Saturday, November 5, 2011
It's cold and flu season and we need to know how to fight back.
If it's been a while since you've experienced flu symptoms, you may have forgotten how lousy and drained a flu can make you feel.
You want to just sleep all day and night, getting up every hour or two to use the bathroom, blow your nose, and drink multiple glasses of water. You can't think right. You can't enjoy anything. You ache all over and can barely talk. It's like you're moving toward death.
What should you do when a bad cold or flu strikes?
Here are some tips on First Aid for the Flu.
(1) Get plenty of rest -- don't feel guilty for sleeping so much, because your body needs it.
(2) Immediately stop eating for a day or two. Fasting can help your system flush out the bad stuff inside you.
(3) Drink lots of water.
(4) Drink citrus juices like orange, pineapple, and grapefruit for the vitamin C content.
(5) Drink herbal teas like:
* mullein (improves breathing and soothes lungs)
* peppermint (pain killer and soothing)
* lemon balm (causes sweating to eliminate toxins)
* echinacea (vitamin C)
* catnip (muscle relaxer)
* cinammon (stops nausea)
* rosemary (improves mental functioning)
* sage (anti-fungal, anti-microbial)
* borage (good for chest congestion)
* fenugreek (antiseptic, soothes sore throats)
* red clover (blood cleansing)
* yarrow (anti-inflammatory, promotes sweating to eliminate toxins)
with raw unprocessed organic honey as sweetener.
(6) When you finally do feel a bit hungry, don't eat mucous foods that will clog you up (bread, meat, potatoes, junk food, cake, pie, pizza, burgers, etc.). Those foods will tend to delay your healing or even send you back a few steps.
(7) When you feel ready for food, take some chicken broth or chicken noodle soup, with no crackers.
(8) Eat organic lemons, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, melons, and other fruit with high water content or high vitamin C content.
(9) A hot shower can provide steam that soothes and opens up nasal passages.
(10) Take steamy hot vinegar bath. Pour a generous amount of apple cider vinegar into your tub, then fill it with hot water, as hot as you can stand it. Don't worry, it will cool down rapidly. Keep adding some hot water as it cools. The vinegar can draw toxins out of your pores and cause you to feel energized. Soak for at least one half hour.
(11) Eat raw garlic and ginger, or take garlic and ginger supplements.
(12) When you're feeling better, try eating a nice salad, made of Romaine lettuce and other greens, without sugary dressings or croutons.
(13) Avoid the Big Pharma flu shots and medicines, which are dubious in effectiveness and may even be harmful to some people.
(14) Stay away from other people.
(15) If you have a serious medical condition, prior to the flu symptoms, contact your doctor.
(16) Create and remain in a calm, peaceful environment. This may include no TV, radio, music, or reading. Let your entire system rest and relax, free from stress, annoyance, loud commercials, bad news reports, and other distractions.