It’s that time of the year again! Cold and Flu season. A time where you can not afford to stay home sick. Fortunately there are many ways to fight these viruses. It is no secret that the healthier you are, the less likely it is that you become sick; however, the healthiest individuals still are not immune to the flu virus. We would like to share some natural health tips and remedies that will aid you through the flu season.
One of the keys to resisting an infection is to begin helping your body fight it as soon as you are aware it’s there. We all know the symptoms: fatigue, achiness. sore throat, swollen glands, runny nose, cough, and fever. If you have a sore throat and ignore it, stay up late, and eat a bowl of ice cream, its bound to get worse. If you gargle with salt water, go to bed early with a cup of chamomile tea, and avoid sugary foods, chances are it will be gone in the morning.
If you are coming down with a sore throat, one of the simplest and most effective solutions is to gargle with a germ-killing mouthwash, or a salt water solution (1tsp salt + 1 cup of water) – make sure the gargle reaches your throat. A sore throat is often caused by mucus from the sinuses dripping down the back of the throat, so giving that area an antibacterial bath can work wonders. There are some herbal throat sprays on the market that are excellent for banishing throat infections.
As your body fights infections, it needs extra nutrition. It uses extra vitamins and minerals in its battle against bacteria, and its up to you to supply the extras needed. You can double your intake of your multivitamin for up to a week to help fight infection.
On the other hand, sugar and alcohol will make it much harder for your body to do its job. Both suppress the immune system, leaving you wide open to whatever germs are around.
There’s nothing like vitamin C for fighting infections and viruses If you take 1,000 to 2,000 mg every three (3) to four (4) hours as soon as you feel a cold coming on, drink plenty of water, and avoid sugar, you can often knock it out before it ever gets started. Vitamin C will work even better if you combine it with bioflavonoids.
Here is a suggested course of action when you feel a cold or flu coming:
- Reduce stress and get plenty of sleep.
- Stop eating ALL sugars.
- Take echinacea and goldenseal.
- Take high levels of Vitamin A, 15,000 to 30,000 IU two times a day for three to five days only.
- Take as n\much vitamin C as you can without getting loose stools. If you do get loose stools, cut back proportions until your eliminations are normal. Most people who are getting sick or are sick can tolerate up to 10,000 mg daily in divided doses.
- You can also take colloidal silver, 1 tsp at first. Then 1 tsp four times a day
- For colds, take 10-to 20-mg zinc lozenges two to four times a day, for up to five days.
Remember take care of yourself! As soon as you start to feel sick, take action right away! And be sure to stay bundled and hydrated! If you need other tips and remedies for any other types of infections or viruses, schedule a natural health consultation at Goings Natural Health and Bodyworks by calling 916-877-HEAL (4325)
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