That’s what I hear from folks when they discover I have a cold or flu, or a virus that can cause laryngitis.
It’s almost as if people think I’m some sort of superhuman that is immune to disease. The truth is, I get sick just like any other person on this planet. I don’t live in a pristine bubble.
On a daily basis, I am exposed to toxins, pathogens, bacteria and viruses. And, sometimes they get in!
Especially, when I’m overworked or tired.
But, they don’t stay long. That’s the difference between my well-cared-for body today, and the body I used to abuse.
When I neglected my self-care and nourishment, if I caught a flu or other illness, I was completely debilitated and it took weeks or sometimes months to heal!
Today, when I get sick, my body heals much quicker, especially when I assist my body’s natural healing process.
The human body is an amazing creation and it is perfectly designed. When an illness occurs, it immediately starts the process of protection and repair.
Some immune systems are so strong, in fact, that illness won’t take root in the first place. Unfortunately, other folks, like myself, may have a tendency toward lower immunity. And, there are many reasons for that; antibiotics, poor diet and lifestyle, environmental toxins, overwork and stress, and one of the biggest contributors to poor immunity, not being breast-fed.
In the 1960’s, when I was born, nutritional science advised women to NOT breast-feed their babies. They told moms that human breast milk was inferior to baby formula.
That was a BIG mistake. Breast milk is essential to the baby’s immune system.
When a mother breast-feeds, she is directly implanting into that child the immunity and antibodies from every generation that lived before her. She is giving the little human exactly what it needs for its survival and protection.
Modern science has confirmed this HUGE nutritional blunder and now tells us that formula-fed babies have higher rates of ALL diseases; poor immunity, diabetes, thyroid disease, SIDS, digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, cancer… you name it, we’ve got it.
If you were one of the unlucky formula-fed babies like me, your immune system was compromised as soon as you slid out of the birth canal and into this world, where we don’t follow the laws of nature or how we are designed.
Laboratory science cannot surpass the wisdom of the universe. Although, I’m sure we’ll keep trying. We’re silly ego-driven creatures.
Having weaker immunity doesn’t mean you are doomed to get sick and stay sick. There are ways to assist the body’s natural healing process.
To aid our beautiful body it’s imperative that we go with it’s design, rather than against it. That means do NOT suppress symptoms.
Tips for Healing Flu, Cold and other Viruses
GET INTO BED
When the body catches a flu virus or cold it naturally heats up with fever to destroy invading pathogens. This is the perfect time to get under the covers, rest, sleep, sweat, and let the body do its work. This is NOT the time to take symptom-suppressing medication and continue running around at warp speed. Think of this as a short vacation in the comfort of your own home. Relax and read a good book.
Large amounts of mucous will begin developing as your body begins to “cleanse.” Excess mucus shows that white blood cells are stepping up into action to fight. First, it will be runny and clear. As the disease progresses, mucus can turn yellow and then green. White blood cells cause this change in color as they flood into an area, fight the invader, die, and pile-up in the process. Assist your body in cleansing by using a Neti Pot.
Neti Pot: ½ tsp sea salt to 1 cup boiled water. Let the boiled water cool to luke warm and flush your sinuses 1-2x daily.
It’s also helpful to simply gargle with warm water mixed with sea salt. If you have any anti-viral oils on hand like oregano, put one drop into warm salt water and gargle 2-3x per day.
If invaders make it beyond the nasal passages (and many do), help the body cleanse the lungs and bronchial passageways by using an expectorant. Coughing and sneezing is your body’s way of forcefully expelling invaders (just try not to expel them onto the people you love).
Put boiling water into a bowl, and add 1 drop of tea-tree, peppermint, pine, rosemary, or eucalyptus oil. Hang your head over the bowl and breathe deeply. Have tissues on hand because you may begin coughing, sneezing, and expelling. Remember to empty the garbage pail as it fills with your crumpled balls of mucus.
For those suffering with stomach flu, the body is expelling toxins, bacteria and pathogens through your intestines. Don’t stop that process! This means have LOTS of toilet paper on hand. Take a couple of days off work and literally poop your brains out.
EAT LIGHTLY AND STAY HYDRATED
It takes energy to digest food. Don’t burden the digestive system with heavy meals. Eat lightly so most of your energy can go toward healing.
Sip on homemade bone-stocks and warm soups with fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic). Bone-stocks support your body with easily absorbable liquid nutrients that refuel your system with minerals, collagen and amino acids needed to stay strong.
Keep yourself well hydrated with plenty of water.
Hire a practitioner that understands natural healing. I use an acupuncturist in NYC, James MacLean, L.Ac. who utilizes many facets of natural healing in his practice. He works with my body and it’s systems to help it heal.
The flu and other respiratory illnesses doesn’t stand a fighting chance when you give your body the right ingredients and align with it’s self-healing abilities.
Join me for a LIVE online class to learn what to eat, what not to eat and some fabulous medicinal herbal remedies that can help you boost immunity and heal quicker: Learn it LIVE: Strengthen Immunity and Health