Monthly Archives: February 2017

Natural Remedies For The Cold or Flu

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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.

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  1. Steam

    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.

  1. 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.

  1. Nutrition

  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.

  1. Herbs

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  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.

  1. Rest

 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!

  1. 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.

  1. Recap

 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!

 Khalif Amin.

Your Health Is All You Have

      If someone came up to you and offered you 10 million dollars in exchange for some of your organs, would you be interested? After all the saying goes that money is right up there with oxygen. Yet as we know this is partly true.  Many people today do trade their bodies and souls for money, but if you had to consider the thought of becoming an instant multimillionaire by giving the only vehicle allowing to enjoy the money and the things it buys how could you?

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My journey into the world of health and wellness began when I was simply looking for answers. I remember when I would suffer from chronic asthma, respiratory issues, severe chest pain, bad colds and sinus issues all causing me to lose sleep. I also learned I was a had a heart murmur and had an irregular heart beat. I remember clearly my trip to to the hospital to sit under the suction aspirator due to mucous build up that was so bad I would almost hack (cough) myself to death. After about fifteen minutes, I could breathe and you know what followed thereafter?  Loads of mucous. I thought maybe this was part of a growing weak futile male body. Sure enough this lasted all my years under the typical American processed food diet. You would not even believe I grew up on an island totally disconnected from myself and my African roots. I had no desire for papaya, mango, let alone herbs growing right outside my backyard besides pepper and kenip. I preferred frozen food, junk food, lunchables, kid cuisine, McDonald’s, fast food in general as the standard. Even to this day fasting and cleansing my body is still healing. We are talking twenty years of this not to mention ramen c(noodles).

While I still may not be 100% in perfect health, like most of us am working on achieving balance in my life while trying to eat only the best foods on my part time vegetarian diet.

As I engage in the present moment, the birds chirp on this chilly Sunday; I think to myself how far I’ve come from being the sick kid with little guidance to now raising my own. More than ever today we have to do whatever it takes to establish natural organic and sustainable practices from the home, to the village, to the community, to the country, and to the world. I believe deeply we were all inborn to be in good health and wealth, but we are not all experiencing it. My passion for health and wellness is forever, and I pray to see not a high technological world but a logical one where health is first on the agenda, and free. You have absolute control over your body, health and life.

So,  I ask the question again, would you trade your health for money? Would you trade your experiences and amazing life God has set for you for a dying world currency? The only way to live a truly fulfilled life is to start with your health, mind, body and spirit.

In peace, love and good health.

K. Amin.

 

“Without your health, everything else means nothing. – Mary J. Bilge.