Our family has gotten hit by cold and flu season in the last few weeks. Apparently, the flu didn’t really “catch on” until later in the season this year, or so says my daughter’s pediatrician. In any case, it was a good reminder in our household to be doing those things that make for stronger immune systems and quick recoveries. I probably should start by saying that I’m the only one in our home who hasn’t gotten sick. I always hate to admit something like that for fear that once I say/write it, that winning streak could end! 😉 In any case, I say that to say that I KNOW that these two natural approaches work!
Here are two of the things I have been doing regularly since the “outbreak” at our house:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar. I take a couple of tablespoons at least once a day when I feel like I’m fighting something. The acidity of the vinegar does not allow whatever cold/flu bacteria to thrive. So it usually doesn’t take long to feel the difference. I try to take it regularly, even when I’m not fighting something off, because it’s so good for immunity-building. (By the way, I use organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar–usually Bragg’s.)
2. Raw Garlic. This one may sound really ‘hard core.’ But, if you like garlic, you’ll be surprised at how easy (and even tasty) this home remedy is. Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. Only better because it only kills the bad bacteria! Really! It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties so that it kills whatever is trying to grow and make you sick. When I first started using garlic, it was hard. I would crush it and then put it into a slice of Ezekial bread with some melted cheese so that I could get it down. (And, it tasted great.) Now, I just put it in whatever I have already cooked. So, if I have some brown rice, I crush some garlic and mix it in. Sometimes I still throw in some cheese just to make it taste even yummier. The other night I put raw crushed garlic in the spaghetti sauce I had prepared for dinner. It tasted great. More importantly, it’s helping my immunity and now my husband’s immunity too (since I’m adding the garlic for him too!)
There are many other things to do: make sure to get out in the sun at least 20 minutes a day to stimulate Vitamin D production (or take vitamin D), take organic extra virgin coconut oil regularly, take probiotics, exercise and get your sleep every night. What else do you do to keep cold and flu season at bay?
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