The Best Holistic Ways To Prevent Colds
We all are usually on high alert when cold and flu season comes around every year. For me, I begin to be more mindful about public places, especially for my children.
No one wants to have down time with a cold or the flu.
We all need rest, but having a cold or flu is not an enjoyable way to get it. The dread of not being able to breathe out of your nose, or even having coughs, aches and pains.
It’s horrible when you have to spend your time off from work or school not feeling well. Or worse! You have to go to work or school sick anyways.
Therefore, it is VERY important to know…what we can do to fight the cold or flu holistically.
Prevention is the best method
Based on research from health experts we have been told to…..
- Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face.
- Limit or avoid eating dairy. It can contribute to a runny nose and congestion (mucous).
- Eat plenty of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables. They boost immunity and help you avoid nutrient deficiencies, as well.
- Limit or avoid added sugar. Sugar can suppress your immune system for hours after you consume it.
- Drink plenty of water, add lemon for a boost of vitamin C.
- Get proper sleep…7-8 hours each night is recommended for adults.
- Reduce continuous stress and anxiety in your life, which can lead to inflammation, as it raises your stress hormone cortisol.
- Exercise moderately to help relieve stress and helps you sweat out toxins from your body.
- Natural remedies work best when you begin them as soon as symptoms appear. Early symptoms can include a scratchy throat, nasal discomfort, and/or light headedness.
Top Holistic Ways to Boost Your Immune System….
Salt – Gargle warm water with a teaspoon of sea salt 3 times a day. Add a sprinkle of powdered cayenne and turmeric spice for extra inflammation fighting benefits.
Vitamin C – Start your day with a high dose of 1000 mg of vitamin C and follow the instructions on the bottle. Zinc also works great with vitamin C, pumpkin seeds are a natural source of zinc.
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Irrigate (Cleanse) – Clear your nasal passages with a Netti pot. Follow package instructions.
Essential oils – They have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. They’re also natural fever reducers and can sooth body aches, as well. Read essential oil labels for precautions.
*Add a couple of drops of essential oil in a diffuser (used to safely release these powerful oils into the air).
*If you don’t have a diffuser, you could add a few drops of essential oil to a small pot of hot water and allow the essence of the oils to release in the air and sooth your respiratory system.
Echinacea– is a powerful herb that can help improve the immune system. It is suggested that you not take Echinacea for longer than 8 days at a time, because it can overstimulate the immune system. Take four days off before continuing use.
Elderberry Extract– is packed with vitamin C and is great for kids too.
I have seen great results, as I have practiced these preventative measures with my family.
*Now my older two sons recognize the signs of an oncoming cold and reach for the sea salt, warm water, and gargle too. It has worked for us tremendously!
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Prevention is key so if you can practice holistic ways upfront, you are less likely to become ill with a cold or flu.
Remember, if you do begin to experience symptoms take one or more of these holistic ways to reduce discomfort, duration, and symptoms right away for faster results.
Comment Below: What are your favorite natural remedies to fight a cold or flu holistically?
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