Sunday, 30 November 2014

My Cold/Flu Remedies

Yesterday I was suddenly plagued with a headache (that lasted all day), general brain fog, a sore throat, decreased appetite, swollen lymph nodes and body aches. I couldn't go to work and slept 12+ hours...
Today, I shook off a mild headache in the morning and am now only stuck with a mild sore throat!

This is what I did to boost my immune system:

  1. Obviously, lots and lots of sleep. This allows your body to focus on getting rid of the virus.
  2. Oil of oregano water. This essential oil is very potent and has antiviral and antimicrobial properties due to the active ingredient carvacrol. Just put a drop (or two) into a large glass/bottle of water and sip throughout the day. If you don't dilute it enough, the oil of oregano can be extremely unpleasant to drink and burn your throat. Also, fair warning: it will make plastic cups and bottles taste forever "herb-y", especially if you don't rinse right after drinking.
  3. Drink more water than usual. The adequate intake of healthy adult women and men, respectively, is 2.7 L/day and 3.7 L/day. To expel the virus and toxins, your body requires more water, so drink plenty of water and teas (chamomile is nice and soothing). Absolutely no coffee or other dehydrating beverages allowed!
  4. Drink a glass of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV) that still has the "mother". Apple cider vinegar can kill off any yeast that may be feeding the infection, help your body maintain an alkaline state, and unpasteurized ACV also provides many useful enzymes and nutrients.
  5. Have soup based on (homemade) bone broth. Bone broth provides many nutrients, especially minerals and amino acids, that are easily absorbed and useful for fighting infections. I recently made lots of venison bone broth and have it ready in the freezer.
  6. Supplement with immune-enhancing nutrients, such as: zinc, vitamin C, and echinacea. Remember that recommended dietary intakes are based on healthy individuals, and if you are sick, you need more to compensate. I supplemented with both zinc (picolinate) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
<3 Jessica

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