Sunday, February 5, 2012
BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
While The Skeptical Husband is busy visiting bathrooms, loos, wash closets, toilets, and port-a-potties (trust me, he’s seen them all in the last week!), I thought I’d share a few tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season, because it seems like everyone I know is getting sick recently.
First up, get enough vitamin C because it can shorten the length and severity of a cold. A great natural choice for vitamin C is the acerola cherry. The vitamin C content of one small acerola cherry is 65 times greater than an orange. It also has high levels of vitamins A and B, in addition to C. The cherries also contain the key minerals calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Acerola cherry supplements can be found in the vitamin section of your local health food store.
While you're at the health food store, also look for Source Naturals Wellness Formula. This is really all you need when you think you’re coming down with something. It has tons of vitamin C, zinc, propolis, garlic, echinacea, goldenseal, and lots of other helpful ingredients. If you don’t want to spend that kind of money (over $20 for a month's supply), grab a few packs of Emergen C; it’s full of vitamins B and C, and other ingredients that provide you with energy when your immune system is taxed.
But what do you do once you're aleady sick? Well, you might consider Umcka Cold and Flu, packed with homeopathic remedies, this will help tackle your symptoms and speed recovery. If you're congested you might want to think about a nasal spray, like Xlear which contains Xylitol. If you are unfamiliar with Xylitol, it is a carbohydrate found in nearly all fruits and veg, which cleans, soothes, and moisturizes nasal passages. Lastly, get plenty of rest and keep hydrated with coconut water and medicinal herbal teas that are formulated to support the immune system.
On a side note, antibiotics can be overprescribed by doctors, but you may need to go down that road if your infection is bacterial. Keep in mind that if taking antibiotics, it would be wise to take a probiotic (which replenishes the good bacteria in your intestinal tract) during or after your treatment. If you take your probiotic during treatment, just be sure to take it at least 2 hours after each antibiotic dose. Another option is to just wait until you've completed your entire 10-day antibiotic course, and then start taking probiotics.
I’d love to hear any other suggestions on natural remedies for cold and flu season that have worked for you.