Fighting Colds & Flu How to heal your body when seasonal illness strikes
Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Although we hear most often about rhino-viruses and their involvement in colds, we are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. Today there seem to be almost as many drugstore cold remedies, as there are colds… most of them symptom-suppressing with side effects. A cold is usually a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system. Still, without a doubt, it’s hard to work, sleep, and be around other people with miserable cold symptoms. Natural therapies are effective for minimizing misery while your body gets on with its job of cleaning house. Twelve steps to better cold care: 1. A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. A walk puts cleansing oxygen into your lungs, and stops you from feeling sorry for yourself. It works wonders! 2. Take ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day. Take zinc lozenges as needed, or bee propolis throat spray. 3. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol (other than a little brandy and lemon). Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They increase production of thick mucous. 4. Eat lightly but with good nutrition. A vegetarian diet is best at this time so the body won’t have to work so hard at digestion. 5. Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses daily of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water to help flush toxins through and out of your system. 6. Keep warm. Increase room humidity so your mucous membranes will remain active against the virus or bacteria. Don’t worry about a fever unless it is prolonged or high. 7. Take a long hot bath, spa or sauna. Lots of toxins will pass out though the skin. 8. Stay relaxed. Go to bed early, get plenty of sleep. Most cell regeneration occurs between midnight and 4 a.m. 9. Use xylitol nasal wash every day to help keep any bacteria that enters your breathing passages from multiplying. 10. Think positively about becoming well. Optimism is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. 11. Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread. 12. Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise during a cold. If you have a hanging on cold, that just won’t let you get well: A tried and true method used for over 2 decades… For 3 days: Drink 3 cups of Cleansing and Purifying™ Tea to release congestion. Take 6-10 capsules daily of Herbal Laxa Caps™ to eliminate excess mucous that keeps harboring the infection. Do you have a cold or flu? Here's how to tell.
Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. (Outdoor environment - drafts, wetness, temperature changes, etc. do not cause either a cold or the flu.) The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Both conditions begin when one or more of the over 200 hundred viruses that cause a cold or flu penetrate the body’s protective barriers. Viruses don’t breathe, digest food or eliminate, but they do replicate themselves with a vengeance. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. The most likely target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract. Colds and flu respond to different treatments. The following symptomatic chart can help identify your particular condition and allow you to deal with it better. A “cold” cold profile looks like this: • Sufferers feel mildly ill to pretty sick. • Slow onset. No prostration. Mild fatigue and weakness. • Body aches and chills, largely due to the release of interferon (an immune stimulator). • Sometimes a fever or headache. • Localized symptoms like sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, drippy, runny nose with clear mucous, sneezing. • Mild to moderate chest discomfort, usually with a hacking cough. A flu profile looks like this: • Sufferers feel very sick right away. • Swift and severe onset. • Early and prominent prostration with flushed, hot, moist skin. • General symptoms like chills, depression and body aches. • Extreme fatigue, sometimes lasting 2-3 weeks. • Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough. Sore throat occasionally. • Accompanied by high (102°-104°) fever, headache, sore eyes, achy muscles.
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During the acute stage of colds/flu:
• Sweating is effective at the first sign of infection. 1) Take 1 cayenne cap and 1 ginger cap. 2) Take a hot bath with tea tree oil drops. 3) Go to bed for a long sleep, so your body can focus on healing. 4) During the next several days, take a hot sauna or hot bath to help deactivate viruses: or try a ginger foot bath to raise body temperature, and boost circulation. • Aromatherapy steams: with or without a vaporizer are effective: - Eucalyptus opens sinus passages. - Frankincense boosts immune response and speeds recovery. -Wintergreen relieves nasal congestion. -Mint or chamomile relieve headaches. -Tea tree oil combats infection. • Flu spreads in dry air. Keep a tea kettle warming on the stove to keep the air humid. • Nasal irrigations disinfect mucous membranes and clears breathing quickly: add ½ tsp. sea salt to 1 cup warm water. Fill a dropper with liquid, tilt your head and fill each nostril; then blow your nose. Or, use xylitol nasal wash, a favorite of our whole staff. • Massage therapy cleanses remaining pockets of toxins, and clears body meridians. Plus it makes you feel so good again! For longterm immune health:
• Relaxation techniques are immune-enhancers. A positive mental attitude makes a big difference in how your body fights disease. Creative visualization establishes belief and optimism. • Regular aerobic exercise keeps system oxygen high. Disease does not readily overrun a body where oxygen and organic minerals are high in the vital fluids. • Immune power builds the most during sleep. Use aromatherapy immune oils like lavender or rosemary oil before bed. • Tobacco in any form suppresses immunity. The cadmium content causes zinc deficiency. It takes 3 months to rebuild immune response even after you quit. • Stimulate immunity with early morning sunlight every day. Avoid excessive sun. A sunburn depresses immunity.
This Month's Recipes
Cold and Flu Tonic to Clear Chest Congestion
Feel better fast
Makes: 2 drinks
4 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp. garlic-lemon-sesame seasoning) ¼ tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. hot mustard powder 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup water 1 tsp. turmeric ½ tsp. sesame salt ½ tsp. ground coriander (1 tbsp. fresh cilantro) 1 cup cooked split peas (or 1 cup frozen peas)
In a dry pan, toast the minced garlic, cumin, black pepper, and hot mustard powder until aromatic. Add the olive oil and stir well. Toast a little to blend. Add the water, turmeric, sesame salt, ground coriander, and cooked split peas. Simmer gently 5 minutes; then mix all ingredients in a blender. Makes 2 drinks.
Cold Defense Cleanser
Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. It may prevent it.
Makes: 2 drinks
1½ cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 tbsp. brandy 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 dropperful echinacea extract
In a soup pot, simmer the water, honey, garlic powder, cayenne, ground ginger, brandy, and lemon juice. Add 1 dropperful echinacea extract just before taking. (Best in small sips).
(Recipes From Linda Page's Diets for Healthy Healing- NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK!