When the flu hits, it really stinks. Fortunately, the flu may be prevented and natural remedies may shorten the duration of the sickness and get you back into your stylish duds sooner!
Giving the body what it needs on a regular basis is step one. You can’t expect to run a marathon without ample water supply and proper training now, could you? You want to keep your nutrient storage box high, so that it is strong when fighting off pathogens; you also want to keep your body in an alkaline state. How do you go about doing so? Start with the old basic: drink plenty of water. Not sure how much water you need to consume? Take your weight in pounds and divide it by two (2). Drink that number in ounces (add two glasses minimum if you work out that day). Example: If you weigh 100 pounds, your body requires 50 ounces of water (100lbs / 2 = 50 oz). If you can’t stomach that much water, try infusing it with fruits, vegetables and/or herbs for a different spin or try coconut water.
Next you want to ensure you are eating a plentiful diet rich in leafy greens, fruits and vegetables (organic preferred). Mother Nature’s food has everything you need and will help alkaline your body’s pH. Following a wellness lifestyle will go a long way!
Here is a brief list of acidic items that will make your body acidic:
1. Coffee (yes, your beloved coffee!)
2. Dairy (cheese? gasp!)
3. Meat (give those little piggies a break!)
4. Alcohol (say whaaaatttt?)
5. Pharmaceutical drugs
Following a wellness lifestyle will go a long way! Try these basic guidelines:
1. Getting regular quality sleep (7-9 hours per night). Many don’t realize the importance of sleep. While you are in la-la land, your body is working hard to detoxify and expunge toxins ingested from daily living.
2. Exercise. Make this a part of your regimen. Running five miles a day isn’t necessary for everyone. Try a brisk 30-minute walk three times a week. Who can’t spare an hour and a half a week on health? Now get outside and soak in some fresh air!
3. Water. See above and drink up!
4. Limit your alcohol intake. Who doesn’t love a glass of vino? Just don’t drink the whole bottle….nightly.
5. Limit your meat intake. Meat is very acidic and carries hormones, antibiotics, GMOs and harmful pesticides, just to name a few. Try out “Meatless Mondays” and see how you feel.
If you are already sick, here’s what you can do:
Wheatgrass, wheatgrass, wheatgrass! Wheatgrass is a complete food, chlorophyll being the most important component. Wheatgrass supplies the same amount of Vitamin C as citrus fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and potatoes. It supplies as much Vitamin A as dark varieties of lettuce and more than most fruits. The Vitamin E in wheatgrass is about ten times more easily assimilated by the body than any other variety. Wheatgrass is also a wonderful source of Calcium. If you aren’t keen on the taste, try mixing it with cold-pressed fruit juices like carrot, beet and apple.
Coconut water. The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to the human blood plasma, which means it is immediately recognized by the body to put to good use. Basically, drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion. Yes, you heard me correctly. A neat tidbit about coconut water is that during World War II in the Pacific, both sides commonly used coconut water directly from the coconut to give emergency transfusions to wounded soldiers. True story!
Ginger. Ginger has so many amazing qualities, many of them aid in warding off sickness and alkalizing the body. Ginger is also great for staving off nausea and vomiting. Fresh ginger root can be steeped in near boiling water (you don’t want the high temperature of the water to kill the ginger’s healthful properties).
Lemon. Lemon has an arsenal of healing properties. Lemon also promotes urination, which is what you need if you are sick. You want the sickness to exit your body any which way it can including urination, defecation, vomiting and perspiration.
Cayenne. Promotes warmth in the body, which in turn promotes perspiration. Good stuff!
Garlic. This stinky, yet delicious, powerhouse is a natural antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial ball of deliciousness and can tackle most illnesses. Garlic can be eaten in any dish so you shouldn’t have any trouble consuming this pungent treat. You can also try juicing it in your cold-pressed juices for a more potent fix.
Steam. Hit your local gym for a steam room session and bring a few drops of eucalyptus oil with you to loosen up the congestion. Steam will force your body to sweat this illness out. The more sweat that exits, the more virus that exits. If you can’t muster up the energy to leave the house, try boiling two cups of water on your stove and put your face directly over the pot with a towel covering your head to hold in the heat. Shoot for 15 minutes or as long as you can stand it without chucking a fork at the nearest human body.
White Foods. Avoid ‘em! Don’t fight it! You want to completely remove white foods from your diet while you are sick. They suppress immune function and slow down the body’s ability to heal. When you are sick, your body doesn’t require much food and your body needs to focus on healing, not digesting. Stick to liquids and soups. Mother bringing you hot soup while sick didn’t stem from hot air! White foods include: sugar, dairy, grains and anything white in color.
Water. See above. You want to flush this sickness out of you as quickly as possible!
Camu Camu. Cam-What??? Camu Camu is a fruit grown in the Amazon rainforests of South America and it contains the highest known source of natural Vitamin C, feeding your body the nutrients it needs to maintain homeostasis and defend against foreign invaders. It contains 56 times more Vitamin C than one lemon and 60 times more Vitamin C than one orange on an ounce-by-ounce basis. That’s right! You can find this superfood at your local health food store. It comes in a powdered form and all you need is one teeny teaspoon to obtain 240% of your daily recommend value of Vitamin C.
Honey. Honey soothes your throat and helps in releasing phlegm that builds up when you are sick. Honey is also a natural energy booster. It contains floral flavonoids, which can increase the antioxidant levels within the cells of the body. Honey boosts your immune system and contains an antimicrobial agent that can prevent the growth of bacteria. It also has an enzyme that can produce hydrogen peroxide, which can help keep an infection from spreading. Try adding it to a glass of near boiling water with the juice of a lemon and some fresh ginger and cayenne.
Apple Cider Vinegar. A miracle in a tablespoon! Don’t fight it, drink up. It has many health benefits including alkalizing the body, killing viruses and killing bacteria, just to name a few. Add it to a glass of water. If you can’t drink it without using the Lord’s name in vain, add it to a glass of water with grapefruit juice and honey, all of which will help fight off your illness. Toughen up!
Oregano Oil. Oregano oil is a potent natural antibiotic and antiviral. Drop six drops in the farthest back of your mouth you can get to and take a sip of something immediately after to kill the flavor, as it is very strong. Do not use while pregnant. You can purchase this lifesaver at your local health food store.
Yarrow. Yarrow is known to shorten a flu or fever to less than 24 hours. It induces perspiration, which is what you want. Remember, the more that comes out of you, the less that’s inside of you. It has a bitter flavor so add some honey in your cup with hot water and yarrow.
Nettle Leaf. Nettle leaf contains large amounts of vitamins and trace minerals and helps the body stay hydrated and remove toxins. Drink it in a tea with some honey and peppermint.
Get the flu before the flu gets you!
Until next time……