and work at uprooting the infection. These work best if used when symptoms of a cold or flu are settled in, and with the cold and flu prevention strategies mentioned above.
Strong infection fighters to use at this point include:
- Oil of oregano
- Colloidal silver
- Olive leaf extract
- Antibiotic tonic (your best bet – get recipe here)
When choosing many of these solutions during the cold and flu season, also keep in mind that nutrient dense, warming, and highly digestible foods/beverages are a great overall strategy due to their easy digestibility and keeping your body “burning” at an optimal temperature. Think soups and lots of teas with the foods mentioned above.
In addition to all these recommendations, juicing the foods above to flood your body with enzymes and nutrients is nice way to detoxify the infection out of your body as well. You can get some good juice recipes here.
It’s very important to note that the healthier you get, the less frequent you get these types of infections and your true standard of LIVING is immeasurably improved as well. If you are done with always managing colds and flus, and just want to avoid them and raise your quality of life significantly, look into my THRIVE online health program. It changes every life it touches, and gives you a lifetime subscription to a healthier body and mind!