Your body is trying to tell you something when you get the flu! It’s usually your body’s attempt to cleanse itself of waste, toxins, and bacterial overgrowth that build up to a point where natural immunity can’t overcome them. Your glands are always involved, as is the endocrine system. These systems are on a 6 day cycle and a normal cold last about a week as your body works through all its detoxification processes. Try to work with your body, not against it, to get over a cold. Natural remedies are effective in speeding recovery and reducing your discomfort. In my experience, over the counter cold halt the body’s cleansing and balancing process, and generally makes the process and suffering last longer. Seasonal Detoxifying
12 Steps to Better Cold Care
*Take a daily walk to rev up your immune response and get some fresh air
*Take Vitamin C or Ester C 1000 mg 4 times a day (best if taken in powder form mixed with juice) and use Zinc lozenges
*Don’t smoke or drink alcohol (other than a little brandy with honey) They both suppress the immune system
*Eat light but maintain good nutrition. Nutrient absorption is less efficient during a cold (homemade soups and juicing is the best options)
*Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas, and filtered water to flush toxins throughout the body
*Stay warm! Increase room humidity so mucous membranes remain active against the virus or bacteria.
*Take long hot baths, sauna, and/or spa. Many toxins will pass out through the skin and it is relaxing and keeps you warm.
*Stay relaxed! Let your body concentrate its energy on cleansing and clearing infection.
*Use saline nasal spray or a Nettie pot daily to help keep any bacteria that enters breathing passages from multiplying
*Wash hands and clean countertops frequently to prevent virus spread
*Rest is extremely important. Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise or none at all.
*Toothbrush-throw it away!
Is it a Cold or the Flu?
Colds and Flu are district and separate infections, triggered by different viruses. The Flu is a much more serious illness, because flu can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages colds and flu may seem similar. Both conditions begin when one or more of over 200 viruses cause cold or flu penetrate the bodies protective barriers. Nose, eyes, and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. They mostly target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract. Colds and flu respond to different treatments. The following symptomatic charts can help identify your particular condition and allow you to deal with it better.
A Cold Looks like this:
*Rarely accompanied by fever
*Symptoms are localized like a sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, runny nose, sneezing
*Includes mild fatigue and weakness due to body cleansing
*Mild to moderate chest discomfort, usually with hacking cough
*Sore or burning throat is common
A Flu Looks like this:
*Swift and severe onset
*Early and prominent prostration and body aches
*Extreme Fatigue, can last as long as 2-3 weeks
*Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough
*Sore throat occasionally
*Accompanied by high (102-104*) fever, headache, sore eyes, achy muscles
IMPORTANT: Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms like difficulty breathing, unrelenting fever, severe fatigue, nausea and vomiting
Diet and Lifestyle Support Therapy
*Liquid diet during acute stage, drink Emergen-C
*2 T Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 t local honey in warm water or garlic/ginger tea in the morning and garlic/miso soup at night (garlic is a great cleanser and natural antibiotic) or 2 T each lemon juice, honey, and 1 t fresh grated ginger at night
*When fever and acute stage has passed, Eat light meals-fresh or steamed vegetables, fresh fruit and juices, brown rice, mushrooms (esp. shiitake) and cultured foods for good intestinal flora
*Avoid dairy products (of all kinds), red meats, caffeine, sugary and fried foods during a cold. Chicken soup with pinches I’d garlic and cayenne pepper increase mucous release and reduce inflammation (just like grandma said!)
*Drink 8 glasses of liquid daily, especially green tea, peppermint tea, white tea, orange or tangerine juice, I make a cup of very strong herbal tea, add local honey to taste, lemon, and a shot of Brandi (soothes sore throat and helps you sleep) Meme’s healing juice
*Boost immune system with glutathione foods; Brussels sprouts, avocado, asparagus, watermelon, oranges, peaches, and green super-foods like chlorella and barley grass
Aromatherapy steams or defusers are effective:
*Eucalyptus opens up sinus passages
*Frankincense boosts immune response and speeds recovery
*Wintergreen relieves nasal congestion
*Mint or Chamomile relieves headaches
*Tea Tree Oil combats infection
Herbs and Supplement Therapy
*Vitamin C crystal
*Zinc throat spray or lozenges
*Elderberry-mint-yarrow tea is good to coat the throat
*Deactivate a Cold: Mix in a glass of Aloe Vera juice: 1/4 t Vitamin C powder or syrup, 2t Elderberry syrup, 1/2 t Turmeric powder (or open one Curcumin capsule), and 1 opened echinacea capsule
*To cleanse congestion: Cayenne-garlic caps, Echinacea-Goldenseal caps, Dandelion root tea (it’s NOT just a weed, who knew?)
*During Recovery Phase: Usnea extract, Zinc Lozenges kill throat bacteria
*Re-establish immune Health: Vitamin C 5000 mg daily decreases cold’s severity, NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) boosts glutathione, panda ginseng, astragalus extract, or Siberian Eleuthera extract boost lymphocytes and interferon Are you Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired? Boost Your Immune System Naturally
*During High Risk Season: take a good Multi-Vitamin/Mineral and Probiotic, Acidophilus, Garlic caps, beta-carotene, Zinc 30 mg daily
DISCLAIMER: The information here is NOT medical advice. Do not institute any changes in your current health programs without consulting your Medical provider. For medical advice please consult your private physician or preferred health service provider.
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