Does it feel like everybody is sick right now? If it's not you, you probably have a co-worker, friend or family member who is stuck at home with a flu or cold. Around the country doctors offices are bursting at the seams with people suffering from this season's flu.
With winter and flu season in full force this year it’s important to stay healthy using preventative measures such as hydrating and getting plenty of rest. It's also important to keep a positive mental standpoint. If you take care of your body and believe yourself to be healthy and whole, you will remain in this state and contribute to a strong immune system.
Sometimes however, it’s impossible to avoid. This is when it’s essential to nip it in the bud immediately and recover quickly. In addition to loading up on vitamin c and zinc, here are 6 less common natural remedies that will have you feeling better in no time!
Moringa is an excellent immunity booster and filled with deep nutrition. It contains 7x more vitamin C than oranges so while you may enjoy your morning juice, make sure to also supercharge your body with Moringa. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells to counter the spread of the cold.
Directions: Add a teaspoon to your morning routine, whether it is a smoothie, oatmeal, chia pudding or Moringa latte.
Products: FERA Moringa powder
Oil of Oregano
This potent herb has VERY powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant effects. It is one of the BEST natural remedies when your body is under attack. It contains a powerful compound called carvacrol which breaks through the outer cell membrane of bacteria, allowing them to be neutralized by the body’s immune system. Oil of oregano also contains rosmarinic acid, which prevents oxidative stress and expedites the healing process.
Directions: Take 3-4 drops directly in your mouth. Be careful as it is incredibly potent. It also has a spicy and strong aftertaste that lingers. If it’s too much for you to handle you can always add a few drops to water, juice or a honey-lemon tea. It’s best to take a few drops multiple times throughout the day versus a large quantity at once. Don’t take for more than 1 week consecutively.
Products: Natural Factors Oil of Oregano
Apple cider vinegar
ACV is an effective way to kill bacteria and viruses because it alkalinizes the body which is very unappealing to germs. When selecting ACV make sure to get one that contains the “mother”, which means it has proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. This will give the vinegar a murky appearance
Directions: Take a small shot of straight ACV or add some to warm water. A tablespoon is a good amount to add to a glass or warm water. If you want to “doctor it up” add some ginger tea and raw honey.
Products: When searching for ACV make sure is comes with "the mother". Bragg is a great brand if you simply want the pure form to add to water or tea. Vermont Village has on-the-go shots (photo below) that are ideal for throwing in your bag/pocket or bringing with you while traveling.
Silver has been used since ancient times to stop the spread of diseases. This is because silver ions damage the cell wall of pathogens through the release of nascent oxygen aka an “oxygen burst”. Furthermore, the antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects of colloidal silver make it ideal for quickly recovering from a cold or flu. Unlike modern prescription antibiotics this natural remedy doesn’t create resistance to organisms that are killed by it, thus making it an effective option to kill viruses.
Directions: 1 eyedropper taken orally for immune support
Products: Silver Wings Colloidal Silver
This dynamic duo is effective in supporting short-term immune functions and fighting infection. Echinacea can be used to treat chronic infections in the respiratory track such as the common cold. It holds esteemed medicinal status and was the go to “antibiotic” before antibiotics were introduced. Goldenseal contains potent alkaloids that produce a strong astringent effect on mucous membranes, reduce inflammation and have antiseptic effects. It is a natural antibiotic and immune system booster. Both of these herbs are alteratives, meaning that while they don’t work quickly, they effectively restore health and cleanse the blood of impurities.
Directions: For optimal and quick absorption it's best to consume in liquid form. Take 1 dropper with a glass of water or as directed.
Products: Nature's Way Echinacea-Goldenseal
Probiotics are key to a healthy gut and a healthy gut leads to a robust immune system. These live bacteria and yeasts influence the immune response by stimulating antibody production.
Since you may want to avoid dairy it’s best to take a supplement version of probiotics while sick to make sure you are getting enough colonies of good bacteria without the extra mucus.
Directions: Take as directed
Products: Natren (they do extensive research and are completely focused around probiotics)
*It is always advised to consult a doctor or seek medical attention when feeling sick or ill.
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