You’re down and out, may have called in sick, more than likely glued to your bed with tissue paper all over the place. The cold or influenza is the result of a compromised respiratory system. Symptoms may include stuffy nose, lightheadedness, fatigue, sometimes accompanied by cough congestion, fever or chills. Yes, today is not your day. But before you give in let me tell you all hope is not lost. Before you run to a doctor here are some great tried and true remedies which will certainly ease this illness and easy enough for you to try on your own.
First, let your body do its work.
While it’s highly likely you are tempted to take anti-suppressive drugs like aspirin, Tylenol or cough syrup, you should realize your body is already at work to restore you back to your pristine state. Suppressants are just what they are, temporarily masking a symptom not caring for a short period of time until it returns. Opt for simple and natural formulas such as (aff) and consult with your physician on dosage and if taking more than one formula at a time.
Inhalation of good old steam by a good old fashioned pot, diffuser or humidifier can help break down stubborn mucous and expedite cleansing of the body. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil for fast effective relief not to mention an exhilarating experience.
- PH balance, Hydrate
Drinking plenty of fluids is definitely a daily habit you want to build but more important when sick. Drink lots of distilled or fresh spring water, fruit juices and stay away from sodas, carbonated drinks, processed or greasy foods, etc.
Best supplements to take are lots of vitamin c which in considerable doses has proven to reverse disease. B Vitamins, bioflavonoids, antioxidants are a must and can certainly be obtained from raw whole foods or from supplement form.
Herbal Tea and infusions are essential during and great to consume during a cold. Each herb has their own effect and properties. Echinacea and goldenseal combined, combat viruses. Mullein is a mucous buster (expectorant) and protects the body from damage. Note: Always talk with your doctor prior to use of any herb especially when taking other medications and safety must be taken with children. A good rule of thumb is 1/2 tsp per cup and have them sip or enjoy a few spoons every few hours.
You’ve probably heard how exercise is good for you. However, rest can be even better considering the amount of energy already being used by your body getting rid of whatever bugs may be inhibiting you. Listen to your body. Light walking or stretching is fine, but make sure to leave those tedious chores alone!
- Buddy up
If you have a partner or a friend or lucky enough to have a parent or relative nearby have them come to help you out. Small chores, shopping, good old (aff) vegetable soup with some encouragement can spring your health back in no time.
Prevention, as they say, is the best solution. Yet even the most dedicated of us can end up under the weather every once I while in this work-obsessed society. Here is a brief summary of steps to take now.
- Steam: Get a humidifier or boil some filtered or spring water. Turn off the fire and inhale the steam.
- Stay Hydrate-drink plenty of water.
- Nutrition- vitamin C as specified,
- Berries, fruit, antioxidant foods
- Hearty homemade soup
- Herbs – Echinacea, goldenseal, and ginger.
- Rest- Plenty of it!
- Get help- Get help even if you think you don’t need it.
- Think positive. This is just another way of bringing out a stronger you!
In peace, love and good health. Thank you for reading. SHARE!