Getting sick is no fun, stuffy nose, can’t breathe at night, lack of energy, feeling like a big blob of mucus? Get the picture? Anyway, Well, I’m gonna share with you some of the things I’ve been doing that I strongly believe have helped me stay clear from any bug.
It is winter and that time of the year when people are getting sick E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. and I don’t know but it seems that the cold/flu bug started way before the holidays and is not going away. Lucky me, I’ve been keeping clean from it. Maybe it is the extra vitamin C or chewing on ginger day and night, or the oregano oil I breathe into at night time, but whatever it is, seems to be working 😉 But really guys, I used to get sick all the time, and neither OTC or prescription drugs could get rid of it easily. Now, I don’t remember when was the last time I got sick with a cold or flu, and rarely get a sore throat or sniffles that only last a day or two.
Here is the thing guys, the best thing to combat any cold, bacterial or virus infection is to boost the immune system. Normally the body does an excellent job at keeping us healthy, but if there is an underlying condition with gut health, or we don’t eat a balanced diet, the body is more susceptible to sickness. So it is important to support our immune system.
Why waiting until catching a cold?, the key is prevention.
Watch this video to get the details, some of these (specially #4 & 5) have been soooo helpful this past week when I was feeling like something was coming up.
Here is a recap of what I covered in the video:
Promote gut health with Probiotics
No brainer. You’ve heard it before, about 80-90% of our immune system resides in the gut. It is because there are ‘goof friendly’ bacteria that protect us from harmful invaders (bacteria, viruses, microbes), as well as assisting in digestion and nutrient absorption. What to do: replenish yourself with probiotics (healthy bacteria). Eat foods containing probiotics like fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, tempeh, kombucha, yogurt, kefir among others. You could also take a probiotic supplement from a pharmacy, but check the quality and one that has a variety of bacterial strains. I use this one. So healthy gut = strong immunity = no getting sick.
Eating anti-bacterial and anti-microbial foods
Certain foods have natural compounds that are healing and can help get rid of harmful bacteria. Not just that, but also, some of these foods are anti-inflammatory as well. This is important because inflammation is another factor that compromises the immune system. When I am feeling under the weather, I make sure I eat more of these foods and encourage you to do the same. Here are my favorites:
- Ginger – helps the immune system in fighting infection and a few studies have shown that it kills some strains of influenza virus.
- Garlic – anti-microbial, anti-fungal, supports white blood cell production
- Onions – stimulate the immune system (for its high Selenium content)
- Turmeric – highly anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties
- Lemon – lots of vitamin C and high in potassium, antibacterial
- Oregano (in oil is best) – this one is a gem, it is anti-everything. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-virus, anti-inflammatory, even some studies have shown that it could have anti-tumor properties. Note that this is about the oil form. Nevertheless the herb in your pasta sauce could be helping too, but I’m sure you would have to use a lot more than a few sprinkles of it.
- Mushrooms – help boost the immune system
- Honey – anti-bacterial, anti-microbial hydrating for the cell, high in antioxidants. But make sure it is RAW because processed honey will not have the same properties.
Vitamins & Supplements
I personally use USANA health sciences, my product company; their essential supplements and specially this one, Proglucamune for extra and more targeted immune support. Ever since I started taking them, I have seen and felt a difference in general. Their supplements are high quality (pharmaceutical grade) that target the cells to activate cellular protection and renewal from within. Also, other supplements for the cold include, extra vitamin C like my Usana booster C600 with Echinacea, elderberry, zinc, nothing artificial.
Chew some licorice (root, if possible or can find tea bags, both at a health food store)
Licorice works as an anesthetic and soothes an irritated throat and also relieves a cough. You can chew on dry licorice root or make tea out of it. But guys, I don’t think this is the same as if you are chewing on those gummy licorice candy, sorry. You can find both the licorice root or teas at the health food store.
I love this one because it helps clean out nasal congestion due to a cold or seasonal allergies, by ‘washing’ the sinuses with a saline solution (salt + water). What happens is that the saline solution, as it is going through the sinus cavities, loosens up mucus and phlegm thus relieving the nasal congestion. Watch this video to see how it is done. The neti pot can easily be found at a pharmacy.
Essential oils are nature’s best medicine, extracted from plants and herbs with healing properties for a variety of health conditions. I use DoTerra and my favorites to keep the cold away are a blend of Immune boosting oils and recently got into OREGANO OIL. Some studies have found over 50 different compounds in oregano oil that are immune boosting. Oregano is also helpful to decongest. I use these either drinking one drop in a full glass (or 2) of water, diffusing at night time and rubbing it at the bottom of my feet at night before bed.
And the always famous tips from grandma:
- gargle salt, lemon juice and water
- chicken soup (and here is a recipe I have)
- Drinking plenty of fluids because when we get sick we dehydrate. Also, water helps loosen up mucus
- Bone broths (my grandma actually made really concentrated broths from the vital organs of chicken)
- Stay active (as long as the body allows) so we can sweat out the germs and impurities. You body needs a good flushing through the lymphatic system.
- Get enough sleep because it is at this time the body is healing and getting rid of any invader (ever wonder why we have a fever usually at night time?)