If you know me, you know my thoughts on, well, pretty much everything. Kidding. If you know me, you should know that I really don’t take any medicines, unless it’s a life or death situation. Unfortunately, however, I do get sick from time to time and feeling better quickly is much more enticing than staying sick. These are a few ways that I manage to feel great by either, not getting sick, or feeling better faster without loading up on pills.
#1 – Eating healthy and eating enough! Throughout the year, and especially during cold and flu season, I make sure that I’m loaded up on healthy, non-processed, and organic foods. I try and get most of my vitamins and minerals from my foods, as opposed to taking supplements. Above and beyond what I eat, making sure I eat enough is just as important. Many years ago, I went through a period where I though “restrictive eating” was acceptable behavior. I think I got every cold and flu going around back then. Food is our fuel, and if we aren’t consuming enough calories, our immune systems start to shut down, leaving us susceptible to colds and the flu.
#2 – Apple cider vinegar. Even though apple cider vinegar is an acid, it helps to balance pH levels of the body and keep you in a more “basic” state. Colds, the flu, and even other ailments tend to hate basic blood pH and won’t thrive like they would in an acidic environment. If the thought of taking a shot of apple cider vinegar is horrendous, you can pour a shot of apple cider vinegar in a glass of hot water with honey (much more palatable).
#3 – OnGuard essential oil by Doterra. This amazing blend of oils is formulated to help boost your immune system (and it smells and tastes amazing). I diffuse it and also put a few drops in my water to get both the aromatherapeutic and nutritional value of it.
#4 – Ginger tea with lemon and local honey. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is also known as an immune system booster. Both are great properties for an immune system that’s under attack. I put lemon in for the same reasons I use apple cider vinegar – lemon, while an acid, is known to bring your system to a more basic level. Honey not only sweetens this tea, but honey is one of the most powerful natural antiseptics.
#5 – Oregano oil. This powerful is a known natural antibiotic. I’ll put a few drops in water, but I also like to cook with it.
#6 – last, but certainly not least, WATER! I stay as hydrated as possible to keep my system running like it’s meant to. Our bodies need water for every single function it performs; if we’re dehydrated, those functions are not running at peak levels. So get a jug like mine and drink away!
With peace and love,
Alix Terpos PT, DPT