cold and flu remedies

Tis’ the season for colds, viruses and the flu. Rather than using conventional remedies, let’s take a look at some natural ways to ease flu and cold symptoms as well as preventing them in the first place. What are some that you like to use?

PREVENTION

Take Vitamin D during the winter months for immune health.

Use Xclear for nasal irrigation. Works great for the kids and has xylitol in it which helps reduce the bacteria sticking to the tissue. A study found that the bacteria in a person’s nose is associated with the type and severity of cold symptoms they will develop (1). Most stores carry Xlear.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin C, or take a supplement.

Hydrate! Meet your water goal each day (half of your body weight).

Supplement with magnesium and zinc.

PREVENTATIVE KIT
Vitamin D (recommended brands: Pure Encapsulations, Thorne)
Vitamin C 500 (kids) – 1000 (adult) mg
Probiotic – kids and adult.
Switch your probiotic every 3-4 months for new strains and diversity.

Sick kit

If you come down with a virus, cold or the flu, consider these natural remedies, taken at the very first onset of symptoms:

Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry has been used for a long time for cold symptoms and can be taken daily. Up the dose to 4 times a day when you have the flu or a cold. Elderberry has been shown to reduce severity and symptoms of the flu (2). You can make your own or buy it premade.

flu and cold remedies

ColdCalm by Boiron. Homeopathic Remedy for colds at the first sign!

Boiron Oscillococcinum – homeopathic remedy for the flu.

Hydration is key! Drink water, not gatorade, 7UP, or anything else with sugar. To replenish electrolytes, try coconut water.

Zinc

Higher doses of Vitamin C up to 3-5g a day for adults

Higher doses of Vitamin D – 10,000IU + daily

Detoxing dandelion tea – 3x/daily

Ashwaganda – supplement

Astragalus – supplement

Manuka Honey – 1 tsp 3 times daily

Chaga Mushroom – I like to make chaga tea

Tea Tree Oil – diffuse or make a roller!

Colloidal Silver:  known to boost immune health, but talk to your practitioner before using.

Oil of Oregano: Known to be an antioxidant, is antibacterial and antiviral.

Sources
(1) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-29793-w

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016

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