We are in that time of year where sickness is abound. Last year, we saw a significant reduction in the flu and colds due to masks and sanitation measures. Now that things are a little more back to normal, getting sick in the winter can sometimes be inevitable.
If you feel a cold coming on, there are some great homeopathic preventative and healing options. Here are some of the more popular ones:
This is a well kept secret that is not so secret anymore. It is an immunity booster that works quickly. Aside from making your own (which you can do), Elderberry is readily available – you just need a great source. Try to pick one that is pure without additives. This is a great option.
Garlic contains allicin – a powerful antibacterial only present shortly after garlic is crushed so you need to eat it raw, and quickly. It’s more satisfying than you think – mix it with ghee butter and put it on a cracker or small piece of bread. Tastes just like garlic bread.
High doses of vitamin C are said to help kill the bugs causing sickness. It is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant, and also helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin. MegaFoods is made from whole foods. Sometimes too much is too much, so try to stick to under 1,000mg/day.
A great antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, and an anti-allergenic substance. This is a great option.
Tumeric has been widely recognized as an anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Mixed with lemon, mint or green tea, honey and raw ginger – it’s a potion in which illness has no chance.
This is a mom favorite from the 80’s and beyond…and it works. Salt and hot water, gargled in your throat. The salt is said to clean and kill bacteria in your throat and loosen up mucus.
Fresh squeezed, organic pineapple juice contains bromelain, an enzyme found only in the stem and fruit of pineapples, that can help suppress coughs as well as loosen mucus. Side note: Bromelain may interact with antibiotics, so check with your doctor if you are taking any medications. And it has a lot of sugar – so drink it in moderation.
Pre and probiotics
Both help build up good bacteria in your gut which helps keep your body heathy and functioning.
Finally, try to avoid too much sugar. Sugar sets your gut balance off and can cause bad bacteria to thrive – which is what causes us to get sick as our immunity is low. Sugar, if not utilized by the body, can also convert to fat. Keep everything in moderation.