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Home Remedies for cold and flu season

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Cold and Flu season is here. Here are some natural remedies for beating illness and even some preventative tips to help keep it away!

Preventative:


  • Take at least 1000 mg of Vitamin C per day. Foods like citrus fruits or dark greens also contain Vitamin C.
  • Include zinc in your daily diet. Some multi vitamins also have zinc supplemented in them.
  • Take a whole food based multivitamin.
  • Decrease sugar intake.
  • Drink plenty of water (at least 1 liter per day).
  • If you feel a cold coming on, choose a homeopathic supplement like Oscillococcinum at your local health food store to relieve any chills, fever or body aches before they turn into something worse.
  • Include a fish oil supplement in your diet.

When you have the symptoms:

  • Try a homeopathic remedy. You can choose from a wide range of remedies based on your symptoms.
  • Dose up on your Vitamin C. Remember to space out your milligrams to ensure your body is using the Vitamin C. For example, take 1000 mg three times per day. Also, ensure you are taking a good quality Vitamin C that is derived from rose hips or is whole food grade, not synthetic. Stuffy nose? Try a netti pot to clear your sinuses.
  • Garlic oil. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and enhances your immune system. It is also a known remedy for ear infections. Most colds begin in your sinuses which is connected to your ears and throat.
  • Colloidal silver is one of my favorite remedies. I use it for my nose, throat, and even eyes. Colloidal silver is another natural antibiotic that is very alkaline. It kills bacteria, fungi and viruses.
  • Sore throat? I love throat coat tea or the echinacea wellness teas. These are both comforting and soothing and help boost your immune system.
  • A high quality, medicinal grade essential oil blend can also speed up healing and recovery and even work as a preventative. One of my favorites is Thieves from Young Living.
  • Rest! I know your doctor AND your mother have already given you this advice, but one of the reasons people become ill is from stress, a poor diet, and low quality sleep. You need REM sleep to feel well rested. You get the best sleep from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.

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