Whatever the cause may be, the cold and flu season is here to stay. But there are so many ways you can safeguard yourself and those you love. When I start to feel a tickle in my throat or pressure in my sinuses I don’t wait for the worst to hit.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
I have learned to take action to protect myself from colds and the flu. If I do end up getting infected with something, I have my proven strategies to shorten the time and the severity of my symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar has super alkalizing powers. When you start to feel sick or even if you are in the depths of illness, apple cider vinegar can help. The active ingredient, acetic acid, packs a powerful 2-part-punch to any illness. First, the acetic acid is anti-microbial, so it will kill any nasty germs hiding in your throat. It has even been shown to kill salmonella and tuberculosis. And second, it helps to alkalize your system.
Next time you feel a sore throat, try this recipe:
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
1 teaspoon raw local honey (optional but suggested for taste)
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory so it makes sense to sip on ginger tea to reduce swelling in your irritated throat.
The easiest way to consume fresh ginger is with a homemade tea. Using fresh or frozen ginger for making tea ensures that you are getting all of the therapeutic compounds, for just pennies per serving. Home brewed ginger tea is simple to make and allows you to consume it at the strength you choose.
Ginger tea recipe:
1 thumb sized piece of ginger (about 4 inches long)
4 cups filtered water
Local raw honey (optional)
Simmer for 10-20 minutes
Vitamin C is the strongest and cheapest immune booster there is. We are conditioned to think that 500 mg is a therapeutic dose of Vitamin C. But it isn't! Dr. Cathcart and Dr. Levy recommend 30 grams (30,000 milligrams) for fighting a cold. That is difficult to achieve unless you are using liposomal vitamin C. Use a liposomal Vitamin C so that you can get high doses without worry of diarrhea.
Warm water and salt is the easiest remedy for a sore throat. Water is necessary to create mucus and to keep the throat and sinuses lubricated. You can easily become dehydrated from blowing your nose and coughing all day. Gargling with warm salt will soothe the throat and kill bacteria lingering in your swollen tonsils.
Chicken soup is a timeless favorite for colds and flus. It is delicious and depending on how you make it, the broth can be the perfect remedy for an illness. Homemade bone broth is full of minerals and amino acids. It is liquid super-nutrition for the immune cells in your intestines. You can buy dehydrated bone broth (collagen peptides) or make your own with a homemade recipe. I love collagen peptides so much that I put together some of my favorite recipes just for you.
Beta Glucan has been studied against the common cold and cancer. Beta Glucan doesn't kill bacteria or cancer, but it does encourage your own killer cells to do their job. Beta Glucan supplements act like an army sergeant who will make sure that all of your immune cells are on task and ready to fight. Don't be fooled by low quality or filler products. Transfer Point Beta Glucan is the only brand I trust.
Turmeric is ginger's anti-inflammatory cousin. Turmeric can be eaten or taken as a supplement. We usually think of turmeric for pain and inflammation. But you might not realize that when you have a cold or flu, your internal inflammation rises. You will recognize the inflammation as an achy body or swollen glands.
When you talk about your immune system, you are really talking about your digestive tract. About 80% of your immune cells are in your gut. So if you want to improve you overall immune system, you have to support your gut. Everyone seems to know that probiotics are useful for the digestive tract but they are essential for the immune system as well. Prescript Assist doesn't have to be refrigerated and contains 29 different organism strains.
Raw garlic is a staple in my Winter Wellness Pharmacy. Raw garlic has an antimicrobial compound named allin. When you chew (or chop) the garlic, the allin is converted into allicin which is even stronger and better at killing germs. If you prefer a more convenient route, Designs For Health GarliActive is a high-allicin formula in a capsule. I can't promise you won't burp up garlic taste, but at least you won't have to chew it first!
You can also try my raw garlic sucker recipe:
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 tablespoon raw local honey
sprinkle of cayenne (optional)
Chop the garlic and sprinkle on top of a tablespoon of honey. Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes so that the allin activates into allicin. Suck on the mixture or swallow the whole tablespoon at one time.
Rest is crucial for preventing and coping with colds and flus. Sometimes you will get so sick that your body forces you to rest. That scenario is the least beneficial and proactive. The better plan is: get adequate rest all year long.
At the first sign of a cold or flu, start employing these 10 steps. All of these steps are helpful on their own, but a combination of a few of them will shorten or even alleviate your symptoms altogether. Don't wait until you are too sick to move, instead pay attention and catch symptoms before they turn into a full-blown illness.
I've been caught more than once talking about these tactics on the radio. Here's one of them if you're interested in learning more:
What was once an ancient Chinese remedy has now evolved into a modern-day supplement trend. Pine pollen is a superfood that is derived from pine trees. It contains healing and adaptogenic properties. Although it is primarily known as a “male” supplement, women benefit from the androgenic effects as well.
We have all heard the term “oxidative stress” or “free radicals”. We know that both of these invisible forces cause us to look tired and old and can eventually lead to disease and cancer. Don’t despair, there are many weapons in your antioxidant arsenal! Glutathione is your body’s master antioxidant.
There are vast differences in quality across different brands of Beta Glucan supplements. Transfer Point Beta Glucan supplements use the patented and medically studied ingredient Glucan 300. This raw ingredient has been analyzed and tested against all other beta glucans. Glucan 300, which is the raw ingredient in Transfer Point Beta Glucan, has consistently demonstrated to be more absorbable, and more biologically active than any other Beta Glucan supplement.