Cold and flu season survival tools
Eating healthy in our opinion is THE best thing you can do for yourself on a daily basis. Managing lifestyle in a healthy way, meaning- learning to navigate your real life in a way that supports all your parts and pieces, including the things you love to eat and drink while balancing it with those things that make you feel good, give you good energy, productivity and focus throughout the day.
But, what about those times in life when we need a little more support? Like when you get super run down from having a baby, completing work projects and deadlines on time, the holidays….
No matter how healthy you are, you are susceptible to sickness. Its just a part of life. The question is, how do you take care of yourself?
Cold and flu season is here and there are lots of reasons why we become more vulnerable to sickness at this time of year. In winter months we rapidly lose close to 3 hours of daylight. Shorter days and longer nights influence the release of inflammatory and stress substances. Temperatures begin to drop and the holiday season gets underway, which often only adds to the layers of stress we are already working to combat outside the holidays.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating high quality, nutritionally dense foods, establishing consistency and rhythm in your day to day are the most powerful weapons against contracting some of these nasty little viruses. But as we mentioned, sometimes even that isn’t enough.
In times of needing some extra TLC, below are a handful of our favorite elixirs and remedies to help boost the immune system during cold and flu season and wipe out sickness in its tracks.
4 oz pulp free organic orange juice
1 oz cream or coconut milk
1 – 1.5 tbsp great lakes hydrolyzed collagen
Pinch of white sea salt
How to make: Keep it simple. All we do is add these ingredients to a shaker bottle and shake and sip. Very often when we are sick we do not have much of an appetite. Sipping on this throughout the day can be very powerful in helping to reduce the impact of inflammatory hormones adrenaline and cortisol. **Not intended to be used as a meal replacement.
1- 2 inch piece of fresh organic ginger
1-3 tsp of raw honey
1 lemons squeezed
1 tsp tumeric or cayenne (depending on your level of adventure)
How to make: Wash ginger and cut or peel away the skin. Grate ginger into pan of water (approximately 2 cups), bring to a boil then let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice, raw honey and spices (optional).
Warning: this is a potent elixir. Some of you may like it a bit weaker, some of you may like it a bit stronger. Whatever your needs or desires, modify the recipe accordingly.
Last note: It’s equally amazing on crushed ice, but since it’s winter we love the soothing warmth of the warm tonic these days. And if you’ve got any kind of cold or sore throat, you’ll find this the most soothing drink in the world!
Here are some of our other favorites for battling cold and flu season:
- bone or chick broth
- epsom salt baths,
- red light therapy,
- oregano oil – loaded with antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties. A couple drops under the tongue can be very helpful in preventing and combatting viruses. Oregano oil is not for long term use and should you use it orally should not exceed 3-4 drops for 7-10 days.
- eucalyptus face steam – inhaling eucalyptus infused steam is often used to ease symptoms such as nasal congestion in people with upper respiratory tract infections. Besides clearing congestion and mucus, the heat supposedly helps to kill off the cold virus. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil to the heated water. With the head at least an arm’s length away, cover the head with the towel. Don’t bring the face too close to the water. Close your eyes and breathe the humidified air. Continue for 5 minutes, taking regular breaks. If you start to feel overheated or uncomfortable, remove the sheet.
- Young Living Breathe Again – a much simpler and less time consuming approach to the eucalyptus face steam, the roll on is designed to accomplish the same goal.