Just like a seed cannot grow if its not provided with the right environment, neither can an infection. The key to conquering cold season is to make sure your body is not a suitable environment for the germs to grow in and if they do “germinate” (see what I did there?), don’t give them fertilizer! Get in there and weed them out as quickly as possible!
Here are some tips on strengthening your immune system to help keep you from getting sick and to help you to recover quickly if you do…
Gut Support: Most of your immune system is in your gut, so making sure your gut is healthy is a great place to start. High quality probiotics and sometimes even a stomach acid supplement may be helpful.
Immune Supporting Nutrients: Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc are all nutrients that support the immune system.
Immune Supporting Supplements: I’m a big fan of Core Olive Leaf, Liquid Echinacea, Congaplex (also available in chewable tablets), and my NUW Immune Spray to support the body in fighting off any infections and in recovering from any that may sneak in.
Homeopathic Options: Depending on the type of germ, Bacteria-Chord, Viru-Chord, Sinus-Tone, Flu-Tone, or Lymph-Tone, combine nicely to support your body in fighting off and eliminating various infections. Throat-Spray Tone or Peppermint Essential Oil are great for a sore throat.
Cough & Congestion: Since there is a lot of chest congestion going around, here are some tips for recovering from that. In addition to utilizing some of the remedies listed above, Cayenne Pepper in capsules or in hot water with lemon juice (from actual lemons not a plastic lemon or bottle) and a little bit of honey can help to thin mucus. I’m also a big fan of taking extra enzymes on an empty stomach so that those enzymes can get to work on chewing up some of that congestion. I also like R.C. essential oil (think “Respiratory Congestion”), peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil topically and in a diffuser.
If you are around any sick people, it’s never a bad idea to put Thieves essential oil on the bottoms of your feet and if you can diffuse it in the air it can help to kill airborne germs.
Cough at Night: If you’re not sleeping because of a nagging cough, and you’re not opposed to alcohol, a hot toddy can be very beneficial. They are also effective without the alcohol, but the alcohol seems to help with the bronchospasms. Here’s a simple recipe:
Add boiling water to the juice from half a lemon, a teaspoon of honey, a shot of brandy (or whiskey), and as much cinnamon and/or cayenne pepper as you can stand sprinkled in. Mix frequently as the spices will settle. Drink hot before bed.
SLEEP! Your body does most of its healing while you’re sleeping so if you feel tired go to bed. Do what you can to get a lot of sleep!
Of course, a little Quantum Biofeedback Therapy never hurts either!
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