by Kat L. Robertson
Understanding that we are organic beings, it is important to look at our health holistically. Since this is January and we are in the thrust of flu season, it’s essential that we start here. With cold weather looming ahead for several months, how do we fight off the onslaught of colds and flues while keeping our resistance strong?
A combination of vitamin therapy, a healthy supportive diet and rest can go a long way in preventing a full-fledged viral attack. At the first sign of a cold, i.e. headachy, sore throat, stuffy nose and fatigue, before rushing to the drug store for over the counter medications, you might want to consider a few healthy alternatives.
Echinacea (considered nature’s natural antibiotic) with Goldenseal Root in either capsule or as a liquid with a dropper, is an excellent way to combat these symptoms. Taken with zinc and Vitamin C, several times a day can make a big difference in fighting off a cold before it has time to ware down your resistance. Continue to take the combination until the symptoms begin to wane; then you can begin reducing the number of vitamins along with the frequency with which you are taking them. When you are back to yourself again, stop taking them all together. The body can build up a tolerance; they will not be as effective the next time. This regimen is most effective when you catch the cold at the very beginning.
Taking a teaspoon full of honey and cinnamon will help sooth a sore throat and subdue coughing, while also boosting your immune system.
While fighting to regain your health, it is important that you provide your body the proper fuel in the way of immune building food. Vegetables rich in Vitamin C such as green and red cabbage; onions, parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cauliflower, hot chili peppers, white and sweet potatoes, spinach, okra, sweet red peppers and tomatoes, are all wonderful to prepare in salads, soups or roast them. If you are not up for anything heavy, try making just a broth with onions, garlic and parsley. Add mushrooms for additional flavor in addition to the added benefit of Vitamins D, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12, C and folate.
Rest is a crucial component in the regimen to build up your immune system and ward off a relapse, especially as your health starts to improve. This is probably the most challenging to incorporate into busy schedules but so necessary. We tend to want to jump right back into our routines as we begin to feel better. But take it easy a little while longer until you are strong, your energy is back up again and you are ready to take on your world!
Remember, we are spiritual as well as physical beings. Just as we need to feed our physical bodies with the nutrients necessary to promote optimal health, we need to feed our spirits as well. A daily dose of reading from the scriptures and time spent in prayer, coupled with being proactive with your diet and rest, will reinforce a foundation of good health and faith.
“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
It will be spring before you know it! 😊
To your health!
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