I wasn’t sure if it was a cold, but after a week of traveling, eating a few too many carbs and processed foods, and not sleeping my best…the fiance and I found ourselves coughing and sneezing with sores throats completely in sync overnight! Unless I have signs of an extreme infection (green stuff, fever lasting more than a day or 2, etc), I always do whatever it takes to naturally combat my colds or other ailments. Here are a few ideas that work for us and may be something you want to try.
1. I try to sleep as much as possible. Can I take a day off work? Cancel plans? Cancel my workout? The best way to repair my body is through sleep. Even laying down, all day, as boring as that can sound, will help.
2. I try to get some air. I go for a slow walk, sit outside or open the windows.
3. I clean everything. Whether it’s with a natural disinfectant or essential oils, even Lysol spray if it’s really needed, I wipe down doorknobs, cell phones, remotes and handles on the fridge, commonly used cabinets, etc.
4. Totally cut back on dairy, sugar, carbs and heavy meats. Protein is still important to repair and grow healthy cells, but this is not the time for “comfort food.” Pizza and mac and cheese will launch this cold into something really nasty because you’re making your body work really hard to process these thick, heavy, mucous producing foods. Eat LIGHTLY. Fruit, veggies, soups, broths, eggs, toast. Don’t starve yourself, but allow your body to use its energy to fight off your sickness instead of digest extra calories.
5. Drink a LOT. We all have been told often enough how important drinking pure, clean water is, and it’s just as important – if not more – when we’re under the weather. DO NOT drink a ton of OJ just to “get more vitamin C.” Fruit juices will overload your system with sugar, which, I believe, GROW the germs. The bad guys love sugar in our bodies and will just prolong your body’s ability to fight them off. Green juice, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and cinnamon. These are the good guys. Lots of water, and you can take an additional Vitamin C supplement as well throughout the day. Tea is good too, just only one cup of caffeinated tea per day.
6. See your chiropractor, acupuncturist or Chinese Medicine doctor/herbalist. I know these practitioners may be new to some of you. But that’s ok. New doesn’t have to be scary. Working with a natural healer can help release toxins being held in your system and boost your immunity to fight off what you have going on. It’s also a way to help alleviate some of your current symptoms and provide some relief.
7. Essential Oils. So much to say about this. Essential oils are a simple solution, but can be a complicated issue. You’ll want to do your research and work with a certified aromatherapist or someone who has done the research for you regarding which oils to use. All brands and companies are NOT alike and are not regulated. I work with two companies specifically and would be happy to help you to determine which are right for you. Lemon, peppermint, lavender, tea tree and oregano are some good ones for fighting off colds. Message me to learn more.
8. I avoid over the counter medicine if at all possible. Sometimes if my pain or fever is high, I will take ibuprofen. However, it’s not recommended for pregnancy, so at this time, I’m sticking to Tylenol if really needed or Peppermint oil on my temples for headaches and the back of my neck and bottom of feet for fevers. 9. Wellness Formula. Also not recommended for pregnancy, but our acupuncturist encourages us to take herbs like those in Wellness formula (see picture) in capsule or tincture form to help boost immunity.
10. Juice Plus! I’m such a fan of these yummy gummies and Complete shakes. They’re made with lots of fruits and vegetables with some powerful antioxidants and micro-nutrients. We take them every day and double up when we’re needing the immunity support! This info is not medical advice, but a personal statement of some natural suggestions for when we’re sick!