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Natural Cold And Flu Remedies That Work

By Jannine Murray | health and wellness

Nov 11
kefir milk

It’s that time of year again and flu shots or pharmaceuticals aren’t the answer for keeping your body and immune system strong. If you have a mild cold that is lingering, sore throat, full blown flu or the trotty trots, check out some powerful and natural solutions you can implement and get back to your life fast!

1. Drink Kefir
kefir milk

Kefir is a fermented milk made my “kefir grains” that is an amazing superfood and natural antibiotic. It’s fizzier and more liquidy than yogurt and it can actually help repopulate your intestinal flora. There is a legend that Mohammed gave kefir grains to the Orthodox people of the northern slopes of the Caucasian Mountains and taught them how to make kefir. The ‘Grains of the Prophet’ were guarded jealously since it was believed that they would lose their strength if the grains were given away and the secret of how to use them became common knowledge.

Kefir grains were regarded as part of the family’s and tribe’s wealth and they were passed on from generation to generation. So, for centuries the people of the northern Caucasus enjoyed this food without sharing it with anyone else they came into contact with.

Other people’s occasionally heard strange tales of this unusual beverage which was said to have ‘magical’ properties. Marco Polo mentioned kefir in the chronicles of his travels in the East. However, kefir was forgotten outside the Caucasus for centuries until news spread of its use for the treatment of tuberculosis in Sanatoria and for intestinal and stomach diseases. Russian doctors believed that kefir was beneficial for health and the first scientific studies for kefir were published at the end of the nineteenth century.

grains of kefir

Due to the fact it’s 99% lactose free even people who are lactose intolerant will find they handle Kefir very well. Personally Kefir has changed my life in terms of my skin, hair, nails, digestion and my immune system! Make sure to get some healthy kefir grains (they look like fleshy cauliflower bits) and some good organic milk to make it at home, the at home variety is much more potent and powerful! It will soon become your loving little pet that you feed it daily and grow a fond attachment to it

2. Gargle with Goldenseal
goldenseal echinacea

This trick I found more powerful than taking strep throat medications, plus it doesn’t knock out your immune system like pharmaceuticals. I used a dropperful of a good goldenseal/echinacea tincture and gargle for 1 min then swallow,  several times a day for 3 days, starting first thing in the AM and at first sign of sickness.

Goldenseal contains the chemical berberine, which might have effects against bacteria and fungi. It can prevent the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) from binding to urinary tract walls and helps kill off other pathogens in the lymphatic system. Berberine also has properties that can lower blood pressure and improve irregular heartbeats. Goldenseal also strengthens the immune system, colon, liver, pancreas, spleen and lymphatic and respiratory systems

Make sure to only use goldenseal for 1 week, then discontinue internal use. Do not use if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have an allergy to ragweed. If you have a history of glaucoma, cardiovascular disease or diabetes use only under your doctor’s care.

3. Take medicinal mushrooms:

Medicinal mushrooms are nature’s cure-all! They are so powerful for strengthening us from a cellular level and allowing our microbes to be healthy and happy, and considering only 10% of us is actually human DNA, the rest are various bacteria, parasites, fungus, and microbes, we are only as healthy as the amount of good microbes we pack around with us!

muedicinal mushrooms

A great blend of powerful medicinal mushrooms is the “MyCommunity®- the 17 species formula originally created by Paul Stamets— a comprehensive Host Defense® formula for Supporting Natural Immunity.*

I took 3 caps of these 2x a day and squelched my flu fast!

4. Do a Vitamin C flush:

Vitamin C is a powerful viral fighter and required by our bodies immunity when we are sick. Doing a flush is when you take high doses of C until you get loose bowels. If your blood serum levels are very low you are going to need more than 10,000mg of vitamin c. When I do my flushes I make sure it’s a day I have off, as I can get bloated and it can be uncomfortable. You can use a Vitamin C supplement or my favorite is the conscious planet’s “Transcend” formula, which I find doesn’t make me bloated.

transcend by conscious planet

Take about 10,000mg of vitamin C with about 1-2 liters of water, wait about 2 hours, if nothing happens, do another 5000mg with more water, then again if needed if you haven’t run to the bathroom. The point is to have loose bowels where you “flush” out all the crap inside of you, so keep taking the C until this happens.

Click here to order the Transcend from conscious planet

5. Eat fermented foods

fermented foods

Fermented foods are the key to a strong immune system, as they feed the good bacteria in your gut and this good bacteria is responsible for 95% of your immune system. The best fermented foods include raw saurkraut, kefir of course, miso pastes, Kombucha, my favorite fermented drink called kevita, and other fermented vegetables. Try and eat these foods with every meal for best results. If you have a lot of gut issues stick to homemade versions and use probiotics to ferment them.

Head to your local health food store for these products, they are slowly making their way to big chain stores but you will get a good selection in health food stores

6. Hit the infrared sauna
infrared sauna

Last week I hit up the sauna even though I was feeling awful, as I knew the infrared heat kills viruses and stimulates the immune system, and within 5 minute I started perking up and feeling better! Book in a sweat sesh at a local sauna that has ceramic plated infrared heated saunas and you will feel like a new person after 30 mins! Bring a whole bunch of water, an inspirational read and massage your lymph nodes during your session.

7. Drink Broths
bone broth

Bone broths are so good for your bones, immunity, digestion and detoxification process. Make your own using organic bones and organic meats, onions, garlic, sea salts, and sea vegetables like kelp, dulse, wakame and nori. Simmer on low for about 12 hours, let cool and skim off any excess fat, then heat and serve as a lovely healing beverage to have throughout your day.

This broth is particularly good for people who are anemic, poor digestion, low energy, weak adrenals and sleep disorders.

8. Keep your gut healthy
good and bad bacteria

 

The key to good health is in your gut! More and more research is confirming this and diets that support optimal gut health are all the rage for a reason.

Go gluten-free, cut out refined sugars and processed foods, eat lots of fermented foods with each meal, drink broths, avoid combining starches with proteins, take at least 100 billion probiotic capsules per day, drink fermented drinks like kevita( it has 250 billion per drink!) and make sure to eat “prebiotic foods” to support your probiotic proliferation. Prebiotics are fibers these healthy bacteria feed on and anchor into your guts. Prebiotic foods are vegetables like Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, garlic, onion, leek, shallots, spring onion, asparagus, beetroot, fennel bulb, green peas, snow peas, sweetcorn, savoy cabbage and prebiotic fruits like bananas and oranges. Legumes like beans and lentils are also fantastic and can go into your broths.

9. Use castor oil and oil of oregano:

This is my go to remedy for when my ears start to get infected. Place a dropperfull of a mixture of castor oil and oil of oregano into your ears, secure with some cotton, Then warm your ear by going into a hot bath or placing a hot water bottle over your ear as you let the oil breakdown the buildup and infection. This is also fantastic to include in an infrared sauna session as well!

10. Use zinc:

zinc is a powerful lymph and immune booster and when we are sick we need this mineral, especially as women. Go for up to 50mg a day for 1 week, then taper down to 20 mg per day.

11. Make your own “Neocitran”:

I first did this after my babysitter told me about it when I was 14 years old and I was surprised how amazing it worked! Take 2 oranges, 2 grapefruits, and 4 lemons (skin and all) and boil gently for about 1 hour in 2 liters of water. Let cool then add cayenne pepper and sip on the whole day, it tastes pretty sour but you can sweeten it with stevia.

12. Eat raw garlic:

One of natures powerful antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic, crush up a clove raw and pop it in your mouth. Yes it’s strong, but potent and a few cloves a day will do you good;)

13. Top up your Vitamin D:

Low levels are linked to low immunity and low resistance to all diseases and infections. Since our D levels tend to plummet around November, go for optimal health by taking at least 5000IU’s a day. It wouldn’t hurt to do 10,000IU’s for 1 week then bring it down to 5000IU’s.

14. Take activated charcoal
activated charcoal

If you’re trotting off to the toilet with urgency this is your natural healthy solution! The last thing you want to do is stop your body from flushing out the bad guys with antidiarrheal meds, so opt for activated charcoal which actually regulates your bowels and absorbs any harmful stuff that your body may be trying to eliminate. Drink a lot of water and don’t take this at the same time of any vitamins or minerals as it will absorb them as well.

Also in order to keep you immune system responding stay away from sugar like the plauge, processed foods, acidic grains like rice, pasta, oats, any breads or crackers and too much caffeine.  Remember only 1 teaspoon of sugar lowers your immunity by 75%, so cut it out completely as well as the foods above, which are high in sugars, in order to get better fast.

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Love and gratitude

Jannine Murray, Health And Fitness Specialist

Jannine Murray, Health And Fitness Specialist
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