This post will probably be semi-annual, but it’s always a useful one.
Why am I interesting in chatting about natural ways to cure a cold/flu ? Because I think that so many people have it all wrong… Yet, they wonder why their cold lingers around for weeks upon weeks!
The old method of sugary Gingerale and soda crackers just aint gonna cut it, folks ! All that you get from those 2 “sick foods” is a dose of sugar (which actually DEPRESSES your immune system: the bad-ass system in your body that fights all day, everyday to keep you healthy) as well as an overkill of sodium! Yikes… where did we go so wrong? Cold and flu meds are useless as well, so don’t worry about making that late-night trip to your local Drugery to waste your money on symptom-maskers that are filled with some unnecessary chemical fillers – not to mention the fake colours and dyes that are used to make pills pretty colours. How was I once fooled into thinking these were the answer to a sickness!!??
I haven’t been nurturing myself as well as I should be, so I’m making a special note to have some “cure-me” time today. I have been feeling slightly lethargic, weak, and a little bit brain foggy all week (hence the lack of blog posts) – and I’m sick of it! No pun intended.
Here’s some simple tips…
HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS! Go back to your “roots” and use nature to cure you – not drugs and chemicals. Try popping any of these within 48 hours of feeling cold/flu like symptoms, for best results.
Isn’t this flower beautiful? No harm in taking a double dose of this !
You can take it preventatively to reduce your chances of catching a cold in the first place, or you can take it at the first signs and symptoms. The poor herb is actually threatened in the wild right now, so make sure to buy organic and high quality. Go to a herbalist who can get you a tincture for best results…
- Take your probiotics!
Keeping your gut healthy with good bacteria will ensure that your Immune System is able to function optimally and fight off infections of all sorts! Quality probiotics are important, so make sure you buy a good brand. Your local health food store can help you with this. Probiotics are ESPECIALLY important for those of you who have taken antibiotics over the past 5 years. Sadly, antibiotics don’t discriminate and they kill off both the good, the bad and the ugly. So now, you need to re-populate the good!
I love garlic in all sorts of ways (and so do my roommates – best to stay far away from us after we’ve eaten it). The method that can help a cold and flu? RAW! Sadly, cooking the garlic won’t cut it as a theraputic way to use it. You need to crush it/chop it and then let it sit for 5 minutes before munching on it. The natural enzymes in garlic need time to convert from alliin to allicin, which is the natural antibacterial ingredient! Chop it up, let it sit, and put it in with a teaspoon of raw and unpasteurized honey to cut the taste!
- Rest up ! Give yourself a break – and sleep as MUCH as possible. Oh ya, and hydrate with as much water as you like. Preferably some warm lemon water water in there as well !