Sick and Tired of the Flu? How to Stop it FAST

Wellness

We all know it – it’s here: FLU SEASON. The slightest throat tickle, gentlest cough, smallest rise in body temperature can set us on red alert. But does life stop when we get sick? Of course not. We work, run errands, attend meetings, keep schedules, cross off to-do lists – all on top of trying to put food on the table, get to that workout, keep up on social media, answer emails and text messages, and who knows what else!

Ready for worse news? Brace yourself: winter is no longer the only “flu season.” Ever gotten flu symptoms in summer and thought, “It can’t be the flu, it’s not winter!” The flu is year-round. This is why it is crucial is keep our immune system in tip-top shape using the tips below. Already have the flu? Don’t worry, you can banish it from your system fast with these tricks.

 

Boosting the Immune System

The key to staying healthy all winter long – and staving off other illness and dis-ease in our bodies all year round – is a strong immune system. Even if you do get the flu, a strong immune system will help you overcome it faster and easier.

The crucial piece to a prevailing immune system? Your diet.

Whatever diet you subscribe to – vegan, paleo, omnivore, etc. – bringing in more fruits and vegetables, especially in their raw form, will strengthen your body’s ability to fight sickness. You can read more about the minerals and trace minerals in fruits and vegetables in my recent blog posts – and how absolutely necessary they are to build your immune system.

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a secret to get the most out of your fruits and vegetables this winter: eat seasonally.

Our bodies’ needs shift just as the seasons do. Our blood actually changes with the demands of the environment and the season. (The wonders of the body never cease to amaze me!) Your blood is actually thicker in the winter; that’s why certain vegetables are meant to nourish our bodies at certain points in the year. In winter months, root vegetables and herbs become more important for your body. Carrots, potatoes, beets, ginger, turmeric, etc. all provide immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. This is why it’s great to support local farmers markets – whatever is in the stands it what is in season! Here is a guide to see which vegetables are in season in your corner of the world.

One of my personal secrets to a solid immune system? Cranberries! I have a freezer in my garage JUST for cranberries! When the winter months come and cranberries are in season, I stock up. Not only do cranberries boost the immune system, but they also clean out viruses that tend to hang out in the bladder on their way out of the body. When being sick, it’s important to bring in cranberries to make sure those unwanted living organisms don’t linger any longer than they have to. Join my #cranberrychallenge this December on Instagram (@amberbodilyhealth) to keep discovering the benefits cranberries have to offer – including glowing skin and weight loss! Scroll below to see an immune-boosting cranberry recipe!

Are you drinking lemon honey water first thing every morning? This hydrating drink keeps our lymphatic system and liver working their best. To make lemon honey water, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into 16 ounces of water. Mix 1-2 tsp of raw organic honey and drink on an empty stomach in the morning for the most benefit.

Teas are also beneficial for keeping an iron-clad immune system. Lemon balm, nettle, and rosehip are all immune-boosters, as well as red raspberry leaf tea. Red raspberry leaf isn’t just for women and their lady parts – it strengthens the white blood cells so your body can fight off dis-ease and infections. Read more about the benefits of different teas.

Of course, it is also crucially important to get enough zinc and B12 in your system to up your immune system. Read more about how zinc is vital for immunity.

Of course, use your common sense when preventing the onslaught of flu; wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face, keep your distance from people who are coughing, etc. If you begin to feel tired and run-down, make it a point to get more rest – no matter how long your to-do list is. Once the flu hits, you don’t have the choice to rest – you’re forced to… and everything you’ve worked so hard to balance falls out of whack. So what do you do once the flu has taken hold?

 

 

Here’s How to Stop the Flu Without Meds

Okay, yes, prevent the flu with a strong immune system. Even those with strong immune systems can be affected by strong strains of the flu, although likely not as long or as intensely. So what do to when it hits?

 

Take elderberries in some form.

Elderberries are one of the most effective remedies for viral and bacterial infections such as colds and flu, and can substantially shorten the duration of your illness if you get sick. They also significantly empower the immune system by boosting the production of cytokines in the body, which help fight viruses and inflammation. Elderberry syrup is easy to make (stay tuned for a how-to blog post soon!) or can be bought online or in a health foods store. I highly recommend stocking up, as there was a shortage last year! Elderberry is also available in capsule or tincture form.

 

Drink garlic water.

Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and helps banish bacteria fast. It is a natural antiobiotic that also keeps your good bacteria around. It purifies the blood and helps with many other bodily functions. (To see another garlic remedy, and several other flu-fighting remedies, sign up for my newsletter and receive a free Cold & Flu Ebook!) To make garlic water, smash 2 garlic cloves and add 10 ounces of water. Let it sit for 20 minutes to 2 hours, strain it, then either sip or slam it.

 

Consume root broth.

Broth made with any root vegetable and spices is great for cleaning out sinuses. In my Cold & Flu eBook, I give a special recipe for a root broth I love and use with my family. Sign up for my newsletter to get it for free.

 

Drink tons of tea.

Chamomile tea can help soothe the stomach and increase hydration. My eBook has more teas for specific flu symptoms.

 

Use certain essential oils.

To fight off the cold and flu when it comes, one drop of rosemary essential oil on the top of each foot will boost the immune system. If you are feeling nauseous or achy, one drop fennel and one drop eucalyptus globulus in calendula oil on the belly helps. To help with achiness, ridding the body of the flu, and fighting fevers, combine 10-15 drops of St. John’s Wort oil with two drops of black pepper oil and two drops of yarrow (here’s more on why yarrow is essential to have on hand). Massage this up and down the spine. For headaches with the flu, make sure you are drinking enough fluids (see above recipe for lemon honey water for deep hydration). You can also put one small drop of peppermint oil on your pinky finger and place under the tongue. This will help with circulation to the head. For high-quality and clean essential oils, I use the Primavera brand from Goddess of Spring. You can use my coupon code amberbodilyhealth for a discount at checkout.

 

Increase your zinc.

If you’re already sick, increasing your zinc will beat back the sickness faster. Add in echinacea and/or cat’s claw for more flu-fighting ferocity.

 

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Have you joined the #cranberrychallenge yet?!

 

It has begun! I’ve so enjoyed seeing all your cranberry posts! I love that you are hopping on the train to glowing health. Here are some of my favorites from the challenge so far!

 

It’s still not too late to join! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to get in on this goodness!

 

Cranberry Immune-Booster Recipe

 

Combine all ingredients in the blender, and enjoy!

 

Banana

Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6, as well as minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food, perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and people on the go. They contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracks.

 

Wild cherry bark

This medicinal herb is derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for hundreds of years due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties. It is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium and phytochemicals. Wild cherry bark also contains properties that significantly help to remove mucus from the lungs and increase lymphatic system function. This is why wild cherry bark is a common ingredient found in cough syrups, and is an effective remedy for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma, pertussis, colds, flu, and chronic lung congestion.

 

Wild blueberry powder

There are two types of blueberries, the larger cultivated berries that are commonly seen in the fresh produce section in the supermarket, and the smaller, more flavorful, and significantly more nutritious wild blueberries. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, these sweet and satisfying berries provide copious potential health benefits. They are excellent liver and blood cleansers, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract. Wild blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells and keep the immune system strong. Read more on the miracle of wild blueberries here. Wild blueberries can typically be found in the frozen fruit section of the grocery store or as a concentrated powder.

 

Cranberry Immune-Booster

This cranberry drink is filled with ingredients that have immune-boosting properties. Cheers to beating back sickness!

Course Drinks
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cranberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup aloe vera juice
  • 6 full droppers wild cherry bark
  • 1 Tbsp wild blueberry powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

See above recommended products for certain brands of aloe juice, wild cherry bark, and wild blueberry powder that are high-quality and clean.

 

Stay healthy and warm. Blessings,

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

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