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Avoiding Colds and Flu Naturally

This year it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to strengthening our immune systems naturally.  Using certain herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathic remedies can help you avoid catching a cold or flu and build your immune system.  If you do catch a virus, they can help

relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration and severity of the illness.

 

What most people don’t realise is how much your daily diet has an impact on the strength of your immune system.  If you or your child are eating sweets daily, processed foods, junk food, drinking soda or other sweetened beverages regularly, you are weakening your immunity and will be more likely to catch viruses. One teaspoon of sugar (soda has about 9-

11 tbsp.) can weaken your immune system for 4 hours.  I believe that this is why so many people are now having an extreme difficulty fighting illnesses.  (Besides repeated antibiotic use)

Try eating more vegetables, at least 4-5 servings a day!  Along with eggs for breakfast, how about a few pieces of steamed asparagus, some spinach, squash or a few tomato slices.  Have a salad with lunch, and at least two vegetables with dinner.  Fresh fruit can also bolster vitamin C and help build resistance.

Eat berries daily!  Especially frozen – freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more colour pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids.   Avoid all white flour, baked goods, sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and sweets.  You’ll feel so much stronger than you realise!

 

Good Natural Vitamins a MUST!

It is very important to take a good quality, plant-based not synthetic, multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement daily which supplies you with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, proanthocyanadines, bioflavanoids, green foods, enzymes and more.

Taking 2000-4000 mg. of  Vitamin C every day will help you fight infections.  Garlic also is not a food but a medicine and can be taken at times of exposure or risk.  Bee propolis is known as Russian penicillin and is often found in natural vitamin supplements.  It is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection.

 

Super Antioxidants

I HIGHLY recommend using Super Antioxidants daily!  Not only because they help reduce the signs of aging, along with aches and pains, but they can greatly increase your immune system, being 20 – 50 times more potent than Vitamin C and E! Get them from super foods not from bottles.

Using Echinacea (purple coneflower) herbal extract regularly can help you avoid or reduce the severity and duration of viral illnesses.  40 drops for an adult taken 4-6 times a day at the first sign of a cold can help you avoid it completely.  Olive Leaf extract is  proven more powerful than penicillin in fighting upper respiratory infections, sinus, strep and throat infections!  Those with autoimmune diseases should consider using Astragalus instead of Echinacea to strengthen the spleen and immune system.  It is a safe, long term immune system tonic.

 

Oil of Oregano

My favourite is a high-quality, full-strength Oil of Oregano.  It is a very powerful agent against bacterial, viral,parasitic, and fungal infections.  I recommend keeping some on hand!  It ’s an excellent general tonic and immune stimulant.  You can take one or two capsules a day, or

place one or two drops of the oil under the tongue to go immediately into the blood and lymph system.  4-5 drops can also be placed in juice and taken several times a day.  This can be your best defence against the flu!

 

Therapeutic value of Colloidal Silver

Also consider using Colloidal Silver for excellent anti-viral protection!  It works great to help avoid or reduce symptoms of colds and flu.  The body has an innate ability to rejuvenate and restore itself to optimum health. When taken daily, Colloidal Silver acts as an optimal immune system supporter by helping the body fight invaders. Medical tests indicate no known adverse effects from the use of properly prepared Colloidal Silver, and there has

never been a recorded case of drug interaction with any other medication.

The body does not develop a tolerance to Colloidal Silver and no allergic reaction has ever been recorded.

 

How Colloidal Silver Works

The presence of Colloidal Silver near an invader disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the invader suffocates and dies, and is cleared out of our bodies by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes intact, as they are radically different than those enzymes of primitive

single-celled life. Thus, Colloidal Silver is absolutely safe for humans,reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.

 

Not to be underestimated is the value of maintaining good colon health.  The Chinese have long equated respiratory problems with poor bowel function.  If waste product is not being removed in a timely fashion then toxins build up in the body, and particularly the respiratory system.  Be sure to take herbs which perform a good bowel detox, as well as keep the intestines in fighting shape with friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus or bifidophilus.  Enzymes are a must.  Take a broad spectrum enzyme combination,  both with meals and

between meals.

Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune system strong.  Try rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) everyday, even if it’s just 2-5 minutes, several times a day.

Be sure to wear a hat when out in the cold.  Getting plenty of sleep and daily relaxation to reduce stress will also help.  Keeping your self strong and healthy not only protects you from the flu, but many other ills as well.

 

 

Common ColdAs Common As The Air We Breathe

 


Watery eyes, congestion, sniffles, sneezes, sore throat, cough, headache…these are some of the symptoms of a common cold. A common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract, nose and throat. It is  usually harmless, although it may not feel that way. The common cold usually catches up with us at one time or another. With children getting as many as eight colds per year or more. This contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract is the most common infectious disease in the western world and the number-one reason children visit the doctor and stay home from school.

 

There are approximately 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Most colds are caused by rhinoviruses, that are in invisible droplets in the air we breathe or on the things we touch. Aside from rhinoviruses, there are more than 100 subtypes that cause up to half of all colds. They can infiltrate the protective lining of the nose and throat, triggering an immune system reaction that can make throat sore, suffer headache, and experience difficulty to breathe through the nose. While getting a chill does not cause a cold, there are factors that make a person more susceptible to attack by cold viruses. These include excessive fatigue, depression, allergies involving nose and throat symptoms, and the middle phase of the menstrual cycle.

 

A cold begins when one of several different kinds of cold virus attaches to the lining of the nose or throat. The immune system sends white blood cells out to attack this germ. Unless a person encountered it before, the initial attack fails and the body sends in reinforcements. The nose and throat get inflamed and produce lots of mucus. With so much of available energy directed at fighting the virus, a person suffering from cold feels tired and miserable.

 

The common cold is spread mostly by hand-to-hand contact. Like if a person with a cold blows or touches his or her nose, and then touches someone else’s, the person becomes infected with the virus as well. Then, the cold virus can live on objects such as pens, books, and coffee cups for several hours and can be acquired from such objects. While common sense would suggest that coughing and sneezing spread the common cold, these are actually very poor mechanisms for spreading a cold.

 

There is still no cure for the common cold, however, there are plenty of cold symptom remedies. The major home impact that we can have on the common cold is hand washing. Hand washing has clearly been shown to prevent the spread of colds. This can be particularly effective in public places and is recommended before meals. While there is news about treating the common cold with Zinc, this is still not considered to be confirmed by adequate scientific research. Its benefits remain unproven. Vitamin C has been said to reduce the duration of symptoms from a common cold but typically medical research has not supported this.

 

Cure for the Common cold Learn natural tips for keeping a cold away


I have told many people about this cure for the common cold used by the Indians and some West Africans. Fact is the researchers are right on this occasion and there is no cure for the common cold so what I am really telling them is that there is a way of never getting a cold. There is a way of relieving the symptoms if you do get one without antagonising the immune system. It is already cranky at us for letting ourselves get this much out of shape.

This method is known in Sanskrit (the Indian Language) as Neti or “Nasal Irrigation).

It cleans the nasal portion of the respiratory system. The function of this is to allow air to come in contact with the circulating blood so exchange of the gases can happen.

So apart from a fast which is also very effective this is the way to go. Neti has no competition it is just the best for clearing the nostrils. So you will be able to breathe much better. It also reduces excess mucus. You know the yukki stuff in the nose and throat. It will moisten the nasal canal which in turn strengthens the eyes, because there is stimulation of the blood vessels of the nose and eyes through nasal irrigation. So here it is (Neti)

 

1. Use celtic sea salt or pink himalayan salt, add a level teaspoon to 25 oz warm water and make sure it becomes dissolved.

2. Wash the neti pot (which is available in health food stores and chemists).

3. Re- rinse carefully with drinking water.

4. Fill the pot with the saline solution. It should hold about 8oz

5. Now hold your head over a sink or large basin so your right nostril is uppermost with your head tilted.

6. Pour the solution into the nostril and keep the mouth open to breathe while doing it.

7. Remain still and rested for 30 seconds while the fluid drains and then blow the nose and rinse out the mouth with drinking water.

 

Repeat all the steps on the other nostril pouring through the left this time.

 

Bend hard forward to ensure it all drips out oto get all the solution out.

 

I have found it pleasant normally and similar to clearing the nose after a session in the surf. So practice it a few times. Besides aiding as a cure for the common cold, it also helps blocked nasal passages which result from exposure to irritants and pollutants.  As a hint you can perform 10-15 rounds of bellows breath (a breathing exercise that entails forcefully pulling the belly back towards the spine which pushes the stagnant air out of the lungs) while draining the nose.

 

I have been told by the experts that it is said to have a noticeable cleansing effect on the sinuses and mind and helps to clean the anterior regions of the upper palate housing the olfactory organs. It is therefore a worthwhile practice and even helps to cleanse to some degree the inner workings of the ear. Use this method on the children also but always supervised by an able adult.

 

So why do you say there is no cure. That is simple as the cold is not a sickness although sometimes triggered by pathogens or inclement weather conditions it is actually a necessary function of the human body to regularly clear excess contaminated body fluids.

To target the root cause of the common cold it is a good time to try a fast such as a juice fast using carrot and celery with a little ginger and beetroot. Delicious!! Otherwise a combination of Fresh Fruit juices made at home. Shop bought juices are much less useful. Stay on the juice fast for a few days to give yourself a good clean out. It is called detoxing and detoxing should be done regularly by everybody.

 

Fact is that all types of Animal Products, Breads, Grains and dairy products are what causes the buildup of mucus and phlegm. These substances have been known to either cause or aggravate the common cold along with other diseases and conditions such as the flu, asthma and diabetes. This information is based on research performed the renowned French Hygienist, Albert Mosseri

Spending your hard earned money on drugs and nasal sprays as a cure for the common cold is normally a waste of time and can often damage the immune system causing more frequent bouts of the sicknesses.

 

How to Fight the Common Cold And Flu

 

Infection is most likely to occur when immune function is low because of tiredness,stress, poor diet and digestion function , lack of exercise or smoking. According to Chinese Medicine and naturopathy, susceptibility to colds can be increased by constipation and sluggish bowel function. Here are natural ways to knock out a cold or flu using herbal a remedies. 1. Eat plenty of leeks and green onions. These herbs have powerful cold fighting properties.You can eat healthy vegetable soup with leeks or green onions in it. This will make you sweat , but don’t take a shower while you have fever. Just clean your body with wet towel and change the night clothe and sleep well. 2. Breathe easier – One of the best ways to open clogged sinus and bronchial passages is to breathe warm steam to which you’ve added essential oil of eucalyptus. 3. Your nose all stuffed up? Try eating some hot or spicy foods which should open up those blocked nasal passages and you won’t have the rebound effect of taking too many nose drops! 4. Not hungry? Try a few minutes of vigorous exercise. The increased oxygen demand of your body will almost certainly cause you to breathe deeper and help open-up your blocked nasal passages naturally. 5. Chest congestion can be effectively cleared up by breathing a mixture of hot vinegar, or white wine. Breath in the vapours for a few minutes, and you should get relief! 6. Coughs and sore throats can be controlled with several home remedies. A classic requires a large lemon. Start by slowing roasting it until it just splits open. Now take up to half a teaspoon of unprocessed honey with the juice from the lemon. Repeat at hourly intervals until the cough is under control. 7. Feel better with elderberry – elderberry tea to treat respiratory infections, now scientific evidence suggests that taking a standardised elderberry extract can shorten the length of time you’re sick by 50 percent. 8. Soothe a sore throat – Drink a tea made of mucilaginous herbs such as marshmallow or slippery elm, which coat the throat. 9. Stop the cough .- When you can’t quit coughing, drink hot ginger tea. Ginger stimulates circulation and helps clear your sinuses and lungs of mucus. You may also get some relief with the natural cough suppressant, bromelain, an enzyme from pineapple. 10. Take a large clove of Garlic, peel and keep it in your mouth. Bite down every so-often to release the natural juices. Replace with a new clove every four or five hours. Your cold symptoms should be to gone in twenty four, to forty eight hours.

 

Natural cures during cold and flu season

 

There are a variety of herbs, supplements, and food remedies. Listed below are five that have received favorable results.

1. Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Kefir, and Yogurt

 

Kimchi (pronounced kim’-chee) is a Korean spicy fermented side dish that has been getting a lot of press since the BBC published a report by scientists in Seoul, Korea who found that 11 of 13 chickens infected with the avian flu started to recover after they were fed an extract of kimchi. It is important to note that there have been no published reports of its effect on people affected with the new strain of avian flu. The key ingredient is thought to be a natural organic acid called lactic acid, that’s also found in sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir (a yogurt-like effervescent beverage). In fact recent reports also show sauerkraut being used to treat chickens.

2-Elderberry

 

Another one of the natural cures that has attracted a lot of attention is the berry extract from elderberry (Sambucus nigra) which contains more than one compound that’s active against flu viruses. One of the many ways it works is by preventing the virus from attacking cells. A study found a 50% reduction in the severity and duration of symptoms in adults and children after taking an elderberry extract. Health food stores carry elderberry juice, syrup, and capsules suitable for adults and kids. Only commercially prepared elderberry products made from the berry extract should be used, because the fresh leaves, flowers, bark, young buds, unripe berries, and roots contain cyanide and can result in cyanide poisoning. This is definitely not a do it yourself natural cure that you can prepare!

3-Ginseng

The herb ginseng, used in Asia for over 2000 years, made headlines recently after a double-blind placebo-controlled study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that a ginseng extract reduced the number of upper respiratory infections by 25% during a four month period. The treatment group took two 200 mg capsules of a ginseng extract every day for four months and reported reduced symptoms, duration of infections, and infection recurrence. Ginseng can have hormonal effects. Some studies suggest that ginseng can boost estrogen levels, so it should not be on the list of natural cures for women with breast cancer. Ginseng should also be avoided by people taking blood sugar medication or antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors, by children, people with high blood pressure, or by pregnant or nursing women.

4. Astragalus

 

Astragalus doesn’t come with nearly as many warnings as ginseng. The dried root of astragalus is a popular ingredient in traditional Chinese herbal formulas. It’s now used in the United States to strengthen the immune system and prevent colds and flu. Herbalists recommend it as an immune tonic for people who tend to catch colds frequently. Preliminary research has shown astragalus can stimulate immune function in humans. It can be found in capsule form at health food stores or as a dried root in Chinese herbal shops and some health food stores. Because of its mild taste, the dried root can be added to soups. The dried root is light yellow and the size and shape of a tongue depressor. A typical daily dose is 9 to 15 g of the dried root, which equals about 3 to 4 slices. Traditionally in Asia, people took astragalus soup once a week throughout the winter. The dose is individual, and people with increased exposure or compromised immune systems may require more. Note: Herbalists do not recommend taking astragalus if you’re already sick.

 

5. Ginger

 

Another on the list of popular natural cures: A cup of hot ginger tea is not only invigorating , it is also a great cold fighter. Ginger contains compounds that have been found to be active against rhinoviruses, the most common group of cold viruses. Ginger is a diaphoretic, meaning it fights colds by gently raising body temperature and promoting perspiration. Note: Ginger is also a blood thinner. Talk to your doctor before taking it if you are taking blood thinners.

 

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