For years I have been fortunate not been ill from cold or flu. Here are a few things that I did to prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold and flu.
When you are just beginning to feel under the weather is the time to go on the offensive. Most bacteria and viruses don’t do well in an alkaline environment (the way your body chemistry is supposed to be). Unfortunately, many among us are too “acidic”; this actually promotes or encourages these entities to find a home sweet home in your body. Let’s make them a bit more uncomfortable, shall we?
Start drinking plenty of water, adding just a spritz or two of juice from fresh lemons in each cup. Drink water at least once an hour while you’re feeling under the weather. If you never drink water, don’t over do it. Onces of H2O is what your body needs, on average, say, 64 onces a day (8-80z. glasses). If you have a medical condition involving your kidneys, you need to consult your doctor as to how much water is appropriate. The water and lemon juice can begin to change your body more towards alkalinity, which makes you stronger and the germs weaker.
Also, this is time to take your vitamins, like Vit-C, and minerals like zinc; both are stimulating to, and support your immune system. The herb echinacea also stimulates the immune system to gear up. Your whole strategy early on is to prevent these pathogens from getting a grab hold. If you can hold them at bay for at least 3 days while your immune system gears up, the chances are you will beat your cold or flu before it really gets started.
If all that does not do the trick, I add some herbs and supplements that will directly attack these invaders. The list is long: I like garlic; high quality organic honey; oil of oregano; olive leaf extract; cinnamon.
If you or a loved one are running a high fever or having difficulty breathing, please do consult your doctor.