Yes, cold and flu season is almost finished! In the Northern hemisphere, flu season usually ends in April as the temperatures warm up. Rejoice! You’re almost Scott-free, or are you? Well, if you or someone you care for (those pesky kids…) is feeling under the weather, here are some tried and true tips on nursing yourself and others back to health, naturally.
We’ve all heard you need to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest, blah, blah, blah. Well, there’s science behind that, and I’m all about science! I’m kind of an undercover nerd. But don’t tell anyone…Fluids: You need them to flush out the toxins your body is fighting and being dehydrated will only prolong and exacerbate the fun symptoms you’re already dealing with.
Rest: Your body is using most of it’s energy to fight off the little invaders that snuck their way into you. So, overworking yourself will only make you feel worse and keep you sick longer.
Chicken soup: Yes, there’s science behind chicken soup. It has been Grandma’s favorite remedy for curing a cold. Well, she was right and the facts are that chicken soup is more helpful than over-the-counter cough and cold medicines! In a study conducted by Dr. Stephen Rennard at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, it was determined that the chicken soup inhibits the movement of “neutrophils”, the most common type of white blood cell that defends against infection by inhibiting the migration of these cells, they are able to “stand guard” and more effectively fight the toxins in your upper respiratory system. The soup also displays mild anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, upon consuming the soup your body receives nutrition from the vegetables, the broth hydrates you and the collagen and gelatin found in bone broth-based soups helps repair gut health. It has been recently proven that any ailment or sickness stems from having an unhealthy or unbalanced digestive system as our gut is our first line of immunity defense! Neat, right!? Put good food in your body and your body will take care of you.
Garlic, Ginger and Onions: These are some of my personal favorites I load up on regularly but especially when I am sick. All have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties due to their high sulphur content, the same chemical that makes you cry when you chop onions, you wuss, you.
Honey: Raw and local honey. It has more nutrients and mineral content than pasteurized. Honey has anti-bacterial properties and is the one food on the planet that never goes bad! So between all of the spices mentioned earlier and honey that should cover bacterial and viral infections, ‘cause we’ve all been told at least once by a doctor when you’re sick “You have a virus”. Gee, thanks doc.
Going green: I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick, I don’t always feel like eating. So I juice and especially juice greens. All greens have an alkalizing effect on the body, which you want because sickness and disease thrive in an acidic body. Here is one of my favorite recipes, which you don’t need a juicer to achieve. Just a blender and a fine meshed strainer.
In a blender combine, all roughly chopped, organic and rinsed:
¼ of a lemon, peel, seeds and all
2 inch piece of ginger root
1 ½ cups of water, to get it all to blend.
Blend for 30-60 seconds, strain through the fine meshed strainer and enjoy! It tastes good and makes me feel much better. This recipe makes Two, 2 cup servings.
Salt: It inhibits the growth of bacteria. Try to use salt that has extra mineral content such as Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt. Gargle this with warm water to help sooth sore throats. Make sure to do this in front of our spouse, ‘cause it’s suuuper sexy!
These are my practiced tidbits of wisdom that I, Dr. Mom, prescribe to my patients (my family) when they are feeling sick. Take some time to yourself, nurture and love your body and your body will love
“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food”