You know the feeling. A slight tingle in your throat. Maybe you’re ears get plugged, or your eyes feel heavy. You may feel thirstier then usual or find yourself heading to bed earlier. Whatever your specific ‘tell’ is, we all get one. It’s that little sign our bodies give us to warn us that we’re getting sick. So what can you do? Here are my Top Ten things to have on hand to help out a Cold or Flu.
1~ Vitamin C. Here in our house we take 1000mg (kids take 500mg) daily. But when we feel as though we’re catching something we up it to 2~3000mg (1000mg for kids)
2~ Vitamin D. During the Winter we take 2~4000IU of D (1000 for kids), but we double this aswell when we’re getting sick.
3~ Oil of Oregano (internal) or Thieves Oil (external). Known to kill Pathogens on contact & proven to shorten the duration of illnesses, this is a go~to for any under the weather feelings.
4~ Probiotics & Miso. Probiotics are a daily supplement here in our home (as they should be yours ). When we’re coming down with something add in some beautiful Miso broth to help the Good Bacteria out. Having a simple broth like this (you could even add in some A+ Healing Mushrooms) also gives our bodies a break from Heavy Digestion, there fore more time & energy to concentrate on Healing.
6~ Zinc. Needed daily, it’s especially important when an illness strikes. Take between 10~20 mg a few times a day.
7~ Neti Pot. A wonderful way to flush out Mucous out of the Nasal passages (where we tend to get plugged up).
8~ Rest. Our Mama’s always told us to rest when we were sick, & it’s something I stress to my children. Our bodies do their best healing when we are Resting. (& not resting while watching tv or using the computer, actual Resting!). It needs all the energy it can get to heal.
9~ Warm Bath. Add some Epsom salts & Apple Cider Vinegar or Lavender Oil, relax your tired & sore muscles. Not too much heat, & not too long. But enough to help rest & recovery happen. (Warm baths are best right before bed, but when you’re sick, any time will do)
10~ Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Always make sure that you are getting enough liquids when ill. It may even be better to go on an all liquid meal plan. Soups, Broth, Tea, Fresh Juices, Water, will all hydrate well & give your body just enough energy to fight these invaders off.
Please remember. A fever isn’t usually something to be alarmed about. It’s actually our bodies way of effectively fighting off invaders. Stay comfortable & Hydrated. Rest. & take care of yourself. Stay home from work, cancel commitments & get better. (you deserve it) When you take care & support your bodies fight, you recover faster & more fully.
*When a fever comes suddenly & violently, please seek medical advice. Always seek medical advice if you are disoriented, have a seizure or if you are sick for longer than usual.
Here’s to you being You. Naturally.