MY FAVORITE NATURAL COLD AND FLU REMEDIES

As I sit here, with a bit of a sinus infection, a congested face, and an unpleasant cough, I thought I’d make this week’s blog article on my favorite natural cold and flu remedies. Being sick is a real bummer for me (and for everyone, I guess!).  I never get sick (I actually don’t even remember the last time I was sick), plus being a wellness expert and doing all of the wellness things, you would think my immune system would be in the most tip-top shape.  And it usually is.  I can fight off most of the bugs floating around.  So, why did I get sick?  Two words:  SLEEP and DAIRY!  So, let’s start with those.

 

 

SLEEP

I’ve been going a little too hard on my 4am wake up calls the last two weeks, so my immune system was a bit compromised.  As much as some of us entrepreneurs (and the moms and dads out there!) want to (or have to!) hustle hard all day and night (and in my case, early morning) long, sleep is essential to our health.  Sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system.  When you’re not getting enough, you’re way more likely to catch a cold or flu.

LIMITING DAIRY 

Another thing I was going a little too hard on the last two weeks was this new sheep’s milk yogurt I discovered.  I usually stay away from all dairy (except the occasional raw goat cheese), but this yogurt was too good.  Well, lesson learned!  As delicious as it was, when it comes down to it, dairy is inflammatory, mucus-producing, and it can impair your immune system.  Not only that, but most of us are probably intolerant to dairy (whether we know it or not),  so we would do better keeping it out of our diets.  Do your immune system (and your digestive system) a favor and avoid it, especially during a cold or a flu.  If you really can’t stand to give it up, opt for a raw goat or raw sheep milk cheese (or ferment your own raw sheep/goat milk yogurt at home!).

 

 

LIMITING SUGAR, FRUIT JUICE,  & PROCESSED FOODS

WATER

BONE BROTH

  • Real bone broth from grass-fed & finished animals, contains amino acids and minerals that support the immune system.  Add in some garlic and onions for an extra antibacterial and antiviral hit.

CHAGA

  • Chaga boosts the immune system!  I take this almost daily year-round.  Side note:  This month I had to go off all mushroom powder and supplements for 2 whole weeks, and this is what happens!  I know my daily mushroom powders keep my immune system going strong!

COLLOIDAL SILVER

  • Anti-bacterial.
  • Great for antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
  • Antiviral.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Great for sinus infections.

OIL OF OREGANO

  • Anti-bacterial, aniparasitic, and anti-viral.
  • Immune stimulating.

RAW HONEY

  • Helps soothe a sore throat.
  • Antibacterial.

VITAMIN C

  • Helps boost white blood cells that fight off infection.
  • I prefer food-based Vitamin C, like camu camu powder.

VITAMIN D

  • Insufficient Vitamin D levels impair your immune system.
  • Get outside and soak up the sun!

 

ECHINACEA

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Proven to be just as effective as Tamiflu.
  • Best to take at the first sign of an illness.

ELDERBERRY

  • Especially great for the flu, believed to de-activate the virus.
  • Helps to relieve sinus pain.
  • Naturally boosts the immune system.
  • High in Vitamin C.

 

I hope these tips help you stay healthy and energized this cold and flu season!  Share some of your own remedies below!  I would love to hear them!

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