10 Natural Ways To Avoid The Cold & Flu Part 1
This two-part series will help you take control of your health. Using these time-tested natural strategies could save you money and needless suffering.
Develop Good Habits
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – My grandmother, a very wise woman
Eat a healthy diet of “real food.”
You might also consider supplementing your diet with whole food multi-vitamins & minerals, and also extra vitamin c. (Consult the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine for further study on supplements and your needs.) Probiotics are especially important to keep your gut bacteria healthy. It’s said 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system.
Wash your hands with warm water and soap only.
Keep your hands off your face. You can drastically reduce the likelihood of viruses entering your body by refraining from touching your eyes and mouth. Instruct your children to the proper method of handwashing. Train them well and they will habituate a healthy practice of keeping their hands clean. Everyone in the family will be healthier as a result.
Avoid anti-bacterial soaps.
Cold and flu viruses are not bacteria. Anti-bacterial soaps and antibiotics are not effective in killing cold and flu germs and may contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bugs. Many anti-bacterial soaps and gels contain triclosan, a known endocrine disruptor. In 2014, the state of Minnesota banned its use in all antibacterial cleaning products.
Keep your recovery room clean and tidy.
If you’re well enough, make sure your bed is neat, clothes are picked up and there is no garbage or dirty dishes sitting around. For those of you that don’t mind a bit of disarray, I have this to say, “What’s in the mind is reflected in your environment.” If you disagree, that’s okay. It is what it is.
Avoid touching surfaces when out and about.
Also insist others wash their hands well when coming into your home.
Cough into your elbow.
Encourage others, especially children to do the same.
Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of pure, filtered water. Adequate water intake helps flush your body of toxins.
Exercise is especially important when outside temperatures keep most of us indoors. Physical activity promotes healthy brain chemicals and stimulates your immune system. Dance, do yoga, whatever you can to stay active.
Your thoughts are everything. Be mindfully aware of what you are telling yourself. Be thankful for everything in your life and endeavor to train yourself to see the blessings in everything.
Invest in Yourself
I cannot begin to tell you how powerful and important this is to your well-being. Caring and nurturing your “Self,” strengthens your immune system and creates a healthier physiology. What can you do to invest in yourself?
Adopt Good Habits we have discussed:
*Healthy Food & Water
*Nature/God has given us a plant for our every need. Eating naturally grown whole foods that nourish your body, are your best defense against cold and flu germs. Junk foods and artificial beverages weaken your body’s defenses, making you susceptible to any bug that may come your way.
In part two of this article we will discuss:
Natural prevention methods to help you stay healthy.
Time tested treatment and wellness approaches for hastening recovery and easing symptoms.
Resources and references for further study.
Each day is new and begins with a thought.
Let your first thought be, “thank you.” -Reni