Saturday, October 17, 2009

6 Easy Steps to Get Rid of a Cold or Flu

Hey everyone,

It is approaching cold and flu season, so here are 6 easy ways to get rid of one if you should succumb!

Colds and flu are not pleasant, but they can be quick and easy to recover from if you know what to do. (In this article I provide a few links to companies that I really like only to make it easy on people to find what they'll need — I do not make any profit from them.)

1. If you are not hungry, then do not eat. Fasting has been used since ancient times to speed recovery. Animals do it naturally whenever they feel ill, and we too will not feel hungry during a sickness. Just remember to stay hydrated with spring water or quality filtered water (I use Environmental Water Systems brand).

2. If you feel hungry, eat fruits and steamed vegetables, preferably organic since they will not contain pesticides. The idea is to eat easy-to-digest foods that will not require much effort from your body while its attention is on healing. Eating starchy, processed foods, or meat will only slow your healing — which means more days of feeling like crap. Smoothies and vegetables juices are even better (freshly made, not canned or bottled), since they are already liquefied and even easier to digest.

3. Resting is key. Oftentimes a cold or flu is our warning to slow down and take a break from our busy, stressful lives. Use this as an opportunity to sleep long, read, meditate, play Monopoly, or do whatever else you may not get a chance to do on a normal basis.

4. Use natural medicinal products to make you more comfortable and further aid in a speedy recovery. I'm not going to insist that you stay medication-free, because I understand that a lot of people have to function and do not enjoy coughing up a lung while they're at it. There are several natural liquid formulas available that contain symptom suppressants, which can be useful if you are very uncomfortable or unable to sleep because of it. Look for those that do not contain junk additives or artificial ingredients. Liquid or lozenges are best!

5. Try Kyolic garlic and fresh-juiced garlic cloves added to your vegetable juices. Garlic is well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties and is very useful while ill, though it should not be taken every day, otherwise it can disrupt your intestinal flora.

6. Take enzymes containing protease (a good brand is Enzymedica's ViraStop), which helps destroy the virus's protein shell and enables to the body to destroy it faster.

Please feel free to send this to your friends and family.